US singer Jennifer Lopez, popularly known as J.Lo, was paid nearly AED1m (US$250,000) to open a car showroom in Dubai, it was reported on Thursday.
The singer, actress and former American Idol judge arrived in Dubai on Wednesday and attended the official opening of Al Nabooda Automobiles' new Audi showroom. The new facility on Sheikh Zayed Road is reportedly the largest Audi showroom of its kind in the world.
The singer is in Dubai to play a concert at Dubai’s Media City as part of her sell-out ‘Dance Again’ world tour. While Audi Middle East is one of the official sponsors of the gig, the singer was rumoured to have been paid US$250,000 (AED918,275) to be the surprise special guest at the showroom launch, according to a report by Arabian Business’s sister website AhlanLive.
“It's my first time here and I am so excited. I have had a lovely day out there today, I feel the weather is really good right now, you guys are very lucky,” Lopez told a gathering of fans and clients at the Audi showroom on Wednesday.
In a statement sent to Arabian Business, Audi Middle East would only confirm that it was sponsoring Lopez's performance in Dubai and had arranged the showroom appearance, but declined to confirm how much Lopez was paid to attend the opening.
Lopez is reported to be staying on Palm Jumeirah and will remain in the emirate until Friday.