51 best parties in Dubai this week

Katy Perry and Usher at Meydan and Macy Gray at Irish Village

Thursday 6

Cirque du Soir
Complete with jugglers, fire-breathers and dwarfs, theatrical nightspot Cirque du Soir is one of Dubai’s most exclusive clubs.
Free (reservations recommended, door policy applies). 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).

Club Anthems at Zinc
Commercial house classics from Greg Stainer.
Dhs100, free for ladies and couples before midnight. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).

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Deep Crates at Casa Latina
Expect an eclectic range of tunes, some impressive deck-pyrotechnics and a clued-up crowd at Dubai’s most consistent alternative happening.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Dubai Yoga & Music Festival
The first of three days of music features a crystal bowl healing concert from 7pm, acoustic tunes at 8pm and a chillout DJ at 9pm.
Dhs275 (one day); Dhs600 (three-day pass). 4pm-10pm. Until December 8. The Westin Dubai, Mina Seyahi (050 453 9727).

iLL Communications with Marcus Intalex and SP:MC at N’Dulge
The iLL Communications team gets settled into its new home with a night of dub, breaks, R&B and urban, with special guests Marcus Intalax and SP:MC guesting on the terrace, alongside Somalie and Mach4, while Dany Neville, Crown Prince and Emtee Pockets spin urban inside.
Dhs120; ladies free before midnight. 10pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4322).

Maceo Plex at Trilogy
Following a cancelled gig on October 25, hot Spanish house talent – and Crosstown Rebel – Plex arrives to spin in Dubai. There’s warm-up from Mark Pickup and Mr Shef Codes spinning urban tunes on the rooftop.
Dhs150. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

Macy Gray at The Irish Village
It may be a good decade since her chart heyday, but American soul-pop star Gray has kept busy, scoring two minor US hits in 2010 with ‘Beauty in the World’ and ‘Lately’ and starring in Hollywood smashes including Spider-Man, Training Day and, most recently, The Paperboy, which is in UAE cinemas now. Here she plays, oddly enough, at an Irish pub.
Dhs175. Doors open 7pm, show starts 9pm. The Irish Village, Garhoud, www.timeouttickets.com

Resident DJ Mitchell spins.
Free (reservations only). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).

MustHaveSoul Soundsytem vs Local Talk at 360°
Swedish talent Mad Mats guests, with support from Tom Chubb and Simon Reid above and an Eclectic Circle set from Dan Chadwick below.
Free (guestlist recommended). 6pm-3am. 360° Jumeirah Beach Hotel (050 107 6405).

Only at Armani/Privé
Expect commercial urban tunes from Mass Ramli, Darko De Jan and Patrick Carrera.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).

People by Crystal
This award-winning club is one of the hottest places in town.
Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 354 3131).

There’s a ‘no house music’ policy on Thursdays, with DJ DC playing old-school retro and alternatives tunes.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Republique, The Address Downtown Dubai (056 718 1188).

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

Viva Africa
Following from a hotly-anticipated launch gig at Chi in October, the Viva Africa team has shifted to a much larger venue in Festival Park, and more than doubled its roster of headliners: Nigeria’s D’Banj, South Africa’s Freshlyground and Leanne, Ethiopia’s Gossaye Tesfaye Uganda’s Jose Chameleon, Kenya’s Redsan and Ghana’s Castro are set to perform. Expect interesting sounds.
Dhs195-395. 4pm-2am. Festival Park, Festival City, www.timeouttickets.com

Wild Nights at The Living Room
Expect to hear R&B, house and more at this fresh night.
Free (door policy applies). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (056 674 2981).

Yo Yo Honey Singh
Punjabi rapper Singh returns to Dubai alongside DJ Abhijeet and DJ Tushar.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha, www.timeouttickets.com

Friday 7

Al Jarreau at Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Following a UAE debut in Abu Dhabi last year, here’s a rare return from the legendary American jazz vocalist who rivals Bobby McFerrin in sheer joyful inventiveness. Expect old faves such as ‘Moonlighting’
and ‘Morning’, plus he can really improvise, mimicking instruments, swinging through Afro-Latin vocal forms and falling back on that gorgeous, soulful tenor.
Dhs550-1,250. Doors open 7pm, show starts 9pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel, www.timeouttickets.com

Aiza Seguerra, Sitti Navarro, Duncan Ramos, Nyoy Volante and Princess Velasco
A packed bill of musicians performing for a single night.
Dhs100-200. Doors open 7pm, show starts 9pm. Indian High School, Oud Metha, www.timeouttickets.com

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Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions with Tom Middleton at 360°
UK DJ Middleton returns to bring his ‘The Sound Of The Cosmos’ to Dubai, plus Mr Mr and JC upstairs, and Megadon Betamax and Russ Cooper below.
Free (guestlist only). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Blue Marlin Ibiza
Get stuck into the notorious parties at this striking members’ club.
Free (members and members’ guests only). 1pm-11pm. Until December 1. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel & Resort, Ghantoot (050 142 2800).

Bushwacka live in Ras Al Khaimah
Legendary London DJ Bushwacka, who’s now going under the name Just-be, guests at RAK’s weekly beach parties. Well worth the trip, we say.
Free for ladies, Dhs90 for men, including one drink. 6pm-3am. Al Hamra Palace Beach Resort, Ras Al Khaimah (050 310 4785).

Abu Dhabi House-pop hitmaking mastermind David Guetta and critics’ trance choice Armin van Buuren go head to head at this slimmed-down fourth UAE edition of the global clubbing sensation, which also features Example and a host of local talent.
Dhs275-595. 6.30pm-late. du Arena, Yas Island, www.thinkflash.ae (800 35274).

Dust hosts Darshan Jesrani at The Music Room
NYC based talent Jesrani – one half of production team Metro Area – guests for the Dust team, with warm-up from Megadon Betamax.
Dhs75. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).

Dubai Yoga & Music Festival
The music starts on day two with acoustic tunes at 7pm, and ends with a headline slot from ‘spiritual house guru’ Pierre Ravan. There are also workshops, speakers and more throughout the day.
Dhs275 (one day); Dhs600 (three-day pass). 8am-midnight. Until December 8. The Westin Dubai, Mina Seyahi (050 453 9727).

Fridays at Nasimi Beach
A new poolside daytime chillout session with Conan Manchester, David Craig and Smokingroove.
Free. 2pm onwards. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4321).

Late Romantic Choral Masterworks
An orchestra of 55 players and more than 100 singers unites to perform Puccini’s ‘Messa di Gloria’, Fauré’s ‘Cantique de Jean Racine’ and Vaughan Williams’ ‘Five Mystical Songs’.
Dhs200. 7.30pm. American University in Dubai, Dubai Internet City, www.timeouttickets.com

The club attracts a diverse party crowd in Dubai. Expect cheesy tunes and potent mixed drinks.
Free (reservations recommended). 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).

Mims at No.1 Fridays
American rapper Mims, known for Billboard number one smash ‘This Is Why I’m Hot’, guests at this top weekly urban night.
Dhs100; free for ladies before midnight. 10.30pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).

Onde! at Casa Latina
Expect all manner of Latino-tinged grooves – from hip-hop to house and tango to techno – at this top alternative night, hosted by talented producer and DJ Adriano K.
Free. 9pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Rehab with Ron Carroll at XL Beach Club
Renowned house producer Carroll, from Chicago, has scores of productions to his name dating back nearly two decades, as well as being known for working with Bob Sinclar and his own RC Project.
Dhs150. Noon-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161).

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

Stranded on The World Islands
Chilled beach club event Stranded relaunches on Lebanon island. The price includes entry and boat travel from Jumeirah.
Dhs250. Noon-8pm. Ongoing. Lebanon, The World Islands (050 687 9959).

Step On at Catwalk
Generic but fun indie bangers from DJ Rude Larry.
Free. 10pm-3am. Catwalk, Golden Tulip Al Barsha (04 341 7750).

Upstairs at Republique
Hear live music or comedy upstairs, while DJ Shef Codes and DC spin urban, old-school and chart hits down below.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Republique, The Address Downtown Dubai (056 718 1188).

Saturday 8

411 Saturdays at People by Crystal
Winner of Time Out Dubai’s Best Urban Night award this year, expect top tunes from 411’s DJ Bliss, Mr Shef Codes, Masterstepz and DJ Stylez.
Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai (050 354 3131).

Dubai Yoga & Music Festival
The festival’s final day hosts the Dubai Drums at 5.45pm and chillout DJs until 10pm. There are also workshops, speakers and more.
Dhs275 (one day); Dhs600 (three-day pass). 8am-10pm. Until December 8. The Westin Dubai, Mina Seyahi (050 453 9727).

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Entra Mi Casa at 360°
Expect a mix off deep, afro and soul house from Just Lance, Charl Chaka and Nthayi outside, while Tristan Bain plays old-school funk and soul inside.
Free. 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Katy Perry and Usher play Dubai
Two huge US talents fly in for the celebrations closing the World Parachuting Championships. Kooky chart sensation Katy Perry makes her Dubai debut alongside Usher, who won our Best Gig award following his show in Media City last year.
Dhs450-1,000. 5pm. Meydan Racecourse, www.timeouttickets.com

Saturday Salsa Fever at Malecon
Hear salsa and Latin tunes from DJ Udia early on, with R&B and house later from DJ Diego. Hone your skills with salsa lessons at 8.30pm (beginners) and 9.30pm (intermediate).
Free entry; lessons Dhs40 or free to diners. 8.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah (04 34 61111).

The Grill
This lively sports radio show on Dubai Eye is broadcast every week live from Barasti, with panellists Brian Murgatroyd, Ben Jacobs, Zulf Hyatt-Khan, Clarke Davies, Marc Archer and Damian Brandy, plus Time Out Dubai columnist Tom Bushell.
Free. 5pm-8pm. Ongoing. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi (04 399 3333).

The Music Room hosts Shine
Hear the rockin’ house band play everything from Guns N’ Roses to Michael Jackson.
Dhs60. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (050 453 9727).

NEW XO Saturdays’ ‘Red Velvet’ at Armani/Privé
XO rebrands slightly with a new ‘Red Velvet’ theme. Expect a top urban night of commercial R&B and hip-hop tunes served up by residents Mass Ramli and Brooklyn, plus dizzying visuals on the region’s largest LED screen from VDJ Barbu.TV.
Dhs150. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).

Sunday 9

Amika Intimo
A selection of fresh beats mixing Arabic flavours with contemporary house.
Free (guest list and reservations only). 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika, The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).

Swagger Sundays at Kiza
African beats, hip-hop and R&B tunes from DJs Tribe and Kulcha at this fresh bustling night on Chi’s doorstep.
Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Kiza, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 334 4159).

Monday 10

Mahiki Mondays Beach Luau
A weekly indoor event with a tiki beach party theme, which offers a more relaxed Mahiki night with a ‘beach chic’ dress code.
Free (door policy applies). 7pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).

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 11

1Up Karaoke Night
There are more than 70,000 tracks to chose from, and five free drinks for every lady through the door.
Free. 8pm-late. Ongoing. 1Up, Boutique 7 Hotel, TECOM (04 448 7928).

Pure at Armani/Privé
A night of urban/house fusion from top resident DJs Darko De Jan, Skinny Loop and VDJ barbu.tv.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).

The Ivy hosts live jazz
Expect a soothing saxophonist and backing track at this fresh mid-week jazz night, hosted in an upscale restaurant.
Free. 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. The Ivy, Jumeirah Emirates Towers (04 319 8767).

The Social at Ruth’s Chris Lounge
A post-work night, with house tunes from DJs Buff Wise and Yazz, and early drinks deals.
Free. 7pm-3am. Ongoing. The Address Dubai Marina (04 454 9538).

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