Vienna Ball - Dubai

Vienna Ball makes impressive debut in Middle East with Dubai event

The world's eyes turned to Dubai as it played host to the fabled Vienna Ball, globally renowned for its cultural refinement as much as its unmatched guest list.

A highlight of UAE’s society calendar in 2023, this spectacular event saw nearly 600 guests, including the cream of UAE society, turn out in their regal best at the Al Joud Ballroom at Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City Hotel on March 9. 

With the grandeur of European high culture meeting the best of Middle Eastern hospitality, it was an occasion to remember, marking the very first time the event was hosted in the Middle East. The evening started off with a reception and gala dinner, with the highlight being the classic Grand Opening which featured nearly 20 couples of debutants. Taking pride of place at the venue were some of the most sought after Austrian and international artistes and performers, including the Association of the Vienna State Opera Ballet, the Symphonic Orchestra of the Austrian Armed Forces and the Len Phillips Swing Orchestra from London.

The Vienna Ball has a storied legacy that dates back to 1814, when a European monarchy and aristocracy devastated by the Napoleonic wars sought solace in recreation. This eventually led to a cultural flowering, the ultimate expression of which was the Vienna Ball, which blended the best of European classical music and dance with fine cuisine and highly refined entertainment. Much more than a society event, the Ball is regarded as a cultural institution, a fact recognised by the likes of UNESCO, which has officially listed it as a part of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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