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Snapped: Celebrities spotted in the UAE this week logo 04/01/2018 Alice Holtham

Because let’s be honest, we all love a bit of celebrity goss…

Dubai is fast becoming the mini-break and stopover favourite for the world’s rich and famous.

With so many A-listers (and B-, C- and D-listers) visiting the glittering emirate every day, it can be hard to keep track of who was spotted where.

So in case you were wondering who to keep an eye out for when you’re down at Dubai Mall, we’ve thrown together a list of some of the famous faces in the UAE this week. And with New Year’s involved, trust us, there were plenty…

Katy Perry

She was in town to perform at the annual du Arena New Year’s Eve concert, and it’s safe to say ‘Fireworks’ flew when she did. But pop megastar Katy Perry wasn’t just in the UAE to work, she also posted stories to her Instagram out and about in the Abu Dhabi desert.

Katy Perry is in the house!

A post shared by What’s On Abu Dhabi (@whatsonabudhabi) on Dec 31, 2017 at 10:54am PST

Anthony Joshua

British boxer Anthony Joshua has been living it up on and off in Dubai since he appeared at the closing festival of the Dubai Fitness Challenge, and it seems he can’t get enough of the city. Over the festive period, he posted this cute snap in one of Dubai’s luxury pools:

New Years Resolution… Family time is the main priority 🖤

A post shared by Anthony Joshua (@anthony_joshua) on Jan 1, 2018 at 7:44am PST

Christina Milian

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American R&B singer Christina Milian, who was famed for her catchy tunes in the early 00s, came to the city for some down time over New Year’s. She’s posted pictures ringing in 2018 watching the fireworks at Jumeirah Al Naseem, as well as heading to the desert for some dune buggy adventures.

Desert Squad 🤘🏼🤟🏾🤘🏿 #madmax

A post shared by Christina Milian (@christinamilian) on Jan 3, 2018 at 1:07am PST

Scarlett Moffat

The Gogglebox star and I’m a Celebrity winner has been sure to keep her 1.6 million Instagram followers up to date with her family holiday in Dubai. Accompanied by the rest of the Moffat clan, she’s been seen topping up her tan, heading to the theme parks, and ringing in the New Year on JBR.

Happy new year love the Moffatts ❤️

A post shared by Scarlett Moffatt (@scarlett_moffatt) on Dec 31, 2017 at 11:41am PST

Oliver Proudlock

The Made In Chelsea star and his model girlfriend Emma Connolly are no strangers to Dubai, having holidayed in the city several times over 2017. And as well as soaking up the sun at El Chiringuito on the Palm while here over New Year’s, they’ve also been spotted enjoying dinners at trendy new hotspots Peyote, STK and Barbary.

Dare To Be. 🎯 #dubai #stk

A post shared by Oliver Proudlock (@proudlock) on Jan 2, 2018 at 10:11am PST


We’re beginning to think superstar Akon has moved to Dubai. The American singer and rapper has been spotted in so many of the UAE’s super clubs over the latter half of 2017, we’d be surprised if he hasn’t. And who can blame him? As well as performances at Mad on Yas Island and a double bill at White Dubai, Akon made time to post a snap of him being chauffeured around the city in a luxury car.

Thank you @sanamcars for driving me into the New Year’s in Dubai

A post shared by Akon (@akon) on Jan 2, 2018 at 1:35am PST

Parson James

You might not have heard of singer songwriter Parson James yet, but we’re betting you will do soon. Rising to fame as the voice on Kygo’s Stole The Show, he’s in town to perform for the first time in Dubai at White. But before the show, he’s been seen enjoying dinner with friends at one of our favourite spots, The Maine.

first night in dubai w these lovelies pre NYE 💛💃🏼🥂

A post shared by Parson James (@iamparsonjames) on Dec 30, 2017 at 12:40pm PST

Fatman Scoop

Isaac Freeman III, better known as Fatman Scoop was the headline act for Barasti’s annual New Year’s Eve celebrations. The hip hop star famed for his unmistakeable raw voice performed to thousands of partygoers at the Marina spot as revelers welcomed 2018 in.

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