Nightlife events in Dubai

Sing to Grandmaster Flash or let a band make your Fleshcrawl

Thursday 15

Absolute India
A renowned orchestra and a host of guest stars tackle famous Indian music, injecting a Western twist.
Dhs150-995. 9pm. Burj Park, Downtown Dubai,

A weekly session featuring unashamed ’80s cheese. Expect to hear 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).

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).

Sir Bob Geldof Live
Aid founder, former Boomtown Rat and general grumpy old man – check our interview with the star at – makes his umpteenth Dubai appearance to see in St Paddy’s Day at The IV. Dhs150-995. Doors open 6pm, show starts 9pm. The Irish Village, Garhoud,

Cabaret Thursdays
Expect 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).

Grandmaster Flash
Scratching pioneer Flash was the first rapper to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2007. Here he returns to Dubai for the first time in three years, while Jason Herd spins club classics on the terrace. Dhs100 (free for ladies before midnight). N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (0 56 603 7961).

i2 reopening party
Just a week after wrapping up business at its old home in the Metropolitan, i2 will be reopening tonight in the old spot that used to be Bartini. We’re told the i2 team are even taking their quirky wallpaper with them.
Free. 9pm-late. i2, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (050 889 2578).

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, (04 318 7130).

Fresh from supporting David Guetta in the capital, Beirut DJ maDJam flies in to play this new top lounge bar.
Free. 9pm-3am. Alegra, Al Murooj Rotana, (055 24 64 555).

MustHaveSoul with Kiko Navarro
Spanish house king Navarro is back in Dubai to spin for the MustHave team.
Free. 7pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

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).

Omar Khairat
The acclaimed Egyptian pianist and composer, who has won more than 20 international awards for his soundtrack work, plays an outdoor gig.
Dhs150-250 9pm. Burj Steps, Downtown Dubai,

People by Crystal
DJ Anthony plays house and commercial tunes. Check the Facebook page for last-minute celeb visits.
Free, couples and reservations only. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).

Taboo presents Arno Cost
Progressive house from rising French DJ and producer Cost.
Dhs100 before midnight, Dhs130 after. 9pm-3am. Trilogy, Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

The Laughter Factory
For details, see Wednesday 14.
Dhs130. 9pm. Grand Millennium Dubai, TECOM,

Three Days of Green at McGettigan’s
Irish music and dancing.
Free.7pm-3am. McGettigan’s, The Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, (04 356 0560).

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

Wonhu Chung
Arabic-speaking comedian of Korean descent.
Dhs195-250. 8pm. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Friday 16

After Brunch Beat Session
Two-for-one drinks before 7pm.
Mina A’Salam hotel, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 8888).

Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions Residents’ Night
Raxon, Mr Mr and JC spin tonight.
Free. 4pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Barasti St Patrick’s Day Shamrocking Weekend

The Paddymen lead the Irish dancing.
Free. 6pm-2am. 360°, Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (04 318 1313).

Urban grooves all night.
Dhs100, free for ladies and couples before midnight. 10pm-3am. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot, Bur Dubai (050 8573 802).

Emirati Night with Mansour Zayed
To mark the last night of the du World Music Festival, the best Emirati talent has been rounded up for a free gig, headlined by Zayed.
Free. 7pm. Burj Steps, Downtown Dubai (no number).


The veteran German metallers make their Middle Eastern debut. Expect it to be heavy.
Dhs50. 7pm-3am Rock City Club, Howard Johnson Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 327 4111)

George Benson and Gabrielle
The jazz guitarist turned soppy pop balladeer headlines, with support from eye-patch-wearing ’90s Brit chart sensation Gabrielle.
Dhs195-500. Doors 6pm, show 9pm. Burj Park, Downtown Dubai,

Ill Communications presents Dion Mavath
House DJ and former Dubai resident Mavath takes to the decks at this award-winning night.
Dhs100 before midnight, Dhs150 after, ladies and Face card holders free before 11pm. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

Loaded presents Now That’s What I Call the ’90s
Expect an indie/Britpop overload at this one-off themed club night from the award-winning Loaded team.
Free. 9am-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 399 9260).

Live Local Loud with Savage Craic

After more than 15 years on the scene, Savage Craic may be the oldest Irish band in Dubai. They’re joined here by Blasta to see in St Patrick’s Day – expect Celtic mayhem. Support comes from the uninventively named but really quite excellent Gypsy Swing Trio.
Free. 7.30pm-midnight. Pyramid Rooftop Gardens,Wafi, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).

Never Get Out of the Boat
The Dubai Underground Music Movement takes to the high sea with a string of boat parties. Expect deep and tech house supplied by Matthew Charles, Sammi Adami and Rich Showell.
Free (guestlist only, email 2pm-6pm. Divaz Boat, Jebel Ali Hotel Golf Resort & Spa (no number).

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).

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).

St Patrick’s Day at Souk Madinat Amphitheatre
Irish food, drinks, and tunes from folky band Barzar.
Free. 1pm-1am. Souk Madinat Jumeirah Amphitheatre (04 366 6730).

Step On Fifth Birthday Party
Rude Larry’s infamous indie night celebrates its fifth birthday with typical shenanigans – and free drinks for ladies before midnight.
Free. 9pm-3am. Catwalk, Golden Tulip Al Barsha (04 341 7750).

The Laughter Factory
For details, see Wednesday 14.
9pm. Dhs130. Grand Millennium Dubai, TECOM,

Three Days of Green at McGettigan’s
See Thursday 15.
Free.7pm-3am. McGettigan’s, The Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, (04 356 0560).

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 17

411 Saturdays at People by Crystal
The 411 team continue at People.
Free. 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).

Barasti St Patrick’s Day Shamrocking Weekend
More tunes from the Paddyman linedancing, and Ireland Vs England Six Nations rugby on the big screen.
Free. 2pm-2am. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (04 318 1313).

MustHaveSoul presents Eclectic Circle
A chilled weekly set of musical curveballs. Expect choice cuts of funk, northern soul, ska, reggae, disco, hip-hop and classic house.
Free. 4pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Paddy Case
Irish star Case wraps up three days of St Patrick’s Day celebrations at McGettigan’s with a live set, accompanied by traditional dancers. Expect hits ‘Saints and Sinners’ and ‘Addicted to Company’.
Free. 7pm. McGettigan’s, Bonnington Hotel, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 356 0560).

Pre-Persion New Year Party at Cavalli
Popular Iranian band Zed Bazi perform.
Free. 8pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmount Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).

R&B Saturdays at Chi
R&B anthems from DJ DLB.
Dhs75 for men, free for ladies. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 337 9470).

St Patrick’s Day at Souk Madinat Amphitheatre

For details, see Friday 16.
Free. 1pm-1am. Amphitheatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).

Saturday Night Live Jam Sessions
Laid-back jam sessions for bands and solo artists to groove on rock, pop, reggae and blues tunes.
Free. 9.30pm-late. Excelsior Creek Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 357 2999).

DJs Dany Neville, Brooklyn and Rone Jaxx spin.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6917).

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

Sunday 18

Amika Intimo
Fresh beats.
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.
Free (reservations required). Open 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Okku, The Monarch Dubai (04 501 8777).

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

Monday 19

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).

Russell Peters

The Indo-Canadian comic broke records for the fastest-selling UAE gig ever.
Tickets sold out. Doors open 7pm, show starts 9pm. Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre,

Tuesday 20

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

Retro-tastic music.
5pm-2am. Ongoing. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (050 107 6405).

Russell Peters

For details, see Monday 19.
Tickets sold out. Doors open 7pm, show starts 9pm. Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre,

Showcase of local musicians.
Free. 9pm-late. The Stables, Sheikh Zayed Road (above Fibber Magee’s) (04 342 5571).

Uber Ladies’ Night
Ladies drink for free until midnight, while DJ Stephane Karl spins funk, happy house and pop.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Sho Cho, Dubai Marine Beach Resort (04 346 1111).

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