If you’re a United Arab Emirate and the only thing being reported about you, outside of having the world’s tallest building, is that you’ve been bleeding money for the past few years and you’ve constantly been teetering on the verge of utter ruin, the last thing you’d likely want is a story getting out that your leader is trying to hire a pop star, for tens of millions of dollars, to design a hotel for you. Such was the case as the Mirror reported that former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham was contacted by Dubai’s Vice-President, Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who asked if she would “put her name to the hotel and help with everything from room design to the make of the wardrobes and furnishings” for the princely sum of around $25 million. That was Tuesday of this week that the Mirror printed the story. Now the Dubai government is trying to fight back the claim, saying it’s absolutely false and the paper was completely incorrect. So either a) there was never any offer, b) there was an offer, but now it’s being covered up, or c) after years of reporting on Dubai’s reckless spending (remember the original iPAD?), the paper is just having a hard time forgetting that those spendthrift days are over.