Over the weekend, Dubai celebrated the grand opening of the new Atlantis The Royal. Adjacent to Atlantis The Palm, the new property hosted a three-day event of luxury events and experiences.
Crafted by the world’s leading designers, architects and artists, the ultra-luxury resort in Dubai features 44 suites with their own private infinity pools, a 22nd-floor infinity pool overlooking Palm Island, the world’s largest jellyfish aquarium, an aquatic show fountains that breathe fire, and a collection of restaurants and bars by famous chefs.
As part of its launch last Friday, the destination hosted a ‘Feast of Dreams’. Guests attended the dining adventure to toast the opening of Atlantis The Royal’s eight brand new celebrity chef restaurants alongside Nobu Matsuhisa, Jose Andres, Costas Spiliadis, Ariana Bundy, Mitch Turner and Gaston Acurio under one roof for just one night.
Dinner was followed by a party at the hotel’s outdoor restaurant and lounge, Cloud 22, to celebrate Kendall Jenner’s tequila brand, 818, making its debut in Dubai. The venue is expected to become an iconic entertainment and nightlife destination in Dubai, offering cabanas with their own plunge pools and views of the city skyline.
The property hosted a Blue Carpet event with influencers, artists and models such as Jay-Z, Kendall Jenner, Gauri Khan from around the world and dinner to lead up to the most anticipated event of the weekend, the live performances.
Dubai is no stranger to hosting big names, but what Beyoncé brought over the weekend was far from a regular performance. After a four-year hiatus from live concerts, the artist took to the stage for 60 minutes and incorporated music, dance and fashion from the region with three outfits, two of which included dresses by Arab designers.
Sticking with the Renaissance theme, the first look chosen was a yellow dress by Dubai-based Atelier Zuhra and after an outfit change, Beyoncé returned to the stage in a red gown by Lebanese designer Nicolas Gebran.
The 29-time Grammy-winning artist was not alone. In addition to the dancers, the rest of her team also included players of Arabic instruments, as well as the Lebanese all-female dance group The Mayyas, who won America’s Got Talent 2022.
The 60-minute set features localized sounds as well as never-before-heard Arabic performances by the artist during the opening of “Countdown”.
With Beyoncé’s performance ending with choreographed fountains and fireworks, Swedish House Mafia hit the stage with a set to go to the after party.
The final day included a brunch to celebrate the opening of Nobu’s first ever pool and beach club, ‘Nobu by the Beach’. With appearances by Nobu Matsuhisa and Rebel Wilson, the opening ceremony led to a day of sushi, skewers, fresh sake and music.
Guests will be able to visit Atlantis The Royal from February 10, when the destination officially opens.
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