Jennifer Lopez rocks audience at One&Only One Za’abeel launch

Jennifer Lopez rocks audience at One&Only One Za’abeel launch

The brand’s first-ever “vertical urban resort” is now open following star-studded three-day celebration

One&Only’s newest hotel, One&Only One Za’abeel, is now open in the Trade Centre district of Dubai in the UAE.

Billed as One&Only’s “first-ever vertical urban resort”, One&Only One Za’abeel launched with an intimate and exclusive three-day celebration that saw supermodel Naomi Campbell, Hollywood star Vanessa Hudgens, Bollywood sweethearts Sidharth Malhotra and Kiara Advani, and giga-star Jennifer Lopez rub shoulders on the ‘red’ carpet, which was gold on this occasion, to march the interiors.

Ronson and Lopez rock the crowds

The highlight of the weekend-long launch party was the club session in Sphere, the hotel’s glass-sided nightspot occupying the end of The Link, a cantilever avenue poised 100 metres in the sky above Dubai.  

Seven-time Grammy award-winning DJ Mark Ronson filled the dancefloor with a nostalgic set, and was then joined by Jennifer Lopez, who thrilled the A-list audience with a rendition of Jenny from the Block, before performing the debut track from her new album, to be released next week alongside the accompanying short film, both titled This is Me… Now.

Party DJs Elba and Ronson

With free-flowing Ruinart, revellers partied into the small hours with a second set from celebrity DJ, actor Idris Elba, who was also attending the launch with his wife and model Sabrina Dhowre Elba.

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Commenting on the launch, Kerzner International CEO said: “What a spectacular weekend we had celebrating the grand opening of One&Only One Za’abeel in Dubai. At Kerzner International, we believe in amazing experiences and everlasting memories, and this weekend was the epitome of that promise.

“For our first urban resort, we threw a party that showcased the very best of One&Only, attended by celebrities and tastemakers from around the world, there were surprise performances, record-breaking projections, exceptional cuisine served by some of the world’s finest chefs, and extraordinary one-off moments. It was an incomparable celebration for a resort that is both an architectural icon and a pioneering concept for ultra-luxury urban hospitality. Nothing like this would have been possible without the owner’s vision and the incredible teams of passionate colleagues from Kerzner International.”

VIP guests celebrate the launch of One&Only One Za-abeel

Other outlets in The Link include La Dame de Pic by acclaimed French chef Anne-Sophie Pic, whose restaurants have accrued more Michelin stars than any other female chef's portfolio, and StreetXO (pronounced Streetso) by award-winning Spanish chef Dabiz Muños. Above The Link is Tapasake, a Japanese restaurant and pool club furnished with luxury cabanas and the UAE’s longest infinity pool. 

Other highlights in the hotel include the UAE's first Clinique La Prairie’s Longevity Hub.

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