With the worldwide success of raunchy
variety/supper clubs such as London’s The Box, Dubai’s new wave of club owners
are quickly cashing in on decadent late night fun.
The Act –
the latest brainchild of Simon Hammerstein, owner of The Box in London and The Act in Las Vegas – will open on 28 March
at the Shangri-La
Dubai hotel, claiming the title of the highest theatre in the world (located on the
42nd and 43rd floors). It is presumed that Hammerstein will
curtail the more
burlesque side of the shows, but Dubai can expect international musical stars
as well as contortionists, burlesque dancers and cabaret artists – and plenty
of celebrities keen to be entertained.
Not to be outdone, SupperClub
will bring Amsterdam’s legendary
namesake to Dubai at the Jumeriah
Zabeel Saray hotel in April, promising five-star dining alongside exciting
But it’s not all about importing European
brands. Beirut’s infamous MusicHall club concept launched at Jumeirah
Zabeel Saray in January, offering fine dining and high-end bar snacks, intimate
tables and refined elegance, along with the Middle East’s most talented
musicians and dancers. Expect everything from incredible violinists to famous
So where does this leave the city’s nightlife? After
a few years of drowning in house clubs and bar/lounge concepts, perhaps there
will be a little variety in town after all.
Booking is essential at all three venues, and there
is usually a minimum spend per table.
Georgina Wilson-Powell is the Dubai Localite for BBC Travel. She also
writes the hotel review blog sogoodtogetoutofthecity.wordpress.com.