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Published 21/11/2008

A general view of the fireworks at the Atlantis resort in Dubai, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. While the rest of the world is tightening its belt, Dubai is throwing a US$20 million party Thursday complete with Hollywood celebrities and a fireworks show that organizers said would be visible from outer space. The party, which will be headlined by Australian pop star Kylie Minogue in her Middle East debut, is to celebrate a new US$1.5 billion marine-themed resort built off the Gulf coast on an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
A general view of the fireworks at the Atlantis resort in Dubai, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. While the rest of the world is tightening its belt, Dubai is throwing a US$20 million party Thursday complete with Hollywood celebrities and a fireworks show that organizers said would be visible from outer space. The party, which will be headlined by Australian pop star Kylie Minogue in her Middle East debut, is to celebrate a new US$1.5 billion marine-themed resort built off the Gulf coast on an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Members of the media are silhouetted against the fireworks at the Atlantis resort in Dubai, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. While the rest of the world is tightening its belt, Dubai is throwing a US$20 million party Thursday complete with Hollywood celebrities and a fireworks show that organizers said would be visible from outer space. The party, which will be headlined by Australian pop star Kylie Minogue in her Middle East debut, is to celebrate a new US$1.5 billion marine-themed resort built off the Gulf coast on an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Locals watch the fireworks explode over the Atlantis resort, in Dubai Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. A cast of A list celebrities graced the red carpet for the opening of the Palm Jumeirah on the Atlantis resort. While the rest of the world is tightening its belt, Dubai is throwing a $20 million party Thursday complete with Hollywood celebrities like Robert DeNiro and a fireworks show that organizers said would be visible from outer space. The party, which will be headlined by Australian pop star Kylie Minogue in her Middle East debut, is to celebrate a new $1.5 billion marine-themed resort built off the Gulf coast on an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
A general view of media filming the Atlantis resort in Dubai Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. While the rest of the world is tightening its belt, Dubai is throwing a $20 million party Thursday complete with Hollywood celebrities like Robert DeNiro and a fireworks show that organizers said would be visible from outer space. The party, which will be headlined by Australian pop star Kylie Minogue in her Middle East debut, is to celebrate a new $1.5 billion marine-themed resort built off the Gulf coast on an artificial island in the shape of a palm tree. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Australian singer Kylie Minogue arrives on the red carpet of the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai launch party, which is the Middle East's biggest opening gala, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Australian singer Kylie Minogue arrives on the red carpet of the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai launch party, which is the Middle East's biggest opening gala, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British model Agyness Deyn arrives on the red carpet of the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai launch party, which is the Middle East's biggest opening gala, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
US actor Wesley Snipes arrives on the red carpet of the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai launch party, which is the Middle East's biggest opening gala, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Australian singer Natalie Umbruglia arrives on the red carpet of the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai launch party, which is the Middle East's biggest opening gala, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Former German tennis player Boris Becker arrives on the red carpet of the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai launch party, which is the Middle East's biggest opening gala, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Actress Charlize Theron arrives on the red carpet of the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai launch party, which is the Middle East's biggest opening gala, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
US actress Mischa Barton arrives on the red carpet of the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai launch party, which is the Middle East's biggest opening gala, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British singer Lilly Allen arrives on the red carpet of the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai launch party, which is the Middle East's biggest opening gala, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
This undated photo released by Atlantis, Paradise Island shows the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas. (AP Photo/Johansen Krause) ** NO SALES **
This undated photo released by Atlantis, Paradise Island shows the Marina at the Atlantis resort in the Bahamas. (AP Photo/Macduff Everton) ** NO SALES **
Australian singer Kylie Minogue arrives on the red carpet of the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai launch party, which is the Middle East's biggest opening gala, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Australian singer Kylie Minogue arrives on the red carpet of the Atlantis resort, in Dubai Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. A cast of A list celebrities graced the red carpet for the opening of the Palm Jumeirah on the Atlantis resort. Minogue, who will reportedly earn $4 million for her performance, will be joined by Lebanese singer Nawal and Bollywood diva Priyanka Chopra at the extravagant bash that also attracted Charlize Theron and Lindsay Lohan. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
** EDS ALTERNATIVE CROP LJR104 ** Australian singer Kylie Minogue arrives on the red carpet of the Atlantis resort, in Dubai Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. A cast of A list celebrities graced the red carpet for the opening of the Palm Jumeirah on the Atlantis resort. Minogue, who will reportedly earn $4 million for her performance, will be joined by Lebanese singer Nawal and Bollywood diva Priyanka Chopra at the extravagant bash that also attracted Charlize Theron and Lindsay Lohan. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British model Agyness Deyn and U.S. guitarist of The Strokes Albert Hammond Jr arrive at the Atlantis resort, for opening of The Palm Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai, Thursday, Nov.20, 2008. A cast of A list celebrities graced the red carpet for the opening of the Palm Jumeirah . The party is reported to have cost $20 (m) million and is said to feature the world's largest fireworks display. (AP Photo / Joel Ryan)
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German tennis player Boris Becker arrives at the Atlantis resort, for opening of The Palm Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai, Thursday, Nov.20, 2008. A cast of A list celebrities graced the red carpet for the opening of the Palm Jumeirah . The party is reported to have cost $20 (m) million and is said to feature the world's largest fireworks display. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British entrepeneur Richard Branson arrives at the Atlantis resort, for opening of The Palm Jumeirah Hotel in Dubai, Thursday, Nov.20, 2008. A cast of A list celebrities graced the red carpet for the opening of the Palm Jumeirah . The party is reported to have cost $20 (m) million and is said to feature the world's largest fireworks display. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
U.S. actress Charlize Theron arrives on the red carpet of the Atlantis for the Palm Hotel launch party, Dubai, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
U.S. actress Mary Kate Olsen arrives on the red carpet of the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai launch party, which is the Middle East's biggest opening gala, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
German Jewellery designer Alessandra Meyer Wolden on the red carpet of the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai launch party, which is the Middle East's biggest opening gala, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Businessman Sol Kerzner and his wife Heather arrive on the red carpet of the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai launch party, which is the Middle East's biggest opening gala, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British singer Lilly Allen arrives on the red carpet of the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai launch party, which is the Middle East's biggest opening gala, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Australian singer Natalie Imbruglia arrives on the red carpet of the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai launch party, which is the Middle East's biggest opening gala, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Businessman Sol Kerzner, his wife Heather Kerzner and Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem arrive on the red carpet of the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai launch party, which is the Middle East's biggest opening gala, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
British designer Matthew Williamson and US actress Mischa Barton arrives on the red carpet of the Atlantis, The Palm Hotel in Dubai launch party, which is the Middle East's biggest opening gala, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)

A lavish A-list three-day party for more than 2,000 guests kicked off in Dubai tonight with a performance by Kylie Minogue.

The pop princess's pay cheque at the grand opening of the flagship resort Atlantis, The Palm, has ranged in reports from £1 million to £3 million.

Also on the invite list were Charlize Theron, Sarah, Duchess of York, Lindsay Lohan, Mary-Kate Olsen, Petra Nemcova, Agyness Deyn, Dame Shirley Bassey, Mischa Barton, Robert De Niro, Janet Jackson, Preity Zinta, Gosha Kutsenko, Michael Jordan, Boris Becker, the Dubai Royal Family and Lily Allen.

Minogue opened her 60-minute performance with On A Night Like This, wearing a black and gold Jean-Paul Gaultier creation, designed for the occasion and closed with I Should Be So Lucky.

Video: fireworks display

Guests dined on signature dishes prepared by Atlantis' multi Michelin-starred chefs, Santi Santamaria, Michel Rostang, Giorgio Locatelli and Nobu Matsuhisa, before heading to the Royal Afterglow party with DJ Sam Ronson.

A spectacular fireworks display marked the official launch of the landmark and its flagship resort.

It stretched across the full 520km (323 miles) of Palm Jumeirah, lighting up the entire island and Atlantis resort, creating a display that organisers said was visible from space.

Atlantis is a 1,539 room, ocean-themed resort located at the centre of the crescent of the man-made Palm Jumeirah island, costing 1.5 billion dollars.

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