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5 parties in Dubai this week



Firstly, I have to say that I have actually only been here in Dubai a couple of weeks. I am here as part of a collaboration with the Add-Mind group of venues, part of which included playing at Iris, Yas Island over the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend alongside residents Raz, Mark Shakedown and special guest Nic Fanciulli. I have also played a set or two in Indie with my friend at Essential Ibiza, Jo Mills. Now I am here, though, I will be mostly spinning at Iris in the Oberoi Hotel in Business Bay, which has been one of the best lounge-bars in the city for a few years now.

I arrived in Dubai after another very busy summer season in Ibiza, which has definitely been one of the best to date. We put together an incredible season at Café Del Mar Ibiza and then played for Carl Cox’s historical closing party at Space. It all ended with us finally getting the go-ahead for us to start the Café Del Mar Ibiza tours and events around the world.
Ken Fan

The regular all-night midweek mayhem at Vii Lounge in the Conrad Hotel. There’ll be a live band on the terrace and, back inside, three residents playing back to back. The combined talents of Frederick Stone, Aidin Karami and Michka will be steering you through another big party on Sheikh Zayed Road.
When: Wednesday, December 14
Where: Vii, Conrad Hotel

A Guy Called Gerald
Legendary UK DJ A Guy Called Gerald only returned to playing live sets in the last few years. It wasn’t about money or attention, it was simply to show the next generation of DJs how it’s done. “There are a lot of people who have no concept of the beginning of dance music in the 1980s,” he said in a 2013 interview with “I basically had to show people how we started 25 years ago.”
It’s apt he will be playing one of the last parties of the year in Dubai because not only will Gerald show us all exactly how it’s done, but also how it’s going to be.
Where: Dubai International Marine Club
When: Thursday, December 15, +971 50 883 3172 or


Le Brunch
One of the great places to spend a Friday afternoon is at the brunch in this award-winning lounge-bar in the Oberoi. And best of all you can come and listen to me DJ while you do it. It’s the last one before the festive season kicks off at this venue.
When: Friday, December 16
Where: Oberoi, Business Bay

Zero Gravity
Zero Gravity is promising 12 hours of club classics and poolside shenanigans this Friday with DJ sets from Daniele Davoli, Seb Fontaine and Black Box. The party starts with brunch at 3pm, if you want to make a day of it.
When: Friday, December 16
Where: Sky Dive Dubai drop zone, Dubai Marina

Blue Marlin
This week it’s the turn of electronic music pioneer DJ Maceo Plex – aka Eric Estornel – to take over deck duty at Blue Marlin. Expect more of the usual Ibiza-inspired fun at this Friday’s instalment.
When: Friday, December 16
Where: Golden Tulip Al Jazira Hotel and Resort, off Sheikh Zayed Road

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