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Jennifer Lopez opening act for Dubai gig confirmed as Lea Makhoul

The Lebanese singer, who was a contestant on the TV series ‘Star Academy Arabic’, will open for Lopez on November 17

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Lebanese singer Lea Makhoul will open for international icon Jennifer Lopez when she performs in Dubai on November 17 at the Autism Rocks Arena.

Makhoul is best known for her time as a contestant and runner up on TV series Star Academy Arabic in 2014. Since then, she’s had three hit singles including her debut Give Me Sunlight, which reached NRJ Lebanon’s top 20 for over five weeks.

More recently, Makhoul has signed on with Universal Music Mena and released two tracks All I Know and Paradise with her third coming out soon.

Makhoul is part of the Red Bull Opening Acts (RBOA) initiative that started in the UAE in 2013, which provides artists from the UAE and the wider Arab world a chance to perform ahead of some of the world’s biggest acts.

Following Lopez’s performance, Lebanese DJ and founder of radio station Mix FM, DJ Rodge will keep the party going.

The official pre-party for Lopez’s Dubai gig will be held at Base Club in Dubai’s D3 District on November 16. Tickets and VIP tables are available to purchase in advance directly from the venue. The singer will also perform at the Dubai Airshow closing gala on November 15; the gala is an invite-only event.