Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon Enjoys "High-Flying Lifestyle" in Dubai

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Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon has been a frequent flier to Dubai, one of the states that makes up the United Arab Emirates.

It's never been entirely clear what goes on during the visits.

But the National, an English-language newspaper in the UAE, offers a glimpse in an article it published on December 31, "US mayor seeks help for his city in Dubai."

Mr Gordon has had no trouble adjusting to Dubai's high-flying lifestyle. During his recent visit he briefly stayed at the luxury Armani Hotel inside the Burj Khalifa. The place, he said, was "tailored just like Armani clothes".

A US mayor who wears Italian designer suits? "I have a few, but on my salary not a lot. Ties," he quickly points out.

Suites at the Armani Hotel aren't cheap -- one night at the luxury hotel runs as much as $3,267 a night. And Armani isn't giving away his suits, either, at about $1,800 a pop.

More from the National:



Mr Gordon also dined at Mr Alabbar's house near the Bab Al Shams desert resort with the Emaar chairman's son and other friends. They spoke about US government policy, Arizona's immigration law and Phoenix's property sector, Mr Alabbar recalls.

Mr Gordon says that after the global downturn, Phoenix and Dubai had emerged the wiser. "We both probably learned that so much dependency on real estate development and not diversifying is not healthy."

Several years ago, when Mr Gordon first came to Dubai, Mr Alabbar, his brothers and Emaar board members accompanied their US visitor to a spot "in the middle of nowhere" where the men barbecued meat and boiled tea over a fire, refuelling [sic] the flames with wood they collected in the desert and the two men "bonded", Mr Gordon recalls.

"It was a beautiful night," Mr Alabbar adds.


Gordon touts that his travels are about boosting Phoenix's economy.

But what is the real purpose behind the travels, since Gordon's own e-mails recently revealed that his girlfriend, Elissa Mullany, has a global connections company? Can't have a global connections company without a Rolodex full of, well, global connections.

To be sure, Gordon's travels to Dubai are credited for landing Phoenix an agreement in 2008 between the two governments that is supposed to make it easier for corporations in Dubai to do business in Phoenix.

While nothing has really come from it, best practices are apparently shared in areas like waste-water management, according to the National.

Interesting tidbits from article include:

  • Gordon's 2008 trip to the Super Bowl included hosting "a delegation of Dubai business leaders, including Mr Alabbar."
(We've been asking questions about who paid for Gordon and Mullany's 2008 and 2010 Super Bowl tickets and about who owns the private jets they flew on to get to the Miami game. Still no answers from Gordon. Read more on that.)

  • Dubai economic leaders already have ties to Arizona and the Valley.
"Sultan al Mansouri, the UAE Minister of Economy, studied engineering" at Arizona State University," according to the article.

He's a Sun Devil!

New Times still has questions about how this "high-flying lifestyle" is funded, so we have requested a comprehensive list of Gordon's travels, including who paid for the global jaunts.

Stay tuned.

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Azbee
Azbee

He had his girlfriend with him on the phx to sfo leg of his flight to Dubai in November (first class). I sat in the seat behind them.

jim kay
jim kay

I wonder how much veolia contributed to his travel fund in exchange for your transit system.

Ms Info
Ms Info

Great work, Monica. Keep it up.

I'd also like to know what other politicians are engaging in this UAE boondoggle. I've heard that other city and state political staff members have joined Gordon or represented him over there in the past. Maybe they can shed some light on what this is all about. It's been going on for several years now and nothing has come of it.

Guest
Guest

Kepp diggin Monica -- she was also involved in the light rail issue ,,,always meeting with Tempe about it....what is her connection here....

CHUCK
CHUCK

he is a hebrew sissy boy. cant you tell?

Mayor Megabuxxx ?
Mayor Megabuxxx ?

Mr. Mayor... What the fucks up with your globe trotting ass ?A trip to Dubai ? Are we tax payers going to see some bogus, bullshit riddled bill from the office of the mayor ? Are you there with Governor Brewski ? are you two boning each other in the Burj Dubai ?A two bit mayor from "Haterville" ( not to be confused with Hooterville ) playing with the sheiks and pharoas of the Middle East, in a country where all automobiles are custom made and cost in the mid six figures. Where unemployment is like 2%; where the cooler sheiks own not a yacht but a fleet of yachts. Home of the tallest human made structure on the planet, in a city perpetually under construction and caters to those whose bank accounts are in the "Caymans" and measure in the multiple billions of buxxx.What the fuck, Philly boy ???????

AZfan
AZfan

I work for the city and know that no taxpayer money was used. Get past it.

Bobster
Bobster

You are the most disgusting, not productive, mentally deficient a......hole. If you have a constructive comment, go ahead and post. Spreading hate is more a statement about you.

Jigsaw
Jigsaw

Thinking people talk about ideas, moderately smart people talk about events and, well, the least metally able talk about people.

Guest
Guest

Jibsaw is B. Walters ?? any relation to the mayor or his adultress?? He hires lots of people these days...where at the city are you employed...another side contract deal perhaps?

Guest
Guest

Interesting i just saw this same quote on someone's facebook status

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