By Claire Ferris-Lay
Grand opening of luxury resort will reportedly be one of world's most expensive at $28mn.
Kylie Minogue, the Australian pop star, is reportedly being paid $3.5 million for a 60-minute performance at the grand opening of The Atlantis resort in Dubai.
No expense is being spared at the opening party of the flagship resort on The Palm Jumeirah, according to British newspaper reports which suggest the party will be one of the most expensive ever staged, costing $28 million.
As well as Kylie’s gig, there will be a firework display by Grucci, the company behind the Beijing Olympic firework display. While catering and further entertainment will cost another $2.6 million.
Four Michelin-starred chefs Giorgio Locatelli and Nobu Matsuhisa will also be cooking up a storm in the kitchen.
Reports also suggest that the guestlist, which will include politicians, actors, musicians and royalty, will be flown in from around the world and will be given free accommodation at the resort. That is costing $8,700 per person – a further $17.5 million.
Itâ€™s not hard to imagine that the â€œrescuedâ€ whale shark will still be there by the time Kylie makes her millions at the grand opening, whatever its state of healthâ€¦.. If so then I hope that she will consider that in her native Australia it is listed as a threatened species, and use her influence to have the shark returned to the oceans where it belongs. The whale shark is protected by a number of international conventions and agreements - including the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) as well as the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) â€“ less than ten specimens worldwide are being kept in aquariums, but of course the Atlantis might like to enter the Guinness Book of Records as the first-ever hotel with its very own resident whale sharkâ€¦ Still, maybe the grand opening could provide a news-making opportunity for a ceremonial â€œshark-freeingâ€ event?
I find this vulgar display of opulence repulsive - the money would have been better used if it was added to his majesties project to eradicate blindness or some like project. Don't get me wrong - no one likes a party and a good night out better than me - but I feel that this is wrong.
I am not amazed that they've spent a lot of money just to open a hotel after all Dubai is about all about that but i find it ridiculously absurd. While other countries are worried about their financial/economic issues Dubai is all out spending it. Just because the money is there, doesn't mean that it should be spend recklessly.