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Dubai isn’t short on entertainment and in one of its newest suburbs we’re about to see more. 

Al Habtoor City has a ringside location on Dubai Canal. Already boasting St Regis, Westin and W Hotels, there are luxury residential towers, a marina, tennis academy, retail, and numerous bars and restaurants to come.

Last weekend saw the opening of the long anticipated La Perle by Dragone and, wow, did it open with a bang! Let’s take a peek.La Perle by Dragone. Dubai.

Franco Dragone.

If you’ve heard of Franco Dragone, you’ll know he’s one of the world’s most renowned artistic directors. Controversial from a young age, his early work in college was political, often replacing actors with regular humans to portray life’s misfortunes. Homeless, drug addicts and prison inmates shared their stories.

Dragone joined Cirque Du Soliel as a creator in 1985 and spent 14 years on 11 memorable shows. Forming his namesake company in 1999, Dragone has created, produced and directed stand alone shows in Las Vegas, China, Colombia, Russia, Abu Dhabi, and a colossal show at City of Dreams in Macau.La Perle by Dragone. Dubai.

La Perle.

Dragone’s latest offering, La Perle, is the long anticipated theatrical event performed in a purpose built aqua-theatre at Al Habtoor City. The intimate theatre space seats a surprising 1300 people in only 14 rows. Every seat is in close proximity to the stage and surrounded by suspended acrobats during the performance. La Perle by Dragone. Dubai.

The stage, with its central diving pool and tidal shifts, presents water as a cast member displaying emotion through height, depth, and movement.La Perle by Dragone. Dubai.

Performing acrobatic, aquatic and aerial stunts, the cast of 65 international artists from 23 countries draw spontaneous gasps and applause from the audience. Strength, precision, and grace infuse every movement. Trust and confidence in each other’s abilities are paramount.La Perle by Dragone. Dubai.

The story, inspired by Dubai’s past, present and future is brought to life by projection, lighting, sound and the phenomenal acrobatics. As the world explodes before you, a love story commences. Expectations are high and La Perle by Dragone delivers. La Perle by Dragone. Dubai.La Perle by Dragone is a definite “must do” on your Dubai itinerary.

What: La Perle by Dragone aqua-theatre extravaganza.

Where: Al Habtoor City (entrance at the W Hotel)

When: Tuesday to Saturday (19:00 – 20:30 & 21:30 – 23:00)

How: Buy Tickets here.

Why: Because it’s awesome!

Total immersion in a theatrical performance: it’s a thing we love….

Disclaimer: paraphernalia.co purchased pre-opening 1/2 price tickets for La Perle by Dragone and we’re pleased we did!La Perle by Dragone. Dubai.