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Hard Rock Cafe Dubai

Dubai's Hard Rock Cafe

The one that used to be!

It is amazing how quickly a Dubai Icon can appear and disappear!

Dubai's Hard Rock Cafe opened in 1998. Its location on Dubai's outer edge defied logic! HRC was difficult to get to. Who would go there? It's architectural theme of a mini Empire State Building in the desert brought differing opinions. Some thought HRC an eyesore and out of keeping with Dubai's development. Others made HRC their favourite place whatever they thought of its architecture! HRC offered something new!


Chuck Berry performed for HRC's opening in 1998. Dubai's Hard Rock Cafe thrived despite its location and architecture and became more popular as Dubai grew. Slpwly HRC was surrounded by Internet and Media Cities. Eventually that growth engulfed HRC. Its land became a prime development site for "new developments".

Announcement of HRC's closure and future demolition led to a popular movement to save this modern day Dubai Icon. In March 2009 Dubai's Hard Rock Cafe closed and was eventually demolished in spite of public protest..

A New Hard Rock Cafe but not the same

A new Hard Rock Cafe has opened in Dubai's Festival City complete with the World's Tallest Guitar! It offers what the old HRC did. Somehow it will not be the same!