With the chilly weather putting a damper on the UAE’s outdoor club scene, there’s no better time to venture inside this winter and try a few new places. Emirates Business brings you a guide to some hotspots.
Located at Dubai’s Crowne Plaza Hotel, Club Tribe is one of the best new venues to open in the UAE. The place really heated up on New Year’s Eve, when DJ Shadow played alongside Rishi Rich, RDB and Veronica.
According to the organisers, the nightclub will bring together a wide variety of club nights, including Asian, R&B, hip-hop, house, and cheese nights. One night to especially look out for is Friction, which launches tonight from 10pm, with London DJ duo, The Hoxton Whores, spinning live. Other names set to grace Club Tribe’s decks in the future include Alex P and Walley Lopez.
Also on the cards is the 1980s Traffic Jam with DJ Dave spinning the best sounds from the retro years.
COST: Prices vary according to the day of the week, but expect to pay Dh120 on Fridays.
CALL: 04 339 4270
We absolutely love this new hangout for clubbers. Keeping up somewhat to its name, the Submarine is in the basement of the Dhow Palace Hotel in Bur Dubai.
For a party venue where local music bands play, the place is now picking up the speed fast thanks to the introduction of Kazeen Event’s Plus Minus Weekly Sessions every Thursday night.
Already an underground favourite thanks to its fan-following on social networking site Facebook, Plus Minus will feature house DJs including Darren Lewis and Mark Chambers.
COST: It’s free before midnight on Thursdays, but Dh50 after.
CALL: 050 551 0379
While it may not have been their intention to bring the music scene back to downtown Dubai, the organisers behind Elegante have certainly done a good job encouraging club-goers to go beyond the realms of Jumeirah and Sheikh Zayed Road on a night out.
Located in Bur Dubai’s Royal Ascot Hotel, Elegante arguably has one of the best sound systems in the city. Paul Oakenfold recently played there and Paul Hamilton and DJ Cowboy have regular nights on Wednesday and Thursday respectively.
COST: Prices vary, but reservations are a must.
CALL: 050 962 4222
Thanks to the recent opening of the InterContinental Hotel in Dubai Festival City, we now have more excuses to go and spend ridiculous amounts of money at the mall.
Why, do you ask? Well, because now we can chill out afterwards at Vista, the hotel’s new beautiful lounge bar.
Featuring impeccable views of the Dubai skyline as well as live entertainment in the evenings, Vista is the perfect place for a chilled night out. Great for meeting with colleagues or business partners.
COST: Entry is free; food and drink prices vary.
CALL: 04 701 1111
Dubai’s brand new Egyptian-themed hotel, Raffles, located near Wafi in Oud Metha, features some of the nicest hangouts, including Crossroads and the China Moon Champagne bar. While Crossroads specialises in Singapore-style beverages, China Moon, located on the top floor of the hotel, boasts a sweeping view of the Dubai skyline.
But the New Asia Bar and Club is the place to hit, featuring the only dance-floor overlooking Dubai, along with a resident DJ and an open atrium area.
New Asia transforms from a tranquil bar by day into a vibrant club by night.
COST: Prices vary according to theme night.
CALL: 04 324 8888
The most-loved venues
Are you new to the region? You may want to pay a visit to one of these regular favourites in the UAE:
CHI @ THE LODGE (04 337 9470)
Arguably the hottest nightclub in Dubai right now, the Oud Metha club caters to all tastes and has hosted top acts, including Tiesto and Bobby Valentino.
PEPPERMINT (04 332 0037)
The Habtoor Grand club is a favourite with the dance crowd. It features top Dubai and international DJs.
THE APARTMENT (04 406 8000)
Jumeirah Beach Hotel’s venue offers everything from salsa nights to house music to R&B and hip-hop.
EMBASSY (02 690 8960)
London’s legendary club, popular with celebrities, recently opened at Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.
APRES (04 341 2575)
A restaurant and bar with great view of Ski Dubai at Mall of the Emirates plus there is a DJ on weekends.
New clubs on the block