Former 1D star set for high pro­file Mid­dle East de­but at Autism Rocks Arena

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F ormer One Di­rec­tion star Zayn Ma­lik left Dubai fans heart­bro­ken when he pulled out of the boy band’s huge sell-out show at the Sev­ens in April last year. But he’s set to make up for all that with a solo show at the new Autism Rocks Arena on Oc­to­ber 7. The Pil­lowtalk star will be mak­ing his first stop in the Mid­dle East, and 117Live CEO Thomas Ovesen said: “It seems like the show I have been wait­ing to an­nounce for so long has fi­nally hap­pened, and I know the many re­gional Zayn fans will share this sen­ti­ment 100 per cent. “Lis­ten­ing to Zayn's al­bum makes you re­alise this will be not only a spe­cial Mid­dle East con­cert and an ex­cep­tional start to his live ca­reer, but the start to a cel­e­bra­tion of an amaz­ing mu­si­cal tal­ent and fu­ture su­per­star.” Here’s all you need to know about the Bri­tish pop heart throb ahead of the show.

With the re­lease of de­but al­bum Mind of Mine in March, Zayn made his­tory as the first male UK solo artist to de­but at #1 with their first al­bum on both the US Bill­board Top 200 chart and the Of­fi­cial UK Al­bums chart. He is also the first UK act to de­but at #1 on both the US and UK charts since 2009.

Zayn quit 1D last March, but had al­ready pulled out of the world tour, which in­cluded the Dubai date. The band had been formed back in 2010 on TV tal­ent show The X-Fac­tor. Although all five of the boys had failed to progress as solo acts, mu­sic mogul Si­mon Cow­ell saw their ob­vi­ous tal­ent and put them to­gether as a five piece. They fin­ished third over­all but signed im­me­di­ately to Cow­ell’s record la­bel.

Zayn might be a poster boy and pin-up for girls world­wide but the Brad­ford-born singer is taken. For­merly en­gaged to Per­rie Ed­wards of Lit­tle Mix, he’s now step­ping out and se­ri­ous with Gigi Ha­did. The Amer­i­can su­per­model, who ap­peared with the singer in his Pil­lowtalk video, re­cently wore a T-shirt with the mes­sage ‘lol ur not zayn ma­lik’ at a Drake af­ter­party.

Zayn, born Zain Ma­lik in Brad­ford, north east Eng­land back in 1993, is in A-list ter­ri­tory. The 23-year-old was fa­mously pic­tured in the front row of a Louis Vuit­ton fash­ion show along­side Kanye West and Joe Jonas. Re­cently, the Mus­lim star has been on the re­ceiv­ing end of some bizarre and racist rants from con­tro­ver­sial Amer­i­can rap­per Azealia Banks. The 212 star has since apol­o­gised but has been sus­pended by Twit­ter.

Zayn plays Dubai’s Autism Rocks Arena on Oc­to­ber 7. Tick­ets will go on sale soon, pre reg­is­ter now to book your tick­ets at

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