Robert De Niro arrives in Dubai with business on the agenda after Trump rant

Robert De Niro has landed in Dubai a day after his withering comments about Donald Trump created a global media storm.

In a performance that had overtones of both Taxi Driver and Raging Bull, the film star delivered a scathing criticism of the Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump in a video message.

Describing the presidential hopeful at various points as a “punk” and a “mutt” that he’d like to punch in the face, the Hollywood veteran delivered a menacingly watchable video tirade that has gone viral.


But it will be business and not politics on the agenda today as the 73 year-old meets with investors at an event in Dubai this morning to promote the Caribbean tourism sector where he has invested $250 million in a resort project in Barbuda. He has teamed up with Australian tycoon James Packer to invest in the island.

Antigua and Barbuda is one of a number of Commonwealth locations that offer citizenship in return for investment.

De Niro has been a regular visitor to Antigua and Barbuda since his 20s. Located in the eastern Caribbean, Barbuda is north of the island of Antigua.

Property developers are increasingly targeting investors from the Middle East seeking the security of a second passport and visa free access to countries including the UK and Canada.

Several celebrities have become involved in campaigning as the US presidential race heats up.

A number of Hollywood stars including Leonardo Di Caprio and Julia Roberts have joined the #VoteYourFuture campaign encouraging young people to vote a month before America goes to the polls.

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