Singer Rihanna will perform on Sunday, November 27 as part of the Abu Dhabi After-Race concert. Abdeljalil Bounhar / AP photo
Singer Rihanna will perform on Sunday, November 27 as part of the Abu Dhabi After-Race concert. Abdeljalil Bounhar / AP photo

Rihanna and The Chemical Brothers to perform Abu Dhabi F1 After-Race Concerts

Rihanna and the Chemical Brothers will perform at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix later this year. The two acts will be part of the Yasalam After-Race Concerts at Yas Island’s du Arena during the Formula One weekend.

Rihanna, currently riding high on the charts with top-selling album Anti and the chart-topping single Work, is playing the prestigious final race-day concert on Sunday, November 27. The Barbadian pop star was in 2015 named as the best-selling digital singles artist of all-time, clocking sales of more than 100 million.

The show marks the 28-year-old’s third performance in the capital. She made her UAE concert debut in 2009 before returning in 2013 with her Diamonds World Tour at du Arena.

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The Chemical Brothers will perform on Friday November 25. Formed in 1989, the veteran duo of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons are considered forefathers of the 1990s big beat movement in dance music, with seminal singles including Hey Boy Hey Girl, Block Rockin' Beats and Setting Sun.

Following a five-year hiatus, the 2015 release Born in the Echoes was viewed by many fans as a return to form. November's gig will mark their first appearance in the UAE.

Promoters Flash Entertainment said a headliner for Saturday, November 26, will be announced before Ramadan begins. Yet to be confirmed is the show on Thursday, November 24, normally reserved for Yasalam’s annual Arabic-language concert.

“We’re working on some changes, and Thursday’s concert is under discussion,” said Reeva Bains, vice president of marketing and communications at Flash.

Beats on the Beach, held at the Abu Dhabi Corniche, will also return, Bains added. Headliners of the popular free-to-attend festival will be announced on a later date.

The news was announced on Tuesday, May 3 — unusually early in the calendar.

In a bid to stir up early sales, fans who buy tickets before May 30 will receive a 30 per cent discount.

“Every year the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix gets bigger and bigger,” said Nick McElwee, sales and marketing director at Yas Marina Circuit. “We’re trying to reward fans’s loyalty by announcing the artists now — laying it out there to make it clear what they can expect.”

Another fresh incentive is that all weekend-ticket holders will receive free entry to nearby Ferrari World and Yas Waterworld, announced Karim El Guanaini, senior vice president of destination management at Yas Island.

The Yasalam After-Race Concerts are only open to race-day ticket holders.

Since the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix debut in 2009, the series has attracted some of the biggest names in music. The 2016 bill marks a departure from recent trends.

Fridays are generally set aside for a big, cross-generational pop or urban star, with previous headliners including Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Jay-Z, and, in 2016, Enrique Iglesias. The final race day generally closes with a vintage rock act, such as Aerosmith, The Who, Paul McCartney, Blur and, in 2010, the late Prince.

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There are few hints about what to expect from Saturday’s headliner, with a markedly more mixed bag of names previously appearing mid-weekend, including Kings of Leon, Muse, Pharrell Williams and Florence & The Machine.

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Company Profile

Company name: Hoopla
Date started: March 2023
Founder: Jacqueline Perrottet
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 10
Investment stage: Pre-seed
Investment required: $500,000


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Memory: 8GB

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Main camera: Dual 12MP ultra-wide (f/2.2) + 12MP wide (f/1.8), OIS, portrait, super slo-mo, hyperlapse

Video: 4K@30/60fps, full-HD@30/60fps, HD@30fps; slo-mo@240/960fps; HDR10+

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Colours: Bora purple, graphite, pink gold, blue; Bespoke Edition in select countries

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Edinburgh: November 4 (unchanged)

Bahrain: November 15 (from September 15); second daily service from January 1

Kuwait: November 15 (from September 16)

Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

Bologna: March 1 (from December 1)

Source: Emirates

The Roundup : No Way Out

Director: Lee Sang-yong
Stars: Don Lee, Lee Jun-hyuk, Munetaka Aoki
Rating: 3/5

Roger Federer's record at Wimbledon

Roger Federer's record at Wimbledon

1999 - 1st round

2000 - 1st round

2001 - Quarter-finalist

2002 - 1st round

2003 - Winner

2004 - Winner

2005 - Winner

2006 - Winner

2007 - Winner

2008 - Finalist

2009 - Winner

2010 - Quarter-finalist

2011 - Quarter-finalist

2012 - Winner

2013 - 2nd round

2014 - Finalist

2015 - Finalist

2016 - Semi-finalist


Man Utd 2 Pogba 27', Martial 49'

Everton 1 Sigurdsson 77'

Mia Man’s tips for fermentation

- Start with a simple recipe such as yogurt or sauerkraut

- Keep your hands and kitchen tools clean. Sanitize knives, cutting boards, tongs and storage jars with boiling water before you start.

- Mold is bad: the colour pink is a sign of mold. If yogurt turns pink as it ferments, you need to discard it and start again. For kraut, if you remove the top leaves and see any sign of mold, you should discard the batch.

- Always use clean, closed, airtight lids and containers such as mason jars when fermenting yogurt and kraut. Keep the lid closed to prevent insects and contaminants from getting in.



Sunday, January 20
3pm: Jordan v Vietnam at Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
6pm: Thailand v China at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
9pm: Iran v Oman at Mohamed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Monday, January 21
3pm: Japan v Saudi Arabia at Sharjah Stadium
6pm: Australia v Uzbekistan at Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
9pm: UAE v Kyrgyzstan at Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Tuesday, January 22
5pm: South Korea v Bahrain at Rashid Stadium, Dubai
8pm: Qatar v Iraq at Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Explainer: Tanween Design Programme

Non-profit arts studio Tashkeel launched this annual initiative with the intention of supporting budding designers in the UAE. This year, three talents were chosen from hundreds of applicants to be a part of the sixth creative development programme. These are architect Abdulla Al Mulla, interior designer Lana El Samman and graphic designer Yara Habib.

The trio have been guided by experts from the industry over the course of nine months, as they developed their own products that merge their unique styles with traditional elements of Emirati design. This includes laboratory sessions, experimental and collaborative practice, investigation of new business models and evaluation.

It is led by British contemporary design project specialist Helen Voce and mentor Kevin Badni, and offers participants access to experts from across the world, including the likes of UK designer Gareth Neal and multidisciplinary designer and entrepreneur, Sheikh Salem Al Qassimi.

The final pieces are being revealed in a worldwide limited-edition release on the first day of Downtown Designs at Dubai Design Week 2019. Tashkeel will be at stand E31 at the exhibition.

Lisa Ball-Lechgar, deputy director of Tashkeel, said: “The diversity and calibre of the applicants this year … is reflective of the dynamic change that the UAE art and design industry is witnessing, with young creators resolute in making their bold design ideas a reality.”

Company Profile

Company name: Yeepeey

Started: Soft launch in November, 2020

Founders: Sagar Chandiramani, Jatin Sharma and Monish Chandiramani

Based: Dubai

Industry: E-grocery

Initial investment: $150,000

Future plan: Raise $1.5m and enter Saudi Arabia next year