Plans for New Year’s Eve? Get ‘happy’ with Pharrell Williams in the UAE


An extra ‘happy’ performance will grace the stage of Dubai’s Meydan on 31 December this year as Pharrell Williams is booked to sing crowds in to the new year.

The day after the ‘Happy’ singer’s Middle East debut at Du Arena on 22 November, Williams announced his UAE return for a New Year’s Eve show in Dubai.

Pharrell Williams exits the Infiniti Red Bull Racing garage during qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on 22 November 2014 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (photo: Getty)

The singer was among the stars of this November’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after-race concerts which also saw The Who and DJ Armin Van Buuren taking to the stage during the F1 event.

Pharrell Williams was among the acts at this November’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix after-race concerts (photo: uaeinterac)

The four-day event took place at Du Arena in Abu Dhabi, kicking off on 20 November with Arab stars including Tamer Hosny, Carole Samaha, Mohammed Assaf and Fayez Alsaeed performing at the opening night.

Pharrell’s “failing”, sore throat may have hindered a spotless performance at the Grand Prix concert, but his voice will get a second chance at the NYE slot which will be broadcast live to more than 130 countries.

The ‘Happy’ hitmaker will be joined by a star-studded line-up including Busta Rhymes, Paul Oakenfold, Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, Charli XCX, rapper SkyBlu and DJ Seb Fontaine.

The New Year’s Eve party at Meydan Racecourse will also provide the audience with views of the celebrated Burj Khalifa’s fireworks display at midnight.

Tickets for the show, which will be Williams’ first ever solo performance in Dubai and the first regional one from DJs Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike, are already available at TicketMaster, Virgin Megastores, TimeOut Tickets and Platinum List.