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Another world-class nightclub is coming to Dubai, and it’s one with a big reputation.
Joining the ranks of Dome and BASE as recent additions to the city’s nightlife scene (as well as Cannes superclub Gotha coming soon), New York City hotspot 1 OAK is set to land in Dubai in late-February.
It’s making big claims about bringing a “world-class nightlife venue” to Dubai, and the early image renderings suggest we’re in for an edgy, dark look. Ooh, we approve.
And it looks like there’s reason to get excited, too.
The team behind 1 OAK are claiming celebrity fans of the top NYC hangout will be travelling to the emirate specifically for the launch – name-dropping famous geusts like Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Katy Perry, Kanye West, Rihanna and more.
The reason? Because the “opening will feature a line-up of international artists”, and we’re excited to find out exactly who’s being lined up.
It’s opening up in the JW Marriott Marquis Business Bay, already home to top spots like The Vault, Bridgewater Tavern, Café Artois and Square, and will take the place of former Dubai favourite VIP Room.
As you’d expect from a trendy NYC club with presence across the US, the guys behind 1 OAK are making some pretty huge claims. “With the launch of 1 OAK, we are starting a new era for Dubai’s nightlife scene,” says CEO of Bulldozer Group Evgeny Kuzin. “We wanted to create something unique, while maintaining style and substance, for Dubai’s elite social crowd.”
So, mark your calendars, this hot new spot is ready to land, and we can’t wait.
Opening late-February 2018. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, www.1oaknyc.com/1-oak-dubai-coming-soon
Berlin's nightlife is getting an unlikely supporter from its town hall, which is stepping in to defend its legendary techno scene.
It’s a familiar story across the Western world: a heated property market and complaints from the neighbours are squeezing nightlife in the big city. But in Berlin — known for its nightlife and understated cool — the town hall is stepping in to defend its legendary techno scene.
“Techno culture has given so much to Berlin. Using some taxpayer money to support it is the least we can do,” says local Greens party lawmaker Georg Koessler, the initiative’s most ardent supporter. City representatives are set to approve on Thursday a million-euro ($1.2 million) fund to cover soundproofing and additional staff to cool partygoers’ exuberance, a big gesture for the chronically indebted administration.
They hope the cash can help brake a wave of closures that have struck in recent years. Since 2011, 170 clubs have shut down their lasers, sound systems and smoke machines for good. That leaves some 500 for the 3.5 million people of Germany’s largest city and the armies of tourists disgorged from trains, planes and buses each weekend — more than 12.7 million in 2016, according to official statistics.“Politicians used to talk about Berlin clubs as something nice on the fringes,” 32-year-old Koessler — who still calls himself a dedicated clubber — points out. “But very surprisingly, even our opponents in the (conservative) CDU are suddenly very passionate about this subject, which they call the ‘night economy’,” he adds.
The latest campaign is for recognition as artistic venues, which could grant techno havens a seven percent VAT rate rather than the 19% paid by bars and restaurants. Such cash incentives underpin noble sentiments about keeping the sacred techno flame alight. “We want to stay on the sharp edge of contemporary music culture,” says Leichsenring.
“If you’re offering ‘free entry for ladies’ or ‘buy one get one free’ on beer, we’re (Club Commission) not going to spring to your defence.” Techno pilgrimage site Berghain was the first to talk its tax rate down in 2016, convincing the state that clubgoers came for its line-ups of star DJs rather than booze, sex and drugs.
But Leichsenring argues that securing a tax break would be even more important for smaller venues without thousands besieging their doors each weekend. “Big clubs like Berghain, which employs 200 people, are at least profitable, they can rely on their box office and the bar,” he says.
Nurturing art means clubs have to take risks, also musically speaking, and taking risk is always an economic question that’s especially off-putting for those only just clinging to life, Leichsenring said.
Without the economic security to test out exciting new musical departures, the edgy, avant-garde feel that made Berlin nights out legendary across Europe and beyond could disappear.
Both supply of and demand for world-class nightlife remain in abundance in the city on the river Spree for now. But the Club Commission worries that mass party tourism, insistent noise complaints and inexorably rising rents will push the city past its peak and into terminal decline. The gathering pace of gentrification in the capital could be “the death of clubs”, Leichsenring fears.
Families on the balconies of their new-build apartment blocks are often loath to endure the beats pulsing endlessly into the night from graffiti-spattered former warehouses or factories. Politicians should, however, remember the economic contribution that partying makes to the cash-strapped capital, the Club Commission insists.
“Let’s be honest, young people aren’t coming to Berlin at weekends in such numbers because there are nice shopping centres,” Leichsenring points out.
Put on your red shoes and dance the opposite of the blues — Mayor de Blasio has officially repealed the city’s cabaret law, which outlawed dancing in most city bars.
“It's 2017,” Mayor de Blasio said at a signing ceremony Monday night. “There should not be a law in New York City against dancing.”
“I'm ready to break out into any impromptu dancing tonight,” Councilman Rafael Espinal, who introduced the repeal into the City Council, told the Daily News.
The cabaret law prohibited cutting a rug without a cabaret license — which fewer than 100 of the 26,000 bars and restaurants in the city have.Olympia Kazi, a member of the NYC Artists Coalition and the advocacy group Let NYC Dance, said it was “basically a ban on social dancing.”
“Social dancing should not be regulated. That's an expression — a fundamental expression of human beings, and it should not be criminalized,” she said.
But for decades, it was — starting in 1926, when it went into effect mainly to go after Harlem jazz clubs where black and white patrons freely mixed.
And even more recently, the rule was selectively enforced to bust up bars patronized by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, as well as bars and clubs in communities of color, critics say.Espinal — who represents the nightlife-rich neighborhood of Bushwick, where the mayor signed the bill at nightclub and music venue Elsewhere — said the law has had a “notoriously negative impact on nightlife in general, but mostly nightlife that's patronized by communities of color, the LGBT community and other marginalized communities.”
“I think now more than ever, especially given our current political climate in Washington, we should be focusing on also doing away with laws that have a history of suppressing or oppressing New Yorkers,” Espinal continued.
There are still other legal challenges to zoning — including archaic zoning requirements that Kazi said they’ll continue to lobby to be amended.
It’s not the city’s only effort to cozy up to the nightlife world — in September, de Blasio signed a bill establishing an Office of Nightlife to be headed by the city’s most in-demand job, the Night Mayor. The top nightlife official has not yet been chosen. That bill, too, was introduced by Espinal.
“I feel that New York City's nightlife is an integral part of our identity and over the years and decades, there have been so many rules and regulations that have only hampered the potential to flourish,” he said.
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