The official announcement also included confirmation that Daya (above) and Australian pop duo The Veronicas would also feature.
RedFest, a 2015 Time Out Nightlife Award winner for Best Festival, has for four years attracted some of the coolest names in pop, and last year welcomed Rita Ora, Steve Aoki, Adam Lambert, MistaJam, The Vamps and Eva Simons top Dubai Media City.
In February 2017 it will once again takeover the same al fresco venue, this time earlier in the month, on Thursday 2 and Friday 3. Details of the line-up for the second day has yet to be confirmed.
Thursday's headliner Brown rose to fame in 2005 with his hit single Run It!, which he followed up with chart hits Kiss Kiss, Forever and With you. His 2011 album F.A.M.E. earned him a Grammy Award for Best R&B album which includes singles, Beautiful People – which features Italian DJ Benny Benassi - and Look At Me Now.