Club nights and gigs in Dubai

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Wednesday 27

Armani/Privé presents Bellissimo
Deep, tech and vocal house from Roberto Mermand, Darko De Jan and VDJ barbu.tv.
Free. 10pm-3am. Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).

Diamond Wednesdays
Urban hits and club classics spun by DJs Brooklyn and Shero at this new weekly night, which offers free bubbly for ladies before 1am.
Free (mixed groups or reservations only). 9pm-3am. Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah (050 652 0626).

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Glitz
Fresh from dancefloors in Milan and Bangkok, fashionable night Glitz launches in Dubai, with electro house tunes from DJ Tobias Sabido and a continental vibe.
Free (reservations recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Alegra, Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 2464 555).

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

Movida Industry Night
London-based club DJ Stef Manni flies in to play commercial house at this glitzy weekly night.
Free (guestlist and reservations only). 11pm-3am. Ongoing. Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).

The Ultimate Ladies’ Night
Regulars Greg Stainer, Andy Swift and David Newsum spin. Ladies get free bubbly before 1am, and groups of five ladies or more get a free bottle.
Dhs75, free for ladies and Face card holders. 10pm-3am. Zinc, Crowne Plaza, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).


Thursday 28

Access All Areas with Smokingroove
The perennial Sandance fave headlines this top weekly night.
Dhs100; free for ladies before midnight. 9pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (056 603 7961).

Aks Thursday
The popular desi night, spinning Bollywood and chart hits, returns to Velvet Underground.
Dhs100; free for ladies and couples before midnight. 10.30pm-3am. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 571 5745).

Aperitivo
Expect soul, funk and house tunes at this post-work hangout, which has now moved inside from M-Dek to The Med.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. The Med, Media One, Dubai Media City (050 876 4335).

Bob Sinclar
The French house DJ, and the man behind 2005 hit ‘Love Generation’, spins at Cavalli.
Dhs250. 8pm. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).

Deep Crates
Spinning strictly on vinyl, expect connoisseurs’ cuts of funk, soul, reggae, Afrobeat and more from DJ Lobito and the Deep Crates Cartel.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Casa Latina, Ibis Hotel, Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Embassy’s Club 43
House and commercial tunes at the glitzy club.
Free. 11pm-3am. Club 43, Embassy, Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).

Hypnotiq Thursdays
This new night at Dubai’s youngest club is hosted by resident DJ Jean B.
Free (minimum table spend). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Mansion, Meliá Dubai, Bur Dubai, info@mansionnightclubdubai.com (050 144 0753).

Live jazz at The Ivy
Hear a piano trio drawn from the Abu Dhabi Big Band. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar without dining.
Free. 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. The Ivy, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 319 8767).

Only at Armani/Privé
Mass Ramli, Brooklyn and Darko De Jan spin at this urban night.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).

PYAO Thursdays
Weekly urban grooves in Trilogy’s studio room from Ali Mak and Mr Shef Codes, operating alongside Taboo.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

Regular Movida Resident
DJ Mitchell spins.
Free. Guestlist and reservations only. 11pm-3am. Ongoing. Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).

Republique
There’s a ‘no house music’ policy at Republique on Thursdays, with DJ DC spinning old school remixes and rock tunes early on, before moving on to R&B and chart dance later.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Republique, The Address Downtown Dubai (056 718 1188).

Thursdays at Mahiki
Expect a lively crowd and cheesy tunes at this Polynesian-themed club.
Free. 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).

Thursdays Experience
House tunes in Chi Club from DJ Enxo and DJ DLB, plus urban in Chi Red from Flowmaster J.
Free (ladies and couples), Dhs100 (men). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 337 9470).

Taboo presents Haçienda’s 30th anniversary tour with Graeme Park and Peter
Hook A touring tribute to the notorious British nightclub, starring founder (and New Order bassist) Peter Hook and legendary resident DJ Graeme Park.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).


Friday 29

Nervecell
The UAE metallers stop off on their international tour.
Dhs50. 7.30pm. Ratsky 3, Holiday Inn Express, Bur Dubai (050 453 9727).

Aks Fridays
Resident DJs Manoj and Shadow play desi and Bollywood with a mix of house and R&B.
Free for ladies, Dhs100 for men, free for couples before midnight, Dhs100 after. 9pm-3am. Da Gama, Century Village, Garhoud (050 571 5745).

Bass and Beats
Weekly urban night spinning chart hits alongside more obscure cuts.
Free for ladies, Dhs100 for men. 9pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (050 957 7140).

Bassic
Across the board bass music at this eclectic monthly alternative night.
Free before 1am, Dhs50 after with one drink. 10pm-3am. Catwalk, Golden Tulip Al Barsha (055 913 6000).

Chill at the Creek
A poolside chill-out night with a weekly movie screening at 7.30pm and a set from DJ Donnabelle, plus free drinks for ladies between 9pm and 10pm.
Dhs60 (redeemable against purchases). 7pm-3am. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).

Dust X Prism presents Doc Daneeka
Berlin-based, Welsh-born Daneeka – nominated as DJ Mag’s best breakthrough DJ in 2010 – has put out tunes on Fabric, Ten Thousand Yen and more, and picked up support from Giles Peterson and James Zabiela. Warm-up comes from locals Mr Yeti, Puzzl, Essarai and Wriggly Scott.
Dhs60. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai (056 799 6335).

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).

Ill Communications presents Jade
Hear renowned Lebanese DJ Jade – best known as The Basement’s resident.
Dhs100. 9am-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6917).

Loaded’s First Birthday
Popular indie night Loaded celebrates a belated first birthday with a decades-themed night: each time the clock strikes the hour, the DJs will leap forward in ten year chunks, working from the ’60s to the noughties. To celebrate the date there’s also a free bar before 11pm to the first 100 on the guest list, and short drinks for all every hour.
Free. 9pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Movida Live
Expect weekly live guests.
Free (guestlist and reservations only). Ongoing. 11pm-3am. Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).

No. 1 Connoisseur

The Hot2Deff team take on No.1 Events with this urban night, which attracts a lively crowd.
Free for ladies all night, free for couples before midnight, Dhs100 for men and couples after midnight. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 264 8394).

No.1 Fridays with DJ Target
A founding member of garage act Pay As You Go, London-born Target has gone on to produce for the likes of Dizzee Rascal, Jamelia, Jermaine Dupri and Wiley. He’s joined here by MC Manga, with Schooly and Masterstepz also on the bill.
Dhs100; free for ladies before midnight. 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).

Pitbull’s Planet Pit World Tour

Florida-raised Latin-American rapper Pitbull (or Armando Christian Pérez to his mum) brings his egocentric Planet Pit tour to Dubai. Expect much posturing alongside international hits ‘I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)’ and ‘Give Me Everything’. Support comes from Lebanse-Canadian star Karl Wolf.
Dhs295-595. 8pm-3am. Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre, www.timeouttickets.com

Republique first anniversary party
For the third and final week of Republique’s birthday celebrations, Beirut sensation DJ MadJam gets behind the decks. He’s previously warmed up for some of the biggest names in the business, including David Guetta, Armin van Buuern, Tiësto, Benny Benassi, Ferry Corsten, Carl Cox, The Prodigy and many more.
Free. 9pm-3am. Republique, The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (056 718 1188).

Riff Raff album launch party

Classic-sounding UAE rockers Riff Raff launch their debut album, By the Seat of our Pants, with a live show for Metal Asylum.
Dhs50. 9pm-3am. Greenbelt Lounge, Astoria Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 353 4300).

Rony Afif Quartet
Lebanese drum talent Afif plays some of the finest live jazz in the city, leading his quartet through upbeat workouts of jazz standards.
Free. 9pm-late. Ongoing. Blue Bar, Novotel World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 338 0000).

Sasha Lopez

While footie fans wait eagerly for Sunday’s Euro 2012 final, Moldovian DJ Sasha Lopez takes over the 2,000-capacity Golden Foot tent for a pre-final party.
Dhs150. 9pm-3am. Golden Foot Mega Tent, Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi (056 206 7975).

Stranded
The party on The World’s Lebanon Island hots up with house tunes from the MustHaveSoul team.
Dhs200 (including transport). 4pm-11pm. Ongoing (weather permitting). The Royal Island Beach Club, The World, stranded@musthavegroup.com (no number).

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

Viva
Deep, tech and progressive house from residents Darko De Jan, Patrik Carrera, and team.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé (04 888 3308).


Saturday 30

411 Saturdays UV Edition
The final UV-edition of this award-winning urban night before Ramadan, with DJ Bliss and Masterstepz behind the decks.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai (050 297 2097).

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).

Russian Dolls
Chi ditches R&B Saturdays for this new Russian-themed ladies’ night, with free drinks for ladies all night and tunes from DJs Okka and Taya Smirnova, while the Yankees dance group strut their stuff.
Dhs75 for men, free for ladies. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 337 9470).

Saturday Salsa
A live Cuban band play.
Free. 9pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).


Sunday 1

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

Hospo Night
Five drinks for Dhs100 for employees in the hospitality and media trades, as well as Emirates employees and Face Card holders. ID required.
Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Horizon Lounge, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 399 5000).


Monday 2

After Six
A ‘gentleman’s night’ with half-price hops all night, and plenty of testosterone spare.
Free. 6pm-2am. Ongoing. Caramel, DIFC (04 425 6677).

R&B Mondays

DJs Shero and Stylez have moved this popular night to a new home.
Dhs100 (men); free (ladies and Face card holders). 10pm-3am. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 962 4222)


Tuesday 3

Battle of the Bands
For one night only ten of the city’s better cover bands take to the stage to perform their own material (and, we suspect, some covers), battling it out in a one-night Battle of the Bands contest to win
a free day of studio time. Competing bands include The Rock Spiders, The Boxtones, 49ers, Resound, Damage from Beyond and the Rubber Band.
Dhs50 (including one drink on arrival). 7pm-2am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel, Bur Dubai, www.timeouttickets.com

Pin-up Tuesday Tiki Ladies’ Night
Mahiki’s bustling new ladies’ night offers free mixed drinks before midnight.
Free. 9pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).

P.H.A.T.
Chi’s once-notorious ladies night rebrands itself (again), taking the acronym for ‘pretty hot and tempting’, apparently.
Free entry and free drinks for ladies all night, plus a limo service for groups of ten or more ladies. Expect commercial R&B, hip-hop, dancehall and house from DJs Shero, Madhands and Subandrio.
Dhs75, free for ladies. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 337 9470).

So Rich, So Pretty
The French brand mixes music, art and style in theatrical club Cirque du Soir.
Free (guestlist recommended). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai (04 332 4900).

Tuesday Affair
Alegra hosts a new ladies’ night, which offers free grape between 8pm and 11pm as well as games, entertainment and nu-disco tunes.
Free. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Alegra, Al Murooj Rotana, Downtown Dubai (055 246 4555).

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