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Inside This Airline's Surprise-Filled Gala

To celebrate its inaugural flight from Dubai to Boston, Emirates airline hosted an event that had surprises at nearly every turn.

Photo: Michael Blanchard

Emirates airline recently celebrated its first direct flight from Dubai to Boston with a lavish gala at the Citi Performing Arts Center. Produced by Corinthian Events, the affair for 400 guests had details that remained top secret until the night of the event. “Invited and non-invited guests alike called our office desperate for some clues as to what this evening might entail,” said Mary Douglas, a partner at Corinthian Events.

While they remained tight-lipped, planners spent five days loading in for the function, which included dinner, multiple performances, and a cocktail reception that mimicked the airline's in-flight service. Here's a look inside the bash, which had staggered surprises throughout the night and took place on March 11.