Shrugging off the global financial crisis, Dubai overnight toasted a new luxury hotel with a 20 million dollar bash attended by film stars and sporting greats and marked by a spectacular fireworks display. More than 2,000 world celebrities were invited to the event, which began Thursday night and continued late into Friday.
Among those who showed up for the party of the decade were Hollywood stars Robert de Niro, Charlize Theron, Mischa Barton and Wesley Snipes.
Other stars who walked the red carpet at the 1.5-billion-dollar “Atlantis, The Palm” hotel included singers Kylie Minogue, who also performed before the breathtaking fireworks display, and Shirley Bassey, Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra and catwalk model Yasmin Le Bon.
The opening ended with a spectacular fireworks display, which the organizers claim, could be seen from space and was seven times bigger than the fireworks at the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.