7 great parties in Dubai this week
Gotha presents Idris Elba
The Luther and Avenger’s star will take to the decks for a midweek party at Dubai’s latest and greatest nightspot. Don’t worry, the actor is well versed in spinning the wheels of steel and always puts on a show of floor-fillers for the crowds. Entry is free for all before midnight, and then AED150 for gentlemen. Ladies will get free drinks between 11pm and 1am.
When: 11pm-3am, Wednesday, May 2
Where: Gotha Club Dubai
Contact: +971 55 1934 934, website
DJ Jazzy Jeff at Barasti
The Magnificent Jazzy Jeff is heading back to Dubai for one-night only and so naturally he’s hitting up his favourite beach bar, Barasti for another stellar set to close the season. As for the show, just be ready for a night of eclectic beats and tunes from the hit American spinner that will have you dancing all evening.
When: 10am-3am, May 4
Where: Barasti, Le Meridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina
Contact: +971 4 318 1313, website
Ritual presents Oliver Heldens
Zero Gravity’s electric night Ritual returns this week with international superstar and house music pioneer Oliver Heldens at the helm. DJ Tiesto’s prodigy will put on an epic night of tunes, which is bound to include his smash hit, “Gecko” as well as his remixes of Coldplay and Martin Garrix tracks.
When: 8pm-3am, Friday, May 4
Where: Zero Gravity, Dubai Marina, Skydive Dubai Drop Zone
Contact: +971 4 399 0009, website
Groove On The Grass
See off the end of the winter season in style as Groove on the Grass’s run comes to a close this week. For those that don’t know, the festival brings the hottest best bands, DJs and performers to Emirates Golf Club for an art and music showcase. This week German DJ Apparat and Maribou State from the UK are on hand for a pumping set. They’ll be joined by Austrian band HVOB and British sensation Max Cooper. As always you can enjoy a selection of fashion and art at the marketplace, a handful of sunset games and other activities. Tickets are AED160.
When: Friday, May 4
Where: Emirates Golf Club
Price: From AED160
Blue Marlin is getting a distinct candy flavoured makeover this weekend as they host a lineup of electro-music artist. The live duo act of Underher will kick things off before the Italian maestro, Lehar hits the stage. To cap the night off, Detroit legend and house music extraordinaire, Carl Craig will put on a showcase of his signature bouncing beats.
When: 1pm-11pm, Friday, May 4
Where: Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE, Golden Tulip Al Jazira
Contact: +971 56 113 3400, website
Time to dig out your retro clothes for this night dedicated to the fluorescent decade. There are 80s themed beverages and the staff are all in fancy dress to set the tone for the rest of the evening. DJ Samer will line up his old school mixtape of tracks, so expect cheesy pop classics from Madonna, Michael Jackson, Prince and more. And the best part is that entry is free.
When: 6pm-12am, Thursday, May 3
Where: RIVA Beach Club
Contact: +971 4 430 9466, website
The ultimate hops festival is still taking place at Media One’s favourite night spot. Grab a passport, which is stamped after every beverage, and sample hops from across the world. If you fill the passport, you’ll enter a draw to win a number of prizes including a weekend stay at Media One or a voucher to spend one of their outlets.
When: 4pm-12am, until Sunday, May 6
Where: Garden on 8, Media One Hotel
Contact: +971 4 427 1000, website