UAE and Dubai fans are issuing pleas for embattled pop star Rihanna to reconsider her decision to cancel her much-publicized and anticipated comeback concert in the nation May 28. According to sources close to the concert, Rihanna’s management contacted organizers to cancel the anticipated show last week, stating “it’s just not the right time for her”. However, upset fans say they wish Rihanna would reconsider returning to the stage. In fact, UAE’s Tabloid! publication wants fans to not “give up” and encourage the singer to “take the plunge and return to the stage in a positive atmosphere in Dubai” via its website and Gulf News.com According to Gulf News, calls to Rihanna’s management had not been returned at press time however, Vibe Event Management Agency has come forward to speak on the canceled show: “We want to share with you that Rihanna and her management will not be accepting to hold a public concert at this time as it is not appropriate timing for her,” said Yassin Matbouly of Vibe. “Vibe has been ready and was looking forward to putting this concert together for the crowd of the Middle East. We have sourced venues in both Dubai and Abu Dhabi and started looking into complying with her request to put the show on. This is very sad for us at this time knowing the concert will not happen, but we will not give up and we will continue to put our offer to Rihanna’s management for a future date.” Vibe also suspected that Rihanna had possibly underestimated the numbers and media attention when it came to performing a concert in the region. If the concert took place it would be Rihanna’s first show since the January 29th Pepsi Smash concert performed just before the NFL’s Superbowl XLIII.
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