20 best parties in Dubai this week

Your next seven days of music and nightlife events sorted by Dubai experts

Critic’s choice

Ellie Goulding live at Dubai Music Week
British songstress Ellie Goulding will perform a string of her famous hits including Lights and Love Me Like you Do. Get your lighters ready!
Dhs295-550. 6.30pm. Thu September 24. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 1000).

White Dubai Season Opening
With the weather getting cooler, it’s time to take the party outdoors – and what better spot than Time Out Dubai’s 2015 Best Club award-winner White Dubai. If music, great views, sparklers, glitz and glamour is your thing, you’ll feel right at home at this plush spot.
Free (reservations recommended). Thu September 24, 11pm-3am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba(050 443 0933).

Quantic at Deep Crates Cartel
Fancy something a bit different, away from the commercial club scene? Then don’t miss Quantic, aka Will Holland, a British producer and DJ known for fusing funk, soul, electronic and Latin music. Going on Deep Crates Cartel’s stellar reputation, we reckon this night will pull a big crowd. Don’t worry about wearing fancy threads here, it’s all about the music, rather than the flash.
Dhs100. Thu September 24, 9pm-3am. The Music Room, Majestic Hotel Tower, Bur Dubai (04 501 2534).

Wednesday 23

Cirque Éloize presents Cirkopolis
This visually stunning show combines circus arts with music, dance and theatre. Watch contortionists, jugglers and aerial artists in a story-driven performance set in a strict, robotic world that runs as a factory with no individuality.
Dhs195-1,295. Until September 26. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 1000).

Jason Derulo live
Don’t miss the American hit-maker perform tracks such as Wiggle, Whatcha Say and Trumpets. Local rapper Two Tone will open the concert performing his popular track Señorita.
Dhs295-550. 6.30pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.dubaimusicweek.ae.

Thursday 24

Karma Kafé
Re-opening Party DJ Ravin, who is famous for being the master behind the renowned sounds of Buddha Bar, introduces his eclectic music mixes to the Karma Kafé crowd.
Free (reservations recommended). 10pm-3am. Karma Kafé, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 423 0909).

Live Sax at Asia Asia
Expect a combination of house music by DJ Moe Turk and sultry sax from MarciSax.
Free. 8pm-2am. Asia Asia, Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 276 5900).

Midge Ure live
The Scottish musician takes to the stage at The Irish Village to perform hit songs If I Was, No Regrets and Cold, Cold Heart.
Dhs125. Doors open 7pm and show starts at 9pm. The Irish Village, Garhoud (04 239 5000).

Shibuya Season II Launch Party
Underground house music producer Ian Pooley has five albums under his belt and has perfected the balance of playing classic and contemporary sounds in his sets. See the music maestro live tonight.
Free for ladies before midnight, Dhs100 after. Free for gents before 10pm, Dhs100 after. 10pm-3am. Today only. Square, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (050 152 9241).

Superheroes XXXL
Superheroes return to the warehouse venue Level 41 for a night of house and bass music with guest DJs Gotsome and Plump DJs.
Dhs100 before midnight, Dhs120 after. 9pm-3am. Level 41, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (055 829 6348).

Friday 25

Audio Tonic vs Loaded
Listen to house music over 11 hours with DJs Andy Buchan, Dan Partovi and Rich Showell.
Free. 4pm-2am. 360°, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Road (055 500 8518).

Hip-Hop by Nature
DJ Bliss plays a mash-up of hip-hop, R&B and old-school urban tracks at this weekly night.
Free. 11pm-3am. Movida, Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (055 174 4449).

Maz Jobrani live
Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani returns to Dubai for a night of side-splitting storytelling, detailing personal accounts of growing up as an Iranian in America, the quest to make it in Hollywood and consistently having to tackle the misunderstandings of being Middle Eastern in the US.
Dhs295-550. From 4pm. Samaya Ballroom, The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 385 8514).

No 1 Fridays’ Comedy Jam
This brand-new comedy night features American and British stand-ups WYardie, Will E Robo, Axel Blake and
Travis Jay. Hang around after the show for a night of urban beats. é Dhs100. 8pm-3am. N’Dulge, Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (050 738 1388).

Thirty Seconds to Mars live
The American rock band – fronted by Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto with his brother Shannon on drums and Tomo Milicevic on guitars – take to the stage to play tracks from their latest album Love Lust Faith + Dreams as part of Dubai Music Week.
Dhs295-550. 6.30pm. Dubai World Trade Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 332 1000).

Saturday 26

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

Sunday 27

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).

Rugby World Cup at McGettigan’s JLT
Watch Ireland v Romania in ‘The Baggot Stadium’, a hub for all things Rugby World Cup, or head outdoors to the air-conditioned summer garden, which has extra bars and a giant screen.
Free. Kick-off at 7.45pm. Bonnington Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster J, JLT (04 378 0800).

Monday 28

Party like Gatsby
Pair vintage mixed drinks with a five-course meal and enjoy the soulful jazz sounds of The Swing Revue.
Dhs450 per person. Ruth’s Chris Steak House, The Address Dubai Marina (04 454 9538).

Tuesday 29

Madame Butterfly ladies’ night
Ladies get free drinks and 50 percent off food. Don’t forget to dress smart at this plush spot.
Free. 6.30pm-midnight. Ongoing. China Grill, Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh Road (04 511 7333).

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