Boogie Box celebrate turning 13 with a 16-hour festival in the sand dunes of Ras Al Khaimah

Dubai based techno and house event series has been a shining light in the Middle Eastern clubbing community since its inception. In that time founder Hassan Alwan has nurtured local talent from the region as well as bringing the very best international talent that has over the years include dignitaries such as DJ Hell, Desyn, Boddika, Ryan Elliot, DJ Skull, Spencer Parker, and Anthony Parasole to name just a few. Boogie Box has seen regular flits between Abu Dhabi, Dubai, as well many European jaunts along the way. 

To celebrate their landmark thirteenth birthday they will be upping the ante considerably with their next venture. Taking place at The Dunes desert camp in the jaw-droppingly picturesque location of Ras al Khaimah, sprawling sand dunes give way to rolling beachside waves on the coast, but it will be sandbased activities across the board when it comes to Boogie Box Festival on Saturday, 4th November. With a view to presenting the full musical philosophy that has helped them steer the course over their long running stint Boogie Box has curated a finely weighted program of artists across the impressive 16 hour run time.

Running across two stages, the first of these play areas will house the more peak time, energetic sounds of the event and with esteemed selector DJ Boring, Levon Vincent, and techno stalwart Matrixxman there will be a sizzling journey to take part of. Stage Two will present a more diverse array of artists starting with Partisan boss Anthea, Parisian starlet Molly, and there will also be a live performance from none other than Isolee.

There is no denying that Boogie Box have broken boundaries with their booking policy and the caliber of guests they have brought to the region is praise worthy indeed. However, this would not be possible without the legion of domestic artists that provide the local slant to their parties. For their first milestone festival event a tasty cast has been enrolled, performing across both stages the scene will be set by Angry Suzy, Nesta, Maks, and Boogie Box residents Cyrill Reaidy, Hani J, Hassan Alwan, Tristan Girault, and Shadi Megallaa.

As well as the top flight music treats there will also be keen attention paid to the arts where there will be a marketplace dedicated to music, photography, and a range of other goodies including gastronomic delights. As the party will take place at The Dunes desert camp there will also be a range of accommodation options that range from glamping to bringing your own tent. As the searing summer heat will have begun subsiding by then and the temperature will be almost perfect for the planned extended dancing hours.

Supporting the arts is all good and well, but if we don’t have a habitable place to enjoy them then it will all be for nothing. Sustainability is at the forefront of the message at this festival, and in a bid to reduce their carbon footprint, they will be employing a zero plastic policy which will go a long way to meeting this pledge. As the Boogie Box crew say, “After all, the only footprints we would like to see are the ones marked on the dancefloor.”

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