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Video Games Live makes Middle East debut in Dubai on Dec. 14

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Video Games Live, the world-touring concert featuring music from video games, will be performed in the Middle East for the first time tomorrow, Dec. 14, at the Dubai World Trade Center in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Video Games Live also announced the signing of a deal with Dubai-based event organizer Cyclops Communications under which the concert series will return to the region, and make its way to new destinations such as India, over the next five years.

"The excitement level for VGL in the Middle East has been overwhelming," said creator Tommy Tallarico. "The national coverage we've received so far has been unprecedented and we look forward to performing in front of our newest 4,000 friends this Friday and returning for the next 5 years with a new show each and every year."

Tomorrow, orchestral director Emmanuel Fratianni will lead the United Arab Emirates National Symphony in a three-hour show featuring Atari founder Nolan Bushnell; Blizzard Entertainment audio director Russell Brower; God of War composer Gerald Marino; Martin Leung, the Blindfolded Pianist; and flutist Laura Intravia, better known as Flute Link.

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