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Sandance Beach Festival in Dubai draws in the crowds

The 12-hour event brought together three of the world’s top DJs, including Chicane and Sasha

Sandance Beach Festival in Dubai draws in the crowds
Sandance, Nasimi, Atlantis, Dubai, October 14, 2011. Crowds of party-goers were back with a vengeance come sunset for the event's third year. (ITP Images)
Sandance Beach Festival in Dubai draws in the crowds
Sandance showed the tourist and visitor season is finally in full swing, as expats and newbies alike gathered to watch some of the most famous DJs. Richard Ashcroft made a fantastic start to the night, impressing even non-fans with his guitar and famous voice. (ITP Images)
Sandance Beach Festival in Dubai draws in the crowds
After a brief silent interlude, Chicane followed, smoothly transitioning the tone from guitar-based sounds to a night full of dance. (ITP Images)
Sandance Beach Festival in Dubai draws in the crowds
Chicane at Sandance, Nasimi, Atlantis, Dubai, Arab Emirates October 14, 2011. (ITP Images)
Sandance Beach Festival in Dubai draws in the crowds
Example was up next, with a short but highly-charged set which included smash hit ‘Change The Way you Kiss Me’. Insiders said Ashcroft, which caused a stir on facebook in the run up to the event, was one of the few performers who stuck around to watch the other DJs afterwards. (ITP Images)
Sandance Beach Festival in Dubai draws in the crowds
Example was followed by David Morales, who stayed on stage for a long while, mixing up a range of recent party hits. Sasha also performed live, but less trance-heavy than expected. (ITP Images)
Sandance Beach Festival in Dubai draws in the crowds
Media reports say this year's Sandance showed how the event can easily handle 10,000 slightly sun-singed guests until the early hours.(ITP Images)
Sandance Beach Festival in Dubai draws in the crowds
Nasimi at the Atlantis is a hotspot for big dance nights and world-famous DJs. Earlier this year, it hosted a performance by Faithless. (ITP Images)
Sandance Beach Festival in Dubai draws in the crowds
organisers said the event had one extremely important factor on its side: timing. The weather was bearable, but most attendees were still dressed in casual beachwear. (ITP Images)
Sandance Beach Festival in Dubai draws in the crowds
After this year's line up, organisers will be under pressure to bring in an equally high quality of DJs and bands for next year's fourth Sandance. (ITP Images)