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Get all the information on the innaugural celebration of stand-up comedy in Dubai, a 10-day event in October

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An incredible 10-day extravaganza of comedy has been announced, dubbed Dubai Comedy Festival.

The first event of its kind in the region will run from October 15 to 24 at various locations around Dubai Marina. The festival will feature numerous headline acts - namely Dave Chappelle and Trevor Noah - as well as local comedians, masterclasses, forums and daily street shows. A range of languages will be represented.

The centrepiece will be a purpose-built 4,500 seat venue at SkyDive Dubai, which will host two Main gig weekends.

As well as American icon Chappelle (October 22 and 23) and his South African counterpart Noah (October 24), who will take over from Jon Stewart on the Daily Show later this year, local funny man Ali Al Sayed; Saudi Arabian YouTube sensation Bader Saleh and American Comedy Magician Mac King will all perform.

In official plans seen by Time Out Dubai, organisers cited ust For Laughs (Canada) and The Edinburgh Festival (Scotland) as inspiration for the festival.

'Dubai Comedy Festival is the latest addition to our portfolio of festivals which, since the announcement of Tourism Vision in 2013, has also seen the successful introductions of Dubai Motor Festival and Dubai Food Festival. The Festival is expected to attract visitors from across the GCC, as well as the wider MENA region and beyond and to subsequently become an annual addition to our events calendar,' a spokesman for Dubai Tourism said.

For more information on Dubai Comedy Festival and to register for ticket and event information, visit


Dave Chappelle

Veteren Chappelle is one of America's best love comedians, thanks in part to the Hollywood career he has built up around his comedy. The 42-year-old from Washington has appeared in the Nutty Professor, Con Air, and Blue Streak, while also clocking up the awards for his own self-titled sketch show. Comedy Central ranks him number 43 in the '100 Greatest Stand-Ups Of All Time'.

Trevor Noah
Noah has been on the comedy circuit for around five years, but earlier this year received his biggest break to date when he was announced as the successor to Jon Stewart on the satirical news show The Daily Show. He was last in the region in March - attending the Time Out Nightlife Awards - when he told us:

'There’s just something magical about Dubai.' Read the Trevor Noah interview here

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