Becks and AC Milan teammates New Year celebrations cancelled in DubaiJanuary 1st, 2009 - 12:54 pm ICT by ANI
London, January 1 (ANI): Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum called off football ace David Beckham and his AC Milan teammates New Year’’s Eve celebrations following the violence in Gaza.
The former England captain joined ex-pats in Dubai, who were today planning alternative New Year’’s Eve celebrations, following the cancellation of all public parties.
Al Maktoum said that “all public New Year’’s celebrations” should be stopped “in solidarity with the Palestinian people, who were currently enduring death, suffering and destruction in Gaza”.
The rulers announcement prompted many hotels to revise their entertainment offerings, and sent the plans of tens of thousands of British ex-pats into disarray.
“Normally we have outdoor entertainment but this year it will be just indoors,” the Mirror quoted a spokesman for the five-star Le Meridien hotel, popular among Britons for its all-you-can-drink champagne brunches, as saying.
A spokesman for the four-star Arabian Courtyard said that there would be no music or dancing to ring in the New Year.
However, the hotel’’s restaurants and bars were to stay open. (ANI)
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