South Korean singer BoA: Six songs that inspired me

South Korean singer BoA (Kwon Bo-ah) is one of dozens of K-pop stars set to perform in Dubai. (Photo supplied)
Updated 04 April 2018

South Korean singer BoA: Six songs that inspired me

South Korean singer BoA (Kwon Bo-ah) is one of dozens of K-pop stars performing as part of the SM Town World Tour in Dubai on Friday. Here, BoA talks us through six pop tracks she loves.

Michael Jackson
‘Billie Jean’
I started dreaming of becoming a singer after seeing Michael Jackson in the “Billie Jean” video. The mix of fantastic choreography and amazing music made such a huge impact on the music industry. I believe this song inspired a lot of artists, all around the world, to dream of being a singer.

Janet Jackson
‘Rhythm Nation’
She’s truly such a fascinating female artist — the way she dominates the stage. And her shows are so well put together, with the design and the dancers. What I loved most about “Rhythm Nation” were the uniforms and the perfect group choreography.

‘4 Minutes’
I’m sure Madonna has been a huge influence for many female artists. Her live shows always make a massive impact; the sets are amazing, and she’s always trying new things on stage. This song impressed me with its power and addictive beat. She’s collaborated with many amazing artists — it’s something I dream of: to have a fantastic collaboration with someone like her.

Britney Spears
‘…Baby One More Time’
I was preparing my debut when this track came out, and it was such a refreshing hit. Her energetic performance and amazing stage presence taught me a lot about what it takes to be a successful singer.

Justin Bieber
He was so young when he started out, but he made music, like “Boyfriend,” with his own unique color and style, which is amazing. His songs are always on-trend, but show off his personality and thoughts. I always look forward to Justin Bieber’s new music.

Bruno Mars
When the trend was to make futuristic music, this throwback to the ‘80s’ and ‘90s’ new-jack-swing style sounded very fresh to me. Personally, this style of music was what I used to listen to so much, and I was so happy to hear it again.

The Six: Have a hair-raising Halloween at Motiongate Dubai

The Motiongate sign at the entrance of the park. (Supplied)
Updated 16 October 2018

The Six: Have a hair-raising Halloween at Motiongate Dubai

DUBAI: Hollywood-inspired theme park Motiongate Dubai will transform into a freaky fun zone from Oct. 18 – Nov. 3, so prepare to enjoy some seriously terrifying thrills.

Saw Maze
Have the ultimate blood-chilling experience this Halloween by navigating your way through a maze based on terrifying Hollywood film series, “Saw.”

Scare Zones
The Lionsgate and Columbia areas at Motiongate park will both have scare zones where visitors can meet their favorite monsters, zombies and creepy characters in person.

Ghostbusters: Battle for New York
An interactive ride that will take you to the Temple of Gozer where you will take part in a battle and show off off your ghost-busting skills by shooting ghouls and saving the city.

Underworld 4D
An action-packed, multi-sensory 4D experience that takes you through centuries of war between Lycans and Vampires.

Zombieland Blast Off
An exhilarating ride not for guests with weak stomachs. Face the ruins of an abandoned park and go head-to-head with zombies in a ride where your only escape is a 58-meter free fall.

Hotel Transylvania
A child friendly experience where kids can meet the beloved characters from the “Hotel Transylvania” film franchise. Located in the Columbia area, families can also participate in crafts, face painting and trick or treating.