cooler months (October, November, February, March and April), the monthly music
festival of Sandance is the hottest
ticket in town, with thousands of arms swaying in the dark to the sound of some
of the world’s best DJs, while the moon glitters off the still water just yards
festival, hosted at the opulent Atlantis
hotel, attracts thousands of revellers to the long strip of beach on the
manmade island of Palm Jumeirah, which faces inwards towards the mainland. In
the three years since the festival has launched, past musicians have included such
luminaries as Faithless, Fat Boy Slim and Snow Patrol.
at sunset gave me goosebumps, Example had the whole beach bouncing, Faithless
was unforgettable!” said Tim Derry, managing partner at Think, the events
company that helps stage the festival.
Each Sandance kicks off at 2 pm, so there
is plenty of time to hit the beach, have an afternoon swim, enjoy long lazy cocktails
and make sure your shoes are tucked away
as you hit the sands for a barefoot boogie until 2 am.
other areas of Dubai, the parties are relaxed when it comes to dress codes, so
think flip flops, T-shirts and shorts or a beach dress for women.
Sandance of the season will take place on 12 October and feature musicians
Krafty Kuts, Mat Kearney, The Fray, Example and DJ Wire, DJ Fresh, Frankie
Knuckles, Omar Basaad and Local Legends. Tickets cost 275 dirhams (or 450
dirhams for a VIP ticket, which gives access to a VIP platform with
its own bars and bathrooms) and can be bought
online in advance.
Wilson-Powell is the Dubai Localite for BBC Travel. She also writes the hotel
review blog sogoodtogetoutofthecity.wordpress.com