New Latin-themed supper-club

Izel expected to open any day now at the Conrad Dubai

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We dig up the juicy rumours, new openings and hot events in Dubai’s music and nightlife scene.

Another week and there’s another new opening on the horizon. This time we’ve heard on the grapevine that The Conrad Dubai is about to throw open its doors with the launch of a Latin American-themed supper club called IZEL – if it’s anything like the hotel itself, we’re expecting a decent amount of swank.

In other news, the miniscule, multi-instrumental musician Jamie Cullum will be performing at next year’s Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival. The gig will be taking place on February 20 as part of the event which runs from February 13-21. Cullum joins fellow Brit Olly Murs on the bill.

Moving over to Abu Dhabi, R&B megastars Akon and Nelly have been confirmed to play at pop up parties hosted by Cirque Le Soir as part of the Formula One festivities. Taking place at Rush in the Yas Viceroy on Yas Island, Nelly is performing on November 1, with Akon set to hit the stage on November 2.

In other news, we hear there are going to be some changes coming into effect at world renowned restaurant brand Hakkasan. With the manager from Hakkasan Abu Dhabi now at the helm in Dubai, he’s looking to install a mobile DJ booth where tunes will be spun in either the bar area or outside on the venue’s terrace, making it a nightspot in its own right.

And finally we’ve got some news about Barasti. The beach bar is opening the Barasti Pool Deck. It’s apparently the emirate’s first outdoor pool spot. The plan is to offer six pool tables from next month charging Dhs5 per game. The nightspot also launched its annual Barasti on tour competition on October 1, where contestants are competing for a trip for them and a mate to Miami – not a bad reason to stop by.

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