Thursday, November 20, 2008

The rich just keep partying: Hotel Grand Opening in Dubai

Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai
Why was Wesley Snipes there? And that
is one butt-ugly suit.
Brit-pop Lily Allen looks good for a change!
Lindsay, Sam and Sam's Mom

Twenty million dollars. That's what the estimated cost of the Grand Opening of Atlantis, The Palm in Dubai is being reported. Wow. Kylie Minogue was paid almost $5 million to perform and the fireworks alone were over $6 million. I can't even wrap my head around that kind of excess. Can you?

"Atlantis, The Palm is a 1,539 room, ocean-themed destination resort located at the centre of the crescent of the man-made Palm Jumeirah in Dubai with 17 hectares of water park amusement, further marine and entertainment attractions and a collection of some of the most renowned world-class chefs.
Kylie Minogue debuted her Middle East performance and there was a show by Nawal Al Zoghbi - one of the highest selling Arab artists of all time.
Bollywood Superstar Priyanka Chopra unveiled a spectacular fireworks display, designed and executed by the Grucci's, lighting up 43 km of palm shaped shoreline and illuminating the entire island with more than 100,000 specially-designed pyrotechnic devices.
Samantha Ronson was the Dee Jay for the evening. Celebrities attending the extravaganza included Lindsay Lohan, Michael Jordan, Robert DeNiro, Janet Jackson and Dupri, Preity Zinta, Lily Allen, The Duchess of York, Agyness Deyn, Boris Becker, Petra Nemcova, Denzel Washington, Mary Kate Olsen, Mischa Barton, Bipasha Basu, John Abraham, Rani Mukerji, Gosha Kutsenko and many others from all corners of the globe."

For some reason, I think Samantha Ronson looks funny and naughty. I mean that in the nicest way possible--really!


Annette said...

My best pal had an all expenses paid (by hubbies boss Mahdi Al Tajir) trip to the Burj al Arab hotel in Dubai. She said it was fantastic. She's got a bit of a jet set life - she's the kind of person when you say "i'm a big [insert celeb name here] fan....." she'll reply "Yes - he told me he liked my shoes once". She invited me to the BAFTA's in 2006 and i refused so it's wasted on me!

DivaJulia said...

Annette? We seriously need to have a talk. You could be my European correspondent.

Annette said...

Ha, not any more! Her husband was CEO for a company called Highland Spring but sadly he died in March (they sponsored a lot of events so lots of free invites)now her social life isn't what it was -(She did say Daniel Craig was up his own arse and since that comment i'm not sure i'd want to meet celebs and be disappointed!)

Mel&Zulu said...

I heard on the news yesterdaty Kylie got paid 1 million dollars for her performance there.

That place looks fab!!!!

DivaJulia said...

Mel, I'll stick by my sources: Kylie got between $4-5 million. ;)