31 gigs and club nights in Dubai

Sophie Ellis-Bextor at Movida, Carl Craig at Trilogy and more

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Wednesday 22

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 relaunch party
Urban hits and club classics are spun as DJs Brooklyn and Shero get this top ladies’ night back on track.
Free (mixed groups or reservations only). 9pm-3am. Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah (050 652 0626).

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DJ Magnum at Movida French club
DJ Magnum – known for touring with P Diddy and working with Jay-Z and Kanye on Watch the Throne – returns to Movida.
Free (reservations only). 10pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).

Empress Night Classy club

Embassy offers three free drinks for ladies.
Free. 7pm-10pm. Ongoing. Embassy, Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina (04 317 6000).

Havana Nights
Instructor Aloy Junco leads the evening with a free salsa lesson for all from 9pm to 10pm, before DJ Evo gives dancers a chance to try their moves. Free Cuban beverages for ladies before midnight.
Free. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).

Karma Kafé reopening party with DJ Saeed Murad
Leading Lebanese DJ Murad is known for 1001 Nights, the ‘best-selling Arabian release ever’.
Free. 9pm-3am. Karma Kafé, Souk Al Bahar (04 423 0909).

Mingle ladies’ night at Left Bank
This ladies’ night party offers women five mixed drinks for Dhs5 between 8pm and 10pm.
Free. 8pm-2am. Ongoing. Left Bank, Souk Al Bahar (04 368 4501).

The Laughter Factory
Headlining is Tom Wrigglesworth, named Time Out’s Breakthrough Performer of the Year back in 2009, following his breakout show of the same year, ‘An Open Return Letter to Richard Branson’. Also on the bill is UK broadcast star Quincy, who hosts his own chat show, Q’s Club, and is currently working on his TV pilot, plus acclaimed US comic Louis Ramey, a regular on a plethora of network shows at NBC and the like.
Dhs140. 9pm-3am. Until Friday 24 at various locations. Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown Dubai, www.timeouttickets.com

The Ultimate Ladies’ Night
Greg Stainer and Andy Swift spin. Ladies get free bubbly before 1am.
Dhs75, free for ladies and Face Card holders. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).


Thursday 23

Alexandra Stan live at Rare
Romanian starlet Stan is known for quirky singles ‘Lollipop (Param Pam Pam)’ and million-seller ‘Mr. Saxobeat’. A rare chance to see her up close in the flesh – at Rare, no less.
Dhs200 (men), Dhs100 (women); limited walk-in, reservation recommended. Rare Media Rotana, TECOM (055 253 2530).

Carl Craig at Trilogy
Pioneering Detroit techno godfather Craig launches a new season at Trilogy, with warm-up from Ejaz and Karl Abi-Lamaa in the studio. We’re expecting it to be big.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

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N’Dulge
The new season has ushered in a change of personnel at N’Dulge’s Thursday night. There were few details as we went to press, but we’re curious to find out what is in store.
Dhs100; free for ladies before midnight. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm (056 603 7961).

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

The Laughter Factory
For details, see Wednesday 22.
Dhs140. 9pm-3am. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR, www.timeouttickets.com

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).


Friday 24

After-Brunch Beat Session
Chilled beats from 4pm at this cool lounge bar, which offers two-for-one deals for post-brunchers who’ve dined at Mina A’Salam.
4pm-8pm. Bahri Bar, Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6130).

Chi’s new club night with Jean B
Another season, another new club night at Chi. This Friday event features Lebanon’s Jean B, whose claims to fame include being voted his home country’s number three DJ back in 1996. Well, at least the man otherwise known as Big Daddy J has heritage.
Free for ladies, Dhs100 for men. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (050 957 7140).

DUST’s ‘Super Deluxe After Party’
Expect hip-hop, boogie, nu-disco and fresh funk from the DUST team, with guest Safet Mesanovic joining regulars Megadon Betamax, Ian Yeti and Wriggly Scott.
Dhs50. 10pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel (04 359 8888).

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Ice White pool party with Joey Negro
The first of a three-week series of winter-themed all-day pool parties – complete with falling snowflakes – while the indoor area at Nasimi undergoes a facelift. UK house talent Joey Negro (aka Dave Lee) takes to decks from 10pm.
Free for ladies, Dhs50 for men before 7pm, Dhs100 after. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).

Sophie Ellis-Bextor
After cancelling a huge show at Burj Park last November, sassy songstress Ellis-Bextor – best known for 2001 hits ‘Take Me Home’ and ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ – is in Dubai for a more intimate show at high-end club Movida.
Free (reservations only). 10pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).

The Laughter Factory
For details, see Wednesday 22.
Dhs140. 9pm-3am Almas Tower, beside Bonnington, JLT, www.timeouttickets.com

Viva
Deep, tech and progressive house. at this consistent Burj-based night.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé (04 888 3308).

XL Beach Club
XL is closing at the end of August for a refurbishment, so enjoy it while you can.
Free. 6pm-3am. Until August 31. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).


Saturday 25

Saturday Salsa Fever
Salsa and Latin tunes from DJ Udia early on, with R&B, Reggaetron and house later from DJ Diego. Early birds can hone their dance skills with salsa lessons at 8.30pm (beginners) and 9.30pm (intermediates).
Free entry; salsa lessons Dhs40 or free to diners. Malecon, Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah (04 34 61111).

XO Saturdays
Urban tunes from reliable residents Mass Ramli, Brooklyn and more.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).

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Sunday 26

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
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 27

After Six
A ‘gentleman’s night’ with half-price hops all night.
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 for men, free for ladies and Face Card holders. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 962 4222).

Tuesday 28

The Gramercy ladies’ night
Themed on the number four, ladies get four mixed drinks, plus a bottle of fizz on your fourth visit, and Dhs40 food dishes.
Free entry. 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. DIFC (04 437 7511).

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