Your guide to the first week of the brand new party season
DJ Junior J at Cavalli Club Head to the season opening party with a night of R&B and urban chart hits from DJ Junior J. Free (reservations recommended). 9.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 228 2554).
Havana Nights Shimmy your way across the dancefloor at this free salsa class led by Juan Saturria. DJ Moncada will play a mix of Cuban and Latin music. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Story Rooftop Lounge, Dubai Media City (050 786 4163).
Movida Opening Party The chic London brand is back for a new season and promises an international DJ and live performances Free. 11pm-3am. Movida Dubai, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 1744 449).
Focus Sam Paganini and Marco Faraone kick off a brand new season at the opening of Level 41 with Focus, a night from the creators of Groove on the Grass. Dhs150. Ongoing. 9pm-3am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Go Frank Yourself Welcome the weekend with Toy Room Dubai’s newest resident DJ Neil T playing the latest hip-hop, R&B and house music. Free. 11pm-3am. Ongoing. Toy Room Dubai, Al Murooj Rotana Hotel, Downtown Dubai (055 246 4555).
The Laughter Factory The Laughter Factory is back for a new season, and this week’s line-up features Dave Fulton, Sean Hughes and Funmbi Omotayo. Dhs140. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach Residence, JBR (04 355 1862).
VIP Room On Air See live acts including artists, DJs, dancers and singers every Thursday. Expect a mix of commercial chart hits. Free (reservations recommended). 11pm-3am. Ongoing. VIP Room, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Business Bay, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 881 8888).
House of Afrika One of South Africa’s most exciting live electronic bands, Goodluck will bring their blend of electronica, jazz and pop muisc to Dubai fans. Dhs80 until 10pm and Dhs120 after. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Level 41, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Journey Thru House Listen to 12 hours of back to back soulful classics all day with Allister Whitehead, Jon Besant and Mark Pickup. Free. 8.30pm. Zero Gravity, next to SkyDive Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).
Max Amini Live The American-Iranian comedian brings his awkwardly titled ‘Authentically Absurd To Max’ show to Dubai’s community stage. From Dhs250. 7pm-9.30pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).
Slam Fam Warehouse Jam Open to all hip-hop, dance, music and arts fans, this summer event includes a B-boy tournament, a B-boy Oman versus UAE battle, a hip-hop stand-up battle, all-styles battle, open mic session and much more. Dhs30. 6pm-11pm. The Fridge, Al Quoz (050 520 4522).
X-Loco The popular party brunch hosted by Candypants is back with English trance DJ Paul Oakenfold headlining the DJ booth along with Tom Novy. Local support comes from Andy Swift, Adam Graca and Michka plus Radio 1 DJs Simon B and Mark Shakedown. Dhs350. 1pm-3pm. Ongoing. XL Dubai, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 616).
The Real Flava DJ’s bring hip-hop and urban music to People by Crystal every Saturday night. The club is usually packed, so we recommend you get there early to avoid the line outside. Free. 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Wafi , Oud Metha (050 292 291).
Hip-Hop Showcase Head to The Music Room to see local talent including Quiz, Hash, Freshman, Menon, Tee Jones and special guest Moh Flow. Dhs100. 8pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai, www.facebook.com/boss-lady-productions-uae.
Vida Diva Ladies get free mixed drinks at this relaxed and chic setting. Free. 6pm-10pm. Ongoing. 3in1 restaurant and Lounge, Vida Downtown Dubai (04 428 68230).
Monday Madness Enjoy an all-inclusive food and drinks deal for Dhs190 at this cosy Irish pub. The small venue starts to fill up with after-work groups and can get pretty lively, so get in early to nab a seat. Dhs190. 8pm-11.20pm. Ongoing. Fibber Magee’s, Saeed Tower One, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 3322 4000).
Go Geisha Head to Asia Asia’s Go Geisha ladies’ night, with three free grape or mixed beverages. Meyer. Free. 6pm-1am. Asia Asia, Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 276 5900).
Honeys Rock the Boat Free drinks for ladies from 7pm until 3am when you enter before 11pm. Free. 7pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (055 216 0181).