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Dubai Metro users can now enjoy live performances

Ditch your headphones! The Dubai Metro Music Festival returns today to enchant you with musical performances. Brand Dubai and RTA have partnered for the third edition of the music fest which will run from 6-12 March 2023. The week-long celebration of global music reflects Dubai cosmopolitan spirit and creative vibrance as well as its emergence as an international cultural hub.

As part of the fest, five Dubai Metro stations will be transformed into stages for live musical performances by musicians from across the world. The event is part of the ongoing #DubaiDestinations campaign focused on highlighting the exceptional experiences, events and activities of #DubaiArtSeason.

Five metro stations in Dubai including the Union, Mall of Emirates, Burjuman, Dubai Financial Centre, and Sobha Realty- will transform into stages for live musical performances by some of the world’s most innovative musicians.

This year’s event is dedicated to the theme of sustainability in line with the UAE’s announcement of 2023 as the ‘Year of Sustainability’. Musicians will be joining the festival to showcase their talent using instruments made from recycled materials.

Commuters will be treated to captivating musical performances by 20 local, regional and international musicians representing unique sparks of creative talent in a wide range of instruments, genres and styles.

Shaima Al Suwaidi, Director of Brand Dubai, said: “The Dubai Metro Music Festival reflects the dynamism and vibrancy of Dubai’s cultural environment and its emergence as a focal point for creative excellence. By bringing together talented musicians from all over the world, the Festival enhances Dubai’s cultural ambience and further strengthens its growing profile as a global cultural hub that brings together some of the world’s most exceptional creative talent. The Festival’s third edition features a new line-up of incredibly talented performers whose performances brings unique styles, instruments and musical traditions to the event.”

All that’s happening at the music fest this year

Diverse artists
A mix of traditional and experimental musicians, classical instrumentalists and fusion musicians will entertain Dubai’s cosmopolitan community at the Festival. Participating musicians will showcase their talent in string, percussion, wind, acoustic and other unusual instruments, including ones made of recycled objects.

This year’s Festival brings together artists from Egypt, India, France, Thailand, Azerbaijan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Cuba, United Kingdom, Lebanon, Canada, Netherlands, Jordan, and Australia. The show also features special performances by Eman Al Raeesi, an Emirati electrical guitarist, and self-taught Saudi musician Shadi L.Harbi, who will be playing the oud.

Variety of instruments
Some of the traditional instruments featured this year include the Qanun (a form of string instrument),  piano, flute, oud, drums, saxophone, Santur (an ancient instrument), guitar, and harmonica. Musicians will also be performing on the electric guitar, hand pans and homemade instruments.

Exciting performances
The Dubai Metro Music Festival will introduce audiences to new instruments like the flute beatbox, new musical styles like folk beatboxing, and unique performances that include a puppet show that combines music with simulations of Umm Kulthum’s performances, a musical show featuring instruments made from recycled materials, a performance by the youngest DJ in the Middle East, music played by a woman performer with a ‘mirror head’ and a two-guitar show.

The public will be able to watch the live performances from 4.00 pm to 10.00 pm every day. All the performances will be rotated across the duration of the festival to cover all five metro stations.

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