The buzz surrounding the event has taken over the whole city (and the internet, to quote a viral post that made the rounds over the weekend: “There are two kinds of people in the world. People who are in Dubai right now. And us.”) On my way from Dubai airport to the Royal, my driver asked me: “Are you famous?” I laughed and said, “Yeah, Beyoncé is opening for me.” The joke didn’t land and I quickly brushed it off (“no, no, not at all”). I found the question hilarious, but it’s one I’ve heard over and over again throughout the weekend. For example, on the way to Kendall Jenner’s party (more on that below), a woman asks a man across from her in the crowded elevator, “Are you someone I would know?” “Yes, I’m on Selling OC,” he said. “I knew it, I’m on Real Housewives of Dubai.” These types of interactions are commonplace with this VIP crowd. As I sit by the pool, I see people staring at each other between photoshoots, trying to figure out who they might be and figure out why they might be important enough to make that guest list. Along with a plethora of reality TV personalities, the guest list included artists, designers, TikTok creators and wellness influencers, all delivering fomo-inducing content to their followers throughout the weekend. end. Other notable celebrities were Chloe and Halle Bailey, Letitia Wright, Ashley Park, Liam Payne, Ellen Pompeo, the aforementioned Kendall Jenner, and of course Beyoncé with her husband, Jay-Z and their entire family.
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The Royal is a shopping destination unto itself with multiple chic resort boutiques, home decor stores like Tanagra, and a Valentino boutique, to name a few. Almost every time I returned to my posh room, another small gift had been left for me, cleverly presented, either from the Atlantis brand or from the restaurants and retail stores inside: olive oils with l courtesy of José Andrés (his restaurant, fidget, will open at the Royal in February), assorted treats like figs and chocolates from Bateel, a bright red Valentino box (containing a gold-threaded shawl), Moët & Chandon champagne (with a personalized Atlantis The Royal label), lotions, soaps, energizing oils, even a room mist, the same sumptuous fragrance that wafts throughout the resort. It’s just a taste of the kind of wisely decadent service and care guests will expect when the resort opens next month.