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Al Habtoor Group unveils Dubai’s first permanent aqua-based show - La Perle by Dragone


The dawn of a new era of entertainment will arrive in Dubai with La Perle, a new show produced and created by Dragone, one of the world’s most revered cultural artistic directors. Located in the heart of Al Habtoor City, La Perle will be the region’s first permanent show boasting 450 performances per year in a tailor-made state of the art aqua-theatre. La Perle is set to preview in late 2016.

Produced by cultural creative company Dragone, directed by the legendary artistic director Franco Dragone and brought to Dubai by the Al Habtoor Group, the production will be created in Dubai and will embody the spirit of Arabia.

The production credentials for La Perle are first class, starting with Franco Dragone one of the most sought-after artistic directors in the world. Famed for reinventing the genre of theatre and changing the face of live entertainment in Las Vegas, Dragone’s most significant shows in the last decade include: Celine Dion - A New Day, Le Rêve (Las Vegas) and The House of Dancing Water (Macau).

La Perle will feature a cast of 65 world-class artists performing breath-taking aqua and aerial feats with the assistance of 70 specialised technicians in the tailor-made, state of the art, intimate 1,300 seat theatre. The theatre itself will feature an ‘aqua-stage’ filled with 2.5 million litres of water, powered by hydraulic lifts and fountains that enables the stage to change from a dry platform to aquatic stage and vice versa. Daredevil performers will dive into the water-filled stage from a height of 35 metres and fly around the auditorium on high-powered winches at a speed of four metres per second. With this cutting edge stagecraft and state of the art technology fused together La Perle will be a visually stunning spectacle in, on and above water.

Mohammed Al Habtoor, Vice-Chairman and CEO, Al Habtoor Group said: “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 similar to Las Vegas and Macau. La Perle will fill the gap of quality live evening entertainment in the region and will be an extraordinary offering to tourists, business travellers and residents wanting an uplifting theatrical experience that will give them life-long memories.”

Franco Dragone, Artistic Director and Founder of Dragone said: “La Perle will be the most awe-inspiring and technically advanced theatre production I have ever produced and directed. New and unique for the region with the world’s best creative team and incredible performers, La Perle is inspired by the spirit of Dubai and will reflect the beauty and flavours of Arabia. It will be the soul of Al Habtoor City.”

The name La Perle reflects the high-calibre and elegance of each performer in the show, who have distinguished themselves from other artists around the world and become treasures in the creation of this masterpiece. In addition, the logo’s pearl-shaped fluidity and futuristic connotations are an acknowledgement to the legacy of the UAE and Dubai’s positioning as a city of the future.

La Perle will be an unmissable visitor experience and an iconic show for Dubai, offering an unmatched immersive production that can only be delivered in a state of the art purpose-built theatre. London, New York, Las Vegas and Macau all have iconic shows that attract millions of visitors a year. In 2015, 65 per cent of the 41 million visitors to Las Vegas bought tickets to see resident shows.

In Dubai, visitors stay, on average nearly four days, during which they enjoy an array of daytime activities from souks to shopping malls, desert adventures to theme parks and incredible beaches. The evening show will perfectly complement Dubai’s superlative tourism offerings and when the sun goes down, La Perle will shine.

As Dubai’s new live entertainment masterpiece La Perle will be unmissable - a one of a kind theatre experience the likes of which have never been seen before.

Group and MICE Bookings are being accepted now for January 2017 onwards with individual tickets going on sale to the travel trade and general public after the summer.

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