A friend of mine compared Dubai to Vegas times 1000. Said it’s the new hotspot in the world to have fun with beautiful people. I did some research and this is what I came up with.
According to a New York Times article:
“Everything is growing exponentially in Dubai, and the party scene is just another facet of that,” said Mr. Mavath, who plies his trade from Miami to Malaysia. “Dubai is one of the leading scenes in the world right now for the D.J. community.”
The evidence is on view every week at Peppermint (www.peppermint-club.com), a Thursday-only megaclub at the Habtoor Grand Resort, with six bars, 50 V.I.P. tables and its own Facebook page. The boldface D.J.’s that have propelled the jam-packed, Dolce & Gabbana-sporting crowds include Carl Cox and Derrick May.
At the Madinat Jumeirah hotel is Trilogy (www.madinatjumeirah.com/trilogy), a members-only house-music center. (Travelers can apply for free membership cards through Trilogy’s Web site.) Jazzy Jeff, David Guetta and scores of other faces from the Mount Rushmore of D.J.-dom have graced the soaring, sultanically decorated three-level palace. The rooftop lounge offers sublime views of the gulf and the sail-shaped Burj Al Arab hotel, the tallest in the world.
Though Dubai is thousands of miles from St.-Tropez, the Middle Eastern princes, the Russian moguls, the dolled-up Euro girls and the abundant wannabes who pack the plush baroque interiors of the 400 Club (Fairmont Dubai, www.the400club.com) are oblivious. Everyone from Roberto Cavalli to Ludacris has luxuriated amid the crystal chandeliers and gilded mirrors of this year-old club, where a chilled six-liter bottle of Dom Pérignon runs a cool 31,000 dirhams, about $8,447, at 3.74 dirhams to the dollar.
For a more populist night out, lounge chair travelers can go around the world in 80 bars, stopping for fruity Polynesian cocktails at Trader Vic’s at the Crowne Plaza Dubai (www.tradervics.com), mojitos at Cuban-themed Malecon (www.dxbmarine.com) and vodka à go-go at the Red Square Discothèque in the Hotel Moscow (www.moscowhoteldubai.com).
The only crimps in the social scene are a lack of options for gay partygoers (in 2001, authorities shut down a club for holding a gay night featuring a transvestite D.J. from England), the prohibitions on alcohol during the Islamic holy period of Ramadan and the year-round 3 a.m. closing time.
But as you would expect from an energetic juggernaut of a city, revelers make up for the limited partying hours by redoubling their efforts. Between midnight and last call, Mr. Mavath said, “people just go mental.”
This sounds like fun times. I wouldn’t recommend trying to find some reefer or party drugs. Ask Dallas Austin…
Some History (wiki)
Dubai (in Arabic: دبيّ, transliteration: dubaīy) can either refer to one of the seven emirates in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), or that emirate’s main city, sometimes called “Dubai City” to distinguish it from the emirate.
The modern emirate of Dubai was created consequent with the formation of the United Arab Emirates in 1971. However, written accounts documenting the existence of the city have existed at least 150 years prior to the formation of the UAE. Dubai shares legal, political, military and economic functions with the other emirates within a federal framework, although each emirate has jurisdiction over some functions such as civic law enforcement and provision and upkeep of local facilities. Dubai has the largest population and is the second largest emirate by area, after Abu Dhabi. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are the only two emirates to possess veto power over critical matters of national importance in the country’s legislature. Dubai has been ruled by the Al Maktoum dynasty since 1833. The emirates’ current ruler, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is also the Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE.
A majority of the emirate’s revenues are from trade, manufacturing and financial services. Revenues from petroleum and natural gas contribute less than 6% (2006) of Dubai’s US$ 37 billion economy (2005). Dubai has attracted world-wide attention through innovative real estate projects and sports events. This increased attention, coinciding with its emergence as a world business hub, has also highlighted human rights issues concerning its largely foreign workforce.