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No ‘Beliebers’ in Oman? Critics confused over muffled ticket sales

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Canadian teen sensation Justin Bieber had his hopes dashed when his show in Oman, scheduled for May 6, was canceled due to low tickets sales.

“Alive Entertainment regret to announce that the Oman show will no longer take place,” the organizers posted on their website justinbieberoman.com Wednesday.

But some media reports mulled a different reason over Beiber’s show cancelation, saying the concert was scrapped due to opposition from conservatives in Oman.

Others suggested a whole new different reason.

According to Turki Al-Beloushi, a journalist who runs popular Arabic news portal in Oman, albaladoman.com, there were no signs of opposition, Beloushi told Gulf News on Saturday.

“I only saw some Tweets in English about the show and its cancellation; there has been nothing about it in Arabic media and not even in local web forums,” he said.

To make up for the cancelation, Alive Entertainment said in an official statement that the pop singer will perform in an additional show in Dubai due to overwhelming regional demand.

“Ticket holders for Oman who purchased online from Box Office ME will be contacted directly and will either be able to avail of swapping their tickets to equivalent concert tickets to the new Dubai date or get a full refund.”

The concert in Dubai, marks Bieber’s second visit to the Middle East and the emirate.