Dubai banker’s $2 bar bill labelled “grotesque”DUBAI: The bar bills of booze-swilling Dubai bankers were once again making international headlines across the internet yesterday, thanks to an eye-watering receipt left in one of the city’s newest hangouts.
The bill, which was posted across various social media sites by an unnamed employee of Club Smug, includes just one small bottle of water, with the total coming to a shocking AED8 ($2).
Within hours, the internet was ablaze with outraged residents from across the UAE and beyond, and #twodollartramp was the second highest trending topic on Twitter (after #panarabiaenquirer).
“It’s the worst thing I’ve ever seen, ban this monster” tweeted DJ Habibi 2000, a popular Dubai DJ and personality, from his @DJHabibi2000 account.
While the name of the customer is unknown, sources from Club Smug claim he was a broker and worked in Dubai’s International Financial Centre.
“It’s just shameful that someone can come here and buy a bottle of cheap water during the current international financial situation while others are splashing out over $100,000 on bottle of Cristal,” said Club Smug owner Peregrine Farqua-Tosschops, adding that the mysterious water buyer was no longer welcome in the luxury, 7-star, VVVIP nightspot.
“Ideally, this man should be hounded out of the city.”
Similar sentiments were being shared last night across the bars of the Dubai International Financial Centre, where the anonymous banker was a topic on the lips of most finance workers.
“Whoever he is, he’s an absolute disgrace to his profession,” said Reginald Platinum-Ballbag, a 34-year-old stock market analyst as he ordered another magnum of Dom Perignon.
Some experts have suggested that the receipt, coupled with the recent opening of a Primark in the city, could have a dramatic effect on Dubai’s brand value.