He’s already booked in for a two-gig slot at Dubai’s The Sevens stadium - but Justin Bieber could about to drop big bucks on a plush pad in the emirate.
The 19-year-old Canadian pop sensation has come a long way from the days when he grew up in a cosy family home in Stratford, Ontario. After splashing a sizzling Dhs24 million in sunny California on his first home last year, reports suggest Bieber wants a place in Dubai so he can stay there when he plays on May 4 and 5, and keep his options open should he ever fancy a move to the emirate.
A source told the Sun newspaper in the UK: “He was going to stay in a hotel but is now looking at houses with a view to a longer-term stay.”
Thomas Ovesen, COO at Done Events, the show organiser behind Bieber’s UAE gigs, thinks the hit-making heartthrob would be showing an old head on young shoulders by purchasing property here - especially if he moved to Dubai.
With Emirates flying to more than 120 destinations, Ovesen said: “He could fly back from wherever he’s working, sleep in his own bed, wake up in the sunshine - and it’s tax free.”
Mario Volpi, head of residential sales and leasing at property gurus Cluttons, admitted he’s not had any of the pop sensation’s advisers on the phone - yet. But he reckons he knows the perfect Dubai spots for a teen singing superstar.
“Somewhere near the beach that ticks all the boxes of fully exclusive living,” said Volpi, suggesting a Dhs12 million penthouse apartment on the Palm. Or if the partyboy fancied a Marina hotspot, slapping down Dhs40 million would get Bieber a luxurious pad in the Le Reve building, a short distance from popular hangout Barasti. He’d also be neighbours with fellow celebs Tiger Woods and Roger Federer, who already own La Reve homes.
Naveed Khan, residential sales consultant at Better Homes, pointed to a pad on The Palm - where “several six-bedroom mansions are on the fronds for more than Dhs20 million”. Bieber may have hit the heights in the charts - but if he really wants to go sky high, then the world’s tallest building is definitely an option.
Volpi said a Burj Khalifa apartment would be “at least Dhs20 million or Dhs25 million”.
However, if Bieber really wants a home from home though then the Canadian crooner could always ring up the buyer who snapped up his native land on The World Islands off Dubai’s coast. But if a Dubai deal for a Biebs pad does not come to fruition, would Done COO Ovesen step and offer to put the star up for the night?
“I have a feeling that he wouldn’t be very impressed with my place,” laughed Ovesen.
“I would probably suggest one of the very fine five-star hotels in Dubai. I would invite him for dinner, though.”
By Duncan Hare
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