Posted by: englishdubai | December 14, 2008

I Should Be So Lucky


In amongst of the all excitement of the rugby sevens, my birthday, national day, the Atlantis opening and the Eid vacation it slipped my mind I should write about the Kylie concert.

The public Kylie concert took place the day after the Atlantis opening down at Dubai Festival City. I went down with some friends and my prior to the gig we went for a few drinks at the very pleasant Intercontinental. I can highly recommend this hotel if looks are anything to go by and walking along the waterfront the whole development is really coming together with numerous boats in the marina, outdoor eatiers at the mall all set off by the electric blue of the Business Bay bridge.

The organisation at the Kylie concert was the usual – hand in your tickets fora wrist band, queue for drinks tokens, then queue for some beverages with said drinks vouchers. All in a all – it took an hour to get some drinks. I was not the only person who was a little irritated by all of this enforced hanging around.

Soon enough the show started and Kylie went to work. It was clear that she was enjoying herself and the crowd were soon singing and dancing along. While I admit to not owning a Kylie album I recognised nearly every song – a sure sign that she really is one of the princess of pop.

Her influence on girls over 20 was plain to see with plenty of them in Kylie style hot pants/mini skirts with tall boots. I was impressed – not something you see everyday in Dubai.

Kylie strutted through her songs over 90 minutes while me and a good friend got stuck into the bar. I have to admit that this time I over did it a little and the second half othe concert was a bit of a haze and getting home was a mystery. I read the following day that lots of people formed an orderly taxi queue for over an hour wihtout a cab in sight. I later heard from my friends that we picked up one up on th street. I am sure I was all the better without having to endure such a long wait.

I enjoyed the Kylie concert – but left feeling somehow it could have been better. Perhaps it was because it was in a car park, perhaps I had indulged too much, perhaps becuase there had been such a big build up. Or simply perhaps that Kylie at 40 really has nothing left to prove and after her amazing battle with cancer she should retire gracefully. But I am sure glad I got to see her before she does. Now if Madonna does come to Dubai at some point I really will be happy.


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