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Silly squirts

Decided how you’re celebrating New Year yet? Perhaps parking your yacht at Al Ghantoot and joining Plastic Club’s revellers in attempting to break the Guinness World Record for ‘champagne spraying’? ‘A selection of the UAE, GCC and GLOBAL millionaires have already accepted our invitation,’ trills their Facebook event site. ‘And they’ve paid personal pre-orders of champagne totalling over Dhs1,000,000.’ What an investment. And if you’re concerned about getting chilly? Don’t worry, ‘the sand of the majority of the beach is to be covered with heated carpets’ and all of the hot tubs will be heated to maximum temperature. Did anyone tell them about the credit crunch?

Extreme sports

How do you promote your new record-breaking Sports City venue? By screening a video about sporting venue disasters, it seems. This is the slightly obscure step taken by the UAE’s Discovery Channel, which has decided, from January 6, to premiere a new series of Built From Disaster, a show which reveals ‘how some of the key sport stadium disasters of the world have had an impact on modern design’. ‘In Dubai,’ their press release continues, ‘the construction team in charge of Sports City has selected the safest materials to prevent disasters such as fire, people being crushed and collapsed stadiums.’ Good to know – although watching dozens die doesn’t really inspire us to head to our nearest stadium…

Hummer time

It seems the Hummer brand is getting in touch with its feminine side. According to Liberty Auto’s, much fun was had over a recent Hummer desert rally – but most importantly they ‘had more lady drivers than ever before’ participating in their family day out. One lady driver had even painted her Hummer pink: ‘I love my Hummer: it is fun and unique on the outside, yet strong on the inside,’ she said. Will they be adding shoe racks in the back to complete the stereotype?

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