The Grid Review: The UAE’s Underground Mega Rave

Thousands of ravers descended upon The Grid for its hotly anticipated launch party last weekend and we had the opportunity to experience it first hand.

A unique concept 

Warehouses parties in Dubai are something totally unheard of. The fact that The Grid has a 50,000 sq ft space is a surprise in itself! 

The location, Soundstage in Dubai Studio City, was kept secret until the final day, reminiscent of illegal raves in the late 90’s. 

After entering, we were mesmerized by the setup inside the warehouse. There’s an elevated stage set up for the DJ booth, with a dance floor on either side, and backstage access. The dancefloor was rammed with thousands of underground party aficionados.

The Grid Dubai Loay Salama Interview opening party

Photograph credit: The Grid

Professional sound design

Joséphine de Retour got the party started with the opening set. Her percussive mix set the vibe for what was an epic party. MadLou, the mastermind behind The Grid, followed with a sublime mix of progressive house before the international headliners took the stage.

The Grid’s first headliner, Sebastian Mullaert was in the midst of an epic set smashing out a mix of minimal techno and house. Teenage Mutants played a high-energy set, with hundreds of revellers amped on the dancefloor. 

I was most looking forward to James Zabiela, knowing his flair for live mash-ups. He didn’t fail to disappoint. He played an extensive set of house fueled goodness with his signature high energy which for us was the highlight of the opening party.

Mesmerizing visual show

Without doubt, the music format shaped the vibe for a memorable night long party. But, another feature of the warehouse that made the party more immersive was the lighting installation. The Grid team put up a lavish display of immersive laser lights at the back of the warehouse, which just amplified the energy inside.