Elton John World News: Breaking UAE Show And Auction Developments

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Wednesday 23 January 2008 @ 16:26 - GMT


Above is a photo of Elton, playing the Emirates Palace last night.

One of the main sponsors was du, the UAEs new telecom operator.

To mark the occasion, du distributed 500 tickets to 250 top mobile users across the region (based on the last three months).
Hala Badri, Vice President, Corporate Communications of du said: This is a great opportunity for music enthusiasts to experience the one and only Sir Elton John live in concert. Adding life to life is what we do and this opportunity promises to be a unique experience for the UAE.

Jeremy Hanson is one person who experienced a unique experience.

The 10-year-old American, who has become affiliated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation group, wanted to meet his idol, Sir Elton.

His dream came true, and the singer asked the Kansas resident if he had one last aspiration, why would it be?

Jeremy, having never visited the area, immediately said that his final, dying wish, would be to see Elton perform in either Dubai or Abu Dhabi.

Coincidentally, Elton's management told him that they were approached by Talent Brokers in Dubai, an event management company who wanted to bring Elton to the UAE for a second concert (his first was in Dubai in 2002).

Elton, who had already become emotionally attached to Jeremy, urged his management to follow up on the concert, so that the youngster could have his desire filled.

So Hanson and his family flew first class to Abu Dhabi to see the musician's show. And Jeremy got to sit in the first row.

When Talent Brokers heard about the boy, they decided to jump in on the charity bandwagon.

The result is that Elton and Talent Brokers have teamed up for more than just a one-off concert.  . . . The songster has volunteered to participate in a rare auction which will be organised by Talent Brokers.

It's to feature an assortment of Elton's sunglasses.

All the money raised from the auction goes to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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