Cafe del Mar says Dubai launch not authorised

Iconic Ibiza music label distances itself from plan to open chill out lounge in emirate

Iconic Ibiza music label Cafe del Mar has distanced itself from a plan to open a branded chill out lounge in Dubai this weekend.

Just a day prior to the launch party at Meydan Beach, Dubai Marina, Cafe Del Mar said on its official Facebook account that the Dubai venture had not been authorised.

"We would like to inform that Cafe del Mar Ibiza has nothing to do with the Cafe del Mar Dubai. It is misleadingly advertised that Ibiza superbrand Cafe del Mar is arriving to Dubai," it said in a statement.

"It is also falsely advertised that Bruce Hill, who is playing at the opening, is a resident DJ of Cafe del Mar Ibiza. Bruce Hill has nothing to do with Café del Mar Ibiza, we have never heard of him."

It added: "Cafe del Mar of Ibiza never authorised nor supported such operations. A Dubai based company called Utopia, defining itself 'master franchisor for Cafe del Mar in Asia', claims to have given the authorisation to Meydan, but no valid agreement exists between the Cafe del Mar organisation and Utopia."

"We want to inform that these actions are out of any kind of control, supervision and musical direction of Cafe del Mar Ibiza and they have never been sanctioned by Cafe del Mar Ibiza," the statement said.

In response, Meydan Group said on Twitter that the opening at Meydan Beach was through its entertainment partner Viva Entertainment which was contracted with the UAE registered owner of the Café Del Mar brand.

"We very much look forward to the official opening on December 14 and 15,” a statement said.

Earlier this month, Meydan Group said the world renowned establishment - recognised across the globe for its signature Balearic house music and laid-back atmosphere - was launching in Dubai.

The iconic brand originated in Ibiza in 1980 with the simple idea of putting chilled out music to stunning sunsets.

Yanal Abaza, Meydan's head of business development, sport & leisure said at the time: "We are very excited to welcome the iconic Café del Mar brand to the Middle East at Meydan Beach. The brand is a natural fit for both our location and the target clientele for our Chillout Lounge which is one of the most glamorous beach-side locations in the Middle East."

Cafe Del Mar at Meydan Beach will be open every evening from 4pm until 1am, with a schedule of events to be announced soon.

The Cafe del Mar is best known around the world for its chill-out music compilations. Demand for this sunset music pushed Café del Mar into creating the Cafe del Mar music label.

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Posted by: Imran

Dubai Culture is mere of consumption and consumerism.
So all we have is marketing of Brands, Bigger & Better, Kodak moments, non stop events and so much more....
It felt good once upon a time but now it is annoying, as a long term resident of Dubai, I myself do not know what Dubai stands for except a party town...
Even the people both Emiratis and Expats...its all about the Bling Bling, how much was spent last nite, what you wearing, what you drive, who do you socialize with, and so much more...
It has become very superficial...I hate to say but I miss Old Dubai!

Posted by: Jim

I think AB needs to do a little more investigation here. There is nothing legally wrong with what they have done as CDM Ibiza has a complex structure and one that is unravelling with business partners going their seperate ways. Maybe the Club has not authorised it but the person who owns the name has!

Posted by: Naush

I have been a Dubai resident for over 20 years and am fed up with this strategy of trying to bring all these brands to Dubai. The fact they exist overseas does not make them a must have.

Did we really need IHOP. Bennigans, Texas Roadster, Florian? Amika was a failure in London and Mahiki was a faddish club too - today there are exclusively filled with chavs - so of course they wanted to open here!! All these average ventures will attract average people to the city. Is that what we want?

We need local brands. What is wrong with Jumeirah hotels, Emirates Airline, Just Falafel, Noodle House, Shakespeare, The One, More, Ijaza, Automatic, Reem al Bawadi, and countless others..

Let's be different, and not a me too city.

Posted by: Nirsly

This is quite normal in Dubai.

Expat failures come to Dubai to re-invent themselves, usually with the cooperation of other expat failures within an organization.

Posted by: Ponder

Nirsly I think the biggest issue with your entire pattern of logic is that you use such broad strokes on so many divergent issues. Thus all Western companies follow same SOPs or they dont. Ergo they are all excellent or are all failures.

The same failed logic is used to brush all Arab companies. The same failed logic is used to judge individuals too. How on earth can everyone, like millions of people be of the same merit or quality?

Western companies are good and bad, same as Asian companies. For every Google you can get a Enron too. For every Toyota you can get a Olympus too. For every TATA you can get a Satyam too. For every Emaar it can be argued you can get...(I leave it to people to insert whatever they feel is worth inserting here).

Is this really how you live your life? Branding entire groups, races and cultures with 1 broad brush stroke?

As for the state of the West most companies are/were sound, its the behavior of certain banks that led them off the cliff

Posted by: Nirsly

@Ponder & Telcoguy

Clearly neither of you understood.

Western companies we are told always, are professional, results oriented, with no room for nepotism, are based on meritocracy, where staff are well trained and disciplined. We are told that this is the reverse of what expats see in Arab companies.

It stands to logic therefore that employees of such Western companies are the best.

It's logical therefore that Western expats who don't work for Western companies but instead work for Arab companies are by default not the best.

Their own companies and countries are not willing to hire them or at the least not pay them what they get paid in our region.

So you have two choices:


1) Western companies are not really better than Arab companies and it's a lie or at least an exaggeration.


2) Western expats working for Arab companies are not the best and are overpaid.

This is the only logical conclusion.

Posted by: Ponder

@ Telco - its just interesting how people constantly twist words or misinterpret what someone is trying to say.

@Nisrly - pls tell me specifically where I said these companies are only successful due to expats? How did you come to this conclusion? When in my brief but precise statement did I even allude that since expats are present, that they are the SOLE reason for all success? Fact is I didnt. I dont know how you came to this conclusion but it says more about your mindset than anything else.

As for getting these jobs, most of these companies do have some serious loops you have to jump through in the HR front. You dont get to pilot a plane after getting a drivers licence. You dont automatically get a top management position by virtue of merely showing up to a interview. In the end performance speaks volumes, and you cant hide from facts and figures in the real world.

Lastly I suppose Mr Al Aabbar the now CEO of Emaar was failure when he took a job in Singapore in 1987!

Posted by: Chang

I heard in the late 70s, those fishermen who were not successful in Iran migrated to neighboring countries. Nirsly might have inside information about unsuccessful people.

Posted by: Nirsly


Thanks for the clarification. So all these groups are only successful because they have expats working there?

If these expats were any good, why don't they make their own country's companies as successful instead of the massive decline we're seeing?

Would they get the same jobs back home as they have in Dubai?

I doubt it.

Posted by: PPM

Anything in this story surprise any long-time watchers of Dubai? Probably not.
Any body expect to see any legal action? Regretably the answer to that is probably also "no".
Plus �a change....

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