- Top 100
April 11, 2012
Intro: In this weeks episode I enter possibly the most expensive nightclub ever built, costing $30 million. We all know Dubai is hotbed of wealth, boasting the world’s tallest building and the biggest shopping mall on the planet. But can it really stand up and be counted amongst the greatest clubbing cities in the world?
Destination/Location: Dubai, UAE
I have to say, once you land here you know you’ve come to a wealthy place. The sheer extravagant decor, stunning buildings like the Burj Khalifa (World’s Tallest Building) and just walking along the streets all you see is everyone driving high end cars, from Bentleys to Rolls Royces. I honestly haven’t seen anything like it. Even the world’s biggest shopping mall has a gold vending machine, yes, instead of cash, you can withdraw gold bars, its pretty insane to see.
City Review Link: Trip Advisor ‘Things to do in Dubai’
Venue/Club: Cavalli Club
Possibly the most expensive nightclub ever built, costing $30 million, and its easy to see where the money was spent. With designer Roberto Cavalli, a partner in the club, you have high-end decor everywhere. The whole venue is covered in the most amazing chandeliers that look like giant jellyfish, obviously its not glass imitation, its the real deal, Swarovski crystal! When you look at the picture below of the club, it doesn’t do the venue justice, the pure beauty of the place is breathtaking. As its an all table club (You have to book a table to gain entry) the layout is very different to most places, instead of a dance floor, you have people partying at tables as champagne flows as if it was water on tap, welcome to how the other side lives.
Website Link: http://www.CavalliClubDubai.com
Night/Event: Saturday Night at Cavalli
The legendary Saturday night at Cavalli is renowned for hosting the finest names in music, from live singers to guest DJs and even hosting fashion shows – for Saturday nights in Dubai, this is THE place to be. As the club is an all table venue, the beginning of the night starts off with a luxurious meal for a select 150 guests, as cool grooves are played by the resident DJ. After the meal the music heats up, the rest of the club is opened and the remaining tables are filled with party people ready to go hard, it reminds me very much of Las Vegas, the attitude, the vibe and the high rollers splashing the cash for all to see (See the stand out moment below and you’ll know what I mean)
DJs/Acts: Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas
Still in his debut year as a DJ, Taboo is fast becoming a mix master, knowing how to read the crowd and program his setlist for a show that really rocks. His combination of DJing, singing, dancing, visual mixing and more is proving to be a success around the world. I’ve had the pleasure of seeing him grow since day one, and I am always honest and critical of his performances, this was one of his best. The crowd was tough, hard to win over, but his persistence paid off and by the end of his set people were literally dancing on the tables! A sign of a great DJ winning over the hardest of crowds.
DJ Link: Taboo on Twitter
Dropping everything from cool house tracks like Calfan – Ressurection to commercial remixes from the likes of Rehab, Taboo was taking his set everywhere. The mixed crowd made it difficult to judge what music was best, some DJs sometimes stick to one format whether it moves a crowd or not. For me, I always say you have to be versatile in your playlist to try accommodate the most difficult crowds to get them going, after all, your job as a DJ is to have the place rocking with an atmosphere, right? That’s exactly what happened here, with great reactions to Avicii and Afrojack, it was obvious the more commercial music worked best, but the uber-cool house heads still got their fix with probably the tune of the night (see below).
Tune of the Night: Ivan Gough – In My Mind (Axwell Remix)
Stand Out Moment: I guess the stand out moment was when the club started going crazy due to one man who purchased a $350,000 limited edition 8 litre bottle of Cristal champagne, this shows the kind of club it is and the calibre of people who go there. I normally like to pick out a moment to do with either the DJ or the entertainment of the night, but lets face it, this is something not many will have witnessed in a club before. As he cracked open the bottle to rapturous roars of people all hanging around him for a chance to drink some, I couldn’t help but think, what does a glass of champagne that expense taste like? And before I knew it, the owner brought me over a glass from the table, in reality, it tasted like any other good champagne!
Final Thought: The club is truly stunning, nobody can argue that, but where it belongs on the clubbing calendar I’m not sure. Its very different, all table service, high-end crowd, it’s not your usual club. For the wealthy its perfect, for the normal clubber this would be a great one off night if you wanna splash the cash with friends. Like Vegas, it’s all about money, and with future bookings with people like Bob Sinclair, they are following the footsteps with big EDM names to stand up and be counted as a place to go for a true club night, regardless of the cost. As for the man who bought the $350,000 bottle of champagne, he had the club engrave his name in gold on the bottle and will have it on display in the club for all to see, I guess that’s the least they could do after he spent all that money!
Shout Outs: Peter Mac, Vincent
Until next week, stay safe and I’ll see you soon in another ‘Main Room’ from round the world.
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