Nightlife events in Dubai

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Wednesday 8

Disco Inferno
The original Rock Bottom in Bur Dubai launches a new ’70s-themed cheese-fest, with disco covers from house band Sold-Out, party tunes from DJ Smokin’ Dean, and all of the staff decked in retro garb.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Rock Bottom Café, Regent Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 396 3888).

Dub Antics
A gritty weekly night with SirMarc, Archidex and Pariah playing drum’n’bass, dubstep and electro at this Barsha hangout. There are also two-for-one drinks before midnight, and half-price deals for cabin crew.
Free. 9.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Catwalk, Golden Tulip Al Barsha (04 341 7474).

GlitterBaby
A day and night of R&B and house.
Free. Noon-3am. Ongoing. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).

Mad Wednesdays
DJ Emtee and Flowmaster J host this weekly night of R&B, hip-hop and house tunes, with free drinks for ladies all night.
 Dhs75, ladies free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 337 9470).

Maggini Quartet
The award-winning British string quartet, who have sold an impressive 100,000 LPs, arrive in Dubai to perform a programme of works by Britten, Schubert, Mendelssohn and more. The concert marks the opening of a new ‘Masterseries’ at Ductac.
Free, ticketed. 8pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.timeouttickets.com

Quiz night at The Underground
Teams of up to four people engage in a battle of wits at this popular Dubai Marina bar.
Free. 7pm (registration). Ongoing. Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 408 4221).

The Laughter Factory with Pierre Hollins, Tom Stade and John Lynn
 Since supporting Lenny Henry and Rory Bremner in his early days, headliner Hollins has reinvented his act numerous times – most recently spotted sporting an electronic squash racket. A favorite of our colleagues at Time Out London, he also packs some mean comedy numbers on his guitar. Hollins shares a bill here with Canadian stand-up Stade and Irish comic Lynn.
 Dhs130. 8pm. The Majlis, The Irish Village, Garhoud, www.timeouttickets.com

Über Wednesdays
ÜberDubai hosts this night with music from DJ Eli Abi. Free. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika Lounge, The Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005). Wednesday Jukebox Retro ’70s and ’80s tunes in gothic surroundings.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Rare: The Place, Media Rotana, TECOM (055 505 7580).

Wednesday Sessions
Mass Ramli spins commercial R&B on the terrace, with Subandrio providing chilled grooves in the lounge.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).


Thursday 9

Airplane
A weekly session of unashamed ’80s cheese. Expect to hear plenty of guilty pleasures, plus to help you celebrate the weekend there’s an all-you-can-drink deal between 6pm and 9pm for Dhs99.
Free. 6pm-9pm. Ongoing. Z:One, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

Aperitivo Alla Moda Party
The house DJs spin funk grooves at this rooftop pool bar, popular with the after-work crowd.
Free. 6pm-9pm. Ongoing. M-Dek, Media One, Media City (050 876 4335).

Bad Medicine
This new night – launching today – promises the ‘freshest underground vibes in the city’, with Brit DJ Marky B joining resident Sandr Vokson behind the decks.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Mavericks, The Metropolitan Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 667 4320).

Cabaret Thursdays
Live cabaret dancers, vocalists and entertainment.
 Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Rare, Media Rotana Hotel, TECOM (055 505 7580).

Deep Crates
We’re promised ‘musicians’ music’ at this new night – funk, soul, reggae, Latin, hip-hop and even Afrobeat have been put on the table by DJ Lobito.
Free. 9pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Hotel, Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Jamrock
Resident DJs Brooklyn and Taz play R&B, hip hop, soca, reggae, dancehall and funky house.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Sublime, Ibis Hotel, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.sublimebar.com (04 318 7130).

No.1 Desi
Locals DJ Shadow and DJ Hani spin commercial tunes.
Dhs100. 10.30pm-3am. Sensation, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 115 2544).

People by Crystal
DJ Anthony plays house and commercial tunes.
Free, couples and reservations only. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).

Pink Paw Party
Progressive house tracks spun by DJ AnOn, and a free drink for ladies in pink.
Free. 5pm-2am. Ongoing. Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).

The Laughter Factory with Pierre Hollins, Tom Stade and John Lynn
Since supporting Lenny Henry and Rory Bremner in his early days, headliner Hollins has reinvented his act numerous times – most recently spotted sporting an electronic squash racket. A favorite of our colleagues at Time Out London, he also packs some mean comedy numbers on his guitar. Hollins shares a bill here with Canadian stand-up Stade and Irish comic Lynn.
Dhs130. 8pm. Melrose Ballroom, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR www.timeouttickets.com

The Sinister Venetian Carnival
The whole of Venetian-inspired Caffé Florian will be decked out in dark hues, with staff dressed in colourful garb for this carnival-inspired bash. It runs every Thursday throughout February, with a special themed food and drink menu.
 Free. 8pm-midnight. Until February 23. Caffé Florian, Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 323 1833)

Taboo presents Mauro Picotto
Italian trance DJ Picotto takes to the decks.
Dhs100 before midnight, Dhs130 after. 9pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

Thursdays at Armani/Privé
Dance to hip hop, R&B, house and electro-pop tunes.
Free, couples and guest list only. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).

XL Thursdays
Party tunes spun by resident DJ S3Rhan.
Free for ladies and couples, Dhs50 for men after midnight. 8.30pm-3am. Ongoing. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161).


Friday 10

Audio Tonic
Local Showcase with Megadon Betamax, Rich Round, Nasrawi and Mark Pickup Top house promoters welcome some of the emirate’s best local talent behind the decks.
Free. 4pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Bubblearium
Epic all-day and all-night poolside party hosted by former Pacha spinner DJ Anas.
 Free. Noon-3am. Ongoing. M-Dek, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (050 354 2567).

Chilly
Resident DJs Shadow and Shobi play a desi night, spinning a varied selection of Indian and fusion music.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Sublime, Ibis Hotel, Dubai World Trade Centre, www.sublimebar.com (04 318 7130).

Fuel Nights
A fusion of house and Arabic beats.
Free, guest list and table reservations only. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika Lounge, The Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).

Ginuwine
The US R&B star makes up for a cancelled Chi gig last November.
Dhs150. 10.30pm. Club Sensation, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 974 3376).

Ill Communications presents Chris Liebing
German techno pioneer Liebing headlines this eclectic weekly night.
Dhs100 before midnight, Dhs150 after, ladies and Face card holders free before 11pm. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

Kasabian
The Brit lad-rockers play a stadium show, with support from local band Beat Antenna and a warm-up DJ set by Scottish electro king Mylo.
Dhs295-495. Doors open 6pm, The Sevens Stadium, Al Ain Road, www.timeouttickets.com

Metal Asylum’s Valentine’s gig
The popular promoters have promised to eschew all trace of Bon Jovi and Michael Bolton covers at this acoustic gig of raunchy rock. There will be Valentine’s treats and gifts and, if you’re single, all is not lost – there’s a charity date auction. Bands on the bill include Kicksound and Maher, and twins Liana & Thea.
Dhs50. 9pm-3am. Aussie Legends, Rydges Plaza Dubai, Satwa (04 398 2222).

Nasimi Beach Valentine’s Full Moon Party with DJ Lottie
World-renowned Lottie headlines this romantic beach bash, which features sets from Natalie Brogan, David Craig, Smokingroove and a live appearance by Simonne Cooper.
Free for ladies and Face card holders; Dhs50 for men until 8pm, Dhs100 after. 5pm-2am. Nasimi Beach, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4321).

Nikotin
Adrenaline-fuelled UAE rockers Nikotin – who have supported the likes of Maxïmo Park and Nickelback – launch their debut album Road to Panodrama with a gig at live music mecca The Music Room.
Dhs60. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai (056 799 6355).

No.1 Fridays
Hear commercial R&B and hip-hop floor fillers.
Dhs100. 10.30pm- 3am. Ongoing. Club Sensation, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 115 2544).

Old School
Funky Fridays New resident DJ Jack n’ Junior Rodriguez spins funk, soul, disco and old school house from across the decades – plus free drinks for ladies from 8pm to midnight.
Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).

The Laughter Factory with Pierre Hollins, Tom Stade and John Lynn
Since supporting Lenny Henry and Rory Bremner in his early days, headliner Hollins has reinvented his act numerous times – most recently spotted sporting an electronic squash racket. A favorite of our colleagues at Time Out London, he also packs some mean comedy numbers on his guitar. Hollins shares a bill here with Canadian stand-up Stade and Irish comic Lynn.
Dhs130. 8pm. Mazina, The Address Dubai Marina, www.timeouttickets.com

Underground Procedures
R&B and hip-hop tunes spun by the house DJs.
Dhs100, free for men until midnight, free for ladies all night. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).


Saturday 11

411 Saturdays at People by Crystal
The 411 team land at People by Crystal, with DJ Bliss and Mr Shef Codes at the decks.
Free (guestlist recommended). 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).

Industry Saturdays
A mix of house, R&B, dubstep and garage from genre-spanning DJs Nithal, DJ Shero, Greg Stainer and David Newsum.
Dhs50, free for ladies and Face card holders. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).

MustHaveSoul presents Eclectic Circle
Expect choice funk, Northern soul, ska, reggae, lounge, Motown, Balearica and house at this varied night, with half-price drinks from 4pm until 7pm.
Free. 4pm-2am. Ongoing. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (050 107 6405).

R&B Saturdays at Chi
R&B anthems from DJ Badir and DJ DLB, with free entry all night for ladies, and free drinks until 1am – groups of five ladies or more get a table and bottle.
Dhs75 for men, free for ladies. 9pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 337 9470).

Saturday Night Live Jam Sessions
Laid-back jam sessions for bands and solo artists to groove on rock, pop, reggae and blues tunes. Drum kit and equipment is provided – as is the house band if you don’t have your own.
Free. 9.30pm-late. Excelsior Creek Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 357 2999).

Scene
Resident DJs provide beats to keep you moving. Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm (04 426 0561). Vibez DJs Dany Neville, Brooklyn and Rone Jaxx spin at this free night of R&B and hip-hop tunes.
Free. Trilogy. Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6917).

XO Saturdays with DJ T-Luv
Armani’s new urban night offers a set from DJ TV-Luv – who has spun for the likes of Michael Jordan and P-Diddy – plus warm-up from Mass Ramli and Brooklyn.
Free for ladies, Dhs100 for men. 10pm- 3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).


Sunday 12

Amika Intimo
Stop by to hear fresh beats from the resident DJ.
Free, guest list and reservations only. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika, The Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).

Box of Funk
Funky house, old-school breaks, mid-’90s cheese – and the chance to grab a grand in the Box of Funk.
Dhs50. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 337 9470).

Redemption Sundays
Hip-hop and R&B tunes spun by local and international talent.
Free before midnight; Dhs60 for men after midnight; free for ladies all night. 10pm-3am. Gold Lounge, The Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 425 8623).


Monday 13

Envy
Resident DJs provide beats.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).

Guantanamera Latino Night
DJ Udia and DJ Margerita hit the decks every Monday, with salsa classes from Familia de la Salsa for Dhs40 from 8.30pm onwards. Ladies get two free drinks all night.
Free. 8pm-2am. Ongoing. Sublime, Ibis Hotel Dubai World Trade Centre (04 318 7130).

Jebel Ali Club Quiz Night
A 10-round showdown of wits.
Dhs5 per person. 8.30pm. Ongoing. Jebel Ali Recreational Club, Jebel Ali Village. (055 851 3152).

Massimo Fiocchi Malaspina and Niccolò Scaccabarozzi
We’re expecting Romantic-era soppiness at this ‘Concert for a Cause – In the name of Love’, with recitals from Milan-based pianist Malaspina and baritone Scaccabarozzi. All proceeds go to Jumeirah’s Senses Care Home for those with special needs.
Dhs150-250; Dhs50 for students. 8pm. American University in Dubai, Dubai Media City (04 321 0008).

R&B Mondays
DJs Shero and Stylez double up for the night.
Dhs100 for men, free for ladies. 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Club Sensation, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 974 3376).

The Fridge Concert Series presents Eddi Duarte
Colombian vocalist and percussionist Duarte performs Latin originals that dart from bachata to merengue and reggaeton.
Dhs50 (free for under 18s). 7.30pm (doors), 8.30pm (music). The Fridge, Al Quoz 4, (04 347 7793) www.thefridgedubai.com


Tuesday 14

All the Single Ladies
Celebrate/commiserate being single this Valentine’s Day with four free drinks for ladies at Z:One and M-Dek.
Free entry. 7pm-10pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

Honeytrap
DJ Richie D and DLB spin commercial urban and hip-hop grooves, while ladies drink for free.
Dhs75, free for ladies and Face card holders. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 337 9470).

Mahiki’s Tropical Traffic Light Party
The Polynesian nightspot is taking things back to basics for its Valentine’s singletons party. Girls will be asked to colour-code themselves on the dancefloor with a traffic-light system spelling out how friendly they’re feeling. There are free drinks for ladies between 8pm and 10pm to get the party started.
Free. 8pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).

Retrospect
DJs Tristan Bain and Stickman play retro-tastic music.
5pm- 2am. Ongoing. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (050 107 6405).

Urban Mashup
Expect a varied mix of old-school and new urban sounds.
Dhs50, free for men until midnight, free for ladies all night. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).

Valentine’s Day at Karma Kafé
Expect an evening of soppy music as DJ Ralph K spins love songs from the ’70s and ’80s, while couples dine on a four-course set menu (à la carte also available).
Free entry; Dhs700 per couple for four-course set menu (food only). 6pm-2am. Karma Kafé, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0909).

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