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Abu Dhabi Takes First Rihanna-fied Steps To Becoming Party Capital

January 4, 2010 at 2:21 PM | by | ()

Well, at least she kept her thighs under lock and key...

The New Years holiday is the time for celebrities to scatter themselves all around the globe, from the ski slopes to the beaches of St. Barths, but if you're a celebrity entertainer, then the odds are that you've got a very well-paying gig you'd rather not miss.

Such was the case with Rihanna, who did a very hyped, very controversial concert in Abu Dhabi at the Emirates Palace for 10,000 fans, followed by fireworks. Although the girl raked in $500,000 for a few songs—and no doubt had a private, paid-for jet to get her through the crazy airport security of the weekend—the controversy came when they asked her to cover up a little more than usual for the performance.

Abu Dhabi as party capital?...

As you can see above, Rihanna kept her wardrobe black, opted for high-waist tights, and threw on some shoulderpads to decrease the amount of skin shown. So why did Abu Dhabi request Rihanna to perform? Well, it turns out that Abu Dhabi is trying to beat Dubai's all-business appeal by becoming the party capital of the region. Will 2010 see Abu Dhabi become the new Ibiza? We can imagine it, so long as we don't have to wear those tights.

Related Stories:
· Rihanna Performs in Abu Dhabi, UAE [Gossip On This]
· Rihanna thrills Abu Dhabi at Flash Entertainment’s spectacular New Year’s Eve concert [Albawaba]
· Celeb Travel [Jaunted]

[Photo: WENN/Gossip On This]

Archived Comments:

Negative Ghost Rider...

As long as a country embraces a focus on cladding their women in body-coverings from head to foot and eschews alcohol, not sure how it can ever be a player on the world party market. Ibiza or Abu Dhabi - hmm...........