Top places for live gigs in Dubai
Whether you want to jump around and dance your socks off, or click your fingers to some chilled tunes, Dubai has plenty of live music destinations.
If you’re looking for spots that aren’t Lock, Stock and Barrel or Jazz@PizzaExpress (as great as they are), we’ve searched the city high and low for alternative live music destinations for all to hear some tunes.
Take your pick and get grooving.
A unique venue with a vintage feel thanks to its décor, with red velvet curtains, red seating and gold trim running through the seating and bar areas, MusicHall is where you should go if you want sophisticated evening in an upmarket setting. The lay-out of the venue alone is worth checking it out for, with tables set out on different tiers. It’s the perfect place to visit in a large group, and one in which you will want to look your best, so leave the trainers at home for one night. You can watch live musical performances here every weekend which cover a whole host of genres.
Where: Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel, Palm Jumeirah
Contact: +971 56 270 8670
During the week at this Business Bay rooftop venue you can relax to the sounds of some of Dubai’s emerging talents on the music scene. It’s a chilled vibe at Iris, which is no bad thing, especially if you fancy heading down after a tough day in the office. Its chill-out sessions on a Monday, where regular performer Danny Aridi will be on stage between 6pm and 9pm, while on a Tuesday the pace is picked up slightly with non-stop live entertainment and shows from some of Dubai’s best musicians.
Where: The Oberoi Hotel, 27th Floor, Business Bay
Contact: +971 56 951 1442
Q’s Bar & Lounge
A plush and upmarket venue in which the emerging artists who perform are hand-picked by Quincy Jones, the American musical legend and designer of Q’s Bar and Lounge, himself. Located in the Palazzo Versace Hotel, it’s a brilliant place to watch music, which generally follows a jazz/funk/soul theme. Jones won 28 Grammy Awards and collaborated with some of music’s biggest names during his glittering career, so it’s safe to say he knows a thing a two about what constitutes a good night music-wise. In the early part of this year, David Davis, a soulful and vocal powerhouse, was the resident performer.
Where: Palazzo Versace Hotel
Contact: +971 4 556 8865