Dubai has welcomed some of the biggest names in the music business in 2019, from Jamiroquai at Dubai Jazz Festival to Fatboy Slim at Party in the Park.

International stars Boyzone performed one of their final ever gigs in the emirate as part of their farewell tour.

One of the most successful bands in Ireland and the UK, the group have five No. 1 albums and have sold over 25 million records.

“It’s been a pleasure to go back to all of the places that you know over the years, we went and promoted in and we did shows in over the years. So, it’s nice to come back and do one more show to say goodbye properly,” says Boyzone singer, Ronan Keating.

“In fairness, this actual venue we’re playing right next to the Irish Village of course- you can’t knock that. It’s an amazing kind of almost an amphitheatre. When you’re on stage it goes up and up and up. It feels the crowd and it’s an amazing space to play. Personally, that’s what I like about playing here," says bandmate, Shane Lynch.

“This tour has really been received amazingly well," says bandmate Keith Duffy. "The setlist is great. It’s a good show. And you know we’re a boy band and we are in our forties. We got away with it for long enough. We want to write the last chapter ourselves and go out with a bit of credibility and a bit of pride."

From the Irish Village to the Global Village, New York-based International R&B star Jay Sean performed to a crowd of 100,000 people.

He says performing in Dubai has been instrumental to his career and that the music scene has changed in the city.

“You got to remember the internet wasn’t what it is today. We didn’t have any social media. It was literally through Youtube I guess that I had a fanbase in Dubai," says Sean.

" I didn’t know that my songs were playing here and then I came and got a gig in Dubai and went ‘cool’. The gig was like 5000 people in Dubai and I was like ‘what?!’. And ever since then I’ve been blessed to be able to come here every year for the last 15 years. And they know my whole catalogue."

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