Saudi entertainment authority cancels pop star Sherine’s concert

Egyptian pop singer Sherine Abdel Wahab. (Photo courtesy: social media)
Updated 17 November 2017
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Saudi entertainment authority cancels pop star Sherine’s concert

JEDDAH: Riyadh’s long-awaited music concert by Sherine has been canceled, the Saudi General Entertainment Authority (GEA) announced on Sunday.

The concert was set to be held at the end of October as part of the Sanad Children’s Cancer Support Association to support children with cancer.

The GEA, which confirmed the cancelation on its Twitter account, said that the organizers of the event did not apply for a permit for this type of concert.

Moreover, GEA called upon all agencies and companies that wish to organize similar events to reach out to it and obtain the necessary permit in accordance with the applicable regulations and to safeguard the rights of all parties concerned.

Earlier, the #Sherine_in_Riyadh hashtag went viral on Twitter following reported news that Egyptian singer Sherine will give a concert in the Saudi capital.

The director of the Sanad Children’s Cancer Support Association, Reem Al-Hujailan, explained to Makkah Newspaper that “the event is not a concert, but a charity dinner aimed at raising donations for the association through its various supporters and developing the society’s resources through donations and sale of dinner tickets.”

Al-Hujailan expected 400 to 500 high-society women will attend this special event. She pointed out that the occasion is not available by public cards, however through invitations and dinner tickets.

“The priority to buy tickets will be for members of the association and donors. Tickets may be available for sale if some are not sold to members and donors.” Al-Hujailan said.

The association has set the prices of dinner tickets between SR3,000-10,000 ($800-$2,667).

“The concert is not public, and I am concerned that the attendees should be interested primarily in the association and supporting it, not interested in an implied artistic performance,” Al-Hujailan concluded.


Saudi Arabia’s defense forces intercept missile fired by Houthis at Jazan

Updated 31 min 32 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia’s defense forces intercept missile fired by Houthis at Jazan

  • The missile was fired from the Yemeni city of Saadah, targeting residential areas occupied by civilians.
  • Houthi militia fired the missile at the city of Jazan in Saudi Arabia.

JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia’s air defense forces intercepted a missile fired toward the city of Jazan by Houthi militia at 10:50 a.m. local time on Thursday.
The spokesman of the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi militia in Yemen Turki Al-Maliki said the missile was fired from the Yemeni city of Saadah, targeting residential areas occupied by civilians.
The missile was intercepted and destroyed, no injuries were reported, Saudi Press Agency said.
Al-Maliki added: “This hostile action by the Houthi militia proves the Iranian regime’s continued involvement in supporting the rebels with qualitative capabilities in clear and explicit defiance of UN resolutions 2216 and 2231 that aim to safeguard the security of Saudi Arabia and the international community.”