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Dubai set to launch inaugural comedy festival

Trevor Noah and Dave Chappelle to headline the Dubai Comedy Festival from October 15-24

Dubai set to launch inaugural comedy festival
Host of Comedy Centrals The Daily Show, Trevor Noah.

Dubai is gearing up to flex its comedic muscles with the launch next month of the inaugural Dubai Comedy Festival, taking place between October 15-24.

International comedy icon, Dave Chappelle, and the new host of Comedy Central's The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, will headline a 10-day programme of events, activities, promotions and appearances by local, regional and international comedians.

With tickets going on sale in the second week of September, organisers said they are expecting an overwhelmingly positive response from fans in the region, who can register now at www.dubaicomedyfest.ae to be first in line for tickets.

Hamad bin Mejren, senior vice president, Dubai Tourism, said: "Headline acts Dave Chappelle and Trevor Noah demonstrate that the inaugural Dubai Comedy Festival is not to be missed.

"With the headliners supported by a stellar line-up of local, regional and global comedy talent, Dubai Comedy Festival illustrates that we are serious about comedy."

Based this year in the Dubai Marina district, the objective is for the annual festival is to eventually evolve into a city-wide celebration, he said.

A purpose-built 4,500 seat venue at Skydive Dubai will be the stage for two Main Gig weekends, which will include an opening night of Arabic Comedy as well as a closing weekend that will see Dave Chappelle take the stage on October 22 and 23, and Trevor Noah perform on October 24.

Local funny man Ali Al Sayed, Saudi Arabian YouTube sensation Bader Saleh and American comedy magician Mac King will also feature during the festival.

Bin Mejren added: "The objective of transitioning Dubai from the events hub of the region to a global events and entertainment destination is one of the three pillars in Dubai's Tourism Vision for 2020."

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