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Happening this week: Tribute to Bob Marley

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The annual Bob Marley Festival is back featuring one of the royalty sons of the reggae legend Ky-Mani Marley. Now on its fifth year, the event will take place on February 9, 2018 at Yas Beach, Yas Island in Abu Dhabi.

Paying tribute to the Jamaican legend who would have been 73 years old this year, the celebration of music and art will carry Bob Marley’s ideals introducing them to the present generation.  Grammy nominated musician Ky-Mani is following his father’s footsteps in taking the world by storm with his talents. Joining him on the stage to pay homeage is Reanno Devon Gordon a.k.a. Busy Signal, a Jamaican dancehall reggae artist, who ruled charts and had done collaborations with No Doubt, Major Lazer, and many more.

Following a successful event last year in Dubai, Ky-Mani is excited to come back to the UAE.  He said, “The number of followers my father has in the UAE is impressive.  I did not expect reggae to be big in the country. Because of that, I have prepared an even better line up along with my band Konfrontation. I look forward to celebrating my father’s legacy again with the amazing people in Abu Dhabi.”

Gates will open at 3pm for reggae fans to enjoy a themed décor full of memorabilia while listening to funky reggae beats. The tropical scene will take the guests to the Caribbean while being served authentic Jamaican dishes by local food trucks. Guests can also shop handmade creations by local talents.

The 5th annual Bob Marley Festival, open to adults above 21 years old, is supported by Miral, Turkish Airlines, Radio 1, and Radisson Blu Hotel, Abu Dhabi Yas Island.  Early bird tickets cost AED 125 at Virgin Megastore and UAE Exchange retail outlets, and online at Virgin and Platinum List. The first 100 tickets can be purchased at AED73 instead of AED125.  Tickets at the gate will be sold at AED 160.

For more information, please visit Reggae Beachfest on Facebook or its website: For booking VIP tables, please email:

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  • The Journey’- the master stroke event that was dedicated to AR Rahman’s remarkable 25-year musical journey, was celebrated on the 26 January 2018 at BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai, underscored by a bevy of Asia’s best musical talent.

Hopes were soaring high for the much-anticipated AR Rahman musical concert – ‘The Journey: A Celebration of Music’ that received an overwhelming response. Over 18,000 enthusiastic fans attended the great musical gala, organised by Brothers Incorporated, which brought the legendary virtuoso together with celebrated artists Neeti Mohan, Armaan Malik, Harshdeep Kaur, Javed Ali, Benny Dayal, Jonita Gandhi, Keba Jeremiah and Haricharan Seshadri.

The melodious orchestration was hosted within the grand settings of BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai, at Dubai Parks and Resorts, with AR Rahman’s haunting melodies soaring above the massive 350-foot stage; a first of its kind for any Asian musical concert.

Ahmad Hussain Bin Essa, Deputy CEO, DXB Entertainments PJSC, owner of Dubai Parks and Resorts said, “We are very proud to have hosted one of the largest concerts of its kind here at BOLLYWOOD PARKS™ Dubai. Against the backdrop of the only theme park dedicated to the Bollywood industry, the audience not only enjoyed an impressive performance but also relished a unique experience at the concert arena. We look forward to hosting similar events in the future to bring more exciting experiences to our guests.”

“We were absolutely overwhelmed with the number of loving fans that came down to experience “The Journey’! Seeing everyones collective efforts finally come together so beautifully, coupled with an outstanding performance from AR Rahman and his accompanying group of deftly talented singers, made it something truly magical.” exclaimed the duo behind Brothers Incorporated, Rahul Tuljapukar and Ninad Shah.

The event went on till 1:00 AM and AR Rahman performed back to back numbers, including his scintillating hits namely  Kehna Hi Kyaa, Humma Humma, Muqabla, Dil se and many more among others. Finally Closing with soulful rendition of Maa Tujhe Salaam’, his seminal patriotic track. A perfect end to the Republic Day performance.

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