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Dh387,988 club bill goes viral

A bill for a generous birthday bash at Dubai's exclusive Cavalli Club kicks up a storm

  • XPRESS Report
  • Published: 00:00 January 5, 2012

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DUBAI: A bill for a generous birthday bash at Dubai's exclusive Cavalli Club this week has kicked up a storm in cyberspace.

A picture of the bill dated January 2 for Dh387,988 ($105,431) — equivalent to the list price of two Porsche Cayennes — has gone viral on twitter with people reacting with shock and awe. Entries on the bill show a slice of birthday cake for Dh120 and a six-litre Cristal, the world's most expensive champagne, at Dh125,000. Between 12.42 am and 3.19 am, Table 405/1 placed 13 orders of Roederer Cristals for Dh84,240 and two orders of 3-litre Cristals for Dh70,000.

A person whose Twitter handle is @THE_47th and who has 2,509 followers, spotted the post at 2pm on Wednesday and was one of the many who re-tweeted it. In cyberspace terms, it would mean thousands of people getting the message on their computers or smartphones.

A former UAE expat, David George-Cosh (@itsdgc), said: "With a $100k bar tab at the Cavalli Club in Dubai, one can make the logical assumption that Dubai is back!"

"Now that's one sick bill!" said @adham_gonzi. "This is insane," tweeted @Hysharara", to which @shimishah added: "Crazy! Ppl still spend this kind of cash?"

"Part of me wants to believe Cavalli Club receipt is a hoax," tweeted Vineetha Menon.

Aneshree, a club staff confirmed the bill was genuine. "Of course, it's authentic," she said, but declined to give the name of the high-spending guest.

Comments (8)

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  1. Added 13:18 January 6, 2012

    They don't know what to do to their money, while there are a lot of hungry people out there!!!

    louie, dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 23:25 January 5, 2012

    If I am not mistaken the +10% Municipal tax and +10% Service Fee charges were repealed almost 2 years ago...this guy is due back 76K!

    Trevor, Los Angeles, United States

  3. Added 23:03 January 5, 2012

    I really don't get it as to why there are many people who are just throwing their money for no reason. This amount of money is really really huge and could have fed thousands of hungry people around the world.... This life is temporary and sooner or later we will all pass away, because we are all like a tourist in this is so short to waste..let us spend most of it in sharing and helping other people because that is the true meaning of life. By the end of the day, we can't take even a single dirham when we die. Spend your money for something that can give you a ticket to heaven because that is eternal...

    Henry, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 19:30 January 5, 2012

    It saddens me that this amount of money is spent on one night out for drinking. It's okay to go out and enjoy life, but this, in my opinion, is just pathetic and unreasonable.

    Brbr, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 18:31 January 5, 2012

    Food for thought: People die of hunger and thirst because they cannot afford it in the same world at the same time [as someone blows up a huge amount in just one night]. Think broadly and act wisely.

    Wasif Abdul Qadeer, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 17:21 January 5, 2012

    I just wish to say that this bill does not mean that Dubai is back - it just means that we have people in Dubai who waste A LOT of their wealth and money on some drinks! This amount can feed seven families of four persons each for one full year. Or atleast the money could be given to the poor and needy!

    M.L, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 14:09 January 5, 2012

    People are so extravagant nowadays. Middle class people would never be able to pay such a huge sum

    Hanah Nasar, Abu dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 13:17 January 5, 2012

    Those who could afford to spend should spend. That's one of the process the economy recovers from recession. There is nothing "sick" in it as long as the money rolls out of investments and banks and keeps the employment and economy up. So please spend when you can afford to spend.

    Mohamed, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


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