The Gulf Today - Time Out - - GRAPEVINE -

A three day, $30 mil­lion launch party for Bangkok’s big­gest and lashiest mall got off to a rocky start last week when its star guest ALI­CIA KEYS was briely left voice­less by a dodgy sound sys­tem.

The 15-time Grammy Award win­ning artist was the main event re­cently at the $1.6 bil­lion IconSiam, the lat­est mas­sive mall de­vel­op­ment to com­pete in the Thai cap­i­tal’s lu­cra­tive yet crowded shop­ping scene.

Bangkok’s elite and in­ter­na­tional celebri­ties ³ in­clud­ing US ac­tress Naomi Watts and K-Pop star Choi Si-won ³ at­tended the open­ing on the banks of the city’s Chao Praya river in the his­toric sec­tion of the cap­i­tal.

Costs of putting on the in­au­gu­ral events that last through the week­end were pegged at 1 bil­lion baht, around $30 mil­lion.

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