Rosay at Cavalli Club is a decent mid-week stop for anyone who fancies doing the Dougie, Stanky Legg or Superman (they’re all hip-hop dances, for those who aren’t in the know).
The weekly night came highly commended in the Best Urban Night category at Time Out Dubai’s Music & Nightlife Awards this year and is renowned for drawing in big-name acts, including Sean Paul, DJ Cash Money, The Game and, more recently, American producer DJ Whoo Kid.
Expect to undergo inspection on arrival from a posy of ‘clipboard queens’ (otherwise known as the Cavalli hosts), dressed head-to-toe in crisp, white uniforms. And while some are fair – they’ll give you the once over to check you’re dressed appropriately and a swift nod to signal you’re in – others come across as border patrol. For these ones, no-one’s getting in. Chances are, if you don’t have a table reservation, come as a couple or have ‘connections’ inside, you risk rejection at busier times, so get down early to get past the red rope.
Roberto Cavalli’s club attracts a mixed and wealthy crowd who aren’t afraid to drop a dirham or two. Nothing is subtle in the design here. Jewelled lights hang low from the ceiling, chairs are decorated in bold animal print and a catwalk takes centre stage stretching from the DJ booth to the middle of the club where dancers shimmy and shake. The lavish and opulent décor is certainly eye-catching and impressive. Of course, all things rich and deluxe come at a price, and a night out here isn’t cheap. A Russian beverage will set you back Dhs96, while the cheapest glass of grape rings in at Dhs63. And a minimum spend of Dhs3,000 based on two to four people is required for table reservations.
We were there for DJ Whoo Kid, best-known as the official DJ of G-Unit (which was founded by rappers 50 Cent, Tony Yayo and Lloyd Banks), who played a mash-up of urban tunes. Taking to the decks after 1am, the 42-year-old started his two-hour set with his pal 50 Cent’s hits In Da Club and Just a Lil Bit and warmed up the crowd with classic ’90s tracks by 2Pac including California Love, before moving on to current hits including Can’t Feel My Face by The Weeknd. The New Yorker wasn’t afraid to show the crowd why he’s called ‘The Mixtape King’, often playing more than four tracks in one minute throughout the night, which at one point included Diana Ross’ I’m Coming Out, Nelly’s Getting Hot, a rap by Bobby Schmurda and 2Pac’s Gangsta Party. Whoo Kid filled the dancefloor from the moment he stepped into the booth and sensing the vibe, knew exactly when to drop those roof-raising tracks. And when things really heated up, there were even a few dance-offs, which is testament to any good urban night. More importantly, everyone at Rosay looked like they were genuinely having a good time, with even the most unsuspecting of patrons dancing along to Silento’s Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae). If they didn’t know how to Dougie on their way in, they certainly did on their
The bottom line
A great night of urban music and acts in the glitz of the famous Cavalli Club.