45 best parties in Dubai this week

Nelly, Ferry Corsten, The Coronas and more top nightlife this week

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Wednesday 6

DJ Ravin at Karma Kafé: Buddha Bar regular DJ Ravin – not to be confused with’s Dubai Pierre Ravan – returns to the emirate to spin world-infused house.
Free. 7pm-3am. Karma Kafé, Souk Al Bahar (04 423 0909).

Flash Dance Wednesdays at Cavalli Club: A new weekly retro night featuring hits from the ’80s to the ’90s.
Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).

i2 karaoke night: Quirky retro-themed club i2 hosts a new weekly karaoke night.
Free. 10pm-3am. i2, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (050 889 2578).

Thursday 7

Aryana Night at White X Lounge: Expect house and new-wave Persian from Soheil Ray at this Persian party.
Free (bookings and guestlist only). 10pm-3am. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm (056 175 1010).

Bull Funk Zoo at Blue Bar: A funk-rock covers band led by guitarist Asaad Lakkis and starring vocalist Hamdan Al Abri, known for lively reinterpretations of hits.
Free. 9pm-late. Blue Bar, Novotel World Trade Centre (04 310 8127).

Deep Crates at Casa Latina: Expect funk, hip-hop, Afrobeat and more at this top alternative hangout, hosted by breaks DJ Lobito.
Free. 10pm-3am. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Guy Wiliams and Tom Gandey at Trilogy: Gandey – aka Cagedbaby – and Williams form a double bill of progressive electro DJs at Trilogy tonight.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

iLL Communications at N’Dulge: This award-winning house and electro night continues on the terrace, plus urban from Dany Neville and Crown Prince in the main room.
Dhs120. 10pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4322).

Mahiki: 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).

MustHaveSoul Soundsystem with Paddy: Freeform at 360° UK deep house DJ Freeform guests, plus MustHaveSoul residents Tom Chubb, Dan Chadwick and Jonny Thornhill.
Free (reservations recommended). 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Nelly at People by Crystal: R&B superstar Nelly performs an intimate set at People, alongside ‘official rich list DJ’ Nickie Cartel.
Free (bookings recommended, door policy applies). 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).

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

Ravelations at Chi: House and more at this new weekly night.
Dhs100; free before 11pm. 9pm-3am. Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (050 4575 123).

The Coronas Irish indie rockers: The Coronas – who’ve beaten U2 to awards and topped charts on home soil – return to Dubai for a two-night stand.
Dhs150. Doors 7pm; show 9pm. McGettigan’s, Bonnington Hotel Tower, JLT, www.timeouttickets.com

The Laughter Factory: Mandy Smith, known for appearing on UK TV shows including Live at Jongleurs and The Comedy Store, returns. Also performing are improvisational whizz Andre Vincent, and newcomer Matt Welcome. Dhs140. 9pm. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, The Walk at JBR, www.timeouttickets.com

Thursdays at Republique: Retro ’80s and ’90s tunes from DJ Dean Curtis.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Republique, The Address Downtown Dubai (056 718 1188).


Friday 8

Air Supply at Emirates Golf Club
The Brit/Aussie soft rock duo fly in to perform their ’80s hits.
Dhs250-350. Doors open 6pm; show starts 9pm. Emirates Golf Course, www.timeouttickets.com

Audio Tonic sunset sessions with S.K.A.M. at 360°
S.K.A.M. guests at this award-winning house night.
Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Brazilian Carnival at Nasimi Beach
Expect tunes, live drummers, dancers and more at this traditional Brazilian celebration.
Dhs100. 2pm-2am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).

Brazilian Carnival Spirit Party at Warehouse
‘Non-stop Brazilian hits all night long’ from DJ Anderson Lima.
Dhs60 for men, free for ladies. 10pm-3am. Warehouse, Le Méridien Dubai, Garhoud (056 357 1250).

Carnival! with Michel Cleis at Blue Marlin
Swiss beatmaker Cleis headlines an all-day Brazilian carnival, complete with dancers, samba shows, capoeira on the beach, live percussion and more.
Members and bookings only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

Coat of Arms at The Music Room
Having clocked up more than 10,000 listens within just days of releasing their second album Sun & Satellites online, UAE metal band Coat of Arms are hot right now. Playing here for Metal Asylum, Vin Sinners and Sigma are also on the bill.
Dhs60. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6335).

Fat Joe at Movida
Influential US rapper Fat Joe – who clocked more than two million record sales in his heyday – returns to Dubai for an exclusive late-night club set.
Bookings only. 11pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).

Ferry Corsten at Café del Mar
Dutch trance name Corsten headlines a night of trance – oddly taking place at chilled, trendy sunset spot Café del Mar – with Egyptian trance duo Aly & Fila also on the bill. Expect an evening of quality beats. Dhs150. 4pm-late. Café del Mar, Meydan Beach Club, JBR (055 220 7506).

Freaks and Beats at Cirque du Soir
Freaky entertainers and more from the Cirque team, plus hype from Virgin Radio DJ Kris Fade on the mic.
Free (bookings recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).

No.1 Fridays at White X
Award-winning urban night with a lively crowd and big tunes from residents Shero, Brooklyn, Masterstepz and Adam J.
Dhs100 (ladies free before 11pm). Noon-3am. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 100 6555).

Paparazzi with Prok and Fitch at Armani/Pivé
UK DJ duo Prok and Fitch, of Stealth Records, guest for the Paparazzi team.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (04 888 3308).

The Coronas
For details, see Thursday 7.
Dhs150. Doors open 7pm; show starts 9pm. McGettigan’s, Bonnington Hotel Tower, JLT, www.timeouttickets.com

The Good Life at Shimmers
Chilled sunset session with beanbags, a mobile bar and DJ.
Free. 4pm-midnight. Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah (04 366 6730).

The Laughter Factory
For details, see Thursday 7.
Dhs140. 9pm. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, The Walk at JBR, www.timeouttickets.com

XL Beach Club
Expect a glamorous crew at this part beach club, part nightclub venue.
Ladies free, men Dhs100 after 11pm. Noon-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort (056 640 6161).


Saturday 9

411 Saturdays at People by Crystal
DJ Bliss and crew host this award-winning urban night.
Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am, People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).

Audio Tonic Saturday Sessions Valentine’s Edition at 360°
Natalie Brogan, Sarah L and Tristan Bain spin, plus a live PA from feisty soul/jazz singer Melisa Le Rue.
Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

D Chill Bandish at White X
This week percussive Indian band Bandish guest at White X’s weekly desi-themed beach party.
Dhs125 (ladies free before 8pm). 5pm-late. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 100 6555).

Taste The Caribbean at Kiza
Caribbean DJs The Soul Rebel, DJ CP from Antigua and Krunkmaster DJ Slik from the Virgin Islands spin soca, reggae, dancehall, zouk, Latin, calypso and more.
Dhs175 for men, free for ladies. 11pm-3am. Kiza Restaurant & Lounge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (050 436 0891).

Sunday 10

Amika Status Sundays
Fresh urban beats.
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.
Free. 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Kiza, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (04 334 4159).

Urbanite at Zinc
DJs Emtee Pockets and Taz team up with MC Money Plus for this urban night. The first 120 ladies through the door get a free mixed drink, and it’s happy hour before midnight.
Free for ladies all night, free for men before midnight, Dhs50 after. 10pm-3am. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).

Monday 11

Cirque Loves Carnival at Cirque du Soir
New weekly night Cirque Loves… sees the venue transformed every Tuesday with a new theme – and tonight it’s a carnival.
Free (bookings recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Skeikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).

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).

Noura Sadaka at The Fridge
Expect highbrow arty musings from Sadaka, who presents an ‘art performance’ of minimalistic music and vocal workouts, alongside lyrics in Arabic, French and English. The show is part of The Fridge’s ongoing Concert Series, which showcases the best local artists.
Dhs50. 7.30pm. The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 347 7793).

Tuesday 12

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).

Michael Jackson HIStory Show featuring Kenny Wizz
The first in a string of dates by Kenny Wizz, who’s billed as ‘the world’s greatest Michael Jackson impersonator’. Despite a striking resemblance to the King of Pop, Wizz claims he’s never been under the surgeon’s scalpel. Read more in our interview next week.
Dhs185-250. 7pm. Until February 20. Madinat Theatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com

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).

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