Jewel in the Crown

Singapore Tatler - - UPFRONT THE INVITATION -

From film celebri­ties to fash­ion It girls and Emi­rati VIPS, the stars were out in full force at the open­ing of the new Bul­gari Re­sort Dubai. Hashirin Nurin Hashimi joins the party

vl­gari brought a piece of Rome to Dubai when it un­veiled its fifth and lat­est prop­erty, the Bul­gari Re­sort Dubai last De­cem­ber. Brand am­bas­sadors and VIPS in­clud­ing model Bella Ha­did, Os­car-win­ning ac­tress Ali­cia Vikan­der, and model and ac­tor Jon Kor­ta­jarena were in at­ten­dance, and joined by re­gional celebri­ties as well as Emi­rati dig­ni­taries. As if a nod to the iconic Dubai Frame, one of the city’s new­est land­marks, as well as the en­trance doors of Bul­gari’s flag­ship Via dei Con­dotti bou­tique in Rome, the starstud­ded ar­rivals were ush­ered in through twin arches bathed in gold as they walked down the red car­pet to the flashes of cam­era lights. They made their way to the re­sort’s beach club for cock­tails and a warm wel­come by Bul­gari CEO Jean-christophe Babin. Guests were in­vited to dis­cover the re­sort at four dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions where an ar­ray of dance, mu­sic and light spec­tac­u­lars awaited, along with a de­lec­ta­ble Ital­ian din­ner by three Miche­lin-starred chef Niko Romito, the cu­ra­tor of Bul­gari’s Il Ris­torante. Ital­ian jazz crooner Mat­teo Bran­ca­le­oni later brought many to the dance floor, and his spec­tac­u­lar reper­toire of in­ter­na­tional and Ital­ian clas­sics was matched by a stun­ning sceno­graphic light show as the back­drop. As the night was still young, ev­ery­one ad­journed to the Bul­gari Yacht Club for a choco­late party, and more danc­ing un­der the stars to the dance tunes spun by Ital­ian DJ Mokai, mark­ing the ar­rival of this Bul­gari jewel to the heart of the Mid­dle East, which Babin hopes will be “one of the city’s most iconic des­ti­na­tions”.

Jas­mine San­ders, Elena Per­mi­nova, Jon Kor­ta­jarena, Ali­cia Vikan­der, Bella Ha­did, Is­abella Fer­rari and Na­dine Nas­sib Njeim Ital­ian jazz crooner Mat­teo Bran­ca­le­oni per­formed a reper­toire of 10 clas­sics in­clud­ing Vo­lare and O Sole Mio on a spe­cial stage fea­tur­ing Bul­gari’s sig­na­ture eight-pointed star Jean-christophe Babin and Ab­dulla Al Hab­bai Saba Mubarak

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