49 best parties in Dubai this week

Bruno Mars, Damian Lazarus, Eddie Griffin and 46 more top nights out

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Wednesday 10

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

Industry Night Movida
Exclusive nightspot Movida is traditionally busiest on Wednesdays. Find out what the fuss is about by checking out its popular Industry Night.
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).

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. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.timeouttickets.com

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 11

The Act
See Simon Hammerstein’s extroverted Las Vegas export, complete with risqué stage performances.
Reservations and guestlist only. 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. The Act, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 811 9900).

Analog Room at The Q Underground
This new weekly house night, hosted in the alternative Barsha club, is picking up quite a buzz with some decent international guests. Tonight it’s a residents’ bill, with Costas Pappa, Dimitry Liss and Shadi Megallaa spinning. Well worth checking out. Dhs75 (ladies free before midnight).
10pm-3am. Ongoing. The Q Underground, Holiday Inn Al Barsha (050 883 3172).

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 event serves up old-school hip-hop, funk, Afrobeat, world grooves and more, plus some serious scratching action from DJ Lobito.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Casa Latina, Ibis Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Groove on the Grass with Damian Lazarus
As the notable Crosstown Rebel label celebrates ten years in the business, its founder Lazarus guests at this open-air event – get involved before summer hits home. Also spinning are Machine Machine, Salah Sadeq and OneRush. Price includes one drink.
Dhs150. 7pm-3am. Emirates Golf Club (04 380 1234).

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).

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

Michael Learns to Rock at Dubai Tennis Stadium
The Danish soft-rockers visit Dubai on their 25th anniversary tour.
Dhs195-350. Doors open 6pm; show starts 9.30pm. Dubai Tennis Stadium, Garhoud, www.timeouttickets.com

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

The Experience featuring Hector Moralez
Expect to hear hints of Latin, jazz, funk, hip-hop and soul in US house name Moralez’s subtle sounds. New Infusion resident Gabriel Green is also spinning.
Free (reservations recommended). 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

The Laughter Factory
For details see Thursday 4.
Dhs140. 9pm. Grand Millennium Dubai, TECOM, 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).

Tone of Arc at Trilogy
This American DJ duo teams hairy producer/guitarist/drummer/vocalist Derrick Boyd (aka Dead Seal) with vocalist Zoe Presnick. Expect interesting sounds.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

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).


Friday 12

Acoustic Jamboree at The Music Room
Acoustic sets from six UAE acts, including Sam+Kurt and Red House.
Dhs60. 8pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower (056 799 6335).

Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions with PBR Streetgang at 360°
The UK house duo (hopefully) make their UAE debut after a January set was cancelled due to the weather. Having been picked up by Pete Tong, gigged at Space Ibiza and put tunes out on 20:20 Vision and Hot Creations, Bonar Bradberry and Tom Thorpe are doing pretty well for themselves right now, so catch them on the way up. Also spinning are ever-reliable residents Rich Showell, Tristan Bain and Megadon Betamax. Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Before and After at Media One
Some smart souls have set up a ‘Before and After’ concept to serve the pre- and post-Bruno Mars gig-goers at Media City. There’s a 5pm-8pm happy hour downstairs at Z:ONE in the heat of the day, while after the gig the party moves upstairs to the eighth-floor terrace The Med, where DJs Tim Cheddar and Soulninja will be spinning cheesy tunes from across the decades.
Free. 5pm-3am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

The Big Payback Boat Party
Four of the city’s best decksmiths, who hail from diverse musical backgrounds, converge for this charity boat party to raise money for underprivileged kids. Spinning will be Soulful Sessions guru Schooly, Infusion’s Charl Chaka, Break DJ Lobito from the Deep Crates Cartell and Sunstroke resident Jack Woodcock. The price includes beverages, soft drinks and pizza, with all profits going towards Hope Flowers, an independent, non-political, co-ed school in Bethlehem providing education to refugee and disadvantaged children.
Dhs350 (reservations only). 1pm-5pm. Leaving from Dubai Marina Yacht Club, info@djdavidcraig.co.uk (055 329 378).

Bon Jovi tribute night at Rock Bottom
The ‘UK’s number one tribute band’ Bon Giovi take to the stage to perform all those ’80s and ’90s anthems, complete with ‘nuu-Jersey’ double-denim outfits and vintage blow-dried mullets. There are drinks prizes, and there ‘might’ be a contest to find the best Jovi singer in the club. Here’s hoping the guys are game and it goes ahead. Warm-up DJ from 8pm.
Dhs100 for single or couple. 8pm-3am. Rock Bottom Café, TECOM (04 435 0000).

Bruno Mars in Dubai Media City
Expect an evening of infuriatingly catchy – and intensely derivative – pop gold from everyone’s favourite Hawaiian hitmaker. Taking reams from the books of idols Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley, Mars
is both a consummate performer and shrewd chart tactician, and will no doubt work the crowd into a frenzy with a mix of floor-tapping grooves, silky vocals, suggestive lyrics and a provocative dance demeanour. Regular and front pit tickets sold out.
VIP tickets Dhs1,495. Doors open 6pm; show starts 9pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, www.timeouttickets.com

Cavalli Live with Michael Fish
Flamboyant percussionist Fish arrives from the UK to strut his percussiony stuff.
Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).

Classic Rock Festival with Doors
Alive Don’t expect anything too novel at Rock Nation’s third annual rock fest – the headliner is a tribute band. Still, fans of decadent hippy-poet Jim Morrison and the indulgent, dated psychedelism of his band The Doors will be thrilled with the two-hour headline set from this pro UK tribute band, Doors Alive. Truth be told, we’re more excited about the outdoor and intimate sets from UAE bands, with a Battle of the Bands taking place from 4pm starring AKB, Soulfuel, Senyales and more. Established acts take to the stage from 7pm, including a solo acoustic show from Abbo, folk-rock from the Desert Ramblers, AC/DC tribute Riff Raff, ’80s hair metal from Flames Re-Ignited and rock trio On Probation.
Dhs100. 4pm-midnight (Doors Alive play at 10pm). Pyramid Rooftop Gardens, Wafi, Oud Metha, www.timeouttickets.com

Disfunktion at XL Beach Club
Riding a wave of interest in the EDM craze, Dutch DJ duo Disfunktion have picked up support from the likes of Tiësto, Paul Oakenfold, Ferry Corsten and Nicky Romero.
Dhs100 (ladies free before 8pm). 6pm-3am. Ongoing. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (04 399 5000).

Eddie Griffin at Dubai World Trade Centre
American actor and comedian Griffin performs a set of stand-up. He’s best known to American audiences for his eponymous sitcom Malcolm & Eddie, along with co-star Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and was notably rated as number 62 on Comedy Central’s list of the ‘100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time’.
Dhs350-750. 8pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, www.timeouttickets.com

HNQO at Blue Marlin
Blue Marlin keeps up its impressive list of weekly international guests by flying in another clout-heavy Hot Creations export, Brazilian DJ HNQO, aka Henrique Oliveira.
Members and bookings only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

House of Afrika at The Dek on Eight
This weekly night specialises in the South African deep house scene. This week’s guest is Dakin Auret, plus residents Charl Chaka, Afroboogie, Just Lance, Simon B and Nthayi.
Free. 1pm-3am. The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

Hypnotique Recordings Launch Party at The Q
A trio of underground Dubai DJs launch their own psytrance label with sets from Psycoustix, Trailoka and Fraktal Sequence, plus some swirling visual action.
Dhs50; free for ladies before midnight. 10pm-3am. The Q, Holiday Inn Al Barsha (04 323 4333).

Massive Fridays at Club Sensation
Big shakers at this fresh urban night.
Dhs100; free for ladies. 10.30pm-3am. Club Sensation, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 911 0600).

MusicHall
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).


Saturday 13

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).

Electric Days Dubai
A new sunset party focusing on eclectic house and tech music, with international guest Shinedoe guesting. The Dutch/Nigerian decksmith takes in Detroit techno, funky house, US garage and more. Support comes from Third Eye Crew, Infusion Magazine and Dust.
Free (guestlist only). 4pm-midnight. Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).

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).

XO Saturdays at Armani/Privé
Armani’s signature urban night features R&B and urban mash-ups from Mass Ramli, Brooklyn and more.
Dhs100; ladies free before midnight. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (056 683 3943).


Sunday 14

Amika Status Sundays
Expect fresh beats at this top urban night.
Free (guestlist 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 Sunday flair with its retro party.
Free. 8pm-3am. Okku, The H Hotel (04 501 8777).

Monday 15

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 16

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).

Cirque loves Freak Shows
Three new performers arrive from London for this one-off party themed on freakish exhibitionism.
Free (reservations recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).

Pin-Up Tuesdays at Mahiki
This award-winning Ladies Night is one of the most popular in town. There are free drinks for ladies between 9pm and 11pm, and the party goes on until late.
Free (door policy applies). 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).

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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