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Kylie kicks off opening of lavish $1bn Dubai hotel

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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