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Combating Covid-19: How stars have come together online to keep the show running

Michael Gomes
Filed on April 8, 2020

Looking at various entertainment options during self-isolsation

Necessity is the mother of invention, and no other industry has taken this age-old saying more seriously than the entertainment industry during this time of crisis. As our favourite celebrities choose to practice social distancing, and live TV shows and movie screenings come to a standstill, stars have found unique ways to keep the show going. Though there's a level of uncertainty as to what the impact of Covid-19 will be on the industry with cinemas and concert halls shut down, digital media platforms have risen to the occasion and we can now enjoy top shows from around the globe from the comfort of our living rooms. Here's a look at what's happening on various entertainment fronts.

While cinema halls remain shut, Front Row Filmed Entertainment has come up with a unique solution for Dubai's movie lovers. They are premiering movie releases directly on Digital and OnDemand platforms, starting with Jesse Eisenberg's new film Resistance on April 13. The movie will be available to buy and rent on iTunes, Google Play, beIN ON DEMAND, OSN Store as well as all local platforms including Du, Etisalat E-Vision, Ooredoo, Vodafone, and OmanTel.

Many people seem to have been bitten by the Netflix bug, and even songs from their series have been trending. The younger bunch, however, have been busy with songs from TikTok challenges. Other streaming services like Amazon Prime and platforms like Instagram and YouTube have been putting up shows from around the world. Bollywood stars have upped their 'home game' and are now streaming amusing online videos of their activities in self-isolation. Watch what Katrina Kaif, Sarah Ali Khan and Preity Zinta are upto indoors. Musicians like Ehsaan Noorani, Vishal Dadlani, and Sonu Nigam, are entertaining fans with interactive sessions. Spotify has reported that more people are using devices in their homes now to stream music. There is an increased interest in news podcasts, and as parents work from home, they also noted an increase in music and podcasts for kids, particularly to help them sleep.

Ever dreamed of performing on Dubai Opera's stage? If you can sing, play an instrument or perform stand-up, now is your chance to prove your talent. All you have to do is to record a 90-second video and upload it on social media (Facebook, Instagram or Twitter) and hashtag #FromHomeToStage and tag @dubaiopera. The artist must be a UAE resident above 12 years old. The contest closes on April 18.
Live Nation are also on the lookout for new talent in Dubai. So if you think you've got it in you, all you have to do is to send a video recording of your talent to or upload your video on your Instagram page and hashtag #LiveNationME #newdiscovery

Live Nation's online initiative 'Live From Home' features performances and e-concerts from international and local artists like Danny Aridi, Hadi Sarieddine, Tabrak Comedy and Ashley J. Pop stars such as Dua Lipa, Miley Cyrus, Harry Styles and others have been streaming live from their lounges. James Corden has even converted his garage into a makeshift studio to broadcast his talk show and enagage with people. Watch the shows on
According to Anghami, people are listening to more music past their bedtime as they are staying awake till midnight. Baby sleeping music such as Sea Sound for Sushing Baby and White Noise for Baby Sleep are spiking at night. Listening to cooking playlists has doubled. Visit

For those interested in picking up Indian dance or musical skills, Dubai's Malhaar is offering online classes. You can pick up Indian vocal (Hindustani, Carnatic, Bollywood and light music), instruments (tabla, harmonium and keyboard/piano) and dance (Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi and Bollywood) lessons online. Email or contact 056- 4334258 for information.

On the podcasts scene, people are listening less because of less commute. However, Corona podcasts such as CNN's - Coronavirus: Fact vs Fiction got a lot of traction, also podcasts revolving around stories such as Artcoffe podcast and Vikings: The Nine Realms have found new audiences, according to Anghami.

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