34 top parties in Dubai this week

Chicago comes to town and Christmas parties kick off

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Wednesday 18

Third anniversary party at Rock Bottom
The popular TECOM nightspot is celebrating its third anniversary with a night of live music and complimentary canapés and beverages.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ramee Rose Hotel, TECOM (04 450 0111).

Thursday 19

Abri & Funk Radius Extended Live at Jazz@PizzaExpress
The local band will be performing live at this popular licensed restaurant.
Free. 7.30pm-1am, Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Jumeirah Lakes Towers (04 441 6342).

A Night’s Tale with Rod Lee Winters & Nader Razdar
This Media City nightspot’s regular Thursday night slot has a focus on quality sounds, with monthly international guests to keep things edgy.
Free. Dhs75 on international guest nights. 10pm-3am. Story Rooftop Lounge, behind Zayed University. Dubai Media City (050 151 4308).

Chicago
The successful Broadway musical, set in the prohibition era of US history and the Jazz Age, hits our shores for a special run with several shows each day.
Dhs245-2,295. December 19-January 3. Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre (04 457 3212).

Mahiki Dubai’s second anniversary
The high-end nightspot celebrates its second anniversary here in Dubai with a celebrity guest – British model and actress Kelly Brook.
Free (reservations recommended). 7pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).

Q43’s Grand Opening
Describing itself as a multi-purpose hub, this new nightspot will see house DJs on the decks and a New York loft-style interior.
Free. 5pm-3am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (056 102 4298).

The Break In (Part 2) on Level 9 at the Media One Hotel
This alternative music event returns to the ninth floor of the Media One Hotel with a Santa’s Secret Graffiti Grotto and drinks deals between 5pm and 8pm.
Free. 5pm-3am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

The Magic of Motown at Arabian Ranches Golf Club
Richie Sampson and Steve Michaels perform timeless Motown hits by the Four Tops, The Temptations, The Drifters, Barry White and many more.
Dhs150. Doors open 7.30pm, show starts 9pm. Arabian Ranches Golf Club, Arabian Ranches (04 360 7935).

Presents: Andre Lodemann (Dessous/Freerange) & Raxon at Amnesia Underground
This house night returns with a strong DJ line-up.
Dhs80 (door). Dhs60 (advance). Free for ladies before midnight. 9pm-3am. Amnesia Underground, Dhow Palace Hotel, Bur Dubai (050 725 8277).

White Dubai Opening
This Lebanese concept is throwing open its doors with the launch of its new rooftop nightspot.
Free (reservations required). 9.30pm-3am. White Dubai, Grandstand Rooftop, Meydan Racecourse (050 443 0933).

DJ Barry Ashworth at Zinc
The DJ from the Dub Pistols returns to Dubai to hit the decks, with support from MC Olly Wood, Greg Stainer, Andy Swift and Mister Ash.
Dhs100. 9pm-3am. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 1515 609).


Friday 20

Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions at 360°
This house night is the residents’ Christmas party, featuring sets from JC, Rich Showell, Raxon and Conan Manchester among others.
Free (reservations recommended). 1pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Beat Session at Bahri Bar
This post brunch involves chilled house music and buy one get one free on selected drinks between 4pm and 8pm.
Free. 4pm-9pm, Bahri Bar, Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 366 6730).

Cadenza Showcase featuring Mirko Loko & Cesar Merveille at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
The members of DJ collective Vagabundos family will be spinning their special brand of house music at this high-end al fresco nightspot.
Members and reservations only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

Chicago
See Thursday 19.
Dhs245-2,295. December 19-January 3. Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre (04 457 3212).

Dream 4th Edition at The Music Room
Nikhil D’Souza, Suman Udaya with the band MULGHAR, True Fiction, Sanyukta supported by Anupam and DJ Bionoiz will all be performing at this special event.
Dhs60. 10pm-1am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6335).

Electric Days at Tamanya Terrace
The last Electric Days of the year will see DJ sets from Kicksy, who’s flying in from the USA, Digitaria, Ladybug and resident Amy Wells.
Dhs100 (including two drinks before 7pm). 5pm-3am. Tamanya Terrace Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 366 9111).

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan at Dubai World Trade Centre
The Pakistani singer will be performing live with hits from Bollywood such as Teri Meri, Tere Mast Mast Do Nain and O Re Piya, as well as his traditional Sufi and Qawwali songs.
8pm-1am. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 955 6519). www.timeoutttickets.com

Santa’s Block Party with Mr Thomas
The international DJ and remixer will be headlining this special Christmas party at XL Beach Club.
Dhs100. 1pm-3am. XL Beach Club, The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161). www.timeoutttickets.com

VIP Room Dubai 1st anniversary party at VIP Room
American hip-hop star A$ap Rocky will be making his Middle East debut as part the club’s first anniversary event. Reservations required.
9pm-3am. VIP Room, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 881 8888).

Vir Das, Varun Thakur and Nitin Mirani at Jumeirah Emirates Towers
This Indian comedy night will see Vir Das make his Dubai debut when he takes to the stage.
Dhs195-295. 7pm-11pm. Godolphin Ballroom, Emirates Towers Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 600 0836).


Saturday 21

Chicago
See Thursday 19.
Dhs245-2,295. December 19-January 3. Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre (04 457 3212).

Homegrown at 360˚
This deep and groovy house night which focuses on local talent will feature performances from David Craig, Eric Francis, Conan Liquid, Tristan Bain, Nthayi, Shaun Soomro and Rob Turner.
Free (reservations recommended). 1pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Sunday 22

Chicago
See Thursday 19.
Dhs245-2,295. December 19-January 3. Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre (04 457 3212).

Sunday Sessions at Café Habana
This recently launched Sunday Sessions night features blues, reggae and jazz supplied by Marwan & The Mojos.
Free. 8pm-1am. Café Habana, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 422 2620).

Monday 23

Chicago
See Thursday 19.
Dhs245-2,295. December 19-January 3. Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre (04 457 3212).

Hip-Hop Chic Mondays at Cirque Le Soir
Theatrical club Cirque Le Soir’s weekly hip-hop party features tunes from the likes of DJ Bliss.
Free (bookings recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 4900).

Monster Music Quiz Night at Hard Rock Café
Think you know music? Put your melody memory to the test with this weekly quiz, which boasts plenty of prizes for winning and runner-up teams.
Free. From 8.30pm. Next to Marks & Spencer, Festival Centre, Dubai Festival City (04 232 8900).


Tuesday 24

iPaddy pub quiz at McGettigan’s JLT
Test your knowledge at this popular weekly quiz, with prizes up for grabs.
Free. From 8pm. McGettigan’s, Bonnington Hotel, JLT (800 6247).

Pink In The City at Barasti
The ever-popular beachside expat hangout is offering ladies unlimited bubbles for Dhs50 every Tuesday.
7.30pm-10.30pm. Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Dubai Marina (04 318 1313).

Pink Ladies Pin Up Tuesdays at Mahiki
This popular tiki-themed nightspot offers the girls complimentary drinks and canapés each Tuesday along with commercial tunes and a fun atmosphere.
Free. 7pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).

Pop Your Cherry Tuesdays at Cirque Le Soir
This recently launched night is taken from an American club brand, which aims to inject the spirit of a classic American frat party and a touch of hedonism into your evening.
Free (reservations recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).

Miss Studio F ladies’ night at Studio F
Launched on December 3, this brand new fashion-themed night includes free drinks and a chance for one lucky female to be crowned Miss Studio F, with candidates winning the opportunity to take part in a model training workshop.
Free. 10pm-midnight. Studio F, Jumeirah Emirates Towers Boulevard, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 714 0748).

Think Pink Ladies’ night at Pure Sky Lounge
Perched on the 35th floor, this hip venue hosts a ladies’ night where women get free-flowing drinks between 9pm and 11pm without paying.
Free. 9pm-11pm Dubai Jumeirah Residences, Dubai Marina (04 374 7888).

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