What: Justin Bieber Believe tour
When: Saturday May 4
Where: The Sevens
Yesterday we discovered what several thousand Justin Bieber fans sound like, all booing at the news that the star was running late and hadn't yet arrived at the venue by 9.15pm. We then were treated to screams higher and louder than ever before once he appeared at 10pm, with an energetic and confetti-coated rendition of 'All Around the World' (and no apology for his late arrival)… to then exit off stage once more, handing the reins back to his tour DJ for three - non-Bieber - tracks, to the tune of more booing. Was this first ever Dubai show from Justin Bieber, the biggest pop star of the past decade, going to be a shambles?
Thankfully not. The phenomenally famous child Canadian star turned growingly rebellious teen soon returned to stage (with no sign of a costume change, still clothed in the same incredibly low-slung trousers) to fire through his catalogue of hits, including set highlights 'Somebody to Love', 'Never Say Never' and 'Beauty and a Beat'. All the while, he paid special attention to his ear-splittingly high-pitched young female fans ('There are lots of beautiful ladies in the audience - I see some over there, and there, and there, and there, and there…').
There were several surprises. While we understood the event to be sold out, there was an entirely empty stand at the back, and plenty of space on stands on the left and right of the stage. We also didn't expect Justin to break into a mini-ditty of American rapper Tyga's steamy 'Rack City' - although we rather enjoyed it. And while we hate to say it, we really didn't expect the star to fall out of tune a few times.
After an hour and 20 minutes, including more spinning by the tour DJ and documentary-style montages of Justin's vast coverage in the media, the 19-year-old announced that he was to play his final song, 'Believe' (the good news, however, was that it had been penned for everyone in the audience). This acted as cue for several hundred attendees to immediately stream out, and be met by a wall of anxious-looking parents loitering outside, waiting to pick their broods up.
And do we think said broods were satisfied with Justin's show? It was probably one of the most exciting nights of their short lives so far - even if their parents and teachers are paying the price today.