Downtown Dubai, dubbed the ‘Centre of Now’, and the nearby dynamic financial district, are hotspots for the city’s socialites. Dress to impress and taste the high life with our suggestions for experiencing where it’s at.
Living it large
Home to the enormous Trade Centre Arena and to smaller arenas inside, Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is the go-to venue for large-scale productions. It may be mainly known for its conferences and exhibitions trade, but its leisure line-up can host mega entertainment events to the same scale. Its diverse range of events includes comedians, performing arts such as regular performances by Cirque Du Soir, musicals and concerts.
A long-awaited cultural addition, the Dubai Opera has been warmly received by residents and now presents a packed programme of events, including opera, musicals, orchestrals and even fashion shows and comedy acts. The architectural marvel provides just the setting for a glamourous night dolled up to the nines, or a more casual injection of culture.
Late night special
Fairytale nightclub Cirque Le Soir at The Fairmont gives clubbing a fresh face with its jaw-dropping circus acts and atmosphere, as well as visits from international guest DJs and artists, each week. With the words ‘freak show’ marked on the walls, expect that a night of outlandish entertainment is on the cards – and get glammed up. While dancing the night away, enjoy mind-boggling stunts and stage shows from stilt walkers, contortionists, jugglers, drummers, burlesque dancers, sword swallowers, magicians and fire eaters.
Attend an opening night
Earn some culture points at the opening night of one of the latest exhibitions from international artists visiting Dubai. Bag yourself an invitation by subscribing to mailing lists across the city’s main art districts of DIFC and Al Qouz, and spend a sophisticated evening out, discussing trendy topics with some new posh friends. Try Opera Gallery, Gate Village or Art Sawa.
Coming soon: Habtoor City
Al Habtoor City is a major lifestyle development built on the banks of the Dubai Water Canal and off the arterial Sheikh Zayed Road. As well as freehold residential property, new hotels St. Regis Dubai, W Dubai and The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, the area will become a 10 million sq ft destination for luxury shopping, dining and entertainment. Attractions will include The Atrium, a complex of seven restaurants and bars over five storeys as well as a purpose-built ‘aqua theatre’, which will host La Perle, a permanent show produced by artistic director Dragone.