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Wednesday 5

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

At.mosphere ladies’ night
The world’s highest bar – on the 123rd floor of the Burj Khalifa – hosts a weekly ladies’ night with two glasses of bubbly for the fairer gender. There’s a minimum spend of Dhs200 for men.
Free. 9pm-9pm. Ongoing. Burj Khalifa (04 888 3828).

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Diamond Wednesdays
Urban hits and club classics from DJs Brooklyn and Shero at this top ladies’ night.
Free (mixed groups or reservations only). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah (050 652 0626).

Havana Nights
Dance instructor Aloy Junco offers a free salsa lesson for all from 9pm to 10pm, before DJ Evo gives wannabes a chance to try their moves on the dancefloor. There are free Cuban drinks for ladies from 8pm to midnight.
Free. Ongoing. 8pm-3am. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina (04 436 7777).

Mingle ladies’ night at Left Bank
This notorious ladies’ night offers members of the fairer gender five mixed drinks for Dhs5 between 8pm and 10pm. House, R&B and chart cheese is spun by DJ Keith Dobbs.
Free. 8pm-2am. Ongoing. Left Bank, Souk Al Bahar (04 368 4501).

Movida Industry Night
House, R&B and chart fare at this weekly night.
Free (reservations only). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Movida, 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. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).

Zumba in the Nightclub #2
Shake and shimmy along to this latest fitness craze, which combines an aerobics class with Latin-style dance moves – held in one of Dubai’s hottest clubs. Classes are led by specialist Steve Boedt.
Dhs60. 7pm-9pm. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com


Thursday 6

Aks
Thursday relaunch party Velvet Underground residents DJs Manoj and Shadow play desi hits and more.
Free for ladies and couples before midnight, Dhs100 for men. 9pm-3am. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 571 5745).

Bassworx with DJ Subset
The Bassworx team relaunches for the new season with a special guest from New York. Subset plays alongside the likes of Skream, Benga and Nero at his own BASSment, said to be NYC’s biggest dubstep night. Warm-up comes from residents Rude Larry, Woodle and JAB, plus visuals from DJ East and JD Odyssey on the mic. Free. 9pm-3am. Catwalk, Golden Tulip Al Barsha (04 341 7750).

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Club Anthems
Commercial house classics from top local talent DJ Greg Stainer, assisted by Andy Swift and Mr Hush.
Dhs100, free for ladies and couples before midnight). 9pm-3am. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).

Deep Crates
Expect to hear eclectic cuts of funk, soul, hip-hop, afrobeat, Latin – and some serious vinyl scratching – at this top alternative night, hosted by Zulu Nation Middle East representative Break DJ Lobito and the Deep Crates Cartell.
Free. 10pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Kissy Sell Out at N’Dulge

A respected mainstay of the UK’s electro and bass scenes, Kissy is best known for hosting UK Radio 1 show The Kissy Klub, where he became the first to interview Skrillex and Ed Sheeran for the station – and the first to play Lady Gaga on national radio.
Dhs100; free for ladies before midnight. 9pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (056 603 7961).

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).

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

Sasha
UK DJ legend Sasha – dubbed ‘the first DJ pin-up’ back in 1991 – makes a welcome return to Dubai. Creator of Global Underground 013: Ibiza,the best-selling mix CD ever, the Welsh DJ is a veritable rock star. Dhs150. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

Sak Noel at Rare
The man behind groan-inducing, profanity-strewn dancefloor filler ‘Loca People’, Noel spins with live support from Bahman on bongos.
Free for table reservations, Dhs100 for ladies, Dhs200 for men (limited walk-in before 1am). 9pm-3am. Rare: The Place, Media Rotana, TECOM (055 253 2530).

The Fab Four
Eccentric Beatles fan Duck Chowles – the producer behind previous Dubai productions Under African Skies and Roll Over Beethoven – leads his South African group through a colourful
tribute to the best-selling band ever.
Dhs185. 8pm. Until September 8. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com

The Laughter Factory direct from Mumbai
A trio of Indian comics fly in for a special one-off edition of this comedy night starring Comedy Store regular Ashish Shakya; Neville Shah, the director of a creative ad agency; and Sorabh Pant, who has been touted as ‘one of India’s top ten comedians’ by The Times of India. Performances are in English.
Dhs95. 9pm. Grand Millennium Dubai, TECOM, 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 7

After Brunch Beat Session
Chilled beats from 4pm at this cool lounge bar, which offers two-for-one deals on any post-brunchers who’ve dined at Mina A’Salam. It’s not as messy as it sounds.
4pm-8pm. Ongoing. Bahri Bar, Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6130).

Brazilian Spirit Independence Day
Celebrate 190 years of Brazilian independence with DJ Anderson Lima spinning ‘toca discos’ and more. Advertised in Portugese, we’re expecting a lively expat crowd.
Dhs50 for men, free for ladies. 10.30pm-1.30am. Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud (04 217 0000).

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Friday Fever
DJ Kayaya spins at this fresh weekly night.
Free (reservations recommended). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Cavalli Restaurant & Lounge, The Fairmont Dubai (04 332 9260).

Hangover Fridays
Chi’s new night continues with a mixed bag of tunes.
Free for ladies, Dhs100 for men. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland (050 957 7140).

It’s All About Love featuring Side A, K Brosas and Callalily
Trio of Filipino pop acts present a varied musical bill.
Dhs120-220. 9pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.timeouttickets.com

Ice White Pool Party with Tom Novy
German house talent Novy is best known for a 17-year residency at Ibiza’s legendary Space, and was the first German DJ to contribute a mix to the UK’s Global Underground label.
Before he takes to the decks at 10pm, there’s a pool party throughout the afternoon.
Free for ladies, Dhs50 for men before 7pm, Dhs100 after. 2pm-1am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).

No.1 Fridays

N’Dulge regulars DJ Masterstepz and Schooly spin a selection of R&B hits at this busy night.
Dhs100; free for ladies before midnight. 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).

Shine at The Music Room
Check out The Music Room’s new house band, Shine, who hail from Australia, Canada, USA, UK and South Africa and promise to play hits by the likes of AC/DC, Guns N’ Roses, Bon Jovi, Michael Jackson, LMFAO, J-Lo, Cee Lo Green and Rihanna – the very definition of a mixed bag.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6355).

Step On
Indie Soiree DJs Louise, ME and Rude Larry spin indie bangers.
Free. 9pm-3am. Catwalk, Golden Tulip Al Barsha (04 341 7750).

The Fab Four
For details, see Thursday 6.
Dhs185. 8pm. Until September 8. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com

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


Saturday 8

Money $wagg Power Saturdays
DJ Crown Prince spins at this obnoxious-sounding new night of urban mash-ups.
Guestlist and reservations only. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 508 5260).

Saturday Salsa Fever
Salsa and Latin 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 (intermediate), Free entry; lessons Dhs40 or free to diners. 8.30pm-3am. Malecon, Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah (04 34 61111).

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The Fab Four
For details, see Thursday 6.
Dhs185. 8pm. Until September 8. First Group Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com

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

Sunday 9

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).

Swagger Sundays
Expect African beats, hip-hop and R&B from DJs Tribe and Kulcha at this new weekly night, which also serves African-fusion food.
Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Kiza Restaurant & Lounge, The Lodge, Oud Metha (04 334 4159).

Urbanite
Urban hits at this new ‘exactly-what-it-says-on-the-tin’ night.
Dhs75, free for ladies and Face Card holders. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).


Monday 10

Biggles’ quiz night
A jackpot prize of Dhs1,500 worth of vouchers is on offer at this weekly battle of wits.
Free. 7pm. Ongoing. Biggles, Millennium Airport Hotel, Garhoud (04 702 8844).

Manic Monday
Chart hits.
Dhs75, free for ladies 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).

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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).

Tuesday 11

Al Murray: The Pub Landlord
Following a sold-out string of dates last year, British comic Murray brings back his obnoxious fictional creation for a new show, which promises to answer ‘the greatest riddle of all.’
Dhs250 (tickets now sold out). 8pm. Until September 14. First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com

Devine night at Oeno
A new grape-friendly night where anyone ordering two glasses gets the whole bottle free.
Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. The Westin Mina Seyahi, Al Sufouh (04 511 7136).

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

Karaoke at Spirals
Unleash your inner diva in exchange for free short drinks.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Grandeur Hotel, Al Barsha (04 341 8777).

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.
7pm-11pm. Ongoing. DIFC (04 437 7511).

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