Biggest gigs and nights in Dubai this week

Go commercial with Steve Aoki at People or explore the underground with Optiv at Catwalk

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Wednesday 5

Café Habana’s first birthday
The Latin-themed bar and restaurant, which originated in New York City, will be offering visitors a Latin soundtrack from a DJ and if you turn up before 9pm, there’ll be a free drink waiting for you, too.
Free. 7pm-2am. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 422 2620).

Diamond Wednesdays at XL Beach Club
This popular urban night sees tunes spun by the likes of DJs Brooklyn and Shero.
Dhs100 for men, free for ladies and couples. 5pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort and Spa (056 640 6161).

Retro Wednesdays at Mahiki
Resident DJ Adam will spin old-school commercial classics from the ’80s and ’90s.
Free (reservations recommended). 7pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (04 380 7731).

Thursday 6

Cause We Love Music at Bliss Lounge
German deep funk beats will be supplied by Purple Disco Machine for this night, which will also see sets from A-Moralez, Danilo Dumonte, Mary-G and Smokingroove.
Free. 9pm-2.30pm. Bliss Lounge, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, JBR (050 553 7917).

Optiv at Catwalk
The Swiss drum and base DJ and producer from Cause4Concern will be supplying the tunes.
Dhs100. 10pm-3am. Golden Tulip Hotel Al Barsha (050 917 5432).

Ravelations Presents Hill Top Festival Promo Party at Chi @ The Lodge
The line-up for this night includes Goan trance care of DJ Starling, DJ SubNormal and chill out tunes by DJ Liminal Roots.
Free (before 11pm). Dhs100 (after 11pm). 8pm-3am. Chi @ The Lodge, Oud Metha (050 882 3435).

Sarah Brightman in Concert
The star of countless Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals, Sarah Brightman is performing live today and tomorrow as part of her Dreamchaser world tour.
Dhs350-Dhs1,390. 7pm. Sheikh Rashid Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 343 9139).

Sound Smash Battle of the Bands at Club Mint
The year’s first battle of the bands competition will include a pre-Valentine’s Day celebration.
Dhs150 (including selected drinks). 9pm-3am. Manhattan Hotel, Bur Dubai (056 257 6667).

Steve Aoki at People by Crystal
The famous DJ and founder of Dim Mak Records, which has Gossip, Bloc Party and The Kills on its list of signees, will be jetting in from LA for a set.
Dhs400. 10pm-3am, People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).

Sunidhi Chauhan & Mika Singh Live in Concert
The West Bengali singer and composer Mika Singh and the Indian Hindi star Sunidhi Chauhan will both be performing live.
Dhs195-295. 8pm-2am. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 616 0586). www.timeouttickets.com

The Laughter Factory at Melrose Ballroom
Risqué UK comedian Jojo Smith will share the bill with fellow UK comics John Lynn and Ola, who has appeared on MTV Base and has written comedy for BBC Radio 4.
Dhs140. 9pm. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina (04 355 1862). www.timeouttickets.com


Friday 7

Audio Tonic Sunset Sessions at 360°
Argentinean Nico Abalos, AKA Shall Ocin, is the special international guest DJ in a night that will also see Megadon Betamax, Raxon, Tristan Bain and Kasparov on the wheels of steel.
Free (reservations recommended). 1pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel (056 682 6617).

Craig Perry band debut EP launch at The Music Room
Local musician Craig Perry and his guitar band will be debuting their first EP Small Steps, Big Shoes. The evening also includes performances from five support acts.
Dhs70. 8pm-2am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).

Friday Pool Party with Stefan Dabruck at XL Beach Club
Having honed his skills on the club scene in Frankfurt, Germany, Dabruck will be supplying the beats for this popular pool party in Dubai Marina. S3r-Han and DJ Samo are also on the bill.
Free for ladies before 8pm, Free for men before 6pm, Dhs100 early bird, Dhs150 door. 1pm-3am. XL Beach Club, The Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai (056 640 6161). www.timeouttickets.com

Boutiq Electriq at Boutiq Ultra Lounge
This evening at Sheikh Zayed Road’s latest nightclub features world- -class light shows and an eclectic selection of music from live performers including vocalists, bass players and violinists.
Free. 9pm-3am. The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (052 680 1855).

Hush & Hustle Launch Party at Aurora Lounge & Terrace
This party will involve clubbers choosing between two sets of headphones, where they’ll get to listen to either DJ Dave Zohbaa or DJ Greg Funk.
Dhs100 (free for couples before midnight and free for ladies all night). Hues Boutique Hotel, Deira (055 708 0909).

Grand Salsa Boat Party
This party will involve an eclectic mix of music ranging from salsa and reggae right up to R&B and hip-hop from guest DJ Udia.
Dhs250, Dhs200 (early bird). 10pm-2am. Jasmine Boat, Pier 7, Marina Mall (050 696 3520).

Plus Minus Sessions at Nasimi Beach opening party featuring Timo Maas
The house DJ who cut his teeth on the Hamburg club scene will be showcasing his talent for this special event.
Dhs130 (free for ladies before 7pm). Dhs100 for men before 7pm. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (050 849 7332).

Steve Lawler at Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE
The British DJ will be spinning the tunes at this alfresco event, which will also see residents Frederick Stone and Jean B on the decks.
Members and bookings only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

The Laughter Factory at Melrose Ballroom Risqué
UK comedian Jojo Smith will share the bill with fellow UK comics John Lynn and Ola, who has appeared on MTV Base and has written comedy for BBC Radio 4.
Dhs140. 9pm. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, Dubai Marina (04 355 1862).


Saturday 8

411 Nights at People by Crystal
This special Winter Onesieland party features a fun dress code where you’re encouraged to show up in your onesie (or hoodie) and dance to tunes spun by DJs Bliss and Shef Codes.
Free, door policy applies. 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles, Oud Metha (050 354 3131).

Aftaglow at Sublime Bar & Lounge
This dance music night means that you can start your week like it’s the weekend with tunes from DJ Impaulce.
Dhs50 for men. 10pm-2am. Free for women. Sublime Bar & Lounge, Ibis World Trade Centre (056 244 6566).

Bob Marley Birthday Bash at Reggae Beachfest III at XL Beach Club
This Jamaican-themed reggae pool party will feature a live performance from singer Dawn Penn as well as sets from the likes of Dany Neville and Masterstepz.
Dhs100. Free for ladies before 6pm. 2pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai (04 454 2927).

Play Saturdays at Boutiq Ultra Lounge
This night is a platform for local up-and-coming music talent to perform live on stage.
Free. 6pm-2am. The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (052 680 1855).

Sunday 9

Let the music play at Iris Dubai
The Oberoi’s swanky rooftop bar, Iris Dubai, which only threw open its doors recently, has become hugely popular already. It now hosts a live music night every Sunday and Tuesday with a line-up of international music talent on the bill from 10pm.
Free. Iris Dubai, The Oberoi, Business Bay (056 951 1442).

Senorita Sundays at Maya Lounge
There are three free drinks and canapés at Maya’s popular ladies’ night.
Free. 8pm-10pm. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (04 399 5555).

The Act Dubai
This night combines theatrical performances, acrobatics, dancers and dining. It’s only open on Thursdays and Sundays though.
Free (reservations required). 9.30pm-3am. Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (052 811 9900).


Monday 10

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

Vanity Dubai Ladies’ night
Head to Vanity Dubai and take advantage of its ladies’ night where there are free drinks between 11pm and 1am on offer.
Free. Vanity Dubai, Al Murooj Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 916 6192).

Tuesday 11

Grape Story at Story Rooftop Lounge
Head to Story Lounge and you’ll get to enjoy the cool venue’s Peruvian menu with a 20 percent discount, in an evening where bottles of grape are discounted to Dhs100.
Free. 5pm-8pm. Story Rooftop Lounge, behind Zayed University. Dubai Media City (050 151 4308).

I Wanna Be Loved By Q at Q43
This new venue on the 43rd floor has just recently launched a ladies’ night where women receive three complimentary drinks.
Free. 6pm-1am. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (056 102 4298).

I AM Fashion at Boutiq Ultra Lounge
Boutiq Ultra Lounge threw open its doors last month. Check it out tonight and you can experience the I AM Fashion night – an evening of art, music and top local fashion.
Free. 6pm-2am. Boutiq Ultra Lounge, The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (052 680 1855).

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).

Pop Your Cherry Tuesdays at Cirque Le Soir
This 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).

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