Since the split, Malik, who now goes simply by Zayn, has gone on to release a debut album to considerable acclaim, receiving four-star reviews from the vast majority of British and American media. Mind Of Mine went straight in at the top in the Billboard charts following its release on RCA Records in March this year, and has so far yielded a No. 1 smash for Pillowtalk.
This week, the second single Like I Would made a similar impact online, while a third track, Wrong, is due to drop in June.
Malik's live solo performances have so far been restricted to TV slots, making the Dubai show, which is being organised by 117Live and the same team behind the 1D gig, a significant milestone. “It seems like the show I have been waiting to announce for so long has finally happened,” 117Live CEO Thomas Ovesen said in a statement. “I know Zayn fans in the region share this sentiment 100 percent.”