Rahbani set to tour UAE

Lebanese musician to bring Middle East production to the Emirates.
On stage during Ziad Rahbani's recent performance at the Damascus Citadel.
On stage during Ziad Rahbani's recent performance at the Damascus Citadel.

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Well-known Lebanese actor and musician Ziad Rahbani will bring his current tour to Dubai and Abu Dhabi during the upcoming winter season, the tour’s audio engineer Nick Chapman has revealed.

The tour has recently moved to the performer’s home country Lebanon, following a number of “intimate” shows in Syria, for audiences of approximately 5,000 people.

“Originally, the UAE shows were to be held immediately after Ramadan, but it was decided that winter would be a more opportune time,” revealed Chapman, who also heads Dubai-based companies Redeye Event Services and Full Monty Catering.

“The guy [Rahbani] is a legend and his shows have a little bit of everything, from music to comedy, so I think it will do very well in the UAE.”

Although exact dates for the winter shows have not yet been announced, they are expected to take place early in 2010.

Chapman, who is well-known within the region’s event production industry, has temporarily absconded from his work in the rigging, catering and event production sectors, to act as an audio engineer for the Rahbani production.

“When I first started-out in the event production industry I was an audio engineer, but I stopped touring when my first child was born,” he reminisced.

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