We can’t help but feel that we've been going to the same - few and far between - R'n'B nightclubs for the last couple of years (shout out to Movida Wednesdays, you'll always hold a place in our hearts!) so it's music to our ears that not one, but two U.S. superclubs are invading our shores as we speak.
NYC's 1 OAK opens with a bang at JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay this weekend, with a pretty big reputation preceding it. Other renowned outposts also include Vegas, LA and even a pop-up in the Maldives last year, celebrity fans include Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Madonna, Katy Perry, Kanye West, Rihanna and Kate Hudson. Casual.
“We wanted to create something unique while maintaining style and substance for Dubai’s elite social crowd,” said Evgeny Kuzin, Founder and CEO of Bulldozer Group - the same guys behind Novikov and Base.
• For more details and to book, visit 1oak-dubai.com
Based between White and Soho Garden at Meydan Racecourse Grandstand at Nad Al Sheba, Drai's is rapidly becoming one of our new faves. Expect chilled, R'n'B pool-party vibes in the day (Craig David's 7 Days to Ciara's Goodies) to more high-energy tunes later on (DJ Snake and Lil Jon's Turn Down For What).
Both performing at and known to frequent the Vegas branch include celebs like Chris Brown, Tyga, 50 Cent, Nicki Minaj and the Kardashians, and the Dubai club is already set to be no different. It's already hosted Craig David, Pia Mia, Fuse ODG and Trey Songz. We went, and absolutely did not keep our cool.
They've also launched Hot Mess Tuesdays - a Ladies' Day where for Dhs100 girls are invited to relax in the sun to a live DJ soundtrack, and you get a chef’s selection platter and five hours of unlimited beverages. Additionally, on Fridays, the first 100 ladies to arrive each get a complimentary sunbed and drink.
The indoor nightclub will be launching post-Ramadan, and Drai’s beach club will move indoors during the summer months. We're all over it.
• For more details and to book, visit draisdxb.com
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