- Multiple fights broke out at the Five Palm Jumeirah hotel in Dubai last week
- Videos posted on social media showed people brawling around the building
- Hotel owner said there were ‘minor incidents’ as crowd of people left an event
- Event is thought to have been a gig by UK hip hop DJ Charlie Sloth on Saturday
Wild fights between partying Brits were captured on video at the weekend as multiple brawls broke out inside a flash Dubai hotel.
Visitors at the Five Palm Jumeirah hotel in the UAE were filmed brawling in a lobby, in a lounge area and outside the entrance in footage posted on social media.
The hotel’s owners acknowledged that a series of ‘isolated incidents’ took place at the hotel after ‘an event’ last week – though to be a gig by British hip-hop DJ Charlie Sloth on Saturday evening.
But Aloki Batra, chief executive of the company which owns the hotel, accused people of blowing the incidents out of proportion.
‘These posts combined some minor incidents to try and create a major incident out of nothing,’ Mr Batra told The National.
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‘The main issue is the false information about a stabbing. This is very serious and it just did not happen, it is nonsense.
‘We have beefed up our security considerably based on the new coronavirus regulations as every venue must be empty by 3am.’
He suggested that kicking everyone out at the same time was partly responsible for the fighting, causing crowds to gather at the exits where tempers flared.
He added that departures will now be staggered to ease the tensions.
Charlie Sloth – real name Ian Rouillon – is a London-born former garage and hip hop MC turned DJ, who one had a show on BBC Radio 1.
He quit the show in 2018 after an angry outburst at an awards show, before signing to Jay Z’s record label Roc Nation in August this year.
In October, he departed the UK to start his residency at Five Palm, hosting ‘Charlie Sloth and Friends’ at The Penthouse every Saturday from 1pm until 8pm.
A week ago he uploaded a photo of a bar receipt from the hotel, claiming to have blown £200,000 in one night on 53 bottles of champagne, a bottle of vodka, two bottles of tequila, a bottle of cognac and Japanese food.
One of the videos shows two men brawling in a lobby while groups of others and security watch on, before trying to intervene.
Another shows two men brawling in what appears to be a lounge area, again while security stand by.
More footage shows people brawling in a beach area to the rear of the hotel, and crowds gathered outside the main entrance, after another scuffle took place.
Social media users were quick to blast the Five Palm, with many likening it to infamous European party resorts of Benidorm and Aiya Napa.
Twitter user Emma Brain wrote: ‘There always seems to be issues at these properties. It’s like Benidorm.’
Darren Bell added: ‘Do not need all these idiots ruining Dubai …. hope Ibiza and Marbella reopen soon!’
Roxy Smedley said simply: ‘The Five Dubai is done, man.’
Sloth issued a statement, saying there is no place for violence at his events and accusing brawlers of trying to ‘bring down the name of the Penthouse venue.’
Five Palm is well-known to tourists and expats alike as one of the most popular destinations in Dubai, and specialises in all-inclusive holiday packages marketed at Europeans – Britons chief among them.
However, it has started to garner a reputation for trouble, with a British businessman knocked out in a bathroom in March last year.
The man said he had asked three men – two Somalis and a Sudanese – to give him some space in one of the bathrooms when he was punched unconscious.
The 38-year-old was then assaulted again by the same group as he left the bathroom, leaving him missing a tooth and with a deviated septum in his nose.
The attackers, aged 23, 26 and 28, were jailed for six months each in January this year for assault and consuming alcohol without a license, Gulf News reported.