Plans confirmed for Rihanna's Middle East debut

US pop diva to play West Lawn of Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi on New Year's Eve.
Plans confirmed for Rihanna's Middle East debut
DIVA DATE: Rihanna will play Abu Dhabi on New Years Eve. (Getty Images)
By Andy Sambidge
Sun 15 Nov 2009 02:15 PM

Plans for pop diva Rihanna's first concert in the Middle East were confirmed on Sunday by organisers Flash Entertainment.

Theh company said the global pop sensation would play in Abu Dhabi as a headline act for a New Year’s Eve celebration concert.

Rihanna, who rose to fame with hits including Disturbia, Umbrella, and Don’t Stop the Music, will play on the West Lawn of Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace as organisers transform it into a dancefloor of more than 15,000 party-goers.

At just 17 years old, Rihanna stormed onto the market in 2005 and now claims the most number one singles for any female solo artist this decade.

“With a superstar like Rihanna leading the countdown to 2010, this concert promises to be the hottest ticket in town on the biggest night of the year,” said John Lickrish, managing director of Flash.

"We’re thrilled to host her regional debut and promise concert-goers a hugely entertaining, all-night New Year’s Eve party on a scale they’ve never seen before.”

Tickets for the New Years Eve event will go on sale soon, Flash added.

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