Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 25 April 2019

Russell Peters to perform first-ever show at Dubai Arena

The comedian returns to the country with his Deported World Tour, in his first UAE show since 2016

Is somebody going to get hurt real bad? Russell Peters will perform in Dubai later this year. Courtesy Live Nation Middle East
Is somebody going to get hurt real bad? Russell Peters will perform in Dubai later this year. Courtesy Live Nation Middle East

Award-winning comedian Russell Peters is making his return to the UAE, as he brings his Deported World Tour to Dubai Arena on June 6.

It will be the first event staged at the new indoor, multi-purpose venue at City Walk, which opens this summer.

Peters is known for his close-to-the-bone, observational-style comedy that centres on highlighting racial stereotypes, throwing any semblance of political correctness out of the window. He has been named one of Rolling Stone's 50 Best Comics of All Time.

This tour kicked off in Australia and New Zealand in February 2018, and has already travelled through 29 cities in 20 countries, being seen by more than 100,000 people worldwide.

It's not his first time in the UAE, either, as Peters has previously performed sold-out Dubai and Abu Dhabi shows, in 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013 and 2016. The Canadian comedian told The National that his Middle East shows are usually the same as they are in North America. “I may curse a little less, but I won’t change my act for anyone.”

In 2016, he said of his 2013 gig in the capital: "I remember that I had a great time, like I always do in the UAE.” He was promoting his Almost Famous World Tour, which touched on personal topics – such as his daughter, parenting, his girlfriend and being a middle-aged guy – as well as his classic stuff on race and culture.

This new tour features all-new material, but expect plenty of his signature-style jokes, too. If you're easily offended, you might want to give it a miss.

Tickets will be available from Sunday, April 7, from 1pm at www.ticketmaster.ae. Prices begin at Dh200.

Updated: April 4, 2019 12:54 PM

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