We dig up the juicy rumours, new openings and hot events in Dubai’s music and nightlife scene.
First up it’s been announced that rotund rap superstar and music mogul Rick Ross will be playing Festival City on Friday October 4. The hip hop celeb is notoriously keen on dollars and bling so we imagine there’s a good chance you’ll catch him out shopping.
We’re hearing rumours that Gulf Bike Week is abandoning last year’s international headliner policy and booking local acts instead – we’ll keep you informed...
In other festival news, the largest free event in the UAE, Abu Dhabi’s Beats on the Beach, is to field an exclusively Filipino line up on its third night for the first time. Taking place from Thursday October 31 to Saturday November 2, US R&B star Ciara, Lebanese singer Assi El Helani and Shamma Hamdan (the first Emirati woman to appear on Arab’s Got Talent) have been confirmed as headliners.
Closer to home, there’s yet another Belgian venue opening its doors at the end of the month. Bapas, which is a slightly silly play on the word ‘tapas’, is set to be the newest spot at The H Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road.
Another new nightspot is coming to DIFC. The posh Monaco-based brand Sass Café is set to open a branch here in Dubai. Named after the principality’s famous restauranteur Salvador ‘Sassa’ Treves, the venue will be the first outlet outside of Monaco.
Finally, more news is trickling through about Jambase and Trilogy replacement Pacha. We’ve been told that the Ibiza-themed super club is unlikely to open before January next year, with details of the Madinat venture apparently set to be unveiled in Ibiza this week. Sounds like we’ll be waiting for a while so you’ll probably have to party elsewhere for the time being...