Meet the first all-Emirati, all-girl rock band

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It's a common enough scene, as the song has been a standard entry on the playlists of countless heavy rock bands for decades.

However there is nothing ordinary about the five musicians pumping out those familiar chords. They are Random Stars: the first Emirati all-girl rock band.

"Playing rock 'n' roll is awesome," says IT security student Bushra Hassan Al Hashimi, 22, who plays rhythm guitar. "We are the first girls from the UAE who play electric guitars as a band.

"It takes us away from the stress of homework and other college stuff - we play some music and we work on our songs. I've always liked rock 'n' roll."

The young women are all students at the Higher Colleges of Technology at Al Ain, and were brought together by English teacher Jackie Small from the UK. Remarkably, given the standard of their performance during an art exhibition at the college yesterday, only one of them had played an instrument before the band formed last year.

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