Benny Benassi performs in California for New Year's Eve in 2011. Dan Krauss / AP Photo
The Grammy award-winning Italian DJ and producer Benny Benassi will be on the decks at Thursday's official launch of Abu Dhabi's hottest new nightspot, O1NE on Yas Island. Following on from its packed grand opening weekend during the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which saw performances from Ludacris, Ciara, Labrinth, Sean Kingston, Solomun and John Martin, the club officially launches this weekend.
The exclusive venue, which is run by Sky Management, the company behind Sky Bar Beirut, holds just 1,000 guests and is only open on Thursdays. It's well worth taking the time to check out the outside graffiti wall before heading into the club – the world's biggest privately owned wall of its kind – which was painted by 19 top graffiti artists from around the world. The coliseum-shaped venue also boasts a central catwalk and a 360-degree 3-D projection map.
The tech/house/electro DJ Benassi was propelled to fame with his 2002 track Satisfaction and has worked with artists from David Bowie, Madonna and Outkast to Goldfrapp, Kelis and Chris Brown, producing and remixing their tracks. He contributed to Brown's 2012 Don't Wake Me Up, and produced three tracks on Madonna's MDNA album, including Girl Gone Wild. He was last in Abu Dhabi in June last year, supporting Madonna on her MDNA tour. In 2007 Benassi won a Grammy for his remix of Public Enemy's Bring the Noise.
O1NE's F1 opening weekend was a packed one with a lot of partygoers unable to get in due to the limited capacity. To avoid disappointment, make a reservation by calling 052 788 8111 or emailing O1NEYasISland@sky-management.net
. Thursday, doors open at 11pm.