This all said, I recently attended Time Out Dubai’s Nightlife Awards – the event only comes once a year (like Christmas, but for DJs) and I thought it’d be good to broaden my horizons. But what struck me more than anything was just how many beautiful people there are in ‘After-Dark Dubai’.
It was like being in a parallel universe – a place very similar to the Dubai I knew, but populated by the cast of a Twilight movie. The more I thought about it, the more the Twilight analogy seemed apt. I’d never seen these people during the day, which can only mean that they are vampires who spend sunlit hours hidden away in Transylvanian-style catacombs beneath the city, while the rest of us work from nine ’til six. (Perhaps the noticeable dearth of old people in Dubai has something to do with the city’s nocturnal, never-ageing vampire community, as well?)
Likewise, I’m sure I’d find Dubai’s Day-Dwellers (the people who populate weekday coffee mornings, long lunches and mid-afternoon assaults on the mall) or the Early Morning Dragon Boaters equally alien. This is no bad thing – it’s great that there’s so much variation here – and the fact that I’m always discovering different versions of my city, by day and by night, is what makes it so addictive.
You never know, I might trade in my restaurant reviews and requisite eight-hour sleep for late nights with the Twilight cast. I just need to remember to put hand on hip when in the presence of photographers – and perhaps dress a little better too.
Oliver Robinson is our Eating Out editor. He is not one of Time Out’s ‘50 Hottest Clubbers’. Yet.