Singer Sherine announces first Saudi concert following 2017 cancellation

The Egyptian singer will perform in Jeddah as part of Eid-al-Fitr celebrations, in partnership with Saudi Arabia's General Entertainment Authority
By Lubna Hamdan
Mon 14 May 2018 10:52 AM

In partnership with Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA), Sherine Abdel-Wahab, also known as Sherine, will perform to an all-female crowd in Jeddah on June 19 in celebration of Eid-al-Fitr, the singer told followers on her official Twitter account.

The announcement comes a year after the star cancelled a performance at a charity dinner in the more conservative city of Riyadh. She said organisers had failed to apply for the required permit to accommodate her performance, which was to be held as part of the Sanad Children’s Cancer Support Association.

Sherine is an internationally renowned Egyptian singer, actress, TV host and former judge on MBC talent show The Voice.

“Ladies of Jeddah and Saudi Arabia, I’m delighted to announce my first concert in Saudi Arabia will take place on June 19, if God is willing, in a private hall in King Abdullah Sports City,” her tweet said.

The concert is just one in a series of entertainment performances introduced by the GEA as part of an aggressive campaign by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to modernise Saudi Arabia and ultimately diversify its economy away from oil.

Traditionally, public concerts had not been allowed to take place in the ultra-conservative kingdom.

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