One Direction will play Dubai gig as four-piece

Concert at the Sevens Stadium set to go ahead as planned following Zayn Malik's departure
Zayn Malik has left One Direction after five years.
Zayn Malik has left One Direction after five years.

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After yesterday's announcement that One Direction's Zayn Malik has quit the band after five years, Thomas Ovesen, COO of Done Events, has confirmed that the group's Dubai concert scheduled for April 4th will go ahead as planned with the remaining four members.

Via Done Events' official social media outlets, Ovesen stated: "For the past week the band has performed as a 4 piece and as per below official statement issued a few moments ago the band will continue as such for the upcoming shows including the Dubai April 4th concert"

The news of Malik's departure comes just days after the 22-year-old singer left the band's "On The Road Again" tour to travel back home to the UK due to stress. While originally the official statements said that Malik would return for the remaining tour dates next month, yesterday's announcement has left fans across the world disappointed.

The statement released by One Direction's management reads as follows...

After five incredible years Zayn Malik has decided to leave One Direction. Niall, Harry, Liam and Louis will continue as a four-piece and look forward to the forthcoming concerts of their world tour and recording their fifth album, due to be released later this year.

Zayn says: "My life with One Direction has been more than I could ever have imagined. But, after five years, I feel like it is now the right time for me to leave the band. I'd like to apologise to the fans if I've let anyone down, but I have to do what feels right in my heart. I am leaving because I want to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight. I know I have four friends for life in Louis, Liam, Harry and Niall. I know they will continue to be the best band in the world."

One Direction say: "We're really sad to see Zayn go, but we totally respect his decision and send him all our love for the future. The past five years have been beyond amazing, we've gone through so much together, so we will always be friends. The four of us will now continue. We're looking forward to recording the new album and seeing all the fans on the next stage of the world tour."

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