51 top Dubai parties

Beiber, Bieber, Sploosh and more of the best nightlife this week

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Wednesday 1

Anahid Fashion Night at Armani/Privé
A glamorous Persian night with DJ Soheil behind the decks.
Free (couples only). 9pm-3am. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (056 175 1010).

Deja Vu Billionaire Affair at Cirque du Soir
Described as a night for ‘real billionaires’, this desi-themed circus party might be a tad exclusive.
Free (reservations recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Cirque du Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).

Diamond Wednesdays at XL
Glitzy urban night Diamond Wednesdays, hosted by well-known DJs Brooklyn and Shero, has been reborn in a new venue.
Free. 10pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa (056 640 6161).

Industry Night at 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).

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).

May Fest at the Sheraton
German food and drink, plus a live band, at this outdoor celebration of spring. Price includes admission and food, but not drinks.
Dhs195. 7pm-2.30am. Until May 4. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, JBR (050 553 7917).

Noush Like Sploosh and DD Foxx at The Music Room
A compelling bill of local female talent, compiled by For the Love of the Music. Headlining is great quirky alt-folk tripster/hipster Noush Like Sploosh, who’s been fairly quiet of late, so hopefully this heralds a return to the scene. Joint headlining is Lebanese house-pop singer DD Foxx, known for extraverted post-Gaga getup, plus Dana and Leyla, The Real Flava’s Sasha and N1yah and DJ Trina. The evening will be hosted by Radio 1’s Sheena.
Dhs100. 8pm. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6355).

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 2

Analog Room at The Q Underground
Detriot’s Delano Smith guests at this emerging underground night, hosted in a gritty underground basement.
Dhs75; free for ladies before midnight. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. The Q Underground, Holiday Inn Al Barsha (050 883 3172).

Armani/Privé’s third anniversary ball
One of Dubai’s best clubs celebrates three years in the emirate with a black-tie bash. DJ Flash guests from Armani in Milan, plus resident Darko De Jan and more.
Free. 9pm-3am. Armani/Privé, Burj Khalifa (056 175 1010).

Charl Chaka at Bliss Lounge
Expect a soulful set from Dubai talent Chaka.
Free. 9pm-3am. Bliss Lounge, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, JBR (050 553 7917).

Deep Crates at Casa Latina
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).

DJ Heidi at Trilogy
UK Radio 1 DJ Heidi guests tonight.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Trilogy, Souk Madinat Jumeirah (050 624 5751).

Estelle at Cavalli Club
The ‘American Boy’ singer performs an intimate set at Cavalli tonight.
Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).

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).

Jamrock at Sublime
Weekly night of reggae, dancehall and R&B.
Dhs50; ladies and couples free before midnight. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Sublime Bar & Grill, Ibis World Trade Centre (04 318 7130).

May Fest at the Sheraton
For details, see Wednesday 1.
Dhs195. 7pm-2.30am. Until May 4. Sheraton JBR (050 553 7917).

MustHaveSoul Soundsystem at 360°
Soulful house-mongers MHS host their monthly Soundsystem party, with residents Danny Kwang, Jonny Thornhill and Simon Reid spinning on the main deck. Meanwhile, more alternatively minded DUST resident James Locksmith spins below.
Free (reservations recommended). 6pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Something Big with Plastician at Catwalk
Plastician was one of the originators of dubstep, a Tempa artist who hung with Benga, Skream and co at Croydon’s Big Apple Records where the genre is widely considered to have been born. Known for working with the likes of Lethal Bizzle, M.I.A., Skepta and Wiley, he’s helped to bridge the gap between dubstep and grime. Here he guests for emerging bass night Something Big, which also features emerging Czech drum’n’bass DJ Akira.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Catwalk, Golden Tulip Al Barsha (04 341 7750).

SPiN Dubai’s grand launch party
After yesterday’s star-studded invite-only event, which was expected to be attended by founder Susan Sarandon and other stars, what may well be Dubai’s wackiest new venue opens to the public tonight. Boasting a ping-pong theme (yes, really), the venue includes a bar, lounge and nightclub as well as 11 pro table-tennis tables. It’s rumoured one of them is the most expensive table-tennis table in the world. We sense an #onlyindubai hashtag coming on.
Free (reservations recommended). 8pm-3am. SPiN Dubai, Wafi (55 776 7746).

The Act
See Simon Hammerstein’s extroverted Las Vegas export, complete with risqué stage performances.
Reservations and guestlist only. 9.30pm-3am. Ongoing. The Act, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 811 9900).

The Big Weekend at The Irish Village
Now in its fifth year, The IV’s annual summer hoedown stars live music, entertainment, and drinks from Dhs21.
Free. 11am-2am. Until May 3. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 282 4750).

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 3

Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions Uberhaus with Phil & Romax at 360°
The Dubai-Beirut connection continues this month with Uberhaus residents Phil & Romax representing, supported by Audio Tonic veterans Mr Mr and JC, plus Tristan Bain making the moves below.
Free (reservations recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Blue Marlin’s first birthday with Jamie Jones
As the man behind one of the hottest labels in the world right now, Hot Creations, it’s safe to say Jamie Jones is a man most definitely in demand. He appears here on a triple bill of internationals alongside Davide Squillace and Richy Ahmed, assembled to help ring in the first anniversary of Ibiza VIP clubbing brand Blue Marlin in Dubai.
Members and bookings only. 1pm-2am. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

David Guetta live at Atlantis
Inarguably the biggest DJ in world right now (and arguably the biggest influence on chart music of the past couple of years), DG rolls back into the UAE on his seemingly never-ever-ending tour (last spotted: Creamfields Abu Dhabi in December). The French music manipulator gets a lot of flak for spinning his hits live with little mixing flair. He gets more flak for the commercial nature of those hits. But he’s got a lot of them – if you’ve been under a rock, check ‘Titanium’, ‘Without You’ and ‘Turn Me On’ for his recent form. If you dig good-time, hands-in-the-air floor-filling house-pop, it doesn’t get much better or bigger than this.
Dhs275 (VIP sold out). 8pm-3am. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.timeouttickets.com

Girl DJ Festival with DJ Da Candy at Velvet Underground
Over the next four Thursdays, ‘old Dubai’ nightspot Velvet Underground will be hosting strictly female-only headliners, with Da Candy – whose own website dubs her the ‘hottest female DJ’ – first up. Fittingly, ladies get in for free.
Free for ladies; Dhs100 for men. 10.30pm-3am. Velvet Underground, Royal Ascot Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 962 4222).

Glow Friday pool party with Andrew Rayel at XL
Respected Moldovian trance name Rayel headlines this pool party. Making beats since he was 13 and signed to Armin van Buuren’s label, Rayel’s productions are spun by the likes of Tiësto and Paul Oakenfold. And he’s only 20. Blimey.
Dhs100 in advance; Dhs200 on the door. Noon-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa www.timeouttickets.com

House of Afrika at The Dek on Eight
A weekly night specialising in South African deep house, with residents Charl Chaka, Afroboogie, Just Lance, Simon B and Nthayi, plus international guests.
Free. 1pm-3am. The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

May Fest at the Sheraton
For more details, see Wednesday 1.
Dhs195. 7pm-2.30am. Until May 4. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, JBR (050 553 7917).

Naser Mestarihi album launch at The Music Room
Jordanian-Pakistani guitarist Mstarihi launches his debut album, 1987, plus support sets from top tight local rockers Kicksound and Nikotin.
Dhs60. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6355).

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).

Sunny Vibe-up at Dusk Terrace
Ten hours of poolside grooves, with rare reggae, soul, funk, hip-hop, Latin and breaks from the Deep Crates Cartel’s eclectic mixsters, including Break DJ Lobito, Frezidante, General Public, Adriano K, Chris Rayner and more.
Free (men before 5pm; ladies all night); Dhs80 (men after 5pm). 2pm-midnight. Dusk Terrace, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).

The Big Weekend at The Irish Village
For details, see Thursday 2.
Free. 11am-2am. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 282 4750).


Saturday 4

411 Saturdays at People by Crystal
A 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).

Ani Lorak live at Atlantis
Ukrainian pop singer, best known for representing her country in the 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, performing a black-tie gala dinner.
Dhs790-1,990. 7pm-1am. Asateer, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 1000).

Balearic Chillout Sessions at The Dek on Eight
An Ibiza-flavoured soundtrack, plus acoustic elements from live musicians, at this fresh pool party which kicks off which a brunch deal (2pm-6pm for Dhs220) and runs until after dark.
Free. 2pm-10pm The Dek on Eight, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

Dan Balan at Cavalli Club
Moldovian Eurodance singer Balan performs live.
Free (door policy applies). 11pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).

May Fest at the Sheraton
For details, see Wednesday 1.
Dhs195. 7pm-2.30am. Until May 4. Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, JBR (050 553 7917).

Sunset Saturdays at White X
A new chilled sunset-themed beach concept, with beach volleyball competitions, racquetball and more.
Free. Noon-midnight. White X Beach & Lounge, Rixos The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 5555).

Justin Bieber ‘Believe’ World Tour at The Sevens
With a 25,000 capacity, the Bieb’s Middle Eastern debut is being touted as the biggest gig the emirate has ever seen. And that was before promoters announced a second date a day later. Much has been made of the 19-year-old’s erratic offstage behaviour of late, but we’re anticipating carefully choreographed pop when Bieber takes to the stage in Dubai. Whatever your opinion of the man, it’s a big night for Dubai.
Tonight sold out. Until Sunday 5. Doors open 5pm; show starts 8pm. The Sevens Stadium, Al Ain Road (no number).

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


Sunday 5

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).

Justin Bieber ‘Believe’ World Tour at The Sevens
For details, see Saturday 4.
Dhs350-1,000. Doors open 5pm; show starts 8pm. The Sevens Stadium, Al Ain Road, www.timeouttickets.com

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 6

Hip-hop Mondays at Cirque du Soir
Dubai’s DJ Bliss hosts this week at Cirque’s weekly urban fest, which attracts a glam crowd every week.
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 to arrive 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 7

Pin-Up Tuesdays at Mahiki
This award-winning ladies’ night is 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).

The Tuesday Jam at Jazz@Pizza Express
The emirate’s resident jazzmen stop by for a jam session every Tuesday. Expect an informal atmosphere as the musicians stretch out over familiar themes.
Free. From 8pm. Jazz@Pizza Express, Cluster A, JLT (04 441 6342).

Tuesdays at Caramel
Hear ’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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