Open mic in Dubai

Fancy yourself as a bit of a performer? It's time to shine...

If you like America's Got Talent, you're going to love this. Dubai is now launching its own talent show, and anyone can have a go.

New York-born music enthusiast Anthony Davani is launching Open Mic Dubai at the Malecon at Dubai Marine Club where all kinds of performers from acrobats to death metal singers can prove why they deserve to hit the big-time.

"My partner and I did a similar thing in the States," says Anthony. "We came out here because we felt there was a strong need for somewhere for people to showcase their talent. "I think there's a lack of culture and community here. There's few places for individuals to check out live music or play live gigs - just very few places for people to exhibit their talents."

Anthony says Dubai may not be on the global talent map just yet but he's sure he'll discover some hidden gems.

"Back in the States you find stars in the most rural places - out in Mississippi for example. Dubai is a metropolitan city and we've already received a tremendous amount of support for the open mic night," he says.

"There are people here from all backgrounds and nationalities - whether it's Canadian, Australian, Indian, Filipino or Arabic.

"I didn't know I was going to get such a great response. I had an idea but it's been overwhelming."

Open Mic Dubai launches on Saturday at Malecon, Dubai Marine Club from 8.30 to 10.30pm. After that you can stay in the club, which is open until 3am. It's free entry for ladies and dhs50 for men. For details, call Anthony on 050 739 2928.

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