Spectacular ‘Night of Arab Stars’ rings in New Year in Riyadh

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Female artists participating in the Arab Stars Night, accompanied by Rotana CEO Salem al-Hindi.

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, Jan 2: On Sunday evening, Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia, was treated to a spectacular concert titled “Night of Arab Stars” to celebrate New Year’s Day 2024. The event, held at the Mohammed Abdo Arena Theater, featured a stellar lineup including Lebanese artists Elissa and Nancy Ajram, Emirati sensation Ahlam, Egyptian icon Angham, Syrian songstress Asala, and Moroccan talent Asma Al-Munawar. The concert was organized by Rotana Audio and Video Company and supervised by the General Entertainment Authority as part of the Riyadh Season festivities.

The enchanting night began with Elissa, who captivated the audience with her hit song “Aishalak.” Angham followed with a soulful rendition of “Sidi Wasalak,” paving the way for Asma Al-Munawar to introduce a new song. Nancy Ajram then took the stage with “Ah W Noss,” and Ahlam followed with “Do You Know Why,” while Asala concluded the solo performances with “I Forgive You a Lot.”

The concert featured delightful duets, including Angham and Nancy performing Lebanese and Egyptian classics. Asala and Asmaa collaborated on a Moroccan song, while Elissa and Nancy showcased their harmonies on one of Elissa’s hits. Ahlam and Asmaa shared the stage for a performance, and Asala and Elissa delivered a powerful duo.

Angham treated the audience to renditions of old favorites, including Sabah’s “Hours, Hours” and Najat Al-Saghira’s “Two Roundabouts in the Streets.” Nancy Ajram was enchanted with Majda Al-Roumi’s “I Am Forbidden to Love You” and Shadia’s “If He Leaves You, Oh Ain.” Asala mesmerized with Warda’s “Listen to Me” and Abu Bakr Salem’s “Tell Me When Will I See You,” while Asmaa shone with Etab’s “Jani Al-Asmar” and Shadia’s “Live of Love.” Ahlam performed Rabab’s “Jurh,” Angham returned with Abdel Halim Hafez’s “Say the Truth,” and Elissa closed with Sabah’s “Yana Yana.”

Turki Al-Sheikh, the head of the Saudi Entertainment Authority, delivered a recorded speech praising the concert’s international caliber. He also lauded the efforts of Maestro Hani Farhat, announcing his acquisition of Saudi citizenship.

The grand finale saw Arab stars coming together on the stage of the Mohammed Abdo Arena, uniting their voices for a rendition of “Baad Kantum,” bringing the night to a majestic close.

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