Sunday, April 26, 2009

Cool Dubai Blogs & Gig Guide

So I've been looking around for cool blogs that are based in Dubai and the rest of the Middle East. I'm thinking of starting a little blogroll on the side my page. Obviously there's no shortage of blogs that talk about social issues etc in Dubai, but I'm looking for something a little different.

I want to find people who are really interested in the artistic and musical scene here in the Middle East. These sorts of blogs aren't that common.

So far, the best blogs I've found have been the following:


Apart from just having an awesome name, this site, focuses pretty heavily on the regional and international music scene.


Mostly about music, and a bit of art, this blog covers stuff from all over the region. It's a good way to keep up with what is happening, and what events are coming up.

MBAs, Media & The Middle East
This site is run by a guy called Shebab Hamad, who works (or owns?) at the 50 Degrees C store/space at the Souk Al Bahar. It sometimes focuses on more general social things about Dubai, but it's also got some cool stuff about the local art scene.

five green

This site is run by the guys/girls who owned the five green store. I'm not sure if the store is still open, or if they've moved locations or whatever, but there's always some cool stuff on the site. It doesn't get updated too regularly, but check it out anyway.

That's pretty much all I've found so far along those sorts of topics. If you know of any other cool sites in the region, or if you're running a cool one yourself, leave the address in the comments, or email it to me at

Also, does anyone know of any good gig guides for Dubai? The Time Out Dubai site never really has anything interesting, and searching on Myspace for gigs is always pretty useless. Is it just the fact that no-one that interesting ever comes to Dubai? Or is it that we're lacking a decent site or publication that will let people know what's on? I'm asking the question because apparently New Young Pony Club played in Dubai a few weeks back, and I had no idea that they were in town. I would have loved to go an see them, but never got the chance. So does anyone know what the best way to keep up on these shows is?

As always, leave a comment if you have an answer or an opinion...


  1. thank you for the mention sandman.

    p.s the nypc dj set was very mediocre so you didn't miss much.


    1. Thanks for sharing this list of blogs and links.

  2. No probs Simone, thanks for running a cool site.

    And that's lucky about NYPC then. I still need to know what's going on though!

  3. if you're into music like that get updates from Alpha club in Dubai. they usually have a bit of an indie theme running, much different to the rest of the dubai music scene.

  4. Here:

    And include Fake Plastic Souks or I'll hunt yer down...

  5. Thanks Cathe2ine, yeah I get emails from Alpha. I just haven't seen too much cool stuff, but perhaps that's a Dubai-wide problem..

    And Alexander, Fake Plastic Souks would definitely have made the list of my favourite general Dubai blogs. You'll be on my blogroll for sure!

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