Dubai's unexpected Eurovision hopeful

Romanian hopefuls shoot video in Dubai.
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The UAE may not qualify for entry to the Eurovision song contest (incredibly alleged to be the world’s second most watched live televised event after the World Cup final) on geographical grounds, but local fans of appalling music can take solace in the fact that at least this year’s Romanian entry shot its video in Dubai recently. The clip, shot on location by a crew from Bucharest’s Rival Films, features singer Mandinga atop and around the Burj Khalifa, as well as dancing in the desert and on a yacht off the coast by Atlantis as she performs her hit Zaleilah. In Spanish, inexplicably.

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