Pop prince Robbie Williams is paying a fortune for his holiday home in Dubai - which is right next door to celebrity couple DAVID and VICTORIA BECKHAM.

The ROCK DJ hitmaker is parting with a whopping $2.08 million (GBP1.3 million) for the holiday villa on the country's exclusive THE PALM purpose built resort, which is just of the coast of Jumeirah in the United Arab Emirates - even though the Beckham's paid just $1.6 million (GBP1 million).

A property insider reveals, "Robbie called recently to place his order but was informed he was a bit late and all the plots were sold on Palm 1. He insisted he wanted to buy a villa on that resort, and was told that he needed to get a broker in that area.

"They put him in touch with a sheikh who bought up a couple of villas when they were first advertised. But Robbie was warned he'd pay an inflated price."

Other celebrities who have snapped up homes in the area include Brad Pitt and wife Jennifer Aniston, and Beckham's England soccer teammate Michael Owen.

07/09/2003 13:37