A Saudi millionaire splurged $1,36,000 (Rs 70 lakh) on a bottle of champagne at Dubai’s glitzy Cavalli club over the weekend.
“The Saudi Arabian and his friends guzzled a bottle of Louis Roederer Cristal in the early hours of Saturday morning,” the club’s manager David Lescarret was quoted as saying.
The vintage bottle was “one of just three believed to be available worldwide”.
Lescarret said the other two were for sale at nightclubs in New York and London.
He described the unidentified Saudi national as a “well educated gentleman... who spoke several languages and ordered the bottle in French.”
The Cristal bottle was from a “batch made in 1990 in Champagne, France,” originally intended for the Millenium celebrations.
Lescarret would not divulge the Saudi’s total bill for the night, saying only that it was “very high” and included a “luxurious dinner.”
The manager said the Cavalli club bought the champagne at a Christie’s auction house in London at a cost of around $93,000 (Rs 48 lakh).
Saudi nationals often travel to neighbouring Dubai for entertainment since alcohol is forbidden in the ultra-conservative kingdom and unrelated men and women are banned from socialising in public.
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