ABU DHABI // The former Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland is the latest in a string of famous performers scheduled to play the capital next month.
The pop star, who sold more than 40 million records when she partnered with Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Williams, was confirmed yesterday as part of Beats on the Beach at the Abu Dhabi Corniche.
Rowland will be the headline act on Wednesday, November 10, kicking off a lineup that includes Sean Paul, Nancy Ajram and Kelis, who will be playing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, respectively.
Beats on the Beach is the free, city-based counterpart to the Formula 1 entertainment lineup on Yas Island, which is reserved for ticketholders.
John Lickrish, the managing director of Flash, which is organising the shows, yesterday said he was expecting bigger crowds than last year for the concerts.
"Beats on the Beach is a fantastic celebration of international and local talent," he said. "With R&B megastar Kelly Rowland joining the lineup, Wednesday night will be electric."
Rowland has enjoyed a successful solo career since Destiny's Child split up in 2005, selling more than four million records. Her first solo album, Ms Kelly, was released in 2007 and sparked international hits with Like This and Work. In 2009 she hit the top of the charts again, singing on the French DJ David Guetta's single When Love Takes Over. Guetta is performing at Creamfields Abu Dhabi on December 9 on Yas Island.
Rowland is no stranger to the Middle East. In 2008 she performed at the Dubai Tennis Stadium - her third visit to the UAE - and before that she held a concert in Bahrain. Next month's performance will be her first in the capital.
Dana al Merabi, 28, an English teacher from Lebanon, is already planning to be in the crowd.
"I really love her music and it's not easy for me to get up to Dubai so I have never seen her perform here before," she said. "My favourite song at the moment is the song she sings with David Guetta, so I hope she adds that to her set list."
Anthony Gooding, 34, who works in IT, said he hoped the concert turned up true music fans.
"I'm not a big fan of Kelly Rowland, but I love live music," he said. "I think it's great Flash are bringing so many big acts, but last year many people were not there for the music, they were there because it was free. I hope this year more real music fans come out."
Beats on the Beach runs from November 10 to 13 at the Abu Dhabi Corniche.