Rita Ora rocks the Esquire Middle East 100th party in Dubai
Superstar Rita Ora was on rich form as she wowed a room packed with Dubai's most stylish men and women, in celebration of the one hundredth issue of Esquire Middle East.
Sean Connolly's stunning restaurant at the Dubai Opera played host to the evening as a who's who of the Gulf's tastemakers came together to celebrate the impressive milestone for the region's leading men's lifestyle brand. But after the selfies were snapped and the music by DJ Diamond Setter took over, the 400-person crowd were treated to a magnificent solo performance by British pop star Rita Ora.
A day removed from announcing the news of a long-awaited second album, Pheonix (available to pre-order here) Ora took the stage in monochrom, body-con dress with ruched tulle shoulder and tore the house down with renditions of her number one singles 'Your Song', 'Lonely Together' and 'Anywhere', ending the show with a cover of Whitney Houston’s legendary track 'I Have Nothing'. She shared the performance with her 13.8 million fans on Instagram, thanking Esquire Middle East for ‘a blast’.
The star rose to fame in 2012 when she sang alongside DJ Fresh’s single 'Hot Right Now', which made it to number one on the UK charts. She released her debut album Ora in the same year.
The Esquire 100 issue features a list of 100 men and women who have helped the brand become the ‘quintessential voice’ of the modern man.
Before welcoming her on stage Esquire Middle East's editor-in-chief Matthew Baxter-Priest gave a brief speech thanking the event's headline sponsors -- Jeep, Roseate Hotels & Resorts, FIVE Palm Jumeirah, For the Hunters, MMI -- for helping make the party "one that will live long in the memory".