Bao is a two-day carnival celebrating Chinese culture as well as showcasing some mega EDM artists…

A massive mashup festival of Chinese culture and EDM music is set to land at Dubai’s Meydan Hotel this November.

Brought to you by Envie Events (who put on other big EDM festivals such as Unite with Tomorrowland and Sensation), Bao Festival is promising two days of ‘music, dance, fashion, food, carnival, culture & leisure – all celebrating the Chinese culture and its long-standing relationship with the Middle East’.

But it’s not just a celebration of China. The two-day festival will bring more than a dozen EDM artists to the region for the event, fusing a celebration of Chinese culture with dance music.

It might not be the most likely combination, but we’re into it.

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Where did the festival come from? Well, it’s inspired by the voyages of ancient Chinese explorer Zheng He, who led seven voyages during the early 15th century in search of treasures (hence the name Bao, which literally translates to ‘treasure’), one of which was to the Middle East.

Inspired by the seven voyages, there will be EDM artists from each of the regions performing at the festival. Although the full line-up is yet to be announced, Bao festival is currently advertising EDM heavyweights R3hab, Salvatore Ganacci, Brooks, Dante Klein and Marcus Santoro.

Tickets for the two day festival are priced at Dhs550 for entry to both days.

Bao Festival, Meydan Hotel, Meydan, Thursday November 29 and Friday November 30, Dhs550. Tel: (04) 381 3333. Tickets from

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