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Rihanna thrills Abu Dhabi at New Year’s Eve concert

More than 10,000 fans kick-start the new decade with international superstar.

Rihanna thrills Abu Dhabi at New Year’s Eve concert
SUPER SHOW: More than 10,000 fans kick-start the new decade with superstar Rihanna.(ITP Images)

Global superstar Rihanna brought in the new decade in front of over 10,000 fans with a stunning two hour long performance on the lawns of Abu Dhabi’s Emirates Palace followed by a spectacular firework display.

With an thrilling stage show with fantastic dance choreography and stunning costumes for the songstress, Rihanna’s Middle Eastern debut [


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] provided an unforgettable way to bring in 2010.

Arriving in Abu Dhabi two days prior to the concert to rehearse for her spectacular show, Rihanna performed some of her most celebrated hits including ‘Disturbia’, her new single ‘Hard’ and an encore of her smash hit ‘Umbrella’, the show organiser Flash Entertainment said in a press release on Saturday.

Energised by Rihanna’s action-packed show, party-goers then danced their way into the small hours of the morning at the La Rumba after party. Fans enjoyed R&B and eclectic house beats at the La Rumba after party which was headlined by hip-hop supremo DJ Green Lantern and continued with a fantastic line-up of regional and international DJs.

Flash Entertainment, the Abu Dhabi-based events consultancy that brought Rihanna to the capital, said the night was a “triumph”.

John Lickrish, Managing Director, Flash said: ‘‘Tonight was a huge success and a truly memorable way to end a great year for Flash and Abu Dhabi. Rihanna’s performance left us all breathless and set a very high benchmark for next year. With such outstanding artist performances in the past year, 2010 can only get bigger and better – Abu Dhabi has once more proved that it is the party capital of the region; we look forward to another incredible year ahead.’’

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bewildered of dubai 10 years ago

regarding comments from John Luckrish of Flash; to reiterate the famous comment from Mandy Rice Davis in the Profumo case of many years ago; "He would say that wouldn't he?"

khaleeji 10 years ago

i want to know, how many emiratis were present at the concert? or how many emiratis actually listen to Rihanna? or even know who she is? I'm not trying to prove a point, just want to know as a statistic. Anyone?

bk 10 years ago

I can't believe there was no countdown?! I was standing with my wife a few meters from the stage and Rhianna left the stage and I looked at my watch...and kissed my wife and said happy new year. Also, Flash should think about refunding some of the 1700 AED for each ticket as we were not able to access the after party. It was a classisc case of unorganised chaos... i would suggest at having more than entrance for 5000 ppl trying to enter a tent at the same time?!

Ali 10 years ago

We cannot say that we were that impressed with Rihana...She sang for a bit more than an hour and she did not even bother to countdown the new year....I dont know what choregraphy the author is talking about cause her moves were lousy and she could barely dance....the show does not even come close to Shakira's last year whose performance was nothing less than Spectacular and she did rock in the new year with a blast!!

Jayne 10 years ago

Having travelled from the UK to visit a close friend and then spent £150 on the Rihanna ticket and supposed access to the after show party, I was bitterly disappointed to have my NYE ruined by a ridiculously short concert (little over an hour) and failure to access the after show party because of complete lack of organisation...come on Abu Dhabi...you have a long way to go if you are to achieve your goal of becoming a tourist hot spot..I certainly won't be making any recommendations to friends back home based on this lousy experience

Maryam 10 years ago

I thoroughly enjoyed myself at the concert! She was amazing, sang most of her hits and I generally had a good time. There were a lot of Emaratis there present, even in the traditional attire! The only thing I was disappointed with was the countdown, other than that it was perfect!

Eman 10 years ago

Hi Mr. Khaleeji, This is ust to let you know that the expatriates in UAE are the majority. Emirati's in the UAE are a minority, and therfore Rihanna's concert was full of expats,, obviously. Of course Emitrti's know Rihanna, she's a famous celebrity, and yes, my sisters have been to the concert and saw a couple of there Emirati friends there. Being an Emirati, i do listen to hip hop, i lidten to Rihanna and so do all my Emirati freinds. Being a so-called Khaleeji, you should be more aware of your the khaleeji people of this generation. Obviously my parents dont listen to Rihanna, since the'yre old fashioned, but the new generation definatley does.

J-Lo 10 years ago

Before Rihanna came on stage I had an epileptic fit. I dont remember anything until I arrived at Sheikh Khalifa Hospital. However, was told the following. No security helped my friend to move me. When he got me to the doctors tent with the help of some Rihanna fans. I suffered another fit and was taken by ambulance to hospital. The doctor from Rihanna accompanied me in the ambulance. When we arrived at the hospital, The only thing i do remember is the doctor forcably removing my camera from the top of my arm before i left the ambulance. The camera was never seen again and nor was the doctor. Needless to say i am not very happy

Aly Jeofry 10 years ago

Come on guys give her a break but I guess some people have a habit to criticize no matter what !!!!!!

Emaratiya 10 years ago

Dear Mr. Khaleeji as you so call yourself. As an Emiarti myself i actually find it offensive that you aske if Emiartis even know who Rihanna is? are you trying to be sarcastic or trying to "show" that Emiratis are backwards and no nothing from Pop culture? You literally are asking for statistics?? 98% of Emaratis my friend ages 7-45 know who Rihanna is. Unfortunetaly its you who knows nothing about us and our community. So please save your undermining commenst to yourself.