In 2010 I flew out to Bahrain to entertain the public in a string of shopping malls. I was part of an entertainment team hired by Viva (STC) to helpo launch their new mobile phone network (33). The booking was originally for one month but after such great success, we were invited to stay a further month, during the run up to F1.

The crew consisted of skaters, dancers, magicians and caricaturists, all dressed in Viva company colours and working in shifts for 10 hours a day! It was one of the hardest gigs I’ve ever worked, but a great education on how to entertain a whole crowd who cannot speak English. I came back a changed man and looked forward to my next UAE visit.

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