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Red Hot Chili Peppers to headline UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi

Superstars lined up for spectacular concert headlining Abu Dhabi Showdown Week in September

Red Hot Chili Peppers to headline UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi
Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers.

US rock superstars Red Hot Chili Peppers will be the knockout attraction at the spectacular concert headlining Abu Dhabi Showdown Week, a seven-day series of events running alongside the eagerly anticipated UFC 242 on September 7.

The Californian band, who have sold more than 80 million albums over 35 years, will be taking to the stage at The Arena, a new indoor venue being constructed on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island, on September 4.

The concert will be followed by another world-class act on September 5, with the mystery performer yet to be announced.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers' concert elevates the entire Abu Dhabi Showdown Week proposition and ensures our week-long programme will appeal to as many fans as possible," said Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, acting executive director of tourism and marketing at the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi, who are organising the entire event.

“The launch of Abu Dhabi Showdown Week also represents a strategic expansion of Abu Dhabi’s wide-ranging leisure events portfolio. The initiative underlines our commitment to present world-class experiences for everyone who visits the emirate. We plan to engage local, regional and international visitors through an extended schedule of complementary activities.”

UFC fans and the general public will also be able to experience the inner workings of the organisation during the week through gym activations, open workouts, weigh-ins, autograph signings and meet-and-greet sessions with UFC stars while an activity-packed UFC Fan Experience Zone will be created next to The Arena.

In parallel, the first Abu Dhabi Muscle and Fitness Expo will feature leading exhibitors, seminars and competitions during a three-day run at du Forum on Yas Island from September 5-7.

It all builds up to the explosive event on September when Khabib Nurmagomedov is expecting to seal his legacy against interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier in front of a sell-out crowd.

The two men will contest a title unification bout at UFC 242, Abu Dhabi's third UFC event and the first since the UFC and the DCT Abu Dhabi agreed a five-year partnership earlier this year.

Ticket prices for Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Abu Dhabi Showdown Week concert start at AED250 and rise to AED995 for Platinum. Fans can head to to register their interest in tickets ahead of the sale period.

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