For many fun-seeking residents, the return of the clubbing scene is just what they needed after the enforced break. According to Dania Salaheddine, a Dubai resident, “I saw an Asian restaurant that used to be quite tame, put on the craziest show with dancers. They were blasting reggaeton music. I didn’t realise how much I missed partying.”
Clubs getting makeovers
The new Billionaire Dubai became a “supper club”, which is a high-end dining venue with Cirque de Soleil level performances. This isn’t just a singer and dancer on stage – they have body contortionists, acrobats, hip-hop dancers, show tune singers and more.
“We noticed that even during these uncertain times, people were craving a night out,” said Brian Bendix, CEO of Billionaire Lifestyle. “So we decided to create a dining and ‘Grand Show’ experience, where we offer customers a full evening of surprises. We had to find a way to make sitting at a table for hours still very enjoyable.”
How does Billionaire stand out? With a five-course fine dining meal and by putting on a captivating show. “Looking at the type of dinner shows that have been on the entertainment market for years, we noticed that many of them focus more on the show and fall short on the dining offer,” Bendix added. “It becomes an uneven final product.” So Billionaire stepped in to fill that gap.
Bring on the chair dancing
It’s clear that Dubai’s diners are looking for something more upbeat tempos to the evenings. “This is why we implemented this kind of entertainment at Taikun,” said Musbah Haddad, Lifestyle and Brand Director, Lincoln Hospitality, the owning company of Taikun. “We also have cabaret-style dance performances, a solo violinist and musical performances on Fridays for our ‘Project Provacateur’ night.”
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Downtown Dubai hotspot hosts a ‘My Boyfriend is Out of Town’ ladies’ nigh where social distancing norms are in place along with the bites, beverages and live dancers.
Pump up the sounds
Even bars are figuring how to operate during a pandemic. “It’s been really hard,” said Alan Roberts, the Marketing Manager at Lucky Voice. “Obviously, without dancing and the use of our Karaoke pods, we have had to up the ante on the offerings. We managed to implement crowd karaoke and also a new Friday night video DJ, who offers something really visual.”
Crowd karaoke means there’s an MC on stage as well as a DJ in the booth, and they put the words to classic karaoke songs on the screen and encourage loud singing. And the worse you sound, the better.
“It was important for us to maintain the fun and crazy elements, but to make sure we’re sticking to the guidelines,” said Roberts. “So it’s really the best of both worlds.”
Dubai’s party-goers will agree…