Shakira concert 'will go ahead' - Emirates Palace

Pop star's Abu Dhabi gig will not be affected by Dubai ruler's New Year order.
Shakira concert 'will go ahead' - Emirates Palace
By Robert Morris
Wed 31 Dec 2008 09:54 AM

The Shakira concert in Abu Dhabi is going ahead on Wednesday night, quashing rumours it would be cancelled along with other New Year’s Eve celebrations in Dubai.

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum ordered the cancellation of all festivities to show support for Palestinians embroiled in the Gaza strip conflict.

The ruling led to speculation that the Shakira concert at Emirates Palace would be called off. But a spokeswoman for the hotel confirmed to Arabian Business that the Columbian-Lebanese singer will perform in Abu Dhabi.

“All events in Abu Dhabi, including the Shakira concert at Emirates Palace, are going ahead,” the spokesperson said.

On arrival at Abu Dhabi International Airport on Sunday, Columbian-Lebanese singer Shakira declared herself as much an Arab as a Latina.

Shakira added she was excited about performing in the region where her Lebanese father originates from.

Radio 1 DJs including Enzoo are scheduled to play at the concert venue before Shakira’s performance.

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