Enrique Iglesias discovers Syria
The current crisis in the Middle East had almost overshadowed the upcoming grand international musical event, which is the first of its kind to take place in Syria after over thirty years.
Extensive and long negotiations were held with international superstar Enrique Iglesias to come to Damascus and perform.
Enrique was very hesitant about coming to Syria, especially since he considered the Middle East as a ‘Red Zone’ stating that it was too dangerous to visit. The singer finally agreed to perform at the first international musical event, but had sent his British business manager, Peter Brightman, along with five of his crew to Syria to ensure that the conditions are safe enough for him to perform.
Brightman and the accompanying crew were astonished with the atmosphere of Damascus and the general feeling of security displayed by people. One of the things that had amazed him was the sound of the call for prayers that was heard from mosques and the sounds of church bells showing that Muslims and Christians live in harmony with one another.
Brightman had decided to extend his stay to Syria to be able to visit as many historical sites as possible. Once the trip ended, Brightman headed to the United States of America, where Enrique resides, and an official acceptance letter to perform at the proposed event was sent from the singer.
The event is scheduled to take play July 4, 2007.