Dubai news round-up: Thursday, June 2

Lily Allen in Dubai, Ivy set to open, Dubai at number nine for visitors and more

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She's famously prickly, acid-tongued and will not suffer fools gladly. But should anyone think that an upcoming wedding, village life and a turn to fashion design have mellowed Lily Allen, the answer is: not one bit.

At Dubai fashion store Boutique 1 on Tuesday evening, the British singer-turned-boutique-owner-turned-cake-baker (she's catering her fiance's cricket teas) found herself surrounded by some of the city's most stylish figures, all of whom hoped for a chance to chat and have a picture taken with Allen during an event to launch her new fashion collection.
Full story: Gulf News

The world famous Ivy restaurant brand is set to open its doors in Dubai in partnership with Jumeirah Restaurants.

The Ivy in Dubai will share the same standards of food, ambience and service as The Ivy in London, when it opens on the ground floor of The Boulevard, Jumeirah Emirates Towers on June 9, Jumeirah said on Wednesday.
Full story: Arabian Business

About 8 million international tourists will visit Dubai in 2011, ranking the emirate at number nine in terms of visitor arrivals out of 132 cities across the world, according to a new research released yesterday by MasterCard.

The global payment giant’s new index of Global Destination Cities reckons Dubai will receive 7.9m inbound passengers this year, ahead of other global tourist hotspots such as New York (7.6m), Amsterdam (7.4m) and Kuala Lumpur (6.9m).
Full story: Emirates 24/7

The Dubai premiere of Ready turned out to be an affair to remember. Being his first release after Dabangg the curiosity and excitement among the Dubai crowds infected not only Salman but also producers Bhushan Kumar, Krishan Kumar and director Anees Bazmee who accompanied them.

Says Anees on Thursday morning after returning to Mumbai, "It was an experience not to be forgotten easily. There were as many people standing outside the four screenings we had in Dubai as there were inside the theatres."
Full story: Bollywood Hungama

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