50 best parties in Dubai this week

Eraserheads, Train, Bob Sinclar and more top nightlife this week

Wednesday 3

Diamond Wednesdays
One of the more popular urban nights in town, serving free mixed drinks for ladies before 1am.
Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah (050 652 0626).

JamFest Wednesdays at XS
A fresh hip-hop, R&B and reggae night, with tunes from DJ Mantell.
Dhs50 for men; free for ladies. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. XS Club, Chelsea Plaza Hotel, Satwa (055 642 2872).

Movida Exclusive nightspot
Movida is traditionally busiest on Wednesdays. Find out what the fuss is about.
Free (reservations recommended). 11pm-3am. Ongoing. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).

Salsita at N’Dulge
A new salsa night of Latino grooves.
Free. Ongoing. 10pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 0561).

Strings, Papon Midival Punditz and The Raghu Dixit Project at du World Music Festival
A free evening of Indo-fusion, with four top groups that blend East and West. Long-standing partners Faisal Kapadia and Bilal Maqsood, aka Strings, are best known for working on the Spider-Man 2 soundtrack. Ambient electronic composer, programmer and guitarist Papon performs here with the East Indian Company, while there are electronic sounds from club-friendly collective MIDIval PunditZ. More traditional flavours come from modern ethnic interpreter Raghu Dixit.
To register for free tickets, SMS ‘DULIVE’ to 4728. Free. Doors open 6pm; show starts 8pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.du.ae/wmf.

Thrive industry night at Vista
A networking event for employees in Media City and the nearby free zones.
Free. 6pm-2am. Ongoing. Vista Restaurant & Lounge, Holiday Inn Express, Knowledge Village (055 444 0891).

Thursday 4

The Act
See Simon Hammerstein’s extroverted Las Vegas export, The Act, complete with risqué stage performances.
Reservations and guestlist only. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. The Act, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 811 9900).

Benoit & Sergio at Trilogy
German tech-house duo known for melodic, electro-influenced productions.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

Deep Crates at Casa Latina
Recently named the winner of Time Out Dubai’s coveted award for Best Alternative Night, Dubai’s most reliable regular arty happening serves up old-school hip-hop, funk, Afrobeat, world grooves and more, plus some serious scratching action from Break DJ Lobito.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Eraserheads at the du World Music Festival
One of the biggest, best-loved and critically acclaimed Filipino bands of the ’90s, Eraserheads perform a reunion concert.
Dhs125-395. Doors open 6pm; show starts 9pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.timeouttickets.com

iLL Communications at N’Dulge
A choice of electro-house and urban grooves, on weekly rotation between the main room and terrace.
Dhs120. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 200 4322).

Iris nightclub
Check out this new nightspot, which recently opened at Ghantoot’s Golden Tulip, home of Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Iris, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel, Ghantoot (056 771 2888).

Jamrock at Sublime
Weekly night with DJs Shero, Sir Taz and Brooklyn spinning reggae, roots, dancehall, dub, calypso and more, and MC Money Plus.
Dhs50; ladies and couples free before midnight. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Sublime Bar & Grill, Ibis World Trade Centre (04 318 7130).

On Thursdays this quirky club attracts a weekend party crowd. Expect cheesy tunes and potent mixed drinks.
Free (reservations recommended). 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).

MustHaveSoul Soundsystem
Now hosting just one party a month at 360°, the MustHaveSoul team keeps things simple with a residents’ night. Upstairs its soulful house from Danny Kwang, Tom Chubb, Dan Chadwick, and more leftfield fare from the Eclectic Circle team of Simon Reid and Danny Kwang.
Free (reservations recommended). 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

The Dek on 8
This trendy pool bar is popular with the after-work crowd.
Free. 5pm-3am. Ongoing. The Dek on Eight, Media One, Media City (04 427 1000).

The Laughter Factory
Fresh from picking up a Lifetime Achievement award from Time Out, The Laughter Factory presents its latest comedic triple bill: Adam Bloom, Mick Ferry and John Moloney.
Dhs140. 9pm. Until April 11. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR, www.timeouttickets.com

Thursday Grooves at District Lounge
Exclusive DIFC hangout District, inside the Capital Club, hosts an after-work beat session.
Free. 5pm-3am. Ongoing. District Lounge, DIFC (050 880 2285).

VIP Room
This St Tropez club just won Best New Club at our Music & Nightlife Awards.
Free (guestlist only). 9pm-3am. Ongoing. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 388 1500).

Yanni at Dubai World Trade Centre
The world famous Greek instrumentalist performs here alongside a full orchestra.
Dhs290-1,290. Doors open 6pm; show starts 9pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Shikh Zayed Road, www.timeouttickets.com

Friday 5

All White Glow Party
There’s an all-white dress code at this boat party, with tunes from Filthy Kush, Krunkmaster DJ Slik and Madhands. Price includes one free drink.
Dhs125-174. 4pm-9pm. Leaving from Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa (056 782 0331).

Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions with Dusky at 360°
Rising London duo Dusky guest for house purveyors Audio Tonic, with residents Julian Jinx, Rod Lee and Tristain Bain keeping things ticking over.
Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Bob Sinclar live at Cavalli Club
It’s been nine months since Christophe Le Friant – or Bob, to me and you – was last spotted as Cavalli. Brash, showy and more than keen to flaunt his assets, the French DJ has found a fitting home in his old mate Roberto’s haunt. While his chart form isn’t what it once was, we’re sure he still has a copy of ‘Love Generation’ kicking around somewhere.
Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).

DJ Sneak at Blue Marlin
Notable Chicago house talent DJ Sneak, who emerged in the mid-’90s among the second wave of top producers to come from the birthplace of house, is a more-than-welcome guest at Blue Marlin. Expect subtle, danceable grooves. Members and bookings only.
1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

Massive Fridays with DJ Shortman at Club Sensation
American hip-hop heavy hitter DJ Shortman – best known for touring alongside Jason Derulo – guests for this emerging urban night.
Dhs100; free for ladies. 10.30pm-3am. Club Sensation, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 911 0600).

Beirut club MusicHall serves up an array of international musical performers in a single evening. There is a minimum spend of Dhs300 per person per stool, or Dhs450 per seat at a table.
Reservations recommended. Open Thu-Fri 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah (04 453 0000).

No.1 Fridays at White X
The recent winner of Time Out’s Best Urban Night award is a guaranteed good night out.
Dhs100; ladies free before midnight. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm (055 100 6555).

Ravelations sixth birthday with Talamasca
To celebrate six years of trancey beats in Dubai, Ravelations is throwing a party bill topped by France’s Talamasca, known for work on Mind Control and Dacru Records.
Dhs75-125 (ladies free before 10pm). 8pm-3am. Domeland, Chi@The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (050 645 1119).

Sonu Nigam at du World Music Festival
Indian singing star Sonu Nigam returns to the du World Music Festival for a second week running. He’s no stranger to Dubai, having gigged here annually for the past decade. While younger audiences may have tired of his epic vocal workouts, Nigam has tried to keep relevant by appearing as a judge on Indian X-Factor, and gained note in the West for a Michael Jackson tribute.
Dhs150-1,000. Doors open 7pm; show starts 9pm. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.timeouttickets.com

The Face of Babylon at Armani/Privé
A live modelling contest to choose the next face of fashion brand Babylon, with tunes from Spanish DJ David Penn.
Dhs100; ladies free before midnight. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (056 68 33 943).

The Laughter Factory
For details see Thursday 4.
Dhs140. 9pm. Until April 11. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR, www.timeouttickets.com

Things We Like II
An all-day arty market, with live music supplied throughout by DJs from the The Deep Crates Cartel and Liminal Roots and more, plus spoken word performances from local poets and writers.
Free. Noon-7pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (04 341 4777).

Train at du World Music Festival
California pop-rock trio Train have written mainly radio-friendly hits, including ‘Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me),’ ‘Meet Virginia,’ ‘Calling All Angels’ and ‘Hey, Soul Sister’. Expect them to whip out all the arena rock hallmarks tonight at this headline performance.
Dhs295-495. Doors open 6pm; show starts 9pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.timeouttickets.com

XL Beach Club
While the weather is still fine, head down to this top poolside club for rays and beats.
Dhs100. Noon-3am. Ongoing. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, www.timeouttickets.com

Yanni at Dubai World Trade Centre
For details, see Thursday 4.
Dhs290-1,290. Doors 6pm; show 9pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Shikh Zayed Road, www.timeouttickets.com

Yacht Vaganza Party
One of the more glitzy boat parties circling the Marina, with a mix of music from DJ Mad Beat and DJ Shoni. Basic price includes three drinks and one snack.
Dhs300. 8pm-2am. Leaving from Dubai Marina Yacht Club (050 771 7645).

Saturday 6

411 Saturdays at People by Crystal
Reliably rammed, award-winning urban night hosted by residents DJ Bliss and Mr Shef Codes.
Free (door policy applies). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).

Amr Diab and Hussain Al Jassmi at du World Music Festival
The du World Music Festival closes with a triple bill
of Arabic talent. Egyptian pop megastar Diab returns to the event for a second year running on a bill alongside the UAE’s very own Al Jassmi, known for debut hit ‘Bawada’ak’. Opening will be rising female Emirati star Shamma Hamdan.
Dhs195-350. Doors open 6pm; show starts 9pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.timeouttickets.com

Dubai Top Model Grand Final at Cavalli Club
After weeks of public voting in the club, the finalists will strut their stuff in both the male and female legs of the competition.
Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).

Mahiki Retro Rewind
A night of ’80s and ’90s Desert Island Discs and guilty pleasures.
Free (door policy applies). 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).

Sunday 7

Amika Status Sundays
Expect fresh beats at this top urban night.
Free (guest list and reservations only). 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Amika, The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 354 4005).

L.O.V.E. Sundays @ Okku
The recent recipient of Time Out’s award for Best House Night, the L.O.V.E. team brings some Sunday flair with its reliably rammed, good-time retro party.
Free. 8pm-3am. Okku, The H Hotel (04 501 8777).

Monday 8

Hip-hop Mondays at Cirque du Soir
Dubai’s DJ Bliss guests this week at Cirque’s weekly urban fest.
Free (reservations recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).

Manic Mondays at Zinc
Old- and new-school club anthems from Greg Stainer and Andy Swift. The first 100 ladies in after 11pm get a free mixed drink.
Free for ladies all night and men before midnight; Dhs100 for men after midnight. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 151 5609).

Tuesday 9

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).

Bubbly Party at VIP Room
This new club hosts a one-off bubbly-themed party.
Free (guestlist only). 9pm-3am. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 388 1500).

Cirque loves Lady Gaga
Cirque du Soir hosts a party themed on pop’s most enigmatic practitioner, Lady Gaga.
Free (reservations recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).

Jam Night at The Music Room
A chance for local musicians to jam it out on stage.
Entry price includes one drink. Dhs50. 8pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower (056 799 6335).

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

Tuesdays at Caramel
A weekly retro night with ’90s tunes from DJs Bliss, Shef Codes and Stylez, plus half-price mixed drinks for ladies.
Free (guestlist only). 6pm-3am. Ongoing. Caramel, DIFC (04 425 6677).

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