"Rihanna and her management will not be accepting to hold a public concert at this time as it is not appropriate timing for her," Yassin Matbouly of Vibe Entertainment Management Agency, the company that would have been staging the Dubai gig, confirmed in a statement [via gulfnews.com].
Matbouly added that the star remained interested in performing in the region. "Rihanna's management contacted us on Saturday and explained she was unable to come to the United Arab Emirates in May, but said she is keen to still perform in the region. We will not give up and we will continue to put our offer to Rihanna's management for a future date."
The date of the original concert (which was slated to accommodate 25,000 fans) happens to coincide with the next court hearing for Brown's double felony case.