AR Rahman at Dubai International Cricket Stadium
The Indian music icon – who has sold more records than The Rolling Stones – gave 10,000 fans an eclectic three hour set during his return to Dubai, closing with fans favourites ‘Mukkabala', 'Chaiya, Chaiya' and Oscar winner 'Jai Ho', in December last year.
Chris Brown at Dubai Festival City
The American R&B star played a short and punchy set, littered with costume changes, sharp moves and some (but not all) of his canon of hits, in December last year.
Culture Club at Dubai Tennis Stadium
It was a historic moment when Boy George’s Culture Club played their first gig together in 13 years in Dubai, in December last year. Despite pre-gig fears it was a shameless sell-out, fans came away happy with the energy lent to hits from the band’s ‘80s heyday.
Faithless at Atlantis
In what’s now looked back on as an ‘unofficial Sandance’, Brit electro legends Faithless played one of their last gigs ever on The Palm – just one week before their final farewell in London. The lucky few (okay, thousands) who were there will talk about this April gig until their dying days.
Jessie J at Meydan World Cup
A surprise set by the young Londoner was the highlight for many at the Meydan World Cup – far more memorable than the horses – when she played on March 26 last year.
Joe Cocker at Al Badia, Festival City
It was Mad Dogs and Englishmen who turned out to hear gritty, aging, yet surprisingly coherent Cocker, now in his 68th year, when he brought his idiosyncratic blues to Al Badia in May last year.
Kasabian at the Sevens Stadium
By far the most rock n’ roll thing to have happened to Dubai in the past year, Leicester lad-rockers stomped through a swaggering set of stadium-sized anthems, raising their bravado to become the stars everyone thought they could be, in February this year.
Maroon 5 at Dubai World Trade Centre
American pop-rockers Maroon 5 rocked crowds in April last year with the hits from their smash album Songs About Jane.
Michael Bolton at Madinat Arena
The vintage crooner put his fifty-something lungs to stellar use, coaxing blubs from the aging Madinat crowd who turned out for his hit-packed Dubai debut, in November last year.
Usher at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre
Media City came to a standstill when thousands turned out for a sell-out gig by the US R&B star, who performed a sweat-packed set of hits – and amazingly appeared onstage on time – at the gig in March last year.