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The much-awaited event will run from 11pm and is seen to be the best night Dubai has seen to date as it will be featuring resident Space Ibiza DJ Steff Navarro and Joyce Mercedes. Space dancers, fire eaters and fire jugglers will likewise bring the best of the Ibiza flavour to Dubai.
Space Ibiza is the second leg of the Ibiza Super Club tour which commenced with Privilege Ibiza on September 4. The third and fourth leg of the tour will comprise of Pacha Ibiza on December 4, and Amnesia Ibiza on February 5 next year.
Christopher Joubanian, managing director of Oxygen Productions, said that the Ibiza event is a unique concept as the entire club is going to Dubai. "We look forward to taking you to a different dimension of clubbing. The venue will be redecorated to resemble an Ibiza Club, with the vibe of the Ibiza Club to be reproduced in Dubai as well," he said.
The dance night will be in memory of Zaahid Solomon, marketing director of Oxygen Productions, who recently passed away in Dubai.
Space Ibiza had been awarded the world's best club by Dance Star Award 2001 and Face Magazine (UK). DJ Steff said that he and DJ Joyce were impressed with the crowd when they last performed in Dubai on January 10.
DJ Steff began his career in 1991 as resident at the 'Petit Negresco' in France. In 1992, he promoted his first underground house music event in the French super club 'la nitro'.
He has played for the first Techno Parade in the South Pacific in 1997 and was resident DJ for H2o Miss Reff Brazil, playing a 16-hour set on the beach. After two years in the States, DJ Steff returned to Paris and got gigs at various clubs. After having learnt the famous underground "House of Paris" played by likes of Jeff K, Terry, DJ Shade and Pacman, DJ Steff decided to reside in Ibiza. Space offered him residency at Space World where he had gigs in Kuala Lumpur, Liquid Room in Singapore and the legendary Beach party on Sentosa Island in Asia.
DJ Joyce Mercedes, who had performed at a British concert in Dubai in 1998, has danced in the biggest clubs in Europe and the US and has also appeared in many dance fashion shows and video clubs for Top Ten artists. In 1996, she formed a dance tour show called "Stryer & Holmes" which started in Ibiza. With Centrefold, she had gigs in the Netherlands, Europe and the Middle East, including Dubai.
Joining DJs Steff Navarro and Joyce Mercedes and Mr Joubanian at the Press conference held at the Metropolitan Hotel yesterday were Rami Ibrahim, managing partner, Oxygen Productions; Rohit Murgai, marketing manager, Splash; and Tinette Pudda, marketing executive and MilleMiglia co-ordinator, Alitalia.
Mr Ibrahim of Oxgen Productions said that tonight's Space Ibiza event will be a big hit among the young generation, especially European and Arab clubbers in Dubai.
Space Ibiza tickets are priced at Dh75 and Dh120 and are available from ibuytickets.com, Virgin Megastores, and Metropolitan box office.
Ladies who come before midnight enter for free. One can also send an SMS by typing in SI followed by one's name and send to 4701. Those who purchase tickets from ibuytickets.com and send an SMS have a chance to win an Alitalia airline ticket to any European destination of the one's choice.
Sponsors of the event include Splash, Vibe, Century Cinemas, Time Out, Ahlan, TechnoPro, Alitalia and Khaleej Times, among others.
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