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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

Exo in Dubai: Tickets now on sale for SM Town Live

The concert on April 6 and will feature some of Korean pop music's biggest stars including Girls' Generation, BoA, SHINee and more

Exo poses in front of the Dubai Fountain. Courtesy Dubai Tourism
Exo poses in front of the Dubai Fountain. Courtesy Dubai Tourism

K-pop fans, mark your calendars.

Some of Korea’s biggest pop stars are on their way to Dubai as part of SM Town Live World Tour VI, which will be held at the Autism Rocks Arena from 6pm to 10pm on April 6. Tickets are now on sale at platinumlist.net with prices starting at Dh375.

The performers set to appear include Kangta, BoA, Super Junior, Girls’ Generation, SHINee, Exo, Red Velvet, Trax, and Henry.

The concert will be a mix of individual band performances and some duet acts. The detailed running order of the show will be released closer to the event.

The first SM Town Live started in 2008 and was held in major cities including Seoul, New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Bangkok and Singapore.

FILE - In this July 21, 2015 file photo, South Korean girl group Girls' Generation pose for the media during a presentation to promote their new reality TV program "Channel Girls' Generation" in Seoul, South Korea. The clothes, the hair, the confidence , the look of Korean pop-music, or K-pop, can either feel like high fashion or just plain quirky. But that’s what draws in fans to South Korea’s most famous export. It will be hard to bypass this cultural phenomenon during the upcoming 2018 Olympic Winter Games.(AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)
Girls' Generation. Lee Jin-man / AP photo

“Korean pop music has grown in popularity at an astonishing pace and has a massive appeal around the world. We look forward to welcoming fans from around the world here to experience the infectious brand of music that is K-pop in all its glory right here in Dubai,” said Mohammed Khammas, chief executive of Al Ahli Holding Group, parent company of 117 Live.

One example of the widespread appeal of K-pop in the Middle East came when popular boy band Exo visited Dubai in January.

Their hit song Power became the first Korean pop song to be added to the Dubai Fountain list of melodies.

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While here, they caused a social media frenzy with the hashtag #WelcometoDubaiEXO becoming one of the top trending hashtags and drew fans to the airport early in the morning in anticipation of their arrival.

However, Exo isn’t the only act with a huge fan base heading to Dubai. BoA, one of the top female artists in Korea, will also be appearing. She is the first Korean artist to achieve more than a million in sales and the first to enter Billboard 200 when she did so in 2009.

This isn't the first time K-pop stars have descended on the UAE. In 2016, KCON was held in Abu Dhabi's du Arena. The one-day cultural extravaganza featuredBTS, TaeYeon from Girls' Generation, Kyuhyun from Super Junior, Double S 301, Monsta X and SPICA.

To buy tickets, head to: dubai.platinumlist.net

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