16 best parties in Dubai this week

Cuban birthdays, Hed Kandi UAE, a Rihana tribute act and more

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Our picks of the week

1 August Alsina at People by Crystal
See Thu 19.

2 Hed Kandi UAE at Nasimi Beach
See Fri 20.

3 My Happy Birthday at Zero Gravity
See Fri 20.

4 White Party at Pacha Ibiza Dubai
See Fri 20.

5 Bassworx at Casa Latina
See Thu 19.

Wednesday 18

Café Habana Birthday Bash
Join the venue in celebration of its second birthday in true Latino style, with a free Cuban mixed drink on arrival. Complimentary Cuban-Mexican canapés will be served from 7pm until 9pm.
Free. 7pm-1am. Café Habana, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 422 2620).

Esencia Cubana
Listen to live Cuban music styles played by Esencia Cubana. The Latin duo is made up of pianist Yasiel Diaz and percussionist Indira Hernandez. The quintessentially Cuban group play popular renditions of Salsa, Bolero, Cha Cha and Mambo classics. The duo’s Bachata and Merengue performances should not be missed.
Free. 9.30pm-1.30am. Ongoing. Trader Vic’s, Al Fattan Tower, JBR (04 386 5646).

Thursday 19

August Alsina live
The R&B and hip-hop star, famous for his new hit track ‘No Love’ featuring Nicki Minaj, will be performing from his debut studio album Testimony. Free (reservations recommended). 8pm-3am. People By Crystal, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (050 297 2097).

Bassworx Old Skool Party
Six of Dubai’s old-skool DJs will be playing everything from drum ’n’ bass and jungle to UK Garage.
Free guestlist before 11pm. Dhs60 after including one drink. 8.45pm-2.45am. Casa Latina, Ibis Hotel, Al Barsha (04 399 6699).

Ravelations presents DUST
Italian DJ Dust has played worldwide since 2008. His debut album I Don’t Like Psychedelics was released in February 2012 on Looney Moon Records. His new album My Friends Love Psychedelics is released in March this year.
Free for ladies until 11pm. Dhs100 for gents. 9pm-3am. Fabric@The Lodge, Oud Metha (050 645 1119).

Wild Adventure@O2
Expect a night of pure underground house music with Tania Vulcano.
Free. 10pm-3am. 02 Nightclub & H2O Rooftop by O2, Sofitel The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (056 271 7273.)

Friday 20

Adriatique & DJ Le Roi
DJ Le Roi is no stranger to the international dance music scene and is a favourite of Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE’s glamorous crowd. Adriatique, meanwhile, plays deep, funk-lead tunes.
Free. 1pm-11pm. Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotels and Resort, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

Hed Kandi UAE
Enjoy dance music by official Hed Kandi resident DJ Eibhlin and music producer Lokate, and Radio 1’s number one house DJ Greg Stainer.
Free for the first 200 partygoers. 4pm-2am. Nasimi Beach, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).

My Happy Birthday
Enjoy a journey through house music with a live singer alongside Ocean Beach Ibiza resident DJ Grant Collins. Nick Hussey and Mark Pickup will take over to warm up the night with some timeless vocal house classics with a special live piano set.
Free before 10pm. 2pm-3am. Zero Gravity, SkyDive Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).

No 1 Fridays
DJs Shero and Brooklyn will play a mix of hip-hop, R&B and urban tracks. Ladies will receive two free drinks before midnight.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. The Terrace, N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (055 147 6034).

Rihanna Tribute
Watch a tribute singer perform her hits such as ‘Rude Boy’, ‘We Found Love’ and ‘Monster’.
Free. 10pm-3am. Chameleon Club, Marina Byblos Hotel, TECOM (050 113 5858).

Pacha White Party
Marc Marshall will be enticing the crowds with a signature eclectic set with support from resident DJ Rico. There will also be live performances from violinist Nico and live percussion by Chico Bos. Strictly ‘white’ dress code.
Free. 2pm-3am. The Rooftop. Pacha Ibiza Dubai, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 567 0000).

Saturday 21

The Girls Don’t Q Part 2
The team at Q43 are bringing you another top-notch weekly ladies’ night. Dance to ’80s, ’90s and ’00s tunes all mashed with some cheesy hip-hop, pop and rock. Three free drinks for ladies.
Free. 6pm-1am. Ongoing. Q43, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 443 5403).

Sunday 22

Black Bass
Wear black and dance to urban music with DJ Stutter.
Free (reservations recommended). 11pm-3am. Ongoing. A Club, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road (055 979 3957).

Monday 23

Hip-Hop Chic
DJ Masterstepz and Shef Codes are on the decks tonight.
Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 995 5400).

Tuesday 24

Honeys Rock the Boat
Free drinks for ladies from 7pm until 3am when you enter before 11pm.
Free. 7pm-3am. Ongoing. Mahiki, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 380 7731).

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