Paul van Dyk joined the peppermint Experience team in Dubai
Time Out Dubai staff
Engoma, Mohy and Wael
A 5,000-strong crowd braved the Burj Khalifa traffic near World Trade Centre in order to ring in 2011 with needs-no-introduction DJ Paul van Dyk. Afroboogie warmed things up from 9pm until countdown, with van Dyk coming on from then until 3.30am – a good innings, we say. The Van-ster doesn’t call himself a trance DJ, preferring to be labelled ‘electronic’, but the musical highlight for us were the trance-esque loops from his hit ‘For an Angel’. We also cheered when, near the end of the night, he played the bassline of the White Stripes’ hit ‘Seven Nation Army’ on his keyboard. Top marks to the German DJ for taking his tunes seriously – in fact, he was spotted before the gig sitting on the floor backstage, earphones plugged in, studying his set on his laptop.