Celebrating its 18th year in 2020, Dubai International Jazz Festival is one of the Middle East’s longest-running and most successful annual music events. Over the years, the festival has gained a reputation for bringing together some of world’s biggest names in music, on the most diverse line-ups seen anywhere in the region. With previous iterations of the festival starring the likes of Carlos Santana, Sting, Sandi Thom, James Blunt, Alicia Keys, Snow Patrol, Toto and countless others, this year saw the three nightly headline slots taken by singer-songwriter and former Fugees member, Lauryn Hill; US pop-rock band, One Republic; and soul legend, Lionel Richie.

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