Music acts who have visited the UAE in past years - UAE Pics

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Music acts who have visited the UAE in past years

The woman behind that perennial karaoke favourite 'I Will Survive,' Gloria Gaynor belted out some hits when she performed in the UAE in May 1980.For many, she really is 'Simply the Best'. Tina Turner has made several trips to the UAE through the years, but this shot shows her performing at Dubai's Hyatt Hotel in November 1981.A hero in his home country of Pakistan, the late Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan salutes the crowd in this picture from September 1993.British band Status Quo visited in April 1986 and rocked one of the UAE's more unusual music venues - an abra!
Wearing one of her trademark sequinned dresses, Shirley Bassey sang some of her most famous songs, including 'Diamonds are Forever' and 'Big Spender', when she performed in the UAE in October 1986.Ghazal singer Jagjit Singh performs with his band in this photo from November 1987. He performed songs in several languages, including Urdu, Punjabi, Hindi, and Gujarati.
No stranger to performing here, Lebanese superstar Fairuz sings on stage in this photo from May 1990. She most recently performed in May of this year when she starred in the play 'Sah Al Noum' in Dubai.American diva Chaka Khan has been responsible for getting music fans onto the dance floor through the years with hits including 'I'm Every Woman'. This photo in 1993 shows her performing in the UAE.
First finding fame in the 80s, Duran Duran are still releasing music today. The band, including lead singer Simon Le Bon, left, take part in a press conference in this shot from April 1993.Gary Valenciano is a huge star in his native Philippines, where he is also an actor and producer. He brought his famous dance moves to the country in September 1994.
The Welshman with the huge voice, Tom Jones brought his distinctive singing style and hip-shaking moves to the UAE in November 1994.Apache Indian had a major worldwide hit in the mid-90s with 'Boom Shack-A-Lak'. Classing his sound as 'bhangra raggamuffin' the British-born singer performed in front of a large crowd here in November 1995.
Love them or hate them, Simply Red were hugely successful in the 90s, and singer Mick Hucknall and his band came to the UAE during the height of their fame in March 1996.
A regular in the UAE's concert scene, Indian playback singer Sonu Nigam, seen here in September 1996, is due to perform at Dubai's Aviation Club on October 16 of this year.The woman behind one of the biggest sing-along anthems of all time, Bonnie Tyler belted out hits including 'Total Eclipse of the Heart' when she visited these shores in October 1996.
Still a media personality in the UK, Peter Andre won over teenage girls in the 90s with his songs and famous six-pack stomach. However, he kept his body under wraps when he visited in November 1996.
Boney M. are one of the most popular Western groups in the Middle East, and frequently tour Arab countries. This shot shows them acting up for the camera in November 1996.
He performed at Dubai's Irish Village in March this year, but singer and Live Aid founder Bob Geldof didn't look too pleased to be in the UAE in this photo from March 1997.Famous Indian tabla player Zakir Hussain has been touring since he was 12, and found time to stop in the UAE for a concert in March 1997.
Irish boyband Boyzone have recently reformed after a string of hits in the 90s. They delighted their army of female fans when they performed in the UAE in May 1997.Indian singer Shaan is supported by his sister, fellow singer Sagarika. The former Sa Re Ga Ma Pa host and his sibling sport some vibrant fashions in this shot from October 1997.
Rap star Coolio had a major hit in 1995 with 'Gangsta's Paradise'. He held a concert in Dubai in November 1997.
During the same month, legendary singer Rod Stewart also performed in Dubai. The 63-year-old has had many hits throughout his five decades of fame, including 'Maggie May' and 'Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?'.Rock and roll star Chuck Berry helped open one of Dubai's most famous music institutions, the Hard Rock Cafe, in March 1998. At the ripe old age of 81, the singer and guitarist still performs live once a week in the US.Egyptian singer Amr Diab is one of the biggest selling Middle Eastern artists of all time, and performed at the World Music Awards presentation ceremony in the UAE in May 1998.
Junoon are one of Pakistan's most famous rock bands. After splitting in 2005, a reunion concert took place in Dubai in March 2006. This shot shows the band in July 1998.Responsible for one of the biggest selling singles of all time in '(Everything I Do) I Do It for You', Canadian singer Bryan Adams performed to a sell-out crown in Dubai in March 1999.
Believe it or not, but this is Lebanese pop star Nancy Ajram performing at the Dubai Shopping Festival in March 1999, when she was just 15 years old.

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