Private members’ club The Arts Club to open in Dubai next year


The famous arts and cultural hub from London will open its first overseas venue in DIFC in 2019…

It’s known as one of the most famous private members’ clubs in the world, founded by literary greats Charles Dickens and Anthony Trollope in London in the 1800s. And now The Arts Club has set its sights on Dubai.

Set to open in 2019, the famous creative arts hub will take up residency in the new ICD Brookfield development in the DIFC area. 

The private members’ club will occupy 23,000 square feet of outdoor space and a further 40,000 square feet of indoor space, according to a report by The National. It will comprise of a rooftop terrace, three restaurants, a cigar club, art exhibition spaces and a business centre.

The London concept was originally founded in 1863, but relocated in 1896 from its original home on Hanover Square to its present 18th Century townhouse at 40 Dover Street.

It fast became a haven for creative minds and entrepreneurial businessmen to meet, network and participate in events, and to this day it is still known as one of London’s most sought-after memberships for those in creative fields.

A third Arts Club is set to open in LA in 2020, according to Alice Chadwyck-Healey, executive director of The Arts Club. “The appetite both for first class hospitality and unparalleled art and events programmes is strong in both Dubai and LA, making them the natural choices for our first overseas clubs” she explained.

“Our expansion plans have been meticulously thought out and will be rolled out over the next three years, ensuring we continue to offer the levels of excellence that our membership demands.”

Although rates of the Dubai venue haven’t been revealed, it costs around Dhs10,000 for annual membership to the London stalwart, with a Dhs10,000 joining fee.

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