Eid is not only a time for celebrating with family and friends, but is also the holiday that ushers in the live music season. This year, nearly a dozen artists will be hitting the Emirati stage, representing a wide variety of styles for all ages and tastes.
Saudi singing legend Mohamed Abdo kicks off at the du Forum, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi on Saturday July 18. Known as ‘the Artist of the Arabs,’ Abdo's career spans over 50 years and has a pan-Arab fan base, drawn to his beautiful classical Arabic poems and songs.
“It is always a great pleasure for me to come and sing in the United Arab Emirates and perform in front of so many people who enjoy my music. To help celebrate Eid Al Fitr will make the night even more special for me and the crowd,” Abdo told What's On. “I can’t wait to be there and be part of a memorable evening in Abu Dhabi.” Tickets are on sale at www.ticketmaster.ae
In Dubai, Lebanese starlet Diana Haddad will be opening for Kuwaiti headliners Abdallah Al Rowaished and Nawal Al Kuwaitia at the Dubai World Trade Centre on July 23 followed by the rescheduled concert of Kadim Al Sahir and Hussain Al Jasmi, July 24. The incredible double bill was supposed to open the Dubai Shopping Festival back in January, but was cancelled out of respect for the passing of the late Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. Tickets available on www.platinumlist.net
Sunday 19th sees the return of Saudi singer Rabeh Saqer and Emirati-Yemeni singer Balqees whose successful partnership wowed the crowd last year. Saqer recently released a massive double album, so it remains to be seen whether he will go with tried and true hits or feature his new material.
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Also performing for Layali Dubai 2015 is Arab Idol judge Ahlam and Iraqi pop star Majid Al Muhandis on Monday at the Dubai World Trade Centre. This marks Ahlam's first full UAE show since releasing her new album Abathaddak last April.
(Photo courtesy of Listen Arabic)