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.

By Jenny Berg June 12, 2014, 7:15 AM EDT

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. ā€œInvited and non-invited guests alike called our office desperate for some clues as to what this evening might entail,ā€ 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.

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