Best parties in Dubai this week

History of house, stand up comedy and Drum 'n' bass in Dubai

Our picks of the week

1 Turntables of the Gulfat Dusk Terrace
See Fri 11.

2 Andy C at The Music Room
See Thu 10.

3 Deep Crates relaunch party at The Q Underground
See Fri 11.

4 Jamie Jones at Blue Marlin
See Fri 11.

5 The Gypsy Swing Project at Alliance Française
See Tue 15.

Wednesday 9

Christian Pommer at Calabar
Touring in support of album number four ÜberMood, German techno-infused producer Pommer hosts a three-night residency with local mainstay JC.
Free. 8pm-3am. Calabar, The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).

Thursday 10

All-star Pinoy Rappers at Domeland
Live rap battles from the best of the Philippines’ underground rap scene, including Abra, Ron Henley, Loonie, Smugglaz, Batas and Dello.
Dh100-150. 8pm. Domeland by Chi, Al Nasr Leisureland (050 755 3708).

Analog Room at Q Underground
This underground electro night is a hipsters’ haven spinning wilfully intelligent and eclectic nuggets from a revolving door of guest DJs. Today it’s a triple bill, with Tamir, Fhad and Megallaa all getting up to spin.
Dhs75 (ladies free before midnight). 10pm-3am, The Q Underground, Holiday Inn Al Barsha,

Christian Pommer at Calabar
For details, see Wednesday 9.
Free. 8pm-3am. Calabar, The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 436 8888).

History of House with K-Klass at Media One
Retro-leaning rave-style club night History of House returns. Heading up the bill is K-Klass, the band behind 1990s hits ‘Let Me Show You’ and ‘Rhythm is a Mystery’, joined on stage by Space Ibiza man DJ Alex P. Later expect a live PA from Angie Grown, known for hits ‘I’m Gonna Get You’ and ‘So Good’. One for the kids of the 1990s.
Dhs100 (ladies free before 11pm). 9pm-3am. Level 41, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

Cause We Love Music at Bliss Lounge
US DJ Camouflage guests at this weekly house fest, with Sami Dee also making the journey from Bahrain to perform alongside Dubai’s David Craig and Smokingroove.
Free. 9pm-3am. Bliss Lounge, Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort, JBR (04 315 3886).

GlobalFunk featuring Andy C at The Music Room
Drum and base forefather Andy C returns to underground night GlobalFunk for the third time since 2013, joined by rabble-rousing mic man MC Lowqui. Expect an onslaught from the man they call The Executioner. Dhs100. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (056 799 6335).

Outlook Festival 2014 Super Yacht Party Hosted by Something Big
Croatia’s notorious bass festival Outlook hosts a one-off yacht party in conjunction with local night Something Big. Underground and grimy basslines might not seem like the natural fit for a sparkly boat ride, but with headliners Icicle (of Shogun Audio) and Ant TC 1 (of Dispatch Recordings) on board, who’s complaining?
Dhs295 (including beverages and pizza). 9.30pm-2.30am. Jasim Super Yacht, Pier 7, Dubai Marina.

The Laughter Factory
As the comedy outfit gears up to celebrate its 18th anniversary this summer, The Laughter Factory team present a notable bill – Andrew Ryan, Danny McLoughlin and ‘comic’s comic’ Dave Fullton. One of the team’s strongest bills so far of 2014.
Dhs140. 9pm. Until April 10. Zinc, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan live in Abu Dhabi
The nephew of Qawwali forefather and world music legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – a favourite of Jeff Buckley, amongst others – performs under the stars in the capital. Expect yearning vocal explorations of a staggering nature.
Dhs250-2,800. 8pm, Armed Forces Officers Club, Abu Dhabi

Friday 11

Audio Tonic presents Native at 360°
Now in its eighth year, the recent winner of our Best House Night gong Audio Tonic keeps things local this week with a showcase of native talent, headlined by Best DJ winner Raxon, plus scene-stealer Smokingroove, Rod Lee Winters, Russ Cooper and Conan Liquid.
Free (guestlist recommended). 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (056 682 6617).

Christian Pommer at Calabar
For details, see Wednesday 9.
Free. 8pm-3am. Calabar, The Address Dubai Mall (04 436 8888).

Deep Crates Cartel relaunch party with DJ Vadim at Q Underground
After a notable Thursday night absence from Casa Latina, the DCC – that self-righteous collective of ‘like minded DJs, street artists, musicians, producers and vocalists’ – relaunch a weekly presence, at a new home, and on a Friday. Playing the launch is guest DJ Vadim, a Russian dude known for mixing hip-hop, soul, reggae and the like, which will surely go down a treat amongst the Cartel’s clued-up crowd.
D125 (Dhs75 to pre-registered guests). 9pm-3am. The Q Underground, Holiday Inn Al Barsha,

Plus Minus Sessions with Kollektiv Turmstraße at Nasimi
Fresh from hosting Henrik Schwarz, top house night Plus Minus keep the tempo up with a visit from hyped Berlin duo Kollektiv Turmstraße. Local warm-up comes from Daylomoar, Haidz, Shadi Megallaa, Miss PM and David Craig.
Dhs150 (ladies free and men Dhs100 before 7pm). 2pm-3am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (050 849 7332).

House of Afrika with Jojo Flores
Respected soulful house DJ is best known as the CEO of Gotsoul Records and the founder of Therapy nights worldwide. Here the Canadian brings his playlist to the rooftop for this popular Afro-tinged house night.
Free. 4pm-3am. Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City,

Electric Days
Dubai’s premier hipsters’ haven, Electric Days, runs every Friday. Guest DJs were to be confirmed at the time of press.Guestlist only.
Dhs70 includes two drinks before 8pm. Dhs100 after 8pm. Tamanya Terrace, Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City,

Ferry Corsten at People by Crystal
Trance big-hitter Corsten guests for Soap at this renowned super-club.
Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. People by Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).

Insomniacs featuring Rosario Internullo
The Romanian international guests for this emerging night.
Free before 10pm, Dhs50 after. Story Rooftop Lounge, Next to Zayed University, Dubai Internet City (04 365 9911).

Kings of Leon tribute at The Music Room
Just weeks before the real Kings of Leon – brothers Caleb, Jared and Nathan Followill, the spawn of grandfather Leon, geddit, plus cousin Mathew – take to the stage Live@Atlantis on May 28, get in the mood with this inventively titled tribute act, Kings Of Lyon.
Dhs100. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai

L’Illusionnite at Cirque Le Soir
The ‘Middle East’s best underground illusionist’ Emir Corbo guests at this high-end theatrical nightspot.
Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (056 115 4507).

Jamie Jones at Blue Marlin Ibiza
The man of the moment, as label boss of Hot Creations Jamie Jones is arguably one of the most influential men in dance music right now. Find out why.
Members, reservations only. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel & Resort, Ghantoot (056 133 3400).

Ravelations seventh birthday at Domeland
Making his Middle Eastern debut the UK’s Laughing Buddha plays in honour of this psytrance happening’s anniversary bash. Plus sets from Madd Nadd and Single Vision.
Dhs125. 8pm-3am. Domeland by Chi, Al Nasr Leisureland (050 645 1119).

The Laughter Factory
For details, see Thursday 3.
Dhs140. 9pm. Grand Millennium, TECOM

Turntables of the Gulf at Dusk Terrace
Party starters Dust and Radio Quarter Tone Frequency team up for a ten-hour rooftop party, starring three notable New Yorkers behind the decks: Nickodemus, known for his Turntables on the Hudson parties, DRM of a notable radio podcast and former Jungle Brother Bam. Taking to mic will be some of the UAE’s best vocalists, Hamdan Al-Abri and rappers Jibberish and Toofless, plus Dust residents on the decks.
Dhs80. 2pm-midnight. Dusk Terrace, Radisson Blu, Dubai Media City,

XL Beach Club presents Armada Night with David Gravell and Ruben de Ronde
Flying the flag for superstar DJ Armin van Buuren’s Armada label worldwide, the Gravell and de Ronde double act bring a taste of trance to bulk up this poolside nightspot.
Dhs100 (advance); Dhs150 (door). 1pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa

Saturday 12

Saturday Night Rocks at The Music Room
Bahraini Indie rockers Ala Ghawas & Likwid perform together, alongside Dubai’s own Hypnotone.
Dhs50. 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).

Sunday 13

Sundays at Rock Bottom
Live music, a DJ on the decks and deals at this bar.
Free entrance for members and ladies, men Dhs100. 9pm. Ramee Rose Hotel, TECOM (04 450 0111).

Monday 14

Mahiki Mondays
Sit back and have an early night out while relaxing in a tropical setting over a drink and a bite from the grill at this popular Tiki-themed nightclub.
7pm-3am. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim (055 216 0181).

Tuesday 15

The Gypsy Swing Project album launch party at Alliance Française
This kooky Django-aping quartet celebrate the release of their debut LP Paris-Dubai, a compelling set of swinging instrumentals from Edith Piaf, Georges Brassens and of course, Mr Reinhardt himself.
Free (RSVP to 8pm. Alliance Française, Oud Metha (04 335 8712).

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