The dinner-and-a-show concept has proved popular in Dubai, and makes for a memorable night out. On the 42nd floor of the Shangri-La Hotel and styled like an opulent Victorian theatre with velvet curtains and balcony booths, The Act is one of the city’s pioneering venues. Directed by David Ley, formerly of the famous Box Nightclub in New York City, the show takes place every Tuesday and Wednesday evening with a sizzling mix of cabaret, vaudeville and aerial artistry accompanied by authentic Peruvian cuisine.
Pacha Ibiza Dubai is another hip nightspot that brings the entertainment to your table. As well as boasting big name DJs and the city’s best-dressed clubbers, the three-level venue at Madinat Jumeirah also hosts a dinner show every Tuesday to Saturday. The impressive spectacle features aerialists, acrobats, contortionists, dancers and magicians, with a pan-Asian à la carte menu, or three set menu options, served in between acts. If you fancy hitting the dance floor afterwards, plan your visit for Thursday or Friday when the nightclub and rooftop are open until the wee small hours.
Beirut’s famed music concept, MusicHall, has been a huge hit since opening in 2013 at Jumeirah Zabeel Saray on The Palm, thanks to its high-calibre performers and stylish surrounds. It’s hard to put a label on this eclectic dinner show, which features around ten different acts performing everything from rock to Latino, gypsy to jazz, funk to folk, and rotating every seven minutes or so. The Mediterranean-inspired à la carte menu features veal, seafood and chicken dishes alongside sushi and sharing plates.
Also on the iconic man-made island, Seafire at Atlantis, The Palm hosts two weekly live music shows that complement its butter-soft steaks. Every Tuesday, diners are serenaded by the sultry tunes of the Buena Vista Social Club while enjoying a three-course tasting menu served with Havana Club cocktails. Wednesdays, meanwhile, feature the smooth sounds of Ol’ Blue Eyes as the fantastic Frank Sinatra tribute band entertains guests over a four-course menu and heady Jack Daniel’s concoctions. The restaurant has its own signature breed of cattle from Australia, alongside Master Kobe Wagyu and US Black Angus, making this a top choice for meat connoisseurs.
Seafire at Atlantis, The Palm