The weather was perfect on Thursday night as fans of Iraqi singer Kadim Al Sahir filtered into the Dubai Media City Amphitheatre. There was excitement in the air and, thankfully, parking and seating were a breeze.
Egyptian singer Sherine  took to the stage first. Although she was 45 minutes late, she made up for it with her wit and charm, interacting with the audience, joking around and expressing love to her fans. At one point she jokingly told a fan yelling out a song he wanted to hear, “It’s not up to you, it’s up to me!”
She kept the songs fresh by playing two of her most popular songs. She also sang 10 seconds of a song that hasn’t even been recorded yet, claiming she was in too good a mood to keep anything from her audience. Towards the end, she shocked everyone with a political statement about Egyptian president Mohammad Mursi when she sang a song about Egypt by acclaimed Arab legend, Umm Kulthum.
Overall, Sherine’s voice was flawless, proving that she earned every bit of her fan’s adoration.
Kadim Al Sahir’s performance was completely different, but equally magical. He came in at about 11pm and the crowd went wild. He said nothing; he simply smiled at the audience and began his performance.
For the first 10 minutes, the crowd was silent, spellbound by his voice and swooning to his words. It was as if every girl in the crowd felt like he was singing to her. His choice of songs was beautiful, but it seems it was not really what the crowd wanted. As Al Sahir kept going to his more recent songs, the crowd shouted for him to sing his classics ‘Laila’ and ‘Zidini ishqan’. He eventually caved in and the crowd went wild again.
He later took a second to thank the crowd for being there. His charm somewhat made up for him ignoring the audience for most of the concert.
Prior to his last song, he sang one of his upbeat songs, causing almost every one to get up and dance. A dabka circle broke out in the front of the crowd, and Al Sahir clearly enjoyed the mood, occasionally breaking into subtle dance every now and then.
At a few minutes past midnight, it was all over. But truly an amazing night, ranging from a bit of fun and quirky to deep and beautiful.
By Lameese Hajissa