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A Music Lover's Guide to Dubai

Picture of Thais Kelly
Updated: 12 December 2017
Dubai is an amazing city for those who love music. With new regional musicians starting to make a name for themselves and music events all year round, this city is a music-lovers haven. Whether one is a fan of rock and roll or EDM, there’s a place for everyone to go and enjoy music in Dubai. There are fantastic places to visit in order to listen to music, dance and maybe even sing.

Must visit places

Dubai Opera

The Dubai Opera is probably the best venue in town when it comes to all things music. Having become one of the main tourist attractions in Dubai since its opening, the iconic opera house holds performances throughout the year. These vary between internationally renowned musicals, operas and even movie screenings accompanied by a live orchestra. This is a must visit place for any music-lover coming to the city.

Dubai Opera, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid, Downtown Dubai, +971 4 440 8888

The Fridge

Located in one of the trendiest spots in town, Alserkal Avenue, The Fridge has made a name for itself when it comes to local musicians. The venue is simple and mainly focuses on providing audiences with great home-grown music, holding several concerts throughout the year which invite the public to come and get better acquainted with Dubai’s music scene. This is a place by music-lovers, for music-lovers.

The Fridge, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, +971 4 347 7793

Musical night out

The MusicHall

Coming directly from Beirut, The MusicHall has made waves in Dubai, bringing together luxury and fantastic music. The venue offers audiences a variety of international music, really bringing to life the idea of dinner theatre, with massive performances taking place over weekend nights. With artists from all over the globe, The MusicHall also offers a fantastic fine dining experience for those who also love good food.

The MusicHall, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray Hotel, Palm Jumeirah, +971 4 447 6646

Lucky Voice

Those who love music often don’t just wish to listen to it, but also enjoy making a bit of sound themselves. This is why Lucky Voice offers an exciting night out, allowing people to sing. The karaoke bar has private rooms which can be booked by groups of people, giving everyone a place to let out their inner singer without embarrassment. This is the perfect spot to get a little too tipsy and sing the night away to all the most popular hits.

Lucky Voice, Grand Millennium Hotel, +971 800 58259

Events to attend

Dubai Jazz Festival

Widely known as one of the most popular events in the UAE, the Dubai Jazz Festival has brought some of the biggest artists from around the world together to entertain large audiences. Approaching its 16th edition in 2018, people are already excited to watch the likes of John Legend and Duran Duran. Those who wish to enjoy this epic three-day event during their visit to Dubai should plan their travels for the month of February when the Jazz Festival takes place.

Dubai Media City Amphitheater, Dubai Media City, +971 52 810 3385

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Groove On The Grass

Loving music doesn’t necessarily mean that one must enjoy live music and bands – the electronic music scene in Dubai is also quickly growing and there’s no event that better represents that than Groove On The Grass. Bringing internationally recognized DJs to Dubai, the event has several editions yearly (between September and May) and allows people to dance at the beautiful outdoor space of Emirates Golf Club and party until the late hours.

Emirates Golf Club, Emirates Hills 2, +971 4 417 9999