While visiting Dubai and its absolutely incredible tourist sites, you may also be able to attend a magical show: la Perle by Dragone. Conceived by a very famous name in the live entertainment profession – by someone who has worked with the Cirque du Soleil for a long time – this show mixing live performances and high technology is a great success and has quickly become THE show to see in Dubai.
STUDIO DRAGONE: EXPERT IN WONDER
Franco Dragone is now one of the most renowned artistic directors in the world. Born in 1952, this Italian made a name for himself in the 1980s in the United States, while working with the Cirque du Soleil. He has actively participated in the growth of the circus' reputation, modernizing and radically transforming the public's vision, for he is the creative director behind 10 of the Cirque du Soleil's shows.
In 2000, Franco Dragone founded his own artistic entertainment company. The Dragone studio has since continued to establish its reputation for creating immersive, never-seen-before live performances that blend human performance with technological feats.
LA PERLE BY DRAGONE: THE FIRST PERMANENT SHOW IN DUBAI
La Perle is the first ever show to take up permanent residence in the heart of Dubai, in the Al Habtoor City skyscraper resort, which is located around the Burj Khalifa.
The culture of Dubai is at the center of this truly incredible show, featuring stunning costumes, breathtaking performances, impressive aerial stunts – all enhanced by lights and projected images.
LA PERLE BY DRAGONE IN A FEW FIGURES:
- 65 artists from many countries, all experts in their discipline (circus artists, aerialists, swimmers, motorcycle pilots...);
- 1,300 seats located near the stage in an amazing room, offering a 270 degree field of vision;
- A 82-feet-high diving board (25 meters);
- A 26-feet-deep pool (8 meters) that can hold 2.7 million liters of water;
- A giant 23-feet-high puppet (7 meters) controlled by 7 people.
THE WATER THEATER: A SHOWROOM UNIQUE IN THE WORLD
La Perle by Dragone takes place in an aquatic theater designed by Jean Rabasse, a famous French scenographer and film decorator. Everything has been designed to allow for the spectators’ total immersion in a unique sensory experience.
All spectators are grouped in 14 rows only, all placed very close to the stage, at the edge of the huge central pool. You will always have a perfect view of the action taking place all around.
This unique venue, designed especially for this show, offers amazing possibilities. For example, the stage of La Perle's water theater can be completely submerged under water, before being completely drained in just a few seconds.
Flooded floors or walls, in front of which waterfalls fall, can be transformed in an instant into projection screens. The sound staging is also amazing, thanks to the speakers that are placed everywhere, even behind each seat!
MUCH MORE THAN A SIMPLE CIRCUS SHOW
La Perle by Dragone is not a classic circus show, where shows and acrobatics pass by one after the other. Instead, it is a modern tale inspired by the culture of the region, with a large number of colorful characters.
You will meet Pearl, who comes from the real world and lives an epic journey in search of love; Antar, the loyal warrior with a tender heart; the good king and the Machiavellian prince...
You will witness true acrobatic and technological feats, but will also be transported to a fairy world to live an adventure full of twists and turns.
WHERE AND WHEN TO BUY A TICKET TO SEE LA PERLE BY DRAGONE IN DUBAI?
You can book your ticket to attend this Dubai show directly online, by following this link.
By booking your seat online, you will be sure to have a place on the D-day, and in case of unforeseen events, you can cancel your reservation until the day before the performance, and get a full refund.
When you buy your ticket, you will have to choose the date you want to see the show, and you will be able to see in real time the available dates. The show lasts about 1 hour and a half. It takes place twice a day at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m., from Tuesday to Saturday.
As far as dress code is concerned, a smart casual style is required, but you can also opt for evening wear.
You won't be able to choose your exact location, but depending on the ticket you choose, the show staff will select the best available location for you when you make your reservation.
Though all the seats are great in this ultra-modern theater, if you get your ticket early enough, you'll have a good chance of getting the best seats of all. However, note that it is not always possible to book more than 30 days in advance.
TICKETS FOR LA PERLE BY DRAGONE IN DUBAI
As with many other activities in Dubai, the ticket price for this show is less expensive than you might expect, especially when compared to other great live shows like the big Broadway musicals, for example.
There are several types of tickets available:
- The Bronze D ticket is the most classic, and does not allow access to a special location
- The Silver D ticket allows you to be placed in a privileged location
- The Gold D ticket allows you to attend the show in a top-of-the-line seat in the first rows
- The Platinum D ticket allows you to be placed in one of the best seats, and also offers valet parking and access to the VIP lounge
- The VIP ticket provides access to the private lounge for drinks and hors d'oeuvres before the show, in addition to all of the above benefits
Ticket prices for La Perle by Dragone:
Type of ticket
Adult (12 years and +)
Child (under 12 years old)
Bronze D Ticket
Silver D Ticket
Gold D Ticket
Platine D Ticket
Each ticket purchased entitles the holder to a free package of popcorn. The show is not accessible for children under 2 years old, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
I won't tell you more about the show itself: it's worth the detour, and I wouldn't want to take away the surprise effect! It really is a magical moment 😊