Last week saw the grand reveal of Dubai’s newest icon, Atlantis The Royal, the world’s most ultra-luxury resort. Inaugurated by an unforgettable performance by the world’s most celebrated performer, the global icon Beyoncé, over one thousand celebrities and special guests gathered beneath the resort’s iconic façade to witness the unforgettable event.
Beyoncé’s one-hour performance — her first live show since 2018 — opened with a stunning rendition of the Etta James’ classic, “At Last,” before she treated the star-studded audience to some of her biggest career-spanning hits, including “Halo” and “Crazy in love.”
With powerful vocals, high-energy choreography, and an awe-inspiring production, the global superstar was accompanied by Firdaus, a 48-person all-female orchestra, mentored by Academy Award-winning composer, A.R. Rahman. America’s Got Talent winners, The Mayyas, an all-female precision dance group from Lebanon, were also featured on stage, with stunning choreography by Emmy-nominated Fatima Robinson.
Beyoncé was joined by her and family, including husband JAY-Z, as well as special guests from across the globe, including British Vogue Editor Edward Enninful, model Kendall Jenner, actress Rebel Wilson, boxer Amir Khan (pictured below), singers Chloe x Halle, actress Letitia Wright, actor Winston Dukes. Favourite UK couples such as Millie Mackintosh and Hugo Taylor, Rochelle and Marvin Humes, Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan all gathered to watch the star perform.
The epic performance was followed by a fireworks and drone extravaganza, lighting up Dubai’s newest icon, in an echo of the 2008 display that launched Atlantis The Palm to the world. As the fireworks settled, Swedish House Mafia took to the stage to perform hits, including “One” and “Don’t You Worry Child,” as guests celebrated until the early hours.
The Saturday spectacular is the pinnacle of the resort’s grand reveal weekend, which saw guests dine from the kitchens of the world’s finest chefs including Nobu, Jose Andres and Heston Blumenthal. The weekend also featured the star-studded grand opening events of Nobu, Ling Ling and the resort’s sky pool, Cloud 22.
Atlantis The Royal officially opens to guests from 10 February. Reservations are open now. For more, visit atlantistheroyal.com
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