15 Dubai parties to see you through 2016

New nights

Audio Tonic Elements presents Nightswim
One of the most consistent names on Dubai’s nightlife scene, Audio Tonic has a new home. Having made 360° at Jumeirah Beach Hotel their own for the last decade, they’re now bringing the best in house to the Wet Deck at W Dubai in Al Habtoor City. Look out for Berlin duo Mat.Joe on October 28.
When: Every Friday
Where: Wet Deck, W Dubai, Al Habtoor City

Exit 29
A brand new night named after the exit on Sheikh Zayed Road you need to take to beat the JBR traffic. Selected drinks and tapas for AED29 between 5:29-8:29 and a resident DJ to coax you into cancelling that early morning meeting.
When: Thursday nights
Where: Tribeca, JBR
Book: +971 50 345 6067

Discover Monday Tong
Adding some slick lounge beats to a luxurious Monday-night Thai brunch in the JW Marriott Marquis. DJ sets from Safe from Smokingroove (6pm-10pm) and then DJ Danny Whitlock (10pm-2am).
When: Every Monday
Where: Tong Thai, JW Marriott Marquis
Book: +9714 414 3000

Urban Hustle
RnB, hip-hop and even UK garage fans have a new night to get their Adidas Stan Smiths moving. The Friday night party offers a selection of classics from the 1990s right through to today’s hits. A growing scene here, that’s for sure.
When: Fridays, 10pm-3am
Where: Industrial Avenue, Westin Mena Siyahi
Book: +9714 511 7139


Back2Basics presents Hernan Cattaneo
Another big name comes to Back2Basics at Above bar. Argentinian DJ Hernan Cattaneo is well into legend status and has been behind the decks since the early 1980s, championing the house music movement from the beginning.
When: October 20
Where: Above, Sofitel Downtown Dubai
Book: +9714 503 6666

DXBeach featuring DJ Fatboy Slim
This week’s cover star headlines a day-long party alongside the likes of MK, Benny Benassi and a DJ set from Zero 7.
When: October 21
Where: Zero Gravity
Book: +9714 399 0009

Fiesta De Los Muertos
Major Lazer, the group that blends dancehall grooves and pop hooks, play a new Halloween festival alongside reformed British RnB popsters All Saints.
When: October 28
Where: Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai Outlet Mall

Burning Beach
Forget Halloween, Blue Marlin is bringing the spirit of America’s craziest music festival to the UAE – with production and design that will blow party-goers away. DJ Magdalena and Bedouin will be on deck duty.
When: October 28
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Ghantoot
Book: +971 56 113 3400


Loco Dice
German DJ Loco Dice has maintained a ten-year-long Tribehouse residency in his hometown of Düsseldorf and played DJ sets at Germany’s biggest rave Timewarp, Cocoon in Ibiza and plenty of South American beach parties. Expect electronic music laden with grooves.
When: November 4
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Ghantoot
Book: +971 56 113 3400

Matt Sassari
The tech house bandwagon keeps on rolling as DecibelDXB hosts French talent DJ Matt Sassari at the Media One Hotel. The Marseilles native will be serving up his unique mashup of electronica styles.
When: November 10
Where: Level 41, Media One Hotel

The self-described “world’s leading dance event” returns to Dubai, although this time heading out to Bab Al Shams. You’ll need to dress up in white to hear Afrojack, Aly & Fila, Ummet Ozcan, Sunnery James and others.
When: November 11
Where: Bab Al Shams
Book: www.sensation.com/Dubai

Los Suruba
Spanish duo Delmar and Alvaro have enjoyed a steady rise in the world of underground house since the mid-2000s, not only behind the decks but also with their Suruba Records label. They come to Dubai with another summer of Ibiza behind them. Unmissable.
When: November 18
Where: Provocateur, Four Seasons Resort
Book: +971 55 211 8222


Nasimi Sessions featuring Duke Dumont
The club on the beach welcomes back Duke Dumont to Dubai. Best known for his smash hit singles “Need U (100%)”, “I Got U” and “Won’t Look Back”, this is one of the big pre-Christmas parties.
When: December 8
Where: Nasimi Beach, Atlantis
Book: +971 55 200 4321

Sven Vath
Although no stranger to Dubai, German house DJ Sven Vath is still one of the biggest draws on the club scene – and a genuine pioneer of electronic music.
When: December 16
Where: Provocateur, Four Seasons Resort
Book: +971 55 211 8222

New Year’s Eve @ Meydan
Swedish DJ duo Axwell and Ingrosso will headline the big New Year’s Eve party at Meydan. The electronic giants, who formerly made up two thirds of mainstream house music powerhouse Swedish House Mafia, will put on a huge set to see in 2017.
When: December 31
Where: Meydan Dubai
Book: +971 50 655 4132

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