Broadway in the UAE: Global Musicals That Took the Stage

Nothing beats those goosebumps you’d get from seeing a story come to life right before your eyes on a glistening brown stage. Magical in every sense of the way, broadway musicals are the ultimate top-tier form of entertainment.

For some time now, they have been taking over the theater scene across the UAE, with award-winning shows gracing the stage.

Very soon, the story that played in all our heartstrings for its portrayal of sheer perseverance, Life of Pi, is arriving on Abu Dhabi’s musical stage from November 15 to 17.

Seeing as how the UAE continues to be a staging ground for international musicals, we wanted to shed light on other global shows that hit the UAE’s theater stage:

The Lion King

No one can deny the dizzying rush of nostalgia that comes from tapping into one’s childhood. That’s why getting to see “The Lion King” come to life on the Abu Dhabi stage was a true treat for many. From Nov 16th to Dec 10th, 2022, the show graced Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Arena, letting everyone relive classics like “The Circle Of Life” and many more.

Beauty and the Beast

One of the longest-running and highest-grossing Broadway performances of all time, Beauty and the Beast, graced Dubai’s theater stage back in 2014. The adored classic brought the story of Belle and audiences even got to see the clock, tea cups, and candelabra come to life.

Mamma Mia!

Greek island paradise, 70s classic hits, and daring outfits make up the perfect recipe for one of the biggest musicals hitting the entertainment world, Mamma Mia.

Seeing that world come to life is a true treat, and that’s exactly what happened when the show hit up the Dubai stage from September 13 to 25 back in 2021.


Teaching us about American history through a modern and fresh mix of rap and hip-hop numbers is one of the most successful shows that hit Broadway, Hamilton.

When residents of the UAE found out that it’d be making a landing in Abu Dhabi, they were ecstatic. From January 17 until February 11, 2024, audiences got to marvel at its fresh take on musicals; with almost all of Hamilton sung, there’s very little spoken dialogue.

Being such a unique mix of shows all gracing the UAE stage showcases its rich diversity of entertainment. With Life Of Pi in the queue, be sure not to miss it and get tickets.

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