It's just cricket
I was invited by a friend to join her at Huddles Bar in City Max Hotel in Bur Dubai to be part of an event (organised by 360 and hosted at CityMax) around the well known and popular West Indian Cricketer, Chris Gayle. As someone that is in PR and also as a community member that has attended a few events with celebrities, it is always a refreshing change to see how well and how professionally some of these celebrities behave with the crowd. Chris Gayle was a dream for any organiser or PR person.
Professional - the man arrived on time, no airs no graces, He worked with the organisers and the promoters to make sure they and the fans got what they wanted. He answered questions with good humour and a great deal of courtesy.
Personable - he cracked jokes (some even at his own expense), repartee-d with the fans around him and teased and danced on request while he was there. He signed autographs including a bat that he plans to auction off for a charity he supports. He was surprised by a cake and a gift for his birthday (celebrated earlier this week) and he took this all in his stride. The man was gracious.
At huddle city max bur dubai still signing for Spartan cricket launch and the Chris Gayle Foundation! http://t.co/zk3PXMhi1Q
— Chris Gayle (@henrygayle) September 25, 2013
The venue was quite surprising too. I haven't been into a sports bar in a while (actually haven't been into a smoky bar in a while) and though there were smokers in there - it didn't feel smoky. It was spacious and the nibbles were delicious; the bar staff attentive (it could not have been easy since it was a busy evening for them). But if I lived closer or was looking for a pub to catch up with friends - I would go here. I might go back there with other friends on a normal evening some day.
CityMax and Huddles have their own set of photographs and you can check them out here.