Thomas Ovesen returns to AEG
Danish-born Thomas Ovesen has been named the first member of the leadership team at the 17,000-seat Dubai Arena for AEG Ogden..

Oversen will take on the role of VP, programming.

Oversen previously oversaw the launch of Autism Rocks Arena, Dubai, and was the CEO of 117 Live, a Dubai-based conglomerate with a large entertainment portfolio.

It is the first hire for new Dubai Arena GM Guy Ngata, who joined the project in August, and marks a similar return to AEG for Ovesen, who previously headed up AEG Live in the Middle East.

“Thomas oversaw the launch of the new Autism Rocks Arena and an impressive events calendar that featured, among others, Nicki Minaj, Gabriel Iglesias, Elton John, Bryan Adams, Guns N’ Roses, Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran,” says AEG Ogden CEO Harvey Lister, commenting on the appointment. “It’s quality, international-standard acts such as those, plus more, that we’re looking to bring to Dubai Arena.

“His understanding of the region and the local live entertainment scene and its players will be vital to Guy and his management team, as they plan an event schedule second to none anywhere ahead of the Arena’s opening in 2019.”