55 gigs and club nights in Dubai

See A Tribe Called Quest star at Casa Latina or Lil John at Nasimi

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Wednesday 12

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

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

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Diamond Wednesdays at Boudoir
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
Ladies get 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).

Pioneer DJ-ME Championship
Up to 50 decksmiths go head to head behind the decks at the first round of Dubai’s biggest annual DJ comp. Expect sizzling mash-ups as the DJs showcase their skills in ten-minute slots.
Free. 6pm-3am. Until September 27. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).

Rock Bottom Bur Dubai’s 17th birthday
While it’s far from topping our list of the city’s hottest nightspots, we’d be lying if we said we’d never had a good night out at Rock Bottom. Tonight the original Bur Dubai venue marks 17 years in the emirate –
a veritable Dubai dinosaur letting out a celebratory growl.
Free. 8pm-3am. Rock Bottom Café, Regent Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 396 3888).

The Laughter Factory
This month’s Laughter Factory makes a surprising left turn, with energetic, over-the-top Portuguese reality TV star Philberto taking the headline slot. A safer bet is Nathan Caton, a UK TV regular who’s appeared on Mock the Week and hosted The Nathan Caton Show on Comedy Central. Meanwhile, trained clown (we’re not joking) Addy Van Der Borgh became the first Brit comic to appear at the 20th Century Fox Comedy Showcase, and recently made his first appearance in a Hollywood film, Little Things.
Dhs140. 9pm. Various locations until September 14. Al Manzil Hotel, Downtown Dubai, www.timeouttickets.com

Zinc’s Ultimate Ladies’ Night
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).


Thursday 13

A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad at Deep Crates
The musical mastermind behind A Tribe Called Quest’s revolutionary approach to hip-hop makes his Dubai debut. As well as being the DJ behind the trio’s five platinum-selling, genre-defining LPs, Shaheed has also gone on to perform in supergroup Lucy Pearl, and produce and remix for the likes of Gil Scott Heron, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston. A rare chance to see a true talent at work.
Dhs125. 10pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Al Murray: The Pub Landlord
For details, see Wednesday 12.
Dhs250 (tickets now sold out). 8pm. Until September 14. First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com

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Aks Thursday

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).

Club Anthems at Zinc
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).

Club Persia at Mansion
Persian clubbing brand Club Persia brings you the best Persian night in Dubai, featuring DJ Atousa and DJ Kourosh.
Free entry for ladies. 10pm-3am. Mansion, Meliá Dubai, Bur Dubai (050 144 0753).

Glitch
Ultra Violet Edition at Silk A purist’s night of tech-house and minimal techno.
Dhs50. 9pm-3am. Silk Club, Grand Excelsior Hotel, Al Barsha (050 695 3797).

Guti at Trilogy
Argentinian muso Guti started life as a jazz pianist, before playing in several rock bands. Since 2006 he’s rebranded as a deep, dark techno king.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

Jamrock at Sublime
Urban and Carribean music from Taz, Brooklyn and MC Money, plus guests.
Dhs100 (ladies free before midnight, couples free before 11pm). Sublime Lounge, Ibis Hotel World Trade Center (04 318 7130)

Lamhe – A Melodious Golden Era
A live band from Mumbai relive hits from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s.
Dhs75-350. 9pm. Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.timeouttickets.com

Lil Jon at Nasimi
Grammy Award-winning rapper Lil Jon wheels out all the hits for this poolside party, with warm-up from DJs Teddy Jam, Shero, David Craig, Josh, MC Money and more.
Dhs200. 6pm-2am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4321).

Only at Armani/Privé
Mass Ramli, Brooklyn and Darko De Jan oversee 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).

Ruff Loaderz at N’Dulge
Production pros Ruff Loaderz have worked with the likes of Rihanna, Beyoncé, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber. Here, one of the team flies in to spin.
Dhs100; free for ladies before midnight. 9pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (056 603 7961).

The Laughter Factory
For details, see Wednesday 12.
Dhs140. 9pm. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR, www.timeouttickets.com

Thrust at Alegra
DJ Enzo is behind the decks at this new commercial night.
Free (couples and mixed groups only; reservations recomended). 10pm-3am. Alegra, Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 246 4555).

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 14

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, with tasteful surroundings and good vibes.
4pm-8pm. Ongoing. Bahri Bar, Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6130).

Al Murray: The Pub Landlord
For details, see Wednesday 12.
Dhs250 (tickets now sold out). 8pm. First Group Theatre, Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com

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EYE live at The Music Room
Local progressive metallers EYE (an acronym for Empty Yard Experiment) play their final Dubai gig before decamping to play in Holland. Support comes from Jeremiah, Wilma, Poorix and Tool tribute band Spiral Out. Dhs60. 8pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6335).

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

Hangover Fridays at Chi
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).

Jam Nights at The Maxx
A weekly jam session for local players at one of the newer end of town’s best music venues. Musicians must pre-register.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Maxx Music Bar and Grill, Citymax Al Barsha (04 409 8000).

Loaded vs We Are Your Friends at Casa Latina
The Loaded team have revived their electro brand, We Are Your Friends, with a guest slot from Parisian DJ Jackal. Apparently excluded from his own country after ‘an unfortunate case of mistaken identity involving Carla Bruni and Charles Aznavour while DJing on Johnny Halliday’s yacht in Corsica’ (yes, we think he’s a made-up character too), expect to hear French house, tropical disco and more electro-pop oddities.
Free. 10pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Lorena De Tena at Cavalli Club
De Tena is, apparently, ‘one of the few keyboard guitarist women in the world who can blend the musical knowledge of classical piano and electronic music’. Having shared a stage with the likes of Gloria Estefan, David Vendetta and Micah, it’s a shame her press pictures present her as more of a nightclub dancer than a serious musician.
Free (reservations only). 8pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai (04 332 9260).

Massive R&B at Club Silk
A new club night playing urban tunes in Al Barsha.
Free (ladies), Dhs100 (men). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Club Silk, Grand Excelsior Hotel, Al Barsha (04 444 9999).

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).

Rony Afif Quartet at Blue Bar
Bop standards and more from the best regular jazz night in the city.
Free. 10pm-1.30am. Blue Bar, Novotel World Trade Centre (04 332 0000).

Stranded season opening party
The party on The World islands kicks off again with DJs Da Sendri, Johnny Thornhill and Safet spinning deep house on Lebanon island – but now it ends at an early 6pm.
Dhs200. Noon-6pm. Royal Island Beach Club, The World (ferries leave from Jumeirah Beach) (050 687 9959).

The Laughter Factory
For details, see Wednesday 12.
Dhs140. 9pm. Almas Tower, beside Bonnington Hotel, 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).


Saturday 15

Saturdays at People with Young Guru
Jay-Z’s official tour DJ Young Guru headlines this award-winning urban night, which will also star Vegas playmate Mellanie Monroe celebrating her birthday, and DJ Bliss.
Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 354 3131).

Money $wagg Power Saturdays at Velvet Underground
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).

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Saturday Salsa Fever at Malecon
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).

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

Sunday 16

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

Shine at The Music Room
Check out The Music Room’s new house band, Shine, who hail from Australia, Canada, USA, the 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.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6355).

Swagger Sundays at Kiza
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 at Zinc
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 17

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 at Zinc
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 at Velvet Underground
DJs Shero and Stylez man the decks.
Dhs100 for men, free for ladies and Face Card holders. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 962 4222).

Tuesday 18

An Evening With… Peter Reid
Notorious potty-mouthed former Everton star, Sunderland boss and TV pundit Peter Reid kicks off a new season of close encounters with sporting heroes.
Free. 8pm. West Beach Bar & Bistro, Mövenpick Jumeirah Beach, JBR (04 449 8888).

ComedyDubai at Harvesters
Fresh-faced comic troupe ComedyDubai, featuring Sheida Seddiq, ‘the second female Emirati comedian ever’, gets going at a brand new venue.
Free. 8pm. Harvesters, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).

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).

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

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