By Safura Rahimi
Online ticket touts charging fans double original price to see the US pop superstar in Abu Dhabi.
Online ticket touts are cashing in on the biggest concert to hit the UAE capital by charging Justin Timberlake fans eager to see the sold-out show double the original ticket prices.
Sought after tickets for the pop singer's first Middle East concert are being sold for huge profits on online auction site souq.com.
The ticket peddling comes despite concert organisers' attempts stamp out the trade by limiting online sales to a maximum of four tickets per purchase.
"We believe that this online process ensures a fair allocation of tickets on a first come first served basis and without the queuing and crowd problems we've seen for popular concerts here in the past," a spokesperson from the show's exclusive ticketing agent timeouttickets.com said last week.
However, tickets in the Blue grandstand zone - sold on the site on Thursday for 495 dirhams each - are currently being offered for 1,000 dirhams on souq.com.
Over 6,000 tickets for the final date on Timberlake's 'FutureSex/LoveShow' world tour at Abu Dhabi's Emirates Palace Hotel on December 6 sold out in just over an hour on Thursday morning, with general standing (295 dirhams each) selling out within the first half hour of going on sale at 9am.
A limited number of retail tickets for the concert, sponsored by Mubadala Development Company and Aldar Properties, are set to go on sale in Abu Dhabi on Friday at a location soon to be revealed.
Ticket prices for the concert vary from 895 dirhams for Platinum (Front Standing) tickets, 595 dirhams for Gold (Grand Stand - Central) tickets, 495 dirhams for both Blue (Grand Stand - Left) and Red (Grand Stand - Right) tickets to Green (General Standing) tickets at 295 dirhams.