Dubai has fallen in love with the musical theater/dance club concept from Beirut: MusicHall. It all builds up rather slowly after doors open at 9 p.m. to a hushed supper club (red velvet banquettes; ornate gold stage), where couples file in and order drinks and appetizers. Before long, the room is filled to capacity with revelers who are serious about getting their party on. Make sure to get here no later than 10:30 p.m., when the show begins: a series of mini concerts by a dozen or so eclectic musicians who get the crowd revved up, followed by a DJ spinning 80s dance hits that whip the partygoers in a frenzy. As the night progresses, no one stays in their seat and cocktail tables become the de rigueur place to show off your dance moves till the wee hours. To the uninitiated, it may seem like a raucous live version of America’s Got Talent with a whole lot of audience participation. To loyalists, it’s the most fun you can have in Dubai on a Thursday or Friday night.
If musical theatre and dancing is your thing, head to the Palm Jumeriah One stop on the T1. You'll have to walk across The Palm Jumeirah but the sight is well worth the journey. The Music Hall is at the farthest left point of The Palm Jumeriah, just past the Taj Exotica Resort and Spa.
Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah; +971 4 447 6646; themusichall.com