- 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