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Jay-Z to make UAE debut at Abu Dhabi F1 gig

Record-breaking rap legend will play at Yasalam After-Race concerts on November 1

Jay-Z to make UAE debut at Abu Dhabi F1 gig

Record-breaking rap legend Jay-Z will play in the UAE as part of this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, it was confirmed on Monday.

The star will follow in the footsteps of his wife by performing at the races, which spouse Beyoncé launched with the first-ever F1 gig in 2009.

After weeks of anticipation it was revealed the global megastar will make his regional debut at the Yasalam After-Race concerts on Friday November 1.

Hundreds of music fans from across the UAE gathered in Dubai to hear the news first, with a live announcement at Virgin Megastores in Mall of the Emirates.

Jay-Z is the final music act to be confirmed this year’s races, and ahead of the news the rumour mill was turning at warp speed, with acts from Lady Gaga to The Rolling Stones bandied about in association with the empty Friday night slot.

The rapper joins previously-named headliners Muse and Depeche Mode to play at the fifth annual Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, who appear at the du Arena venue in Yas Island on Saturday November 2 and Sunday November 3 respectively.

Having sold at estimated 50 million records, Jay-Z is known as one of the most influential forces in modern hip-hop, with early albums including Reasonable Doubt (1996) and The Blueprint (2001) considered essential listening among younger rappers.

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