Expect all the hits when A-ha comes to Dubai Opera

Keyboardist and songwriter Magne Furuholmen said the Norwegian group are looking forward to their concert debut in the Gulf

Switzerland, Zurich - February 5, 2018. The Norwegian pop group a-ha performs a live concert at Hallenstadion in Zurich as part of the a-ha MTV Unplugged Tour 2018. Here singer and songwriter Morten Harket (R) is seen live on stage with Magne Furuholmen (L). (Photo by: -/PYMCA/Avalon/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Expect a classy greatest hits concert when A-ha comes to the UAE next year.

The Norwegian group will bring their synth-pop numbers and elegant ballads to Dubai Opera with a performance on Tuesday, February 11.

Tickets start from Dh250, and can be purchased at dubaiopera.com or at Virgin Megastores.

The show is part of A-ha’s latest world tour, which begins in Northern Ireland in October that will see them perform in a range of new territories.

Speaking to The National, keyboardist and chief songwriter Magne Furuholmen said they are looking forward to performing for the first time in the Arabian Gulf.

“It is always exciting to come to new places and immersing yourself in new cultural experiences along the way,” he said.

“One of the things about this tour is we are going to Dubai and New Zealand for the first time. It always feels nice to bring music to a new audience see how it all unites us together.

"These shows are a reminder of that.”

When it comes to the Dubai set-list, Furuholmen says fans should expect hits like Take On Me and I've Been Losing You to be played.

Also, with the group's debut album, Hunting High and Low, turning 35 next year, he expects a fair few of the songs from that record (which includes Take On Me) to receive an airing live.

“We played a lot of different formats over the years,” he says.

“But what we do the most is play a conglomerate of songs from our whole catalogue. Also, as we are coming up to the anniversary of our first album, this is also an opportunity to play more of that.”

For an indication of the some songs that will be played in Dubai, here is the set-list of A-ha’s last concert at Germany's Festival Ruhr on August 27, 2018.

Cry Wolf

The Blood That Moves the Body

The Weight of the Wind

Minor Earth Major Sky

Crying in the Rain (Carole King cover)

Foot of the Mountain

Analogue (All I Want


Train of Thought (Alt. Version)

Stay on These Roads

Sycamore Leaves

Manhattan Skyline

Hunting High and Low

I've Been Losing You

The Sun Always Shines on TV

Scoundrel Days

The Living Daylights

Take On Me

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