Raffles Dubai to open Crystal Group's Beirut club

Nightclub to replace China Moon and New Asia bars on top floors

Raffles Dubai director of conferences and events Corinna Erken
Raffles Dubai director of conferences and events Corinna Erken

Raffles Dubai is set to open a new nightclub to be located in the tip of its pyramid in partnership with Beirut’s Crystal Group.

The nightclub will replace the China Moon and New Asia bars on the 18th and 19th floors, revealed Raffles Dubai director of conferences and events Corinna Erken at a recent Hotelier Middle East roundtable.

“We are currently redoing the 18th and 19th floor, which used to be China Moon bar and New Asia bar. The area has been outsourced now to a club operator and it’s going to reopen with a bang and be really nice,” said Erken.

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She said that the bars had been doing well but that “a club always has to reinvent itself”.

The decision to outsource the operation to the Beirut nightclub operator was taken because it is “challenging” for hotels to run such venues in-house, added Erken.

The nightclub will reopen in early April.

Raffles Dubai is also revamping its 17th floor in order to expand its award-winning, fine-dining Chinese restaurant, The Noble House.

Like China Moon and New Asia, Far Eastern restaurant Asiana is being scrapped to make way for a lounge bar extension to the Noble House.

“Noble house is so successful that we’re going to expand it and what was Asiana is going to become more lounge-style to blend in with the concept and to utilise the terraces more,” said Erken.

The aim, she continued, was to create a destination out of the 17th, 18th and 19th floors to enable guests to spend an entire evening in the pyramid.

“You can go and have your drink on the 17th floor, then your dinner and then you can go up to the club. It’s going to be a great concept,” said Erken.

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