Rock Concerts in the MENA Region


The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region is not something we’d normally associate with rock music let alone live gigs. Let’s face it, the region is pretty much traditional, uptight, and conservative. There’s just no way a rock concert will ever see the light of day, right?

As it stands, numerous rock concerts are scheduled to be held in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in the coming months. Wanna know who’s performing? Check out our article below.


Dubai is known as a place with lots of fancy hotels, the likes of the Burj al Arab, the so-called 7-star hotel, and Atlantis the Palm, a luxury hotel built on a fancy artificial island. But if you’re planning to go to Dubai for any of the gigs mentioned below, you should know that there are plenty of cheap Dubai hotels that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

The Script

The Dublin-based trio The Script is set to entertain their fans for one night only. The huge Bla Bla Club located at JBR will serve as the venue for their live gig on 5 October. Their Dubai gig is part of the band’s world tour that will see them rocking out venues in cities including Paris, Madrid, Milan, and Lisbon.

The Coronas

Following their successful Dubai gig in 2021, the Irish indie rock band The Coronas are back for more of the same on 30 November. Expect Danny O’Reilly and the boys to deliver an awesome set the Baggot, McGettigan’s, as per the usual. It’s gonna be a great night for everyone where an Irish band entertains the crowd in an Irish pub overflowing with Irish beers.  


The Fridge is a talent-searching event in Dubai where artists can showcase their talent and affinity to the performing arts. Taking place at Al Quoz in western Dubai, the highlight of the event is the performance of Metarust, one of the UAE’s most renowned metal bands. The band will grace the stage on 4 October. 

Sons of Olympus

Lock in your wife and kids and prepare to attend the headbangers’ ball on16 September at the Donatello Hotel, Al Barsha. The night of heavy metal thunder will feature Dubai’s most electrifying band, Sons of Olympus! Expect an evening of pure unadulterated heavy metal mayhem where headbanging and moshing are a must!

Saudi Arabia

In the timeless words of Scorpion’s frontman Klaus Meine, the wind of change blows straight into the face of time. Meaning you can’t stop change and that’s exactly what’s been happening in Saudi Arabia. Music is now allowed in the Kingdom and with it, live rock gigs.  


The American pop-rock band One Republic is set to hold their second live concert in Riyadh. The band will greet their fans on 10 November in a yet-to-be-announced venue. Fans of the band will no doubt be out in full force for this one-night-only concert. The band is expected to belt out popular songs such as Counting Stars, Apologize, Run, Sunshine, If I lose myself and many others.