Entertainment events postponed to mourn Saudi king's death

UAE declares 3-day mourning on account of the death of King Abdullah

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Sun 25 Jan 2015, 12:32 AM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 10:32 PM

Dubai/Sharjah: A number of upcoming entertainment events have either been cancelled or postponed for three days due to the demise of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, King of Saudi Arabia.

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing in Dubai, and its agency, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment has announced the cessation of all entertainment and musical activities related to the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) for three days starting from Friday, January 23 to Sunday, January 25.

Part of Dubai Shopping Festival, performances by Abdallah Al Rowaishid and Nawal El Kuwaitia will not take place.

Also cancelled is the performance and album launch by independent Lebanese artist Tania Saleh, scheduled to take place at South Ridge Park in Downtown Dubai.

Concerts will resume with two final shows. On Thursday, Palestine’s Mohammed Assaf will perform up with Emirati-Lebanese Diana Hadid. The following night UAE's Hussain Al Jaimi will pair up with Iraq's Kadim Al Sahir for the final performance.

The free concerts on Friday by music ensemble Tabadoul Orchestra, at Abu Dhabi Theatre, and on Sunday at the Madinat Theatre Dubai have been shelved.

Still on track is the Jashn-E-Ishq sufi music concert featuring Pakistani singer Abida Parveen at Dubai Tennis Stadium. 

Many events await an official announcement including Sangam – A World Music Confluence concert, featuring Grammy award-winning Indian maestro Pandit Vishwamohan Bhatt, at Madinat Theatre, Dubai, Desi Laughs, with AIB and Abish Mathew, at the Dubai Community Theatre & Arts Centre.

El Roumi concert in Sharjah

In a statement issued on Friday, the Management of Al Majaz Amphitheatre, affiliated to the Sharjah Media Centre (SMC), announced the postponement of the charity concert by Lebanese singer Majida El Roumi which was scheduled to be held on Friday. It will now take place on January 26.

The announcement was made due to the death of King Abdullah and the declaration of a three-day mourning period in the UAE.

The concert is organised to raise funds for and support the “Big Heart Foundation”, a humanitarian initiative launched by Shaikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness Dr Shaikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah and UNHCR Eminent Advocate for Refugee Children, to provide protection to refugee children worldwide and ensure a better future for them. Proceeds of the concert will go to the foundation and donations will be collected from the audience during the performance. For further information about the concert and the new date, the audience can contact the Management of Al Majaz Amphitheatre, or visit www.ticketmaster.ae.

The entertainment at Sharjah World Music Festival, featuring Syrian singer Lena Chamamyan and Lebanese singer Oumeima El Khalil remains indefinitely postponed.


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