Iraqi Canadian rapper Ali Gatie to perform at Dubai's Caesars Palace later this month

The Toronto-based rapper spent a few years of his childhood in Abu Dhabi before moving to Canada

Ali Gatie is set to at Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai on Friday, February 28. Courtesy Live Nation
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Ali Gatie, a Toronto-based rapper, will be performing at The Rotunda, Caesars Palace Bluewaters Dubai later this month as part of the venue's Rock The Rotunda series on Friday, February 28.

The Iraqi rapper, who is also a singer and songwriter, is no stranger to the UAE, having spent a few years of his childhood in Abu Dhabi before moving to Canada with his family.

Gatie's first taste of commercial success came with his song Moonlight, which has garnered more than 10 million views on YouTube. However, his chart breakthrough hit came with the release of It's You, which he released in June 2019. So far, the song has raked in more than 100 million views. It's You charted on the US Billboard Top 100 and reached the top 40 in Australia, Ireland and Sweden and the top 10 in New Zealand and Germany.

Gatie was born to Iraqi parents in Yemen in 1997. He was 18 years old when he began pursuing a music career and started to record in 2016.  He was signed to Warner Records two years later and released his first album, You, in November 2019.

A 12-minute film accompanied the release, which included seven new songs. His latest single is What if I Told You That I Love You, which is streaming on all major platforms.

Live Nation has established the Rock The Rotunda series with the aim of bringing young and upcoming talent to the city.

The performances take place in the heart of Dubai's Bluewaters Island at Caesars Palace. The venue is inspired by Rome's famous Panteon and seats 500. The series started the year with a sold out show in January featuring Indian singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad. French humourist Malik Bentalha is due to perform after Gatie in March.

Tickets on sale from midday on Wednesday, February 5 here