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Michael Jackson surfaces in Dubai
Michael Jackson in Dubai with Mohammed Bin Sulayem
Michael Jackson was shown around by Mohammed Bin Sulayem
The first official pictures of pop star Michael Jackson since he was cleared of child abuse have been released, showing him in the Gulf city of Dubai.

The photos show him smiling and being shown around by United Arab Emirates rally champion Mohammed Bin Sulayem and the son of the king of Bahrain.

His appearance is in contrast to the frail-looking figure that walked out of court in California 11 weeks ago.

He is thought to have left the US for the Middle East soon after the verdict.

Michael Jackson in Dubai
The photos show the star touring an unidentified property
He is believed to have travelled from Bahrain to Dubai on 20 August.

Speculation is rife in the city that he is interested in buying a property there, and reports are circulating that he has purchased a house in Bahrain.

Sulayem was quoted in local newspapers as saying: "Michael had a wonderful time and he was surprised and impressed by what he found in Dubai."

The photos were released on Jackson's 47th birthday on Monday.

Michael Jackson in Dubai with Mohammed Bin Sulayem
The singer celebrated his 47th birthday on Monday
The star's 19-month legal ordeal ended in June when he was found not guilty on 10 charges of plying a teenage boy with alcohol and abusing him.

He made several trips to hospital during and after the trial, complaining of "flu-like symptoms", dehydration and back problems.

He was recently fined $10,000 (5,520) for failing to appear in court to face a civil legal case concerning separate claims of sexual assault.


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