No Zayn, but no pain: One Direction stay the course in Dubai

Niall Horan, a member from the British band One Direction performs on stage during the ceremony of the '40 Principales Awards 2014' at Palacio de los Deportes in Madrid, Spain, on Friday, December 12, 2014. (AP)

Dubai exploded with energy yesterday evening with the beloved boy band One Direction proving they are doing just fine without newly-departed band member Zayn Malik.

Harry, Liam, Niall, and Louis gave Dubai a unforgettable concert while on their “On the Road Again” tour, only a week after Zayn unexpectedly announced his departure from the group.

Liam singled out a concert goer’s poster which read “Are you and Zayn okay?” to which he replied “We are good, I promise that.”

Despite being on the road again and traveling to multiple countries in the last few weeks, the band delivered an impressive, energetic two-hour set, while promoting their fourth studio album.

The magical night kicked off as the dazzling lights grew and a teaser from Clouds - the beloved boy band’s popular track - played in the background.

The crowd grew wild as the hunky foursome were then dwarfed by an enormous and colorful display of fireworks.

They then sprinted out to the front of the stage, looking dashing yet comfortable in the most casual clothing and continued the show with hits Steal My Girl, Midnight Memories, followed by Kiss You.

A sea full of smartphones and tablets gave a glow from the audience as onlookers attempted to capture the moment.

Charming the crowed with their ever-so-posh British accents, the band amiably chatted between tracks, praising their fans for supporting them on their journey.

Niall shouts, “We really appreciate you being there for the last five years – let’s keep it going, we’re
having a laugh.”

Harry Styles - who before finding fame worked in a bakery - definitely held the prize for being the crowd’s favorite as he received the loudest roars and gave every inch of the stage his presence, while Niall kept the audience interested with his constant chatter.

Niall kept up his incredible ability to play guitar on every track of the night, while his band member Louis shied away for most of the concert.

There was definitely multiple moments where the boys sparked waves of laughter, especially when Louis had tried to force feed Liam with a cheeseburger that had been thrown on stage.

The group were backed by a well-trained band throughout the entire night, and made sure to traverse all areas of the stage, giving thousands of screaming fans a glimpse of their infamous faces.

Each member of the crowd enthusiastically sang along with the boyband while some were screaming out “I love you” every two seconds out of pure excitement.

Final goodbyes were framed in the extravaganza when Liam declared, “I’ll give it to you Dubai – you’re the best audience we’ve had all tour,” and belted out their most classic tune, Best Song Ever.

The One Direction band made local history last night by staging the largest concert ever held in the UAE.

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