UAE to hold world’s most expensive Ice Bucket Challenge
Abu Dhabi hotel organises all-Champagne version of popular charity event
After a week in which celebrities, politicians and regular Joes the world over have been videoed while buckets of freezing cold water are tipped over them, a hotel in the UAE is now planning to takes things in a more extravagant direction with what it describes as the “ultimate 5-star Ice Bucket Challenge”.
Abu Dhabi’s International Millennium Plaza Resort & Spa will this weekend host the world’s first all-Champagne version of the viral charity event, with four gallons of vintage Moet et Chandon poured from a giant bucket lined with exquisite Swarovski crystals.
“The UAE has always prided itself of being at the forefront of luxury, so it seemed only right that the world’s most expensive, most glamorous Ice Bucket Challenge should take place here,” said event organiser Dina Verdi. “And obviously it’ll help raise loads of awareness for Africa.”
August 24, 2014 at 7:02 am
Sounds like any normal champagne brunch to me
August 24, 2014 at 8:36 am
Poured but not to be swallowed.
August 24, 2014 at 9:03 am
They actually can still use water, and have it be as expensive: http://www.therichest.com/expensive-lifestyle/entertainment/the-top-10-most-exotic-and-expensive-bottled-waters-in-the-world/
By the way, nice final line.
August 24, 2014 at 10:29 am
Hi Please send us more information on the Challenge. From J9 Foundation Middle East
August 24, 2014 at 10:35 am
Kinda defeats the purpose of the campaign, please do not take it to this extreme. What would droping champagne do? The only reason people drop ice cold water is because the coldness of the ice and water would replicate the feeling an ALS patient feel ( stiffness and coldness in their muscles) the only thing this is just a waste of money and nothing but a PR stunt and an advertisment for the spa. Please respect the sanctaty of the patients and instead of wasting all that money on the champagne and swarovski bucket, donate the money.
August 25, 2014 at 7:26 am
“The finest satire in the Middle East”
August 26, 2014 at 12:01 pm
It is OK… the champagne will be ice cold
August 26, 2014 at 7:50 pm
Very well said. This is sheer waste of money and cheap publicity. Please donate the funds to millions of orphans and homeless in the world. God will blessyou for wise deeds!
August 24, 2014 at 11:32 am
Ridiculous and pathetic
August 24, 2014 at 11:46 am
“The finest satire in the Middle East”
August 24, 2014 at 12:05 pm
Seriously?“And obviously it’ll help raise loads of awareness for Africa.”
August 28, 2014 at 10:34 am
It’s the punchline of the joke, Ms Speechless. Yes, it’s a joke (satire for those who don’t need to be told).
August 24, 2014 at 1:31 pm
It NEVER fails to amaze me how many people just don’t get satire!!!
August 24, 2014 at 3:46 pm
Great!!! Except the ice bucket challenge is not intended to raise awareness for Africa (still a great cause) but rather ALS you muppets
August 24, 2014 at 4:43 pm
Raise loads of awareness for Africa?! I thought it’s to raise awareness of ALS disease.
August 25, 2014 at 1:11 pm
Yes, but what you didn’t know is that ALS disease is short for African Loopsy Symptom, so this proves the PanArabian Enquirer staff reports correctly and diligently.
August 24, 2014 at 4:57 pm
Am I expecting too much to assume everyone knows this is a humorous page and not an actual event!
Anyone with ants in their pants about to comment, please look at the ads at the top of the page, read some other articles and give yourself a slap. Peace x
August 26, 2014 at 8:28 am
Jim – Are you expecting too much to assume everyone knows this is a humorous page and not an actual event???
August 24, 2014 at 5:48 pm
or you could just donate that money…… seriously… spend all that money to waste champagne and contribute to nothing (i mean it’s viral ALREADY, what more “awareness” could you possibly spread) when you could just donate it and actually do what we were meant to in the 1st place and actually help people.
August 24, 2014 at 9:56 pm
wasteful, distasteful, disgusting, hypocritical and sinful.
I wear stilts to mount my high horse
August 25, 2014 at 7:51 am
August 25, 2014 at 6:08 am
This is ridiculous. An ice bucket challenge is a way to not pay the donation to the ALS organization. But a whole country is doing the ice bucket challenege in this ridiculously expensive way and not putting a donation?
This is pathetic. A show for shows sake. Another guiness world record try. Get off your high and mighty horse UAE. this is a serious issue that causes death and you don’t need to decorate it with swaroski and expensive champagne. Show some respect.
Belgian sense of humour
August 25, 2014 at 7:50 am
When you continually point out to posters that ‘this is satire’, you are effectively saying :
“i only have a marginal grasp on the subtelties of humour and wit, and will not cease until i have policed the shit out of this site. It is imperative that the humour is enjoyed in accordance with the rules”
I want to believe
August 25, 2014 at 4:54 pm
And more to the point, you might prevent further posts from people who think it’s real, which let’s face it are the best bit
Chris de Burj
September 2, 2014 at 11:28 am
Belgian sense of humour… now THAT’s satire.
Or maybe it isn’t.
Go on tell us a Belgian joke if you want us to believe.
Belgian scents of humour
September 11, 2014 at 7:09 am
What do you call a Belgian using bad grammar? An twerp 🙂
August 25, 2014 at 11:27 am
Such a dumbass!!! It’s nice if he believe it will help Africa but this is not a challenge to show off!!! It is about raising founds for ALS research.
August 25, 2014 at 12:54 pm
Yep – you can tell you’re Belgian!
August 25, 2014 at 1:56 pm
Doing the challenge is free, isn’t it? So does that mean I get to drink the champagne for nothing (apart from my 10 dirham donation to Africa?)
August 25, 2014 at 2:56 pm
SO utterly astonished that there are such a number of people reading this site that believe it is real!!!! To all you “muppets” above – THIS IS A SATIRICAL website.
August 25, 2014 at 3:14 pm
Are you F-ing KIDDING ME???? Raise money for Africa, event coordinator ??? You are seriously the dumbest event coordinator I’ve ever heard of. THIS CHALLENGE IS NOT A SOCIAL MEDIA CHALLENGE and UAE doesn’t have to be the best at dumping water on their heads for no apparent reason as event coordinator clearly is showing everyone. Why don’t you google ALS you ignorant materialistic “event coordinator” and see what the hell these people are dumping water for ! !!!!
August 26, 2014 at 9:26 am
I hope that the participants AT LEAST get a full spa treatment afterwards to compensate for the hardship of being sprinkled in champagne. Also, I don’t like Moet, can I replace it with Crystal? There must be a champagne menu for this right?
August 27, 2014 at 10:07 am
Ha idiots you need to double check your facts, as my new barman, Master Bates, will be having an even more expensive version using Krug in my new hyper exclusive bar (so exclusive we only have 1 member) Club Branleur the day after.
August 28, 2014 at 9:30 am
What a bunch of idiots!
August 29, 2014 at 6:57 am
It never ceases to amaze me just how many humourless cretins think that this is a genuine news website. Ladies and gentlemen – this is a comedy site and if you can’t see that then you really should not be allowed to play with the internet without adult supervision!
September 1, 2014 at 5:00 am
Maybe Panarabiaenquirer should put a warning label 🙂
November 29, 2014 at 11:08 am
If there are still people reading this who believe it is a genuine article, I suggest you take the following steps.
1. Turn off your PC/Mac/Tablet/Smartphone
2. Put it back in the box it came in
3. Take it back to the store you bought it from
4. Explain to the guy in the store that you are too stupid to own a computer
5. Go to a book store
6. Buy a dictionary
7. Look up the definition of the word “Satire”