Dubai is famous for its nightlife and boasts some of the best nightclubs in the world which attract the best DJ’s in the world. DJ’s I have personally had the pleasure to hear and see in Dubai include Fatboy Slim, Tiesto, Joey Negro, Paul Oakenfield and the list goes on.
It would be fair to say that I love music (House, Soul, Old School) , good DJ’s and therefore have frequented more than a few of the nightclubs in Dubai. Here are my recommendations:-
Without a doubt my favourite club in Dubai set up by the British Council in the 80’s it attracts a lot of House enthusiasts. However with its four areas catering for R and B, Indie, House and Old School this really is to everyone’s tastes.
The huge outdoor area is only open in the winter (too hot in summer) and has staged some of the best bands and DJ’s in the world.
A club icon is Cheese Night run by Tim Cheddar which plays 70’s and 80’s music,
The 400 Club at the Fairmont Dubai is among the trendiest and most luxurious nightclubs in the entire city. The name speaks for itself. This super exclusive club only admits 400 of the chicest clubbers, under the security's tight discretion. If you do not look good you will not get in. (How did I get in?) The hip, attractive crowd faithfully shows up for one thing: to be seen. The music is simply electrifying, and the bar expertly mixes up refreshing cocktails and mocktails. This spot is a must-visit in Dubai. But be warned it’s pricey to keep the riff raff out.
In the Jumeirah Beach Hotel Sanctuary, is super hip and trendy. This exquisite establishment has an ambiance with crazy light fixtures that add to a perfect club environment. The music is more than just electrifying, and is delivered by the in-house DJ with special guests on occasions. . Besides the amazing usual features, this lounge and nightclub has an outdoor terrace, decked out with Majlis tents embedded with very comfy seating.
My only negative re this club is that the VIP area is as bigger or as big as the non VIP area and the distinction between the two is merely buying a bottle of vodka.
Alpha is located within the grounds of Le Meridian Dubai Hotel. What use to be a Greek restaurant now boasts a capacity of in excess of 600 on the ground floor where the main dance floor is located, plus an outdoor area attached to the side. The mezzanine level is home to three VIP rooms and above that is the VIP roof terrace which provides a 180º view of the dance floor below.
It boats the best sound system in Dubai and you can hear why.
The venue hosts three main function nights: ‘See You Next Tuesday’ includes tunes from genres such as soul, funk, hip hop, breaks, indie, and nu-rave; (not my cup of tea) Thursday nights are ‘Cognito’ and ‘Incognito’ (first welcomes deep/progressive/tech International house music DJ’s and the latter plays out jazz, drum & bass, break beat, leftfield and electro house music); Fridays are ‘MoJo’ nights, which start early with down tempo chilled out beats, followed by live music. Later in the evening clubbers can enjoy a combination of the resident DJ line-up and international guest DJs.
Boudoir is as opulent as it gets. Nothing is understated or subtle about it, but The look of the bar evokes the world of the French court when luxury was everything, and pleasures were never guilty.
Crystal chandeliers, rich fabrics, plump sofas and oil paintings pepper the venue. With room for around 400, the bar has set itself apart from the rest of Dubai’s club scene, creating a uniquely extravagant atmosphere that has proved popular with the celebrity set and the city’s elite. Why was I there then!!!
Music is good with lounge sounds giving way to funky house, hip-hop (not so good) , pop and rock as the night wears on and the dance floor fills with an international crowd.
Be prepared for the sound of trumpets as a magnum of champagne is heralded to a table, bought by people who want to be seen as important and to give the impression that money is not a problem. A novelty first time round but becomes tedious after that.
Located in the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road, Zinc is one of the busiest nightclubs in Dubai as it is packed most nights. Things don’t start getting warmed up until after 12.00am. Fluorescent lights illuminate the large central bar, with another more secluded "VIP area" around the corner.
There's ever changing funky live bands from all over the world & resident DJ Greg Stainer likes to keep us on our toes with everything from R&B, Rock 'n' Roll, 70s, Tech House & Reggae, Real cheesy at times.
Its frequented by a diverse mix of cultures and is a favorite of Emirates crew (as they get heavily discounted drinks) So boy or girl you may find something that you like !!!