Atlantis The Royal, Dubai’s newest luxury hotel, pulled out all the stops for their grand reveal weekend, including having Beyoncé break her five-year performance hiatus on Saturday (Jan. 21).
Described as “a weekend where your dreams become your destination,” the invite-only event flew guests in first-class on Emirates, accommodated their VIP stay at the opulent resort, and even hosted a preview fashion show for IVY PARK’s newest collection, PARK TRAIL.
The invitation did mention a “once-in-a-lifetime performance,” but didn’t confirm who the guest was until rumors of Bey hitting the stage began to surface.
Attendees included Fat Joe, Winston Duke, Letitia Wright, Bozoma Saint John, Ellen Pompeo, Sabrina Elba, Chlöe Bailey, Halle Bailey, DDG, Nia Long, Terrence J, and of course, Bey’s loved ones—her parents, Tina Knowles-Lawson and Mathew Knowles, husband Jay-Z, and their children, Blue Ivy, Rumi, and Sir.
The hour-long show was considered to be a “theatrical production,” with the orchestra adorning gold headpieces and dancers draped in traditional garb as Bey opened her set with a chilling rendition of Etta James’ “At Last.”