Iyad Rimawi delights crowds at Late Nights @ Expo; visitors look forward to more global talent in spectacular music weekend

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Iyad Rimawi

Dubai: Setting the scene for a great line-up of music acts at Expo 2020 Dubai over the long weekend, Syrian composer, songwriter and producer Iyad Rimawi took to the Jubilee Stage on Thursday as the opening act for Late Nights @ Expo. The concert marked a return to the city for the star, who played two nights at Dubai Opera earlier in the year.

Following him was Serbian jazz fusion band Eyot, once described as ‘the Nirvana of European jazz’. The four-piece are known for blending classical, folk and electronic sounds.

Earlier on Thursday, popular Pakistani singer-songwriter Ali Zafar gave fans a treat with a surprise last-minute concert.

Friday sees more impressive music acts, with Sami Yusuf and his ‘Beyond the Stars’ extravaganza taking place at Al Wasl Plaza for two consecutive evenings, beginning tonight at 2030. You can also catch a three-hour gala concert by Vilnius City Opera on the Jubilee Stage from 2000, in town for Lithuania’s Expo 2020 National Day celebrations.

Later on Friday, Late Nights @ Expo will also return to the Jubilee Stage, featuring the talents of Jordanian rock band Albaitil Ashwai, Latin music band Orkestra Mendoza, and Egyptian rockers Massar Egbari. The fun starts at 2200.

On Saturday, the European Union will put on a gala concert at Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre from 1800-2200, concluding with the EU anthem Ode to Joy.