Mag-backed GQ Bar, Ibiza-lite Cielo Sky Lounge, and (at last) 40 Kong
We dig up the juicy rumours, new openings and hot events in Dubai’s music and nightlife scene.
A wealth of new venues are set to fling open their doors this month. First up, after months of hype and more than a couple of delays, 40 Kong is here at last. From the team behind People by Crystal, The H Hotel spot is now expected to open to the public on January 30, with an invite only bash a few days earlier.
In keeping with this week’s elevated theme, January 30 will also see the opening of the GQ Bar in the world’s tallest hotel, the JW Marriott Marquis. The posh nightspot, set across two floors, is aiming to attract a modern, stylish and sophisticated crowd, like the men’s magazine it’s named after.
Not wanting to fall behind the times, Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club is launching its own spectacular hangout. Cielo Sky Lounge is looking to appeal to fashionable sorts and hipsters with its Ibiza-like vibe and decor featuring liberal use of cool blues and whites, as well as top DJs. We’ll certainly be heading there to catch the sunset.
Next, we’ve heard that late January will also see a brand new club opening, with Boutiq Ultra Lounge set to launch in The Address Dubai Mall. The club is promising state-of-the-art lighting as well as two separate music areas, where guests get to enjoy different genres under the same roof. With the tantalising prospect of ‘advanced customer relationship management technology’ (whatever that is) we’re expecting a whole new level of swanky.
Finally, this week saw the unveiling of a strong line-up of bona fide jazz musicians to join the likes of Olly Murs and Jamie Cullum at the Dubai Jazz Festival in February. Al Foster and Steve Grossman, who played alongside Miles Davis, and Wallace Roney, who was actually taught the trumpet by Davis personally. That should be more than enough to keep the purists happy, so bring on the sea of berets...