21 best parties in Dubai this week

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Blue Marlin season opening
The moment has finally arrived; Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE is back. Throw on your snazziest beach gear (tip: dress like you belong on the cover of Sports Illustrated) for a day of house and electronic vibes with DJs Russ Yallop and Digitaria.
Free (reservations recommended). 1pm-11pm. Fri September 18. Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel and Resort, Ghantoot (056 113 3400).

Spandau Ballet live
Fish out those frilly shirts and layer on the eyeliner for a night of ’80s music from Spandau Ballet. Sing along to the Brit band’s classic hits Gold, True and Through the Barricades.
Dhs300-650. 7pm. Thu September 17. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.doneevents.com (04 439 0900).

The Laughter Factory
Having hosted the likes of Kevin Bridges and Micky Flanagan in the past, The Laughter Factory is known for giving a platform to some of the best up-and-coming acts. Don’t miss your chance to see UK comedians Josh Howie, Steve Gribbin and John Moloney, who are regulars at The Edinburgh Festival – who knows, they might just be the next big thing.
Dhs140. Wed September 16, 8pm. McGettigan’s JLT, Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster J, JLT (04 355 1862).

Wednesday 16

Deep house and underground DJs are on the roster at this weekly night.
Free. 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 995 5400).

Wanted Wednesdays
Dubai’s newest hip-hop and R&B night features music by DJs Bliss and Jack.
Free for ladies and couples, Dhs250 for gents (including two drinks). 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Boudoir, Dubai Marine Beach Resort & Spa, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 345 5995).

Thursday 17

Bordel Thursday
Cirque Le Soir’s resident DJs are behind the decks playing a mix of house music. Don’t miss the circus performances throughout the night.
Free (reservations recommended). 10.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Cirque Le Soir, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 995 5400).

Expect a mix of modern commercial tracks by DJ Nick Tohme.
Free (reservations required). 11pm-3am. Ongoing. Provocateur Dubai, Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, Jumeirah Beach Road
(055 211 8222).

Gravity House Party
Enjoy three hours of food and drink at this late-night brunch, then head downstairs to the dancefloor where the party continues until 3am.
All-inclusive. Dhs295. 8pm-11pm (brunch). Ongoing. Zero Gravity, near Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 0009).

Enjoy a night of music, food and a theatrical performance.
Free. 8.30pm-3am. Ongoing. The Act Dubai, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 355 1116).

Sidney Samson live
The Dutch DJ known for his hit track Riverside plays a live set with support from local DJ S3rhan and DJ Will.
Today only. Dhs120 in advance, Dhs150 on the door. 10pm-3am. XL Dubai, Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina (056 640 6161).

UK Flava Super-yacht Party As the nights get cooler, take the party out to sea. Expect urban beats all night long, with unlimited drinks and pizza.
Today only. Dhs350 (reservations only). 9pm-1am. Pick-up from Dubai Marina Mall harbour (055 750 7882).

Friday 18

Desi Laughs
Five of India’s best comics take to the stage for a night of laughter. Kannan Gill and Biswa, famous for their online show The Pretentious Movie Reviews are on the bill, alongside Abish Mathew, who made his mark with Son of Abish. Jeeveshu Ahluwalia and Abijit Ganguly, regulars on the Delhi comedy scene, also perform. The event is in Hindi and English.
Today only. Dhs150-300. 8pm-10.30pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 341 4777).

Kinky D at House of Afrika
A versatile DJ with a huge afro house collection, Kinky D has played around the world including in renowned London clubs Fabric and Ministry of Sound. He’s also worked with The Scissor Sisters, 50 Cent and Mark Ronson. This one’s a date for the diary. Today only. Free. 6pm-3am. The Dek on 8, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).

Cavalli Club celebrates the launch of its founder Roberto’s latest fragrance. The night sees a roster of DJs playing open format music. Free. 9.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).

Red Bull Music Academy presents Dam-Funk

One of the world’s most respected beats, funk, hip-hop and disco artists, Dam-Funk takes to the stage at The Music Room. Performing a solo live show and DJ set consisting of multiple synths, vocoder, vocals, samples and live beats, the LA artist will play tracks from his latest album Invite the Light.
Pick of the week. Dhs130. 8pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (050 248 4054).

Stand-up Comedy Workshop
Reckon you’ve got what it takes to be a comedian? This brand-new six-week workshop teaches the fundamentals of comedy writing all the way through to creating your first stand-up set. At the end of the course you’ll have the opportunity to perform a three- to five-minute set in front of an audience.
New. Dhs1,000. 3pm. Ongoing. The Courtyard Playhouse, 4B Street, Al Quoz (050 986 1761).

Saturday 19

Deep House Saturdays
Enjoy the music with Movida’s new Saturday resident DJ, Jean B.
Free. 11pm-3am. Ongoing. Movida Dubai, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).

XO Saturdays
DJ Skinnyloop and DJ Darko De Jan play a strictly urban playlist. Ladies get unlimited free drinks from 10pm to midnight.
Free. 10pm-3am. Ongoing. Armani/Privé, Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai (056 683 3943).

Sunday 20

L.O.V.E. Sundays Listen to electro with DJs Yiannis and Becker at this Japanese spot.
Free. 8pm-3am. Ongoing. Okku, The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8777).

Monday 21

Mondays Made Me
Start the week off in style and listen to the sounds of deep house by Jubesp.
Free. Free (reservations recommended). 8pm-2am. Ongoing. Sass Café, Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC (04 352 7722).

Rock Bottom
Café’s salsa lessons Learn some new moves at these free salsa lessons from 8pm to 11.30pm. Then tear up the dancefloor as the venue’s house band, Lockdown, play live.
Free. 8pm-1am. Ongoing. Rock Bottom Café, TECOM (04 450 0111).

Tuesday 22
Leave Your Boyfriend at Home ladies’ night Ladies get three free mixed drinks at this weekly night. Dancers add entertainment from overhead ceiling swings. Expect commercial and R&B tracks all night.
Free. 9.30pm-3am. Ongoing. Cavalli Club, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 9260).

Easy Tiger Quiz
Test your general knowledge and be in with a chance of winning prizes at Fibber Magee’s popular quiz night.
Free. 9pm-3am. Ongoing. Fibber Magee’s, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 2400).

Envii ladies’ night
Ladies get two free drinks at this stylish spot.
Free. 8pm-11pm. Ongoing. Vii Dubai, Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (050 169 6777).

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