K-pop comes to Dubai

The sixth SM Town Live world tour is set to hit Dubai’s Autism Rocks Arena. (Photo supplied)
Updated 04 April 2018

K-pop comes to Dubai

On Friday night, the largest Korean pop (K-pop) show yet in the Middle East will take place in the UAE, when the sixth SM Town Live world tour hits Dubai’s Autism Rocks Arena, with 13 artists performing. K-pop has witnessed a phenomenal rise in global popularity in recent years, and Mohammed Khammas, CEO of show organizers Al Ahli Holding Group, told Arab News he believes that’s down to the “incredible variety of talents within each song or performance.”
“K-Pop combines an incredible variety of talents within each song or performance,” Khammas said. “The choreography is the same standard as professional dancing troupes, while the songs are not only catchy but tell a story the audience can identify with — adolescence, love, joy, grief…
“Everything from the writing and music to the performance takes an incredible amount of talent, time and dedication, so the artists themselves are certainly multi-talented, and I think the audience recognizes that,” he continued. “Add to that the intricately designed sets for both the music videos and live performances, and the fact that many of the artists are well-known public figures who present on television or make their own videos, and you can see that they create a real connection between the fans and the music.”
Khammas is hopeful that connection will be forged in the Middle East too.
“Our expectation is to bridge cultures and diversify entertainment in the region,” he said. “Having witnessed the caliber of the artists, we’re hoping the show will open K-pop up to a new demographic of concertgoers. The high-energy, choreographed shows are astounding to watch. I think we can expect many new K-Pop fans once they witness the show in Dubai.”


Australian man survives croc attack by gouging its eye

Updated 16 November 2019

Australian man survives croc attack by gouging its eye

  • Wildlife ranger Craig Dickmann made a split-second decision to go fishing in a remote part of Northern Australia known as ‘croc country.’
  • ‘That noise will haunt me forever I think, the sound of the snap of its jaws’

CAIRNS, Australia: An Australian wildlife ranger has recounted his terrifying escape from the clutches of a “particularly cunning” crocodile, after wrestling with the reptile and sticking a finger in its eye.
Craig Dickmann, who made a split-second decision to go fishing last Sunday in a remote part of Northern Australia known as “croc country” last Sunday, said a 2.8-meter (nine-foot) crocodile came up from behind him as he was leaving the beach.
“As I’ve turned to go, the first thing I see is its head just come at me,” he told reporters on Friday from his hospital bed in the town of Cairns in Queensland state.
Dickmann said the animal latched on to his thigh.
“That noise will haunt me forever I think, the sound of the snap of its jaws,” he said.
The 54-year-old said he wrestled with the croc on the remote beach as it tried to drag him into the water.
Dickmann stuck his thumb into its eye, saying it was the only “soft spot” he found on the “bullet-proof” animal.
“Their eyes retract a fair way and when you go down far enough you can feel bone so I pushed as far as I possibly could and then it let go at that point,” Dickmann said.
After a few minutes, he said he managed to get on top of the croc and pin its jaws shut.
“And then, I think both the croc and I had a moment where we’re going, ‘well, what do we do now?’”
Dickmann said he then pushed the croc away from him and it slid back into the water.
The ranger had skin ripped from his hands and legs in the ordeal and drove more than 45 minutes back to his home before calling emergency services.
It was then another hour in the car to meet the Royal Flying Doctors Service who flew him to Cairns Hospital, where he is recovering from the ordeal.
“This croc was particularly cunning and particularly devious,” he said.
Queensland’s department of environment this week euthanized the animal.
“The area is known croc country and people in the area are reminded to always be crocwise,” the department said in a statement.
Saltwater crocodiles, which can grow up to seven meters long and weigh more than a ton, are common in the vast continent’s tropical north.
Their numbers have exploded since they were declared a protected species in the 1970s, with attacks on humans rare.
According to the state government, the last non-fatal attack was in January 2018 in the Torres Strait while the last death was in October 2017 in Port Douglas.