The man putting on some of the UAE's biggest live entertainment events
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• Last year was a whirlwind! I launched 117 Live, a company which will manage all live events for Al Ahli Holding Group and its brands, bringing international standards not only to the Middle East, but also elsewhere in Asia, and the Americas.
• With its own purpose-built venue at the Dubai Outlet Mall and a dedicated team, 117 Live is looking to revolutionise the face of live entertainment worldwide. Pulling off record-breaking concerts such as the One Direction gig, along with launching 117 Live while still programming and partly producing RedFestDXB, was no easy feat.
• If there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s if you have any doubts, say no. Let someone else pay a diva’s excessive fee demands! Go with your gut instinct when judging people and relationships – if it doesn’t feel right it won’t ever be. My wife always tells me not to bother with rubbish and nonsense, and that’s sound advice.
• Recently, I’ve really been enjoying my new garden, which has become a perfect place for relaxation. If I’ve had one regret the past year, it’s that I didn’t buy enough orange trees. I have now harvested all the fruits and I will have to wait another season for my next home-grown glass of fresh orange juice!