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Michael Jackson appears to have found aid and comfort in the Middle East. Jackson bugged out for Bahrain following his acquittal on child abuse and other charges in June, and sidestepped over to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates on August 20 in the company of Shaikh Abdullah Ben Hamed Al Khalifa, son of the King of Bahrain.

Jackson, who turned 47 yesterday, has been well received by the local poobahs including UAE champion rally driver Mohammad Ben Sulayem, and rumors are rife that he has either bought a house in Bahrain, or will buy one in Dubai, or both.

Dubai’s Gulf News reported that “Michael Jackson, the king of pop, has been wowing his fans in Dubai and has pledged his first visit definitely will not be his last.” The paper also said, “The megastar has toured the main sights in the city,” and he “enjoyed a bite at the Hard Rock Café and the Burj Al Arab.”

Ben Sulayem told the paper, “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.

(Gulf News)

“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,” Ben Sulayem, the 14-time Middle East rally champion and organizer of the UAE Desert Challenge, enthused.

The race driver also made a point of confirming that contrary to Jackson’s reputation for eccentricity, “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.”

(Gulf News)

“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.”

That’s our MJ.

And regarding Dubai in August: it’s a dry heat.

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  • james Mclafferty

    Hi Eric,not been on for a bit:).I tell you what,if i had his money i’d sod off to bahrain as well, i don’t blame him. Are you looking forward to the possible jackson five reunion tour?.And i thoughts go out to those affected by katrina, the worst we get here is minor tornado’s and that’s only every now and again.

  • http://victorplenty.blogspot.com Victor Plenty

    “More normal than most people” is a pretzel logic phrase if I ever heard one. Such fascinating unintended interpretations! The mind boggles.

  • Eric Olsen

    exactly Victor!

    welcome back James! and thanks for your kind thoughts

    J5 might be fascinating: “Victory, the Millennium Edition”

  • Nancy

    It’s the white silk nighties & allowable holding of hands by men/boys; little does he know, them ol’ desert-boys are stricter than Californians!

  • Eric Olsen

    unless you are in with the in crowd, and he is that

  • james Mclafferty

    Hello again Eric.”Victory,the millenium edition” sounds like a great title,any idea when this may occur?.:)And thanks for the welcome back iv’e been without the internet for a bit so was having withdrawel symptoms(lol).Oh well suppose i’d better go to bed it’s 00:29 and ive got to get up in 7hrs time but you can be sure i’ll be chatting away again(not just about mj).night all.

  • Anthony Grande

    GREAT!!!!! Now that we know where he is we can call for a lynching.

    EVENGE ALL THE KIDS WHOSE LIVES HAVE BEEN RUINED!!!!!

  • eriqo

    oh, come on Anthony. You don’t actually belive that he did that stuff, do you?

  • Eric Olsen

    if we were going to start lynching based upon presumed unjust verdicts, I wouldn’t start with Jacko

  • http://blogcritics.org mjeol

    All the tabloid reports about Michael being so broke he either already had or would soon be forced to sell Neverland, couldn’t even make the payroll, yet he’s been on an extended vacation and Neverland appears to be running fine.

    I don’t believe he has had to spend a dime in Bahrain, not even for the royal family’s private plane that flew him from Europe to Bahrain.

    Interesting how the rich take care of each other. Take Donald Trump and Michael. Michael stays rent free in New York in one of Trump’s suite of rooms, and as a “thank you,” Jackson leaves an expensive gift for Trump or for Trump’s lady.

    Marlon Brando does a favor for Michael and Michael gives a big gift. Before Brando’s death, learning of the pending charges against Michael, Brando bequeaths acreage of his private islands to Michael in his will, which is supposedly why the high bail. Sneddon thought Michael might flee to the islands which has no extradiction agreement with the US. Now Brando’s other heirs want to develop the islands, and they can’t get in touch with Michael to find out if he will sign off on his share.

    If Michael does end up owning property in Bahrain, I believe it will be a gift.

    What a life.

    P.S. Happy Birthday, Michael

  • james mclafferty

    This is courtesy of http://www.eonline.com

    by Joal Ryan
    Aug 30, 2005, 5:45 PM PT

    Two months after he slipped out of the public eye following his acquittal on child-molestation charges, Michael Jackson slipped back in this week, looking not too unlike his old self: Dark sunglasses, black fedora, black pants, brightly colored long-sleeved shirts.

    No word on the whereabouts of the armband.

    Pictures of Jackson taking in the sights of Dubai, a city-state of the United Arab Emirates, surfaced Monday, the pop star’s 47th birthday.

    The shots are said to be the first photographic evidence of Jackson since June 13, when he exited a Santa Maria, California, courtroom a free man acquitted of all criminal charges.

    When last spied, Jackson appeared thin and frail, as befitting one who frequently visited the hospital as jurors deliberated the molestation case.

    In the Dubai pictures, Jackson appears thin, but not necessarily frail, as befitting one who has been staying at royal digs in the neighboring Persian Gulf nation of Bahrain since late June.

    The Associated Press has the most extensive account of Jackson’s Dubai tour, noting his visit to a hotel, an under-construction resort and a Hard Rock Cafe.

    “We went there because he [Jackson] wanted to eat Buffalo wings,” Mohammed Bin Sulayem, a rally-car driver who helped act as the entertainer’s tour guide, told the wire service.
    The Hard Rock Cafe in Dubai serves chicken, or Buffalo, wings in three varieties: Classic Rock (with medium dipping sauce), Tangy Bar-B-Que (barbecue) and Heavy Metal (hot). It was not clear which Jackson sampled. The finger food, however, is a presumed caloric upgrade from the sandwiches Jermaine Jackson said his sibling was eating in order to bolster his strength, post trial.
    Buffalo wings and all, the Persian Gulf seems to be making an impression on Jackson, who was reported to be mulling a purchase in Bahrain. And Jackson, recently chewed out, and fined, in absentia by a U.S. judge for missing a court date on a sexual-assault lawsuit, seems to be making an impression on the Persian Gulf.
    “He was so nice. I wanted him to be like this,” Bin Sulayem told the AP. “What you read and what you see is different. The guy is a gentleman.”
    And a snappy, if not predictable, dresser.

  • james mclafferty

    Michael Jackson to Record Hurricane Relief Song http://WWW.MJJSOURCE.COM

    Created: Tuesday, 06 September 2005

    Michael Jackson to Record Hurricane Relief Song Fundraising Project titled:

    “From the Gulf to the Gulf”

    Within 24 hours, Mr. Jackson will be reaching out to other recording superstars asking that they join him in this project to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina

    Washington, D.C. ……. In response to the widespread devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, Recording Superstar Michael Jackson has been moved to pen a song, with the working title, “From the Bottom of My Heart.”

    Hoping to rekindle the success of “We Are the World,” which he wrote and produced, and which raised millions of dollars for aid to Africa, Mr. Jackson will be enlisting, within the next 24 hours, the involvement of other recording superstars to join him in this project. It is his intention to record this record within the next two weeks.

    “It pains me to watch the human suffering taking place in the Gulf Region of my country,” says Mr. Jackson. “My heart and prayers go out to every individual who has had to endure the pain and suffering caused by this tragedy. I will be reaching out to others within the music industry, to join me in helping to bring relief and hope to these resilient people who have lost everything.”

    The song will be recorded on 2 Seas Records, a label owned by Prince Abdulla Hamad Alkhalifa of Bahrain. All proceeds from the sale will be donated to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

    Further details will follow.

    Source: Raymone K. Bain

  • Eric Olsen

    thanks James, will make a post out of this!

  • james Mclafferty

    Glad you think it’s of any use Eric, i think people should buy it even if they don’t want the song.:)

  • Sky Kaly

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY MJ
    I am an independent recording artist and I would enjoy participating in the new release. I also have a solo album on CD;it is titled ONE TRUE LOVE
    Thanks…I look forward to hearing from you
    A musician in and near to the Land of Enchantment outside of Santa Fe New Mexico.
    Sky

  • http://princesskimberley.blogspot.com Princess Kimberley

    He’s living in “Do Boy”?
    Oh, “Dubai”! has anyone informed him of the correct pronunciation???

  • stingray

    MICHEAL JACKSON IS A UNIQUE PERSON WHO HAS BECOME A POWERFUL CREATIVE FORCE IN THE WORLD. HE IS ABLE TO ACCOMPLISH INFULENTIAL EVENTS WITH HIS ABILITY AND TALENT WITHOUT ANY GOVERNMENT AND AS SUCH HAS BECOME A THREAT TO THE STATUS QUO. THIS IS WHY HE HAS BEEN ATTACKED AND EFFORTS HAVE BEEN MADE TO DISCREDIT HIM PERSONALLY, IT IS SHAMEFUL THAT THE POWERFUL LEADERS FIND HIM DANGEROUS TO THIER AUTHORITY, AND A COMMENT ON THE WEAKNESS OF GOVERNMENT TO ACCOMPLISH POSITIVE ACTIONS TO BENEFIT WORLD UNDERSTANDING.
    WE HAVE YET TO SEE M.J. TRUE POTENTIAL DISPLAYED.

  • Eric Olsen

    For now he doesn’t even seem to be able to finish a new song. Stinray, you make him sound like some sort of avatar – I think he’s just a really weird guy who was blessed with a shitload of talent he has largely squandered over the last dozen years or so.

  • mike

    he w’d be headed if he did boys there……… be careful Michael. amazing binladin didn’t say anything about it HA HA.