Little Mix, Rita Ora and Liam Payne to play Dubai mega-gig

The concert is being held by the Varkey Foundation to thank teachers for their unsung work

Little Mix, Rita Ora and Liam Payne to play Dubai mega-gig

Three superstar acts are coming to Dubai as part of a concert held as a thank you to teachers across the globe.

The Varkey Foundation is hosting the event on Saturday March 23 at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on the eve of the Global Teacher Prize.

Ten thousand people are expected to join headliners Little Mix along with Rita Ora and Liam Payne as the stars perform their greatest hits.

Prices start at Dhs350, with tickets available from 800Tickets, while doors open at 5pm.

The musicians will also be joined on stage by the top 10 finalists of the Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize, where the spotlight will turn to the teachers.

Their inspirational stories will be shared with a live audience at the event, for which Time Out Dubai is a media partner along with Virgin Radio Dubai 104.4.

The US$1 million (Dhs3.67 million) Global Teacher Prize, to be announced at a ceremony the following evening, was set up to recognise one exceptional teacher who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession.

It also shines a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society and celebrates their unsung work.

By unearthing thousands of stories of heroes that have transformed young people’s lives, the prize hopes to bring to life the exceptional work of teachers all over the world.

Andria Zafirakou, winner of the Global Teacher Prize 2018, said: “Winning last year’s Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize has been incredible in giving me a platform to celebrate and help shine a light on the importance of my profession.

“As an arts teacher, I know just how crucial it is to come up with creative ways to communicate vital messages to our young people.

“It is, after all, young people who will inherit our amazing world; its fantastic opportunities, and also its considerable challenges, from tackling climate change to preparing for a world of artificial intelligence.

“And that’s why we have to show the next generation the importance of their teachers in equipping them to thrive in this new world, and also inspire those with a calling to go into teaching themselves.

“The Assembly – A Global Teacher Prize Concert’ will inspire young people to come together to thank some of the world’s greatest unsung heroes through the power of song.”

Get your tickets now – this is going to be a hugely popular mega-gig.

From Dhs350. Sat Mar 23, from 5pm. Dubai Media City Amphitheatre, Dubai Media City. Tickets available now at

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