By Bindu Suresh Rai

Another month, another star moving into a neighbourhood near you; or so goes the story of Dubai, the most sought after celebrity city of the Middle East.

Such is the lure of this playground for the rich and famous that an average week here will almost certainly witness a millionaire footballer languishing in a five-star hotel while he ties up a deal for a swanky new property on The Palm Jumeirah.

Bollywood’s Shilpa Shetty Kundra and her billionaire husband are simply the latest celebrity couple to have grabbed headlines world over for being the newest residents of the Burj Khalifa, but they certainly aren’t the first who’ve left their footprints on our sunny shores.

The celebrity duo, however, are among those rare few who’ve forked over millions to get their holiday home secured in the world’s tallest tower. But, there are others who’ve collected properties as gifts for associating their names to a real estate project, while others – a popular Arab starlet comes to mind – would be found shaking a hip at a top society do and taking a set of keys for a high-rise sea view apartment in Dubai Marina in lieu.

With so many famous names now dotting our city map, ‘Emirates 24|7’ pulls out its Versace sunglasses as it goes on a celebrity hunt across Dubai with stars in its eyes.
Shah Rukh Khan

Signature Villa, The Palm Jumeirah

SRK Boulevard, Ras Al Khaimah



Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan is one of the few celebrities who not only was one of the first few who managed to get a home on The Palm Island when it first opened, but also reportedly got it as a gift for being the unofficial brand ambassador for the islands according to news media

King Khan’s plush new home overlooking the Arabian Gulf is called Jannat (Heaven), as opposed to his stately home in