2018 has been a pretty major year for Drai’s Dubai, the Las Vegas pool party club that debuted back in February at the Soho Garden complex in Meydan.
Fans of its Hot Mess ladies’ day may end up looking for a new daytime pool party to head to, because Drai’s Dubai has confirmed it will no longer operate as a daytime pool club.
As of this weekend, the club will be completely transformed into a nightlife destination, with the team behind it telling Time Out Dubai that it is being redesigned to better suit the market. This may also be a result of Soho Beach’s increased operation every week – including a brand-new Friday brunch every week, which is basically a four-hour pool party.
As of this Friday, Drai’s will become a fully-fledged nightclub, run by the same team and production crew behind WHITE Dubai.
So what does that mean?
Well, there’s a huge renovation currently going on in Meydan, and that means that the pool is going, so farewell to getting your toes wet during a party. Whether the pool will be gone by this weekend remains to be seen, given the scale of the renovation.
Secondly, we’ve been told that the beach beds, cabanas et al are all getting the heave-ho – the levelling is changing and it’ll be unrecognisable to the Drai’s you know today. The restructure will also make way for clearer views of Burj Khalifa and Downtown Dubai at night – perfect.
Given the production is now being run by the crew at neighbouring WHITE Dubai, we’re excited to see the huge new light show, stage, graphics and more that are on their way in.
This weekend will see US rapper Big Sean in town for a headline performance, with the club opening at 10pm through until 4am. That will be the case every Friday through until the end of 2018, and the team behind Drai’s will be looking at which days of the week the club will be open come 2019 – at this stage it looks likely that Tuesday nights will be added to that list (giving more mid-week clubbing options in the area).
For now, there’s a ladies’ night on Friday, with an open bar until 1am, and free entry for all.
But, fear not, the huge light-up DRAI’S sign out the front will still be there, so you can get that Instagram moment out front on arrival.
Free. Fri 10pm-4am. Meydan Racecourse, Nad Al Sheba (052 388 8857).