It gets better and better!
The likes of Robert De Niro, Denzel Washington and Janet Jackson have all jetted in for a three-day extravaganza, dubbed “the party of the decade”. Even Lily Allen’s blagged an invite.And with the showcase suite costing a whopping Ã‚Â£23k a night, you’d better have an opening party to do it justice.
The bash is rumoured to cost anywhere up to Ã‚Â£40m. Guests will all be treated to a private concert on the waterfront by Kylie Minogue, followed by the world’s biggest ever firework display.
Dubai has expanded rapidly in recent years, with the sole intention of becoming one of the most important commercial and travel destinations in the world.
Steadily, projects are reaching completion – and they don’t come much grander than the Atlantis. It sits nestled at the top of the Palm Jumeirah – a man-made piece of land shaped, funnily enough, like a giant palm.
It’s a huge pink structure that’s bound to inspire love it/hate it arguments, but you can’t fail to be impressed by its grandeur.
More than 1,500 rooms, a huge aquarium with more than 65,000 marine animals (I counted them all), more than a kilometre of beaches (albeit fake ones), a dolphin park, a waterworld and staff from all around the world to tend to your every desire.
It is brilliant, pure indulgence, which makes the timing of its launch even more surreal.
It’s hard not to forget that the world is basking in a recession, with the good old words “credit-crunch” never far from anyone’s lips.
Yet here we are looking at extravagance on a stick. Money is indeed no object, with a rumoured spend of Ã‚Â£950m and celebrities jetting in from all across the globe for its opening.
And with the penthouse suite booked out for the next year, you can see there are plenty of customers willing to share the dream.
The owners of this hotel are sticking to that old adage: If you build it they will come – credit crunch or no credit crunch.
The same model on the same day in every picture, with different make-up and lighting to make her look different ages:
The complete email conversation that Adelaide man David Thorne claims he had with a utility company chasing payment of an overdue bill:
Annotated academic view of investment bubbles:
Our current market (S&P500 over past 5 years):
Pretty close! Let’s get back to the mean.
Broke nine world records:
- Longest Domino Spiral (200 Meters)
- Highest Domino Climb (12 Meters)
- Smallest Domino Stone (7 Millimeters)
- Largest Domino Stone (4.8 Meters)
- Longest Domino Wall (16 Meters)
- Largest Domino Structure (25,000 Stones)
- Fastest Topple of 30 Meters of Domino Stones (4.21 Seconds) (The sprinter Churandy Martina ran with the dominoes and achieved the time of 3.81 sec for the same distance.)
- Largest Number of Domino Stones Resting on A Single Domino (727 Stones)
- Largest Rectangular Level Domino Field (1 Million Stones)
We snuck out into the middle of Broad Street to snap a pic in front of City Hall and all the crowds. When Will raised his hands for the picture, cheers erupted. So he continued to repeat the gesture, getting wild response from the crowd on both sides of the street up and down the street as far as we could see. We couldnâ€™t have planned this if we practiced and practiced. I wish the video was longer.