Nightlife events in Dubai

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Thursday 8

Airplane
A weekly session featuring unashamed ’80s cheese – expect to hear plenty of guilty pleasures. There’s also 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 young weekly night 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).

Craig de Sousa
The house DJ headlines Infusion’s bash, with happy hour 6pm-9pm.
Free. 5pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Deep Crates
We’re promised ‘musicians’ music’ at this 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).

Duran Duran
Thanks to a growing penchant for retro postmodernism – and a timely Mark Ronson collaboration – the ’80s pop icons have become cool once more.
Dhs300-500. 6pm (doors), 9pm (show). The Sevens, Al Ain Road, www.timeouttickets.com

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. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for last-minute celeb guests.
Free, couples and reservations only. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).

Red Lion closing party
The oldest pub in Dubai celebrates its last night by bringing back members from the same house band that played at the pub’s birth 37 years ago.
Free. 8pm-2.30am. Metropolitan Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 343 0000).

Sach Holden at Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
The Dubai-based singer-songwriter presents a set of witty, tongue-in-cheek love songs, including ‘You Can Run but if You Leave I’ll Break Your Legs’.
Free. 8.30pm. InterContinental Dubai Festival City (04 353 4002).

Stanley Clarke Trio
Grammy Award-winning electric bass pioneer leads his own trio for this free outdoor gig.
Free. 7pm. Burj Steps, Downtown Burj Khalifa (no number).

Taboo presents DJ Umek
Renowned Slovenian DJ dubbed the ‘king of techno’ in his homeland.
Dhs100 before midnight, Dhs130 after. 9pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

The Gipsy Kings
Internationally-known flamenco-pop group.
Dhs250-325. 9pm. Burj Park, Downtown Burj Khalifa, www.timeouttickets.com

The Laughter Factory
For more details, see Wednesday 7.
Dhs130. 8pm. Melrose Ballroom, Mövenpick JBR, www.timeouttickets.com

Unzipped
Local bands play this weekly showcase of local talent, plus support from covers band Urban.
Dhs50. 6pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai (056 799 6335).


Friday 9

Amr Diab
Egyptian pop star, reportedly the best-selling Arab artist ever.
Dhs195-350. 9pm. Burj Park, Downtown Burj Khalifa, www.timeouttickets.com

Audio Tonic
Local Showcase with Andy Buchan, Jixo & Danz and Sam Farsio Local non-resident talent completes this bill for Audio Tonic tonight.
Free. 4pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Calvin Harris
After Sandance Set Moments after leaving the stage at Sandance, Scot electro king Harris will play a second ‘encore’ DJ set at neighbouring N’Dulge. Big fans could catch both sets.
Dh100 (ladies free before midnight). 9pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).

Connoisseur
Urban groves at this lively nightclub.
Free for ladies and couples before midnight, Dhs100 for men. 10pm-3am. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 8573 802).

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

i2 closing party
The alternative club marks its last night in the Metropolitan before reopening at the Habtoor Grand on Friday March 16.
Free (guestlist only). 9pm-3am. Metropolitan Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 8892578).

Ill Communications presents Adam Warped
US DJ Adam has nearly two decades of experience on the house scene, with a recent release under the name Johnny Blackouts.
Dhs100 before midnight, Dhs150 after, ladies and Face card holders free before 11pm. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

No.1 Fridays
Award-winning urban night playing the latest R&B hits.
Dhs100 (ladies free before midnight). 10.30pm-3am. Club Sensation, Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).

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).

Only at Armani/Privé
R&B, hip-hop and electro from Mass Ramli, Brooklyn and Darko De Jan.
Free. 10pm-3am. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa, (04 888 3308).

Pat Martino Trio
US jazz guitar great known for awe-inspiring improvisations.
Free. 7pm. Burj Steps, Downtown Burj Khalifa.

Sandance featuring Snow Patrol, Calvin Harris, Erick Morillo, DJ Yoda and M People
Irish indie chart-climbers Snow Patrol headline this beach party, plus DJ sets from Harris, Morillo and DJ Yoda, and a sunset show from Brit ’90s house stars M People. Plus local DJs, entertainers and (of course) fireworks. We’ve heard it’s set to sell out so get booking.
Dhs250 (VIP sold out). 2pm-2am. Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com

The Laughter Factory
For more details, see Wednesday 7.
Dhs130. 8pm. Mazina, The Address Dubai Marina, www.timeouttickets.com

Tribute to The Police
Local bands Moonshine, Viscous Mishmash and Vijay Lucas have copped a stack of Police covers for this one-off tribute, plus classic rock sets from Desert Ramblers and M.I.A.
Dhs60. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888)

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 10

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

Amit Chatterjee Alliance
Indian fusion guitar and sitar player known for seven years’ work with Weather Report founder Joe Zawinul.
Free. 7pm. Burj Steps, Downtown Burj Khalifa (no number).

Sarah Geronimo, Christian Bautista, Mark Bautista
Trio of Filipino pop stars.
Dhs110-150. 9pm. Burj Park, Downtown Burj Khalifa, www.timeouttickets.com

Industry Saturdays
A mix of house, R&B, dubstep and garage.
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
A chilled weekly set of musical curveballs. Expect of funk, northern soul, ska, reggae, disco and hip-hop alongside classic house.
Free. 4pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

R&B Saturdays
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. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 337 9470).

Saturday Night Live Jam Sessions
Laid-back jam sessions for bands and solo artists. 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).

Soul X8
New weekly urban night with DJ Emtee spinning old-school, new-school, soul and R&B.
Free. Ongoing. 9pm-3am. Amika Dubai, The Monarch, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 358 0044).

The Big Chill at Nasimi Beach
This all-day free chillout fest stars a DJ set from Snow Patrol, a day after the full band play Sandance. DJ Yoda will also play, plus sets from Dan Greenpeace, Belle & Sebastian drummer Richard Colburn, plus local songstress Clarita, Dubai DJ Da Sendri and more.
Free. 9am-1am. Atlantis, The Palm Jumeirah, (055 200 4321).

Vibez
DJs Dany Neville, Brooklyn and Rone Jaxx spin at this free night of R&B and hip-hop tunes.
Free. Timings TBC. Ongoing. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6917).

XO Saturdays
Armani’s urban night with Mass Ramli and Brooklyn.
Free for ladies, Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).


Sunday 11

Amika Intimo
Fresh beats from the DJs.
Free, guest list and reservations only. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika, The Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).

L.O.V.E. Sundays
DJ Marshall plays electro-chic sounds at this chic nightspot.
Free (reservations required). Open 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Okku, The Monarch Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8777).

Salif Keita Legendary
Malian afro-pop singer.
Free. 7pm. Burj Steps, Downtown Burj Khalifa.


Monday 12

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

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).

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).


Tuesday 13

Firedance at XL Beach Club
Just days after Sandance, Firedance brings out DJ Alligator for a party at rival beach XL. The Swedish DJ heads a bill including Imen (Iran), Mani (Dubai) and Sisco Delbello (France and Miami).
Dhs100. 6pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).

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).

Jam Nights at Maxx Music
Local players get involved in this weekly jam.
9pm-late. Ongoing. Citymax Hotel, Barsha (04 409 8000).

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

Trilok Gurtu and Mathew Garrison with Human Element
John McLaughlin’s former percussionist Gurtu plays with American bassist Garrison.
Free. 7pm. Burj Steps, Downtown Burj Khalifa (no number).

Unplugged
Covers and originals at this bar-room showcase of local musicians.
Free. 9pm-late. The Stables, Sheikh Zayed Road, above Fibber Magee’s (04 342 5571).

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