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Teens get a taste of Dubai night club culture

Dubai teen clubs go all out to woo wannabe adults for a fun night out

  • By Anjana Kumar, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 19:43 November 14, 2012

  • Image Credit: Abdel-Krim Kallouche/Gulf News
  • It's time to go disco: A group of teenagers shake a leg at Club West, Grand Midwest Hotel.
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Dubai: It’s 7:30pm on a Thursday night. As I push open a very heavy door, Maroon 5’s One More Night blares into my ears. Even as I am tempted to try some moves, a group of gorgeous girls shaking their legs on a disco-lit dance floor steals my attention.

Dressed in party wear in frocks and gowns and dancing their hearts out, they look every bit gorgeous! At one end of the room a bunch of boys sip a drink and soon one of them decides to join the girls on the dance floor.

If they didn’t look so young, if it wasn’t so early in the evening and if they weren’t sipping non-alcoholic drinks, I would think I was in another happening night club. But this is Club West, a teenage club at Grand Midwest Hotel serving only mocktails and giving these ‘wannabe adults’ a sense of freedom they may be secretly yearning for.

“It’s my daughter’s 13th birthday and I thought this was the best way to ring in her teens,” gushes Rania Salib as she points to her daughter and friends who were busy setting fire to the dance floor.

“We want to give them the feeling of being an adult,” says Westleigh Flynn, General Manager, Grand Midwest Hotel.

Bringing his expertise of running teenage night clubs in Ireland, Flynn shows his clear understanding of what ticks young adults -- 3D projectors, 10 X Box 360, 10 PlayStation 3, a mixing desk, a 10,000 watt sound system, 60-inch plasma TV, amongst others.

“The teens need to look presentable, but also maintain certain manners. Once they get a stamp at the door, they can book their own tables and order mocktails and non-alcoholic champagnes. Music plays on, but if you want an in-house DJ, it comes with an additional charge. We’ll soon start a FIFA competition where up to 40 people can play against each other in the club itself. We want these youngsters to get an adult feel -– but under strict supervision.”

Over 30 CCTV cameras run throughout the club ensuring that the teens are visible at all times.

Charges at Club West are between Dh50 and Dh100 per head, inclusive of one drink.

As the youngsters run to the bar for their mocktails -– we make a dash to Club Rush at Atlantis The Palm where soft romantic Bollywood music greets us.

“We recognise the importance of treating teenagers as young adults. In fact, an entire part of the Atlantis is transformed into a haven for them to socialise,” says Katy Edkins-Jooste, Manager, Kid’s Club and Resort Operations, Atlantis The Palm.

At Club Rush, it’s a strict no kids, no adults environment, which means it’s a place for teeny boppers to hang-out all by themselves. A latest number from Bollywood movie Student of the Year gets teens holding hands and dancing.

“We keep parents away as we want teenagers to enjoy their freedom and make informed choices. Here they watch movies on the big screen, grab a snack or smoothie from the bar, make use of the latest games and consoles, stay connected in the internet lounge or listen to the latest tunes while dancing the night away,” says Edkins-Jooste.

Charges at Club Rush are Dh25 per head and the teens can choose a time slot in the day between 2pm and 6pm or in the evening from 7pm until midnight. “We also have three-day passes for Dh100, five day passes for Dh200 and 10 day passes for Dh400,” says Edkins-Jooste, adding, “The parents come for a tour, sign in their wards and make the payment. The teens are held responsible for the charges they incur while at Club Rush. The parents are not required to sign any approval for the teens to join in the activities.”

The Club is fully supervised. “There is a certified team to give first aid. Trained counsellors ensure teens are accounted for at all times and they have fun and are safe,” she said.

Comments (11)

  1. Added 14:28 November 15, 2012

    Let the kids have fun ... teenage is the age of having fun ... as long as alcohol is not served and the dressing is modest it is good

    Wasim, Abu Dhabi, India

  2. Added 12:37 November 15, 2012

    This is the era of consumerism, we push or kids to be matrerialistic and give them illusion of good life by spoiling them. No wonder when they grow up they will not have enough time for their parents as they will be busy with their own desires, egos and with illusion of freedom.

    Dave, Dubai, Afghanistan

  3. Added 12:31 November 15, 2012

    who ever came up with this idea should be punished

    Kumar, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 12:16 November 15, 2012

    A protracted way to misguide the youth by luring them to unlock the evil pleasure which make them addicted to the extravaganza for ever, a huge market to the hotels/resort who host such venue.

    Salim Panthodi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 10:50 November 15, 2012

    The concept may be a good money spinner for the business houses but parents who send their kids to these places must ask themselves whether they doing a right thing by sending their kids to these places. These kids will end up in bars and pubs once they are independent and out of the watchful eyes of the parents. Parents should engage their teens in more productive and creative activities such as vocational education, arts, sports and social service (Creating awareness of breast cancer, cleanliness drives, helping the old and poor, awareness about rights, community work so on) which will go a long way creating a healthy society in the long run. I fear, most of the kids who go to these places end up with alcohol related problems (Such as Drink and Drive, unprotected sex/unwanted pregnancies, sexual abuse, domestic violence, increased divorces, financial problems and bad health).

    Naveen Shetty, Dubai, India

  6. Added 09:41 November 15, 2012

    Young ladies are getting spoiled becasue of the night club culture. This should be stopped. Writing about it in newspapers will increase the crimes

    Bala, Banagalore, India

  7. Added 09:41 November 15, 2012

    This is bad

    Ayesha, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 09:04 November 15, 2012

    WOW! What are we preparing the kids for. Now, the kids would want to grow up quick and go to real Night-clubs, Doctor / Engineer, we'll think about that later. Surprisingly these things are being promoted so well.

    RNDM, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 23:35 November 14, 2012

    amazing - now legally you are destroying the young generation..

    Fazl, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 22:11 November 14, 2012

    its really shameful.

    mohammed, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

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