A major figure in the development of the live entertainment industry in the Middle East during the past 17 years, Thomas Ovesen has been appointed to a key strategic role at the upcoming Dubai Arena managed by AEG Ogden. Mr Ovesen was today announced as the venue’s Vice-President - Programming, becoming the first member of Chief Executive, Guy Ngata’s senior management team.
Announcing the appointment, AEG Ogden CEO and Chairman, Harvey Lister said securing Mr Ovesen was a coup not only for the venue but for the future development of the live entertainment industry in the region.
“Thomas oversaw the launch of the new Autism Rocks Arena and an impressive events calendar that featured among others Nicky Minaj, Gabriel Iglesias, Elton John , Bryan Adams, Guns ‘N Roses, Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran. It’s quality international standard acts such as those plus more that we’re looking to bring to Dubai Arena. His understanding of the region and the local live entertainment scene and its players will be vital to Guy and his management team as they plan an event schedule second to none anywhere, ahead of the Arena’s opening in 2019.”
Mr. Ovesen has spent almost 17 years with Mirage Promotions, AEG Live and Done Events and as CEO of live events company 117 Live, has a proven track record in events management and delivering largescale concerts and is the recipient of many industry awards for achievements in the Middle East.
"I am really excited joining Guy and the Dubai Arena project for what will be a game changer for live entertainment here in the Middle East. I intend tapping into the AEG touring and venue network and most importantly, working with all the regional promoters as well as the top talents, their agents and managers of the global touring and music world. I look forward to my team programming an unprecedented level and volume of top quality live events fitting for what is a state of the art indoor venue,” Mr. Ovesen said.
AEG Ogden will operate the 17,000 seat Dubai Arena on behalf of Meraas, a Dubai-based holding company committed to creating and delivering unique experiences. Dubai Arena will be a valued addition to AEG Facilities’ family of 150 plus iconic venues worldwide.
Strategically located at City Walk, the new venue will be at the heart of Dubai’s latest urban lifestyle destination surrounded by a plethora of hospitality, food and beverage, entertainment and shopping options. The arena has been designed to support a wide range of entertainment and sports events from smaller theatre style entertainment events to major concerts, basketball and ice hockey. The venue can be quickly transformed according to the scale of the event being held, regardless how small or big it is.