The gala opening for the hotel is said to be costing in the region of £19 million and is thought to be the most expensive private party ever staged. (see: Kylie Minogue to sing at Dubai private party )
The 1, 539-room luxury hotel and waterpark, which is expected to welcome its first guests on 24th September and is a joint venture between Kerzner International, a leading international developer and operator of destination resorts and luxury hotels and the Dubai government-owned Istithmar, recently suffered some fire damage but this has not put back the opening date or indeed the extravagant party with which it will open.
Kerzner confirmed the ex-Neighbours actress will be the star attraction at the party where the guest list will include politicians, actors, musicians and the Dubai royal family.
My own invite having been lost in the post, I will make do with North Devon’s own population of ex rock stars. One of the Rolling Stones (of the non priapic variety) lives a mile away, the Jackson 5 (okay, 2) are moving to a local beach-front cottage and of the waitresses in the local café , one sang in a band called Elastica, the other was girlfriend to popular British singing sensation Damian AllBlur, with whom she toured the world, saw many countries, experienced different cultures and threw televison sets through hotel windows.