Stefanie Forbes

What makes this Dubai resident tick? Well, it's about time we found out. <em>Time Out</em> takes on the challenge.

My favourite night

My favourite regular club night is…
Non existent. I don’t really have a regular club anymore; iBO used to be my regular, hands down, and Trilogy had some fantastic DJs on their bill. I was always guaranteed a great night at those clubs, but now I tend go wherever there’s a good DJ playing.

Where I go for… a big night out:
Chi has a great party atmosphere and really caters for all music tastes – great if there is a group of you. Or Submarine if I want some seriously good, forward-thinking music from the local DJ talent. I really like the dark basement feel – reminds me of The Mint Club, my fave club at home in the UK.

…a more sedate chat:
I’m more into a chat over dinner rather than going to bars, but on a weekday I’d go to Barasti – it’s nice and chilled, and conveniently close to work.

…the music:
Most clubs in Dubai are bringing in some great international DJ names now, so for me it’s more about which DJ is playing rather than a particular venue.

My favourite local DJ…
It has to be Da:Funct – he always plays an eclectic set and has his own individual style. There’s always something really fun and energetic in his sets to keep you on your toes! He has a knack for hunting down killer tunes that I bet the other DJs wish they’d found first!

To hear my favourite music, I go to…
I’m into all genres; I love my indie/dance mash-ups and bands like New Young Pony Club, Chromeo and Datarock. I’m also a big fan of breaks genius James Lavelle, but a bit of drum ‘n’ bass, techno or house won’t fail to keep me on the dance floor ‘till the wee hours.

The best night I had in Dubai was…
James Lavelle and Carl Cox, both at Peppermint at the Fairmont, were memorable nights to say the least. They were great sets and the crowd seemed to be really into the music.

What do you think of Dubai’s nightlife scene in general?
It’s really exploded in the two-to-three years that I have been here – promoters are getting more daring with the DJs they book, which means we get a great selection of international DJs coming to Dubai. And that means that the clubbing crowd is slowly becoming more aware of the different genres and DJs playing in the clubs. They aren’t afraid of trying something new anymore, but there is still a long way to go yet. The bad aspect is that the clubs close at 3am when the night has just started!

To let Dubai know about your favourite nights, e-mail james.wilkinson@itp.com.

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