A normal, down-to-earth, genuinely nice gentleman
Michael Jackson’s Maiden Visit to Dubai
Dubai, August 29
The pop world’s most famous entertainer, who has been staying in Bahrain as a guest of Sheikh Abdullah, chatted happily with delighted staff at the offices of major developer Nakheel before taking a boat trip to see how The World and The Palm have emerged as internationally recognised landmarks.
“He was incredibly polite and pleasant with everyone he met,” said Sulayem, the 14-times Middle East rally champion and organiser of the UAE Desert Challenge, the world championship motor sport event.
“Michael is very special for many reasons. We all know about his music and his incredible career, but not many people realise what a genuinely nice person he is.”
“He has achieved so much and is such a unique entertainer, but one of his greatest gifts is that he is an extremely warm and friendly individual who quickly puts you at ease when you meet him.”
Jackson enjoys sights and ambience in Dubai
Published: 29/8/2005, 08:35 (UAE)
Ben Sulayem yesterday told Gulf News Jackson was "a gentleman" who charmed all who met him including the many fans with whom he has posed for pictures.
"Everybody knew who he was and he was so nice to them all. He had the time to talk and take pictures and shake hands. "We said to him: Please Michael, we have to go, but he carried on. He was incredibly polite.
"We know all about his music and his incredible career, but not many people realise what a genuinely nice person he is. He’s very pleasant to be with. He’s a gentleman," he said.
Contrary to Jackson’s reputation for eccentricity, Ben Sulayem said the chart star was normal and down-to-earth.
He said Jackson, whose hits include Billy Jean, Beat It, Thriller and Black Or White, even chose a dish off the standard menu during his visit to the Hard Rock Café. "Definitely the guy is a normal human being like us. He eats the same things as everyone else I think he’s more normal than most people.