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Wednesday 11

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

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

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Glitz at Alegra
Electro house tunes from DJ Tobias Sabido at this fashionable night.
Free (reservations recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Alegra, Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 2464 555).

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

Movida Industry Night
Expect house and chart fare.
Free (guestlist and reservations only). 11pm-3am. Ongoing. Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).

Persis
A team of four DJs led by DJ Jet.K and DJ Pouya MC spin Persian hits and house tunes, plus a laser light show and prize giveaways.
Dhs100 (ladies free). 10.30pm-3am. Club Sensation, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 911 0600).

The Laughter Factory
This month’s comedy-fest boasts a delightfully diverse line-up. Sean Collins made his name at home in Canada before splitting for the UK, where he’s performed three hit shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. Former music journo JoJo Smith presented TV hit Funny Business and has toured alongside Red Dwarf star Craig Charles – and before turning to comedy she worked as a bingo caller at Butlins and a tour PA for Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Meanwhile, Rainer Hersch balances comedy with a second career as a classical pianist and conductor. After completing a four-week West End run of his own show Rainer Hersch’s Victor Borge, this winter he will start a 30-date orchestra tour conducting Strauss. Wonderfully bizarre.
Dhs140. 9pm. Until July 6. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.timeouttickets.com.

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. Midnight-3am. Ongoing.Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).


Thursday 12

Access All Areas with Sneaky Sound System
This Aussie electro-dance duo were the surprise hit at Sandance in November 2011. Expect striking frontwoman Connie Mitchell to prowl the floor while guitarist/producer Black Angus is behind the decks. A fitting close to a strong first season from Access All Areas.
Dhs100; free for ladies before midnight. 9pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (056 603 7961).

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

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

Hop Fest 2012
More than 100 hops from across the world – from Ireland to Belgium – will be on offer at this three-day pre-Ramadan party, fuelled by entertainment from party covers band the Maplejacks and DJ Marky Mark.
Free. Noon-midnight. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 282 4750).

Kinky Malinki
London-based Kinky Malinki resident Grant Richards brings the established UK house brand to Dubai, with support from resident Greg Stainer.
Free (before midnight), Dhs100 (after). 10pm-3am. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai (050 151 5609).

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 at the high-end club.
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).

The Deep Crates Cartel
Second Year Anniversary The vinyl collectors and turntable specialists who make up The Deep Crates Cartel celebrate two years in Casa Latina with free drinks, T-shirts and CDs for clubbers. Expect to hear DJ Lobito, Frezidente, Adriano K and Ian Ackerman spinning funk, afrobeat, hip-hop, reggae, Latin and more, plus free drinks for ladies before midnight.
Free. 9pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Hotel, Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Thursdays at Mahiki
Expect a lively post-work crowd and cheesy tunes at this high-end, Polynesian-themed, London-branded 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 Inner City
Highly influential American electronic duo, led by Kevin Saunderson, and responsible for pioneering the techno sound which originated in Detroit in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Early singles such as ‘Big Fun’ and ‘Good Life’ are among nine UK Top 40 hits, which helped notch up more than six million record sales worldwide.
Dhs150. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

The Laughter Factory
Dhs140. 9pm. Melrose Ballroom, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, www.timeouttickets.com.


Friday 13

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).

All-Out with Guru Project
Formerly one third of Paul Walden’s Guru Josh Project, Darren Bailie now lead’s his own Guru Project. Expect to hear the trio’s 2008 mega-hit ‘Infinity’, plus more Ministry of Sound-style beats.
Dhs100 (men, women after midnight), Free (women before midnight). 6pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).

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

Bassworx
An ‘Old Skool Session’ of early jungle, UK garage and dubstep from Rude Larry, Woodle and JAB. Expect some filthy bass.
Free before 1am, Dhs50 (including one drink) after. 9pm-3am. Catwalk, Golden Tulip Al Barsha (056 734 1961).

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

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).

Get Wet Foam Session at Nasimi
The day kicks off with pool access and chill-out grooves from 1pm, before things hot up with live DJs from 7.30pm. This week it’s Dan Chadwick, Partick Carerra, Raxon, Afroboogie and Smokingroove on the bill. Foam kicks off at 9pm.
Free for ladies, Dhs50 for men before 3pm, Dhs100 after. 1pm-1am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).

Hop Fest 2012
Free. Noon-midnight. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 282 4750).

Ill Communications Mobilee
Records label showcase with Martin Landsky and And.id. Germany’s Mobilee Records sends a crew to Dubai. Jazz-loving, Greek producer/DJ/trumpeter And.id adds live loops and horn improvs to his glossy productions, while harder edges come from Landsky’s techno-house productions, which also find a home on Steve Bug’s Poker Flat label.
Dhs100. 9am-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6917).

J Cole Grammy-nominated American rapper
Cole – best known for last year’s chart-topping LP Cole World: The Sideline Story, released on Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label – plays an intimate club set at People’s season closing party. Expect plenty of slick steps and screeching fans.
Free (reservations recommended). 11pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).

Loaded Madchester season closing party
Hot on the heels of Peter Hook’s Haçienda party in Dubai – and The Stone Roses’s huge reunion shows in Manchester – Loaded ride the Mancunian wave with this themed closing party. Expect to hear Oasis, Joy Division, The Smiths, Ian Brown, Happy Mondays, et al, while 24 Hour Party People will be screened on the projector.
Free. 9pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Hotel, 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.
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 Heartless Crew
Original UK garage duo Heartless Crew – DJ and MC team Fonti and Bushkin – bring over some retro sounds.
Dhs100; free for ladies before midnight. 10.30pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).

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).

The Laughter Factory
Almas Tower, located besides Bonnington JLT, Dubai, www.timeouttickets.com Viva Deep, tech and progressive house from residents Darko De Jan, Patrik Carrera, and team. Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé (04 888 3308).

XOXO Friday H20 Pool Party
A weekly pool party on The Palm’s East Crescent.
Free (door policy applies for single men). 3pm-8pm. Ongoing. Rixos The Palm Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 5454).


Saturday 14

411 Saturdays
Closing Party Top DJs including DJ Bliss and Masterstepz spin at the last incarnation of this award-winning night before Ramadan.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai (050 297 2097).

Hop Fest 2012
Free. Noon-midnight. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 282 4750).

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Industry Saturdays
A mix of house, R&B, dubstep and garage at this lively club, which is popular with cabin crew.
Dhs50, free for ladies and Face Card holders. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).

Russian Dolls
Russian-themed ladies’ night, with tunes from DJs Okka and Taya Smirnova.
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. Ongoing. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).

The Joshua Tree U2 Tribute
Local rockers Point of View whip out the delay pedals and practice their best stadium rock postures (and Irish accents) to be U2 tonight. At the final day of the IV’s three-day Hop Fest, we don’t imagine authenticity will be on anyone’s mind.
Dhs80. 8pm-10pm. The Irish Village, Garhoud www.timeouttickets.com

XO Saturdays with DJ Mars
Usher’s official tour DJ Mars claims to have spun for the likes of Jay-Z, P Diddy and Beyonce’. He also runs the World Famous Superfriends agency and writes a weekly column for Vibe magazine. Support comes from residents Mass Ramli, Brooklyn and more.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).


Sunday 15

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).

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Harpists for Peace
The third annual performance in Dubai by members of the international harpists’ group, who play in a call for world peace. Expect to hear classical pieces by Debussy and more alongside Scott Joplin-style ragtime, while local flavours come from qanun – a kind of Arabic harp – player Khalil Ghadri.
Free. 7.30pm. The Fridge, Al Quoz (04 347 7793).

Hospo Night
Five drinks for Dhs100 for hospitality and media staff, 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 16

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. Ongoing. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 962 4222).

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Tuesday 17

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

#PingMe
Catwalk goes all bling with this new urban night from the Hot2Def team, with R&B and hip-hop tunes from DJs Junior J and Lil Crow. Guys in suit jackets will be ‘ballin’ and girls in ‘freakum dresses’ are ‘essential’, apparently.
Free. 9pm-3am. Catwalk, Golden Tulip, Barsha (050 264 8394).

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P.H.A.T.
Taking the acronym for ‘pretty hot and tempting’, Chi’s ladies night offers free entry and free drinks for ladies all night, plus special deals for large groups. Expect commercial R&B, hip-hop, dancehall and house.
Dhs75, free for ladies. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (04 337 9470).

So Rich, So Pretty
The French brand mixing music, art and style, now moved to Cavalli Club. Free (guestlist recommended).
10pm-3am. Ongoing. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai (04 332 49260).

Tuesday Affair
Alegra hosts a fresh 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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