Dubai – The celebrity paradise?


The Burj Dubai, tallest building in the world (http://wikitravel.org)

The Burj Dubai, tallest building in the world (http://wikitravel.org)

 “Dubai is essentially a desert city with superb infrastructure, liberal policies (by regional standards), that became popular for its excellent tourist amenities. Just 5 hrs from Europe and 3 hrs from most parts of the Middle East, the Near East, and the sub-continent of India, Dubai makes a great short break for shopping, partying, sunbathing, fine dining, sporting events, and even a few sinful pleasures. It is a city of superlatives: for the fastest, biggest, tallest, largest and highest, Dubai is the destination.” Wikitravel

David and Victoria Beckham (http://www.timeoutdubai.com)

David and Victoria Beckham (http://www.timeoutdubai.com)

Paris Hilton (http://www.timeoutdubai.com)

Paris Hilton (http://www.timeoutdubai.com)


Dubai has became one of the favourite celebrity’s destination. Don’t be surprised therefore, if the British footballer David Beckham and the Spice Girl Victoria are seen walking out of one of Dubai famous five star hotels, or if the reigning formula one champion Michael Schumacher is spotted unwinding somewhere on its breathtaking shorelines. You will also come to notice some very famous names from the corporate world making regular rounds of this famous city. From top cine stars to sports celebrities and from the multi-billion empire holders to the average holiday making freaks, all are increasingly being seen on Dubai’s soil these days. This in itself, speaks a lot of how dramatically the world’s vision of the Middle East has transformed.

Roger Federer(www.emirates.com)

Roger Federer(www.emirates.com)

Dubai Tennis Championships was another treat for the tennis lovers and the media managers both. Names like the William sisters – Serena and Venus and Andre Agassi have played on this venue and enthralled the audiences in the recent past. Equally reported have had been the events like a friendly match organized between Andre Agassi and Roger Federer on the helipad of Burj Al Arab hotel. Tennis balls kept falling down inside the Arabian sea as the two players proceeded with some of their favourite strokes. Not too behind was Tiger Woods who made use of the same helipad for his golf practice. Woods was in Dubai to take part in the Dubai Desert Classic and couldn’t resist the temptation of practicing on such a breathtaking height.

Tiger Woods at The Westin Dubai Hotel (http://ixpats.com)

Tiger Woods at The Westin Dubai Hotel (http://ixpats.com)

If the celebrity spotting has become one of the new trends in Dubai’s social life, then so is the emerging competition among the hotel owners for making the best out of this pulsating market. They are making all efforts, like building of more niche hotels, to cap this upscale clientele. This means exclusively targeting the business travellers and the multimillionaires from across the globe. Apart from Dubai, Lebanon and Sharm El-Sheikh in Egypt have also been trying to raise their stakes. However, the former is well ahead in the race involving these three.

Burj Al Arab Hotel (http://www.hotelsbreak.com/)

Burj Al Arab Hotel (http://www.hotelsbreak.com/)

Burj Al Arab (http://www.hotelsbreak.com/)

Burj Al Arab (http://www.hotelsbreak.com/)

Burj Al Arab (http://www.hotelsbreak.com/)

Burj Al Arab (http://www.hotelsbreak.com/)

Dubai’s desire of opening its borers to the outside world has been well received and reciprocated by the latter. As a result we are witnessing the very fundamental image of the Middle East taking a new turn in the global environment. By allowing so many expatriates on its soil, Dubai has made its friendly intentions clear. Expatriates will continue on playing a crucial role in the local economy, hence making the exchange of the Arabian peninsula with the outside world stronger. It speaks of a pleasing scenario, which will continue to get on more shades with each passing day.



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