November 27, 2017 08:00 PM



A major player 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 AEG Ogden managed Dubai Arena.

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.

“As the CEO of live events company 117 Live, a Dubai based conglomerate with a large media and entertainment portfolio, Mr. Ovesen comes well equipped to handle the challenge of delivering a world-class events calendar for Dubai and the Middle East 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.”

Including 117 Live, Mr. Ovesen has spent almost 17 years with Mirage Promotions, AEG Live and Done Events and has a proven track record in events management and delivering large-scale concerts and is the recipient of many industry awards for achievements in the Middle East.

Mr Ovesen is looking forward to his new role and to be joining the AEG international family from the beginning of 2018.

"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. It is part of AEG Ogden’s growing network in the Asia Pacific region which includes arenas in Sydney, Brisbane, Perth and Newcastle and three in China, convention centres with entertainment theatre inclusions in Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur and Oman, plus the 52,000 seat Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane and will be a valued addition to AEG Facilities’ family of 150 plus iconic venues worldwide.

Strategically located at City Walk with close proximity to the Dubai International Airport and accessible via the Dubai Metro, 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.

About AEG Ogden

AEG Ogden is part of AEG Facilities of the United States, a division of AEG, the world’s leading sports and live entertainment company.

AEG Ogden manages venues throughout the Asia Pacific and Middle East, including Dubai Arena (opening April 2019), the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and adjacent Sports Centre, Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena, the Newcastle Entertainment Centre and Perth Arena, Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane; and convention and exhibition centres in Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur, Oman, and the ICC Sydney.
AEG Ogden is also the owner of National Basketball League (NBL) team, the Sydney Kings. More information


In addition, AEG Facilities and its affiliates, owns, operates or consults with more than 150 of the industry’s preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents. More information


About AEG Facilities


AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports and live entertainment company in the world.  AEG Facilities, a stand-alone division of AEG, and its affiliates owns, operates or consults with more than 150 of the industry’s preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents, providing complete venue management, as well as specialized programs in operations, guest services, ticketing, booking, sales and marketing. AEG Facilities also provides resources and access to other AEG-affiliated entities, including AEG Presents, one of the largest live music companies in the world, AEG Global Partnerships and AEG Real Estate, as well as such industry leading programs as AEG 1Earth and AEG Encore to support the success of its venues across the globe. The Los Angeles-based organization owns, operates or provides services to the world’s most elite venues, including STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater (Los Angeles, CA), StubHub Center (Carson, CA), Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO.), Valley View Casino Center (San Diego, CA), KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, KY.), American Airlines Arena (Miami, Fla.), Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.), Barclays Center (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), Oracle Arena and Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland, CA), PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, PA), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), Leesport’s Center (Beijing, China), The O2 Arena (London, England), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Berlin, Germany), Barclaycard Arena (Hamburg, Germany), SSE Hydro (Glasgow, UK), Qudos Bank Arena (Sydney, Australia), Ericsson Globe Arena (Stockholm, Sweden), Los Angeles Convention Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), Hawaii Convention Center (Honolulu, HI,) and the Oman Convention and Exhibition Center (Muscat, Oman). For more information, please visit


Date 27 November 2017


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