Global Village signs sponsorship with Emirates and Jumeirah Group to help deliver the largest virtual rock concert in history


Rockin’1000 Global Gig – Friday, October 30th, 2020 at Global Village’s Main Stage and online streaming


  • Rockin’1000 will play four cover songs at the concert that are ranked amongst the greatest rock songs of all time
  • Musicians and singers from across the UAE and around the world still have time to register for a chance to perform in the Global Village Season 25 opening concert as part of Rockin’1000


Dubai, UAE, 2 September 2020: Global Village, the region’s leading multicultural family destination for culture, shopping, and entertainment has signed a sponsorship with Emirates and Jumeirah Group to support Global Village’s upcoming Season 25 opening concert.  The sponsorships and support provided by the airline will further amplify the highly anticipated event that has already generated widespread attention across all continents, capturing the imagination of millions since it was confirmed.


The show, in partnership with Arabian Radio Network, will be performed online by thousands of musicians and singers from around the world and streamed on Global Village’s Main Stage and across social platforms on October 30th. Emirates has revealed that the concert will also play on their award winning, in-flight entertainment system, ICE.


Rockin’1000, the biggest rock band on earth, has announced the first four songs to be played in the concert – Ramone’s version of ‘What a Wonderful World’, Status Quo’s ‘Rockin’ All Over the World,’ ‘You Get What You Give’ originally from the New Radicals and finally ‘We Will Rock You’ by Queen. These timeless classics were chosen for their worldwide appeal and the lyrics which are particularly relevant for this momentous occasion.


Hundreds of artists from over 70 different countries worldwide have already signed-up, and Global Village is delighted to provide local talent with a platform to showcase their passion and potential.


Jaki Ellenby, Executive Director of Marketing and Events, Global Village, said: “Here at Global Village, we celebrate diversity and are inspired every season by the seemingly limitless creativity of the people we welcome from cultures around the globe. That’s why we want to ensure that we celebrate our 25th season opening with a concert that people can enjoy no matter where in the world they are. By bringing together hundreds of artists of different ages, abilities and nationalities, we are promoting a spirit of togetherness, which transcends borders, generations and race. We are calling on talented musicians and singers to join us for this epic event as part of the renowned Rockin’1000 band.”


Adil Al Ghaith, Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations, Gulf, Middle East and Central Asia  for Emirates, said: “For Emirates, Destination Dubai remains a strong proposition, and teaming up with iconic landmarks in Dubai such as Global Village to support this unique virtual event is another way to showcase our home as well as connect talent from around the world through music. This is just the beginning and the city is gearing up to welcome more visitors in the coming months as we continue to safely and gradually restart flights across our network.”


Alexander Lee, Chief Commercial Officer, Jumeirah Group, said: “Everybody associated with Jumeirah Group is excited by the prospect of being involved in the largest virtual rock concert ever. We are proud to encourage diversity and accommodate all who travel in search of unforgettable memories. What makes this concert even more unique is that it will provide a platform for aspiring musicians to pursue their dreams, and Jumeriah Group has always supported special events of this magnitude.”


Rockin’1000 was created by Fabio Zaffagnini and his team five years ago when he brought together 1000 musicians to play in his home city of Cesena to convince his favourite band, the Foo Fighters, to add Cesena to their tour plan. Little did he imagine that what started as a stunt would become a worldwide phenomenon and that Rockin’1000 would soon play some of the biggest stadiums in the world. The band has gone from strength to strength ever since its debut performance and they are now recruiting hundreds of new members from the region to play in the upcoming concert, which will be broadcast by Arabian Radio Network.


Rockin’1000 is inviting musical talents from all corners of the world to perform in this epic event. Musicians and singers from across the UAE and around the world still have time to register for a chance to perform in the Season 25 opening concert as part of Rockin’1000 and win a trip to Dubai courtesy of Emirates.


Singers or musicians of any level can take part in this unique event, by auditioning through the Rockin’1000 website:




About Global Village

Global Village is the first family destination for culture, entertainment and shopping in the region and amongst the most visited worldwide with 42,000 guests on average per day. Since its inception, it has embodied different aspects of the world and created a smile on the faces of millions of guests every season. It is a unique and integrated open-air destination for shopping, dining and entertainment experiences from around the world. Global Villages offers guests the largest and most varied range of events, shows and activities in the region. This lively Festival experience takes guests on a journey rich in culture, cuisine and awe-inspiring entertainment. This inclusive destination offers exceptional value with an entry ticket price of just AED 15.


About Jumeirah Group:

Jumeirah Group, a member of Dubai Holding and a global luxury hotel company, operates a world-class 6,500+-key portfolio of 26 properties across the Middle East (including the flagship Burj Al Arab Jumeirah) Europe and Asia, with more properties currently under construction around the globe.

The health and safety of guests and colleagues is Jumeirah Group’s utmost priority. It has implemented a series of protective measures across all of its hotels, while strictly adhering to each market’s respective Government directives. Demonstrating Jumeirah’s commitment to operating its hotels to the highest global standards, seven of its hotels were recently awarded the Bureau Veritas Safeguard Label, with Jumeirah Al Naseem being the first hotel in the world to receive the prestigious certification. The Group is working closely with Bureau Veritas to certify its wider portfolio.


About Emirates

Emirates is an award-winning international airline with a global footprint across six continents, connecting passengers and facilitating global trade to and through its modern hub, Dubai. The airline operates one of the most modern and efficient aircraft fleet comprised of spacious and comfortable Airbus A380 and Boeing 777 aircraft. With a culturally diverse workforce from over 160 nations worldwide, Emirates caters to its global customer base by delivering exceptional services and world-class products. The airline also supports local communities worldwide and brings people together through its vast portfolio of international sports and cultural sponsorships. Since its inception, the airline has been recognised by more than 500 international awards for operational excellence, innovative services and industry leading products – making Emirates one of the world’s most recognized airline brands.


About Rockin’1000

In 2015, a marine geologist passionate about rock who had never organized an event before got help from his friends, who were insiders in the world of entertainment, to achieve the impossible. Fabio Zaffagnini’s goal: to gather 1000 musicians in a meadow to play “Learn to Fly” by the Foo Fighters in unison to convince the famous American group to perform in his city, Cesena. The video of the performance immediately went viral (today it has over 53 million views) and the Foo Fighters responded, accepting the invitation and adding a date to their tour. From this unexpected success, a format was born: Rockin’1000 – the Biggest Rock Band on Earth. The band has performed many concerts in stadiums and special locations, created an album produced with Sony Music Italy and the outbound film We Are The Thousand – directed by Anita Rivaroli, which tells the story of the band’s genesis and is currently nominated in some of the most important international film festivals. From an original idea by Fabio Zaffagnini, created with founders Claudia Spadoni, Martina Pieri, Mariagrazia Canu, Cisko Ridolfi and Anita Rivaroli, today Rockin’1000 is an award-winning company that carries out international projects and is invited to collaborate with partners around the world.


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