Dive in to Dubai’s latest theatrical masterpiece
The opening of La Perle, the crowning jewel of Dubai’s Al Habtoor City district, marks a new chapter in Dubai’s live theatre scene. The world-class venue stages the city’s first ever resident show, masterminded by creative director Franco Dragone.
Inspired by Dubai, a place that Dragone refers to as the “laboratory of the future,” the grand production fuses the finest in artistic performance, creative imagery and brilliant technology. Here’s what to expect at La Perle.
Out of the ordinary
La Perle is a show that combines the spirit of Dubai with an iconic 860sqm ‘aqua-stage’. Using 2.7 million litres of water for each performance, the custom-built theatre was constructed around the the show’s concept. Inspired by the vibrancy of this city, the show has it all – cascading waterfalls, fast-paced acrobatics, a 25m high dive and fantastical characters.
Dragone hopes the production leaves visitors enthralled and makes them forget the world outside the theatre for a couple of hours. “We are dreamers, but we also want to have an impact and we hope that is a little bit of peace, a little flavour of eternity,” he said.
Just the ticket
The 1,300 seat venue is designed for maximum impact. With only 14 rows, seating is wrapped 270 degrees around the aqua stage, creating an intimate experience. There’s no room for disappointment as every seat offers its own unique views. We’d recommend booking in Row N for the Silver category or Row A in Gold for a more central perspective.
For a special occasion, splurge on a VIP ticket. You’ll be welcomed to a private lounge for pre-show bites before being escorted to luxurious theatre lounge chairs, positioned for premium views.
Creative director Franco Dragone calls La Perle a “new kind of theatre”. A legend in the industry, Dragone started his career with Cirque du Soleil, playing an instrumental role in its rise to fame as creative director. His admirable roll call also includes the brilliant Celine Dion A New Day; Le Rêve in Las Vegas, House of Dancing Water in Macau and Paris Merveilles at the Lido.
What to wear
Nights out in Dubai present the perfect excuse to dress to impress. If in doubt, go with smart casual classics. Men can opt for chinos with a casual shirt and a fitted blazer, while women can be more adventurous with tailored jumpsuits and heels or a printed pencil skirt with a silk top.
How to get there
There’s much to explore at Al Habtoor City on Sheikh Zayed Road. The district comprises three five-star hotels, a vibrant marina promenade as well as stylish cafes and restaurants. For a memorable dinner, book a table at Mexican-Peruvian restaurant, Zoco, at The Atrium or savour signature French fare at Brasserie Quartier, located at the Habtoor Palace, LXR Hotel & Resorts.
A short 20-minute drive from the airport, you can easily hail a taxi to Habtoor City from the road or pre-book one by calling +971 4 208 0808. If you’re arriving via the Dubai Metro, just alight at the Business Bay metro station on the Red Line and La Perle is a quick five-minute taxi ride away.
When’s the next show?
La Perle takes place twice a night, five days a week. Performances from Tuesday to Friday are at 7pm and 9:30pm, and Saturdays at 4pm and 7pm. Tickets start at AED400.