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Abu Dhabi's Hakkasan inks exclusive deal with DJ Calvin Harris

Hospitality company announces three-year partnership with award-winning DJ to play at its Las Vegas venues

Abu Dhabi's Hakkasan inks exclusive deal with DJ Calvin Harris

Abu Dhabi-owned hospitality company Hakkasan Group has announced a three-year partnership with award winning international DJ and recording artist Calvin Harris.

The partnership is the latest phase of an ambitious global investment strategy by Hakkasan Group, owned by Abu Dhabi-based Tasameem Real Estate, to drive rapid growth while maintaining world-class experiences for its guests, it said in a statement.

The collaboration will involve Harris working across Hakkasan Group’s portfolio of brands, drawing on his talents as a DJ, writer and producer, it added.

In particular, Harris has agreed to play exclusively at Hakkasan Group venues in Las Vegas for the next three years as well as to work collaboratively with Hakkasan Group to create unique experiences for its guests.

Harris will also act as a music consultant for the group’s renowned Hakkasan brand, refining and curating its global sound as it moves from restaurants and nightclubs into the hotel space.

Hakkasan Group said it has enjoyed "explosive growth" with revenues increasing from $100 milllion to $500 million in less than two years. Key to this has been its ambitious expansion plans with a steady stream of new venues opening in the US, Middle East and Asia including a project to renovate PURE Nightclub at Caesars in Las Vegas, to reopen as Omnia.

Expansion plans will continue in 2015 with 15 new venues slated to open in the coming year, Hakkasan said in the statement.

Neil Moffitt, CEO of Hakkasan Group, said: “Calvin Harris’ dedication, passion and creativity echo Hakkasan Group’s approach to business so it’s the perfect partnership for us.  I have been involved in electronic music for many years now, so on a personal level it is hugely exciting to work with the leading international DJ talents. On a professional level, today’s announcement is important in what it says about our Group: that we are committed to creating unbeatable experiences for our guests.”

Harris added: “Hakkasan Group’s heritage in part goes right back to the ‘90s golden era of dance music and I am excited to be able to play a part in this next chapter of its story. Its venues are some of the best in the world for dance music and the opportunity to be part of the wider group as it develops into other markets and sectors is a really exciting prospect for me as an artist. We have some great ideas up our sleeves.”

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