Knowing that the actual show would start at around 10pm, I wanted to go home first to change, put on my contact lenses, and get my DSLR camera, zoom lens and tripod. But again that plan was scrapped because Ate Ning said that we had to meet the others at Downtown Dubai since transportation was arranged and we would be leaving for the Autism Rocks Arena at 6:30pm. Home was at the other end of Dubai and I didn't want to get stuck in the middle of the Thursday traffic so I had no choice but to go to the agreed meeting place directly after work instead.
My sister and I met up in front of the building, walked on the red carpet that was laid out, showed the invitation she received, rode the lift that took us up, and were greeted by French-speaking ladies who gave us our bags with the badges and tickets (plus a small souvenir from Le Club Accor Hotels), and were offered warm towels, cocktails, juices and hors d'oeuvres as we chatted with the other guests and enjoyed the views.
bucket list item checked. Woohoo!
Then as 10 o'clock approached, the Arena began to fill up as the crowd excitedly waited for the concert to begin.
Finally, the ginger-haired celebrity we were all waiting for came out, wearing his trademark plaid shirt, amidst screams, squeals and shrieks by thousands of fans. Okay, we may not be fans, but I admit my sister and I were among those who screamed ☺ He started with "Castle on the Hill" first, and the way his nimble fingers swiftly played the guitar as he enthralled us with his voice…just wow!
Thanks again to my favorite sister ☺ for another "first time" opportunity. And of course, big thanks to Le Club Accor Hotels for the amazing #EliteExperience. We really had an awesome time!