29 best parties in Dubai

Top DJ nights, live music and party events in Dubai this week

Our picks of the week

1 Launch of Societe Jumeirah at Capitol Hotel
See Fri 28.

2 The Music of Queen at Media City Amphitheatre
See Fri 28.

3 Groove on the Grass at Emirates Golf Club
See Fri 28.

4 Prestige Saturday at Movida
See Sat 29.

5 OCCUPY ft. Otto Knows at Cavalli Club
See Sun 30.

Wednesday 26

Back to the Future
Attempting to catch the vibe of Studio 54 in its heyday Back to the Future is a one-of-a-kind nostalgic night of dance and games, bringing together the best of ’70s funk, ’80s pop and ’90s dance music with DJ Nunez.
Dhs60. 8pm-1am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (050 697 3035).

Gentleman’s Night
This is one for the guys. Who says ladies get to have all the fun? Men are welcomed to Aquara Lounge with a complimentary bottle of hops on arrival and all-night happy hour with live music from Sax and Singer.
Free. 8pm-11pm. Aquara Lounge, Dubai Marina Yacht Club (04 362 7900).

One for the Girls! Ladies’ Night
Ladies can enjoy five free mixed drinks while listening to live music from Mike Ross.
Free. 8pm-3am. McGettigan’s DWTC, beside Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (800 6247).

Temptation by Toko
Dubai Ladies can enjoy four complimentary drinks and delicious nibbles throughout the night at the brand new ladies’ night out.
Free. 8pm-midnight. Toko Dubai, Vida Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 442 8383).

Thursday 27

Alcatraz Rooftop
To celebrate Story Rooftop’s first anniversary, the venue will focus on techno with Alcatraz Rooftop by Salah Sadeq, Dante, Nader Razder and the headliner featuring Berlin-based artist MUUI with an early live set.
Free. 8pm-3am. Story Rooftop Lounge, Holiday Inn, Knowledge Village (055 773 0010).

Basskiller live
Niels Van Gogh will perform in Dubai as part of his Basskiller World Tour playing a lively house set. His new single ‘Pullover’ released this year on Doorn Records earned full support from top international DJs including David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike.
Dhs100. 8pm-3am. The Fabric @The Lodge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha (052 957 7111).

Velocity
Zero Gravity will erupt in an EDM frenzy courtesy of Swiss DJ and producer EDX for this night. At the tender age of 25, EDX has an impressive depth to his sound, which mixes between floor-filling, progressive and risk-taking tracks. This edge is exactly what has gained him the respect of talent-spotting DJ heavy-weight Pete Tong.
Free before 10pm, Dhs100 after for gents, free for ladies before midnight, Dhs100 after. 6pm-3am. Zero Gravity, SkyDive Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).

XL Thursday with Chingy live
The American singer will take to the stage at XL Beach Club to perform hits including ‘Right Thurr’ and ‘Dem Jeans’. He’ll be supported by DJ Jojo. Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. XL Beach Club, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161).

Friday 28

Andrea Oliva and Noir
Andrea Oliva and the talented Noir will take control of Blue Marlin Ibiza today. Noir is one of the world’s most in-demand house DJs.
Free (reservations recommended). 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

Audio Tonic
This week we see AFFKT headline with electronic music alongside Tristan Bain, Jordan Sweeting and Breakin Even with Kasparov.
Free. 4pm-3am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road (055 500 8518).

Groove on the Grass
The line-up includes Detroit native Carl Craig who is described as a groundbreaking electronic music icon and an esteemed Grammy-nominated composer.
Dhs180. 7pm-3am. Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills (04 380 1234).

Karaoke Fridays Sing with DJ Coxy
Ladies and those performing can enjoy one free drink. Prizes include Dhs300 for first place and Dhs200 for second. Music by Danny Cee from Radio 1 at 11.30pm.
Free. 8pm-3am. Rock Bottom Café, Ramee Rose Hotel, TECOM (044 500 111).

No.1 Fridays
Ladies can enjoy free bubbly until 1am while dancing to urban classics and club hits. DJs Brooklyn and Shero will be on the decks.
Free. 10pm-3am. Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 5995).

Redbull Soundclash
India’s Euphoria will face Pakistan’s Strings at Red Bull Soundclash, a unique live musical experience that brings two bands with different sounds, styles and influences together under one roof to compete for the devotion of a room full of fans. Dubai’s Indian and Pakistani expats can witness the rivalry play out live in front of their eyes on a completely new stage.
Dhs125. 9pm-3am. Sheikh Maktoum Hall, Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road. www.timeouttickets.com

Societe Jumeirah grand opening
Everyone’s favourite retro hotspot opens at a second location tonight bringing you the best sounds from the last three decades along with Societe’s signature style of unpretentious, let-your-hair-down partying.
Free. 10pm-3am. Societe Jumeirah, Capitol Hotel, Al Mina Road, Jumeirah (052 728 5126).

Sunny Vibe Up
DJ Format has been a huge influence on the Deep Crates Cartel fusing funk, soul, hip-hop, Latin and everything in between for decades. Catch him live on the decks.
Free before 5.30pm. 3pm-2am. Dusk Terrace, Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Media City (055 418 6265).

The Music of Queen
Dubbed one of the biggest rock shows on Earth, fans will be treated to the kind of magic you get from combining a 16-strong band with the leading stars straight from the London West End smash hit musical, We Will Rock You in a night of Queen music.
Dhs195-395. 7pm-midnight. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City. www.timeouttickets.com

Warehouse Presents DJ EZ
UK garage fans will love this laid-back night featuring DJ EZ, Zinc and Majestic.
Dhs100. Level 41, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

Saturday 29

Prestige Saturday presents Trinidad James
The Trinidad-born, hip-hop storyteller and ‘Gold Gang’ godfather who emerged from the mines of underground Atlanta in 2012 with the straight-forward anthem ‘All Gold Everything’ will perform a mix of urban tracks.
Free (reservations recommended). 11pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).

Sunday 30

Il Momento dell’ Aperitivo
Roberto’s embraces the century-old tradition that is the classic Italian aperitivo. Enjoy the live DJ and views of the Burj Khalifa. For every drink ordered, guests will be treated to a complimentary plate of appetizers to share.
Free. 5pm-8pm. Roberto’s, The Bay Gate, DIFC (04 386 0066).

Milk On Sundays
DJ Brooklyn and DJ Shef Codes play a mix of old skool, nu skool, R&B, hip-hop, rare grooves and funk.
Free. 10pm-3am. Chinawhite, Grand Hyatt, Oud Metha (055 147 6034).

OCCUPY Featuring Otto Knows
Hailing from Sweden, the dance music artist will perform alongside DJ Nick Tohme and DJ Michka.
Free (reservations recommended). 9pm-3am. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 991 0400).

S.O.S Sunday Old School
Step back in time and lose yourself in a mix of ’70s, ’80s and ’90s mash-ups and remixes. Complimentary mixed drinks for ladies all night.
Free. 9pm-3am. Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 5995).

Monday 1

Ba Ladies’ Night
Ladies prepare for Monday night glamour with three complimentary beverages – including sparkling pomegranate mixed drinks sprinkled with gold dust – and the best tunes with DJ Ilona Maras.
Free. 9pm-midnight. Ba Restaurant & Lounge. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3338).

R&B Anthems at Sensation
This weekly night features genres from R&B and hip-hop to funky and commercial house as well as UK garage and dubstep.
Free for ladies, Dhs100 for gents. 10.30pm-3am. Sensation Club, Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 331 1111).

Subbase Sessions
Enjoy a night of UK garage, drum ’n’ bass and dubstep with Stu Todd. Complimentary drinks for ladies from 10pm to midnight.
Free. 11pm-3am. Box Nightclub, Raintree Rolla Hotel, Bur Dubai (056 363 1910).

Tuesday 2

Jazz Nights at The Farm
Whether you are a jazz aficionado or just feel like an evening of good music in a great setting, The Farm plays host to the talented Desert Jazz band.
Free. 6pm-9pm. The Farm, Al Barari, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road (04 392 5660).

Ladies Rock the City
Ladies can indulge in three mixed drinks with a 30 percent discount on food. The resident band will play tunes by female artists all night long.
Free. 6pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 359 8888).

Pink in the City
Enjoy classic tunes from all the female greats. Between 6pm and 9.30pm ladies dining at Latest Recipe will receive their bottomless glass of bubbly or grape free. After dinner head down to the lower deck at Barasti where you can continue enjoying your unlimited bubbles until 10.30pm.
Free. 6pm-3am. Barasti, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina (04 399 2313).

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