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.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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