Super Junior's Eunhyuk and Kyuhyun were in Dubai on Friday to perform at Feel Korea, a weekend festival filled with Korean experiences, for which their hit song House Party made its debut at The Pointe's The Palm Fountain show.
“It has been a long time since we met our fans because of the pandemic,” Eunhyuk told The National.
The two members toured Palm Jumeirah ahead of the show, stopping off at The View at The Palm and The St Regis Dubai, The Palm. However, they are no strangers to Dubai, having performed as part of the SMTown Live concert in the emirate in 2018.
“We had the opportunity to visit here two or three times and we would like to visit here as much as possible,” Eunhyuk said.
The pair, who are part of the nine-piece K-pop group, performed hits including You & I, Still You and A Million Pieces to an excitable crowd, before their hit song House Party made its debut.
“Because we are celebrating the premiere of our song as part of the world’s largest fountain show, we are so excited to be here to meet our Arab fans, Eunhyuk said. "It is an honour."
The group were unable to tour after the release of their latest album, The Renaissance, owing to the pandemic.
“Because there is always a tour that comes after the album, it was very sad to us that we didn’t have a chance to do that,” Kyuhyun said.
“Whenever the pandemic kind of slows down and we do have the opportunity to tour, you can probably expect another Super Junior album."
Eunhyuk said: “Korean culture is booming right now all over the world. The popularity makes us happy and through this, Super Junior can become more known and loved as well."
The Pointe's Korea Village
Korea Village, in collaboration with the Choego Community Korean club in Dubai, the Korea Foundation for International Cultural Exchange and the Korean Cultural Centre in the UAE, was brought to The Pointe for the first time at the weekend, featuring everything from Korean brands, authentic food and performances.
Moon Byung-jun, Consul General of the Republic of Korea in Dubai, opened the event with a welcome to fans in Arabic and English. “We have a lot of cultural experiences such as the food, traditional clothing and cosmetics here,” he said. “I truly thank everyone for attending."
The live performances began with DJ Sara, who got the audience in the mood, before three dancers from the group Superstars performed a routine to a song by K-pop girl band Blackpink.
The festival also riffed on the popular Korean Netflix show Squid Game, with staff dressed in characters' outfits to welcome guests.