Team shortlist24 Apr 2016 AT 03:20 PM

Epic aqua theatre opening in Dubai this year

Aerial show with acrobats and 2.5 million litres of water
Team shortlist24 Apr 2016 AT 03:20 PM
Epic aqua theatre opening in Dubai this year

A purpose-built “aqua theatre” is coming to Dubai, and it’s set to put on its first public performance by the end of the year. The show, called La Perle, is being touted as the region’s “first ever water show” and its setting up home in the much-anticipated Al Habtoor City.

According to a statement from Al Habtoor Group, there will be 450 performances a year, with a cast of 65 international artists performing aerial stunts amongst the water show. If you’re wondering what a water show consists of, you can expect a stage with 2.5 million litres of water, with massive fountains and hydraulic lifts, allowing the staging area to switch between wet and dry in an instant.

The acrobats will dive from heights of around 35 metres into the water-filled stage, making the performance both highly skilled and dangerous.

With 450 performances a year and a tailor-made “aqua theatre” with capacity for 1,300 people, the show will pull in massive crowds.

Creative company Dragone will produce the soon-to-be iconic show, while Franco Dragone will take the post as artistic director. The company are no strangers to the world of water shows, being behind Celine Dion - A New Day, Le Rêve in Las Vegas and The House of Dancing Water in Macau.

“Together with Dragone, the Al Habtoor Group is leading the way to herald a new era of theatrical entertainment for Dubai and securing the city as not just a tourist destination, but an epicentre for unique world-class theatre,” says Mohammed Al Habtoor, vice chairman and CEO of Al Habtoor Group.

Al Habtoor City, which is located on the banks of Dubai Water Canal just off Sheikh Zayed Road, will add over 40 restaurants and leisure venues to Dubai, as well as luxury accommodation.

One of the most exciting aspects of the development is The Atrium, which will house seven restaurants over five levels, including big international names and home-grown local brands. A-list cocktail lounge Blind Dragon is just one of the high end imports due to open this summer, complete with private karaoke suites. Those of you who have partied in California may have ventured to the swanky bar, known for its creative mixology and celebrity clientele, which is famous in West Hollywood.

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