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The Act Dubai – Encore? Je dis NON!

10 Jan

Hello Night Owls,

Tis not oft one feels compelled to lean on the written word at small-o’clock, but since I just returned from a night at THE ACT in Dubai, I felt compelled to share my experience, for better… OR WORSE… besides, there are so few honest and open reviews in Dubai…

The Act Dubai 2

The Act Dubai

On the trend bandwagon comes another supper club concept – The Act. A night club done up in the style of a run down theatre (that’s Dubai!) where you can have dinner and watch a few acts and then the place turns into a club.

What’s not to like?

Well, we were told to arrive early to get a good table, as specific tables could not be reserved. When we arrived it was about 10% full… so plenty of tables available. We were shown to a small round table where they tried to squeeze 6 places… we were not happy with this situation so they joined two round tables. This meant we were in a weird 3-3 split… which totally spoiled the atmosphere. We complained. And after pushing it to the point of ruining our aperitif buzz, the manager promptly moved us to a MUCH BETTER TABLE.

The Act Cerviche

The Act Cerviche

Dinner was mostly good. If you like Cerviche there’s plenty to choose from and the slow roasted meats were yummy. The milk cake was pretty good to share – other dishes were nothing to write home about. Drinks were OK, just ok (I had a Kir Royale and a passion fruit mojito). In the end we paid around AED3,000 (EUR 600, GBP500) for 6 people. Service was good; our waiter was attentive and pretty easy on the eye…

The Acts were a mixture of singing, dancing and Las Vegas style stuff… sword swallowing, some dude balancing on a skate board… pretty fun the first time around…

NOT so much fun when we waited over half an hour to see the next act… to find the acts began to repeat….

At this point we had been evicted from our table and were struggling to find a spot to stand where were not ushered away by a member of corset-wearing staff or a burly bouncer. To say we felt unwelcome would be an understatement – an insult when we just coughed up AED3,000 for dinner.

The crowd? Yeah, pretty… urm… well, mostly for hire…. let’s just say there were a disproportionate number of tall skinny eastern European looking ladies in scant wear… one guy sat proudly surrounded by a bevy of brunettes – clearly paid for. Hey, I’m not judging… it was just amusing 🙂

So – what was the saving grace of the night?

Gordon Ramsey Sweetheart

Gordon Ramsey Sweetheart

Oddly, it was my 30 second lift ride with one of Britain’s most famous TV Chefs – Gordon Ramsey. He was leaving The Act at the same time, similarly not impressed with his experience.

Of course, the fame ho that I am, I took the chance to tell The Big G that I’d had my wedding lunch at his restaurant in Claridges – he seemed a little embarrassed by my acknowledgement of his talents. He came across as really sweet actually. And ladies… you know what, he’s much cuter in real life. Sorry Tana, I think we would… 😉

K xx

 

 

Dubai’s SUPERCAR Parade

9 Nov

Some weeks ago, my fabulous friend Sam got invited to drive her swish Aston Martin in the Dubai SUPERCAR Parade. Much to my delight, she asked me last week if I’d drive with her. Never one to turn down an opportunity to pose, I said a hearty OMG YES!

For reasons I shall not divulge (some lax organisational skills on the part of the Parade organisers), Sam and I found ourselves standing in the starting pit, being shaken by the thrum of a hundred supercar engines…with no car to drive!

As the cars left the pit one by one, our hopes of joining the parade diminished and our bottom lips began to tremble with disappointment… until our luck changed and a gorgeous white Aston Martin Rapide stopped to allow us to hop into the back seats.

Aston Martin Rapide

Aston Martin Rapide

Thank you to Joe the owner of the Rapide. He and his wife welcomed us to join them on the Parade – they were super cool!

The drive was fun! A bit less organised than I had imagined (well, this is Dubai, inshallah had to feature somewhere right?!) – but at some points the crowds lining the route down Sheikh Zayed Road were so close we could high five them through the windows!

The crowds on Sheikh Zayed Road either side of the cars

The crowds on Sheikh Zayed Road either side of the cars

It was a fun afternoon – which ended with me finding my new dream car…

Out of all the super cars on display, this was the one that I wanted to take home:

Dubai Expo Campaign Mini with Moustache

Dubai Expo Campaign Mini with Moustache

Until next time.

K x

What do Kay Bruce and Victoria Beckham have in common?

20 Dec

Nope, I’ve not ditched the gorgeous Austrian and married a premier league footballer….

Married to a Premier League Footballer?

Married to a Premier League Footballer?

… nor have I recorded a song with Dane Bowers…

Recored a song with Dane Bowers?

Recorded a song with Dane Bowers?

Switched between blonde and brunette?

Tried Blonde and Brunette?

Well – yes, I have done that – but that’s not it!

Oh, I can’t keep suspense any longer….

Kay Bruce and Victoria Beckham are both stocked in the most gorgeous boutique in Dubai – Boutique 1!!!

It’s true – one of my scarves was “spotted” – and now I’m stocked in my dream boutique. Kay Bruce scarves will be available at Boutique 1, Mall of the Emirates, Dubai from tomorrow (Friday 21st December).

The stunning Boutique 1 in Dubai's Mall of the Emirates

The stunning Boutique 1 in Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates

So – get down there! The Christmas in Dubai collection is available and a selection of the Love London collection too.

Kay Bruce Silk Scarves at Boutique 1, Dubai

Kay Bruce Silk Scarves at Boutique 1, Dubai

K x (www.kaybruce.net)