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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Kylie kicks off opening of lavish $1bn Dubai hotel

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)
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

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