Emirati singer Shamma Hamdan, Saudi Dalia Mubarak set for Riyadh gig

Shamma Hamdan
Updated 12 December 2017
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Emirati singer Shamma Hamdan, Saudi Dalia Mubarak set for Riyadh gig

JEDDAH: Emirati singer Shamma Hamdan and Saudi Dalia Mubarak are set to perform in Riyadh early next year, the Kingdom’s General Authority for Entertainment has announced.
“Riyadh Nights” will be held on Jan. 26 and will feature the two popular Arab singers in a female-only concert.
Hamdan was the first UAE woman to make it to the finals of “Arabs Got Talent” in 2012. She was barely 18 when she auditioned for the live singing competition.
She impressed the judges with her performance on the acoustic guitar and playing other instruments. The singer, considered one of the UAE’s most popular vocalists and performing artists, is known for mixing Khaleeji, pop, rock and flamenco elements in her music, as well as her signature haircut.
In 2013, Hamdan made an appearance on the global TV show Coke Studio with British singer Jay Sean. The duo performed a fusion rendition of Sean’s hit single, “Down.”
Khaleeji folk singer Dalia Mubarak, also a former “Arabs Got Talent” contestant, sings both in Arabic and English.
The Riyadh-born singer began her artistic life in 2012. She performed during a musical evening for the cultural section of the French Embassy in Riyadh.


‘Unusual air activity’ over Ireland sparks investigation

Updated 13 November 2018
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‘Unusual air activity’ over Ireland sparks investigation

  • The Irish Aviation Authority said it was looking into “reports from a small number of aircraft”
  • The bright lights were seen Friday morning by pilots from British Airways and Virgin Atlantic

LONDON: Irish aviation officials are investigating reports of bright lights moving quickly in the skies over Ireland.
The Irish Aviation Authority said Tuesday it was looking into “reports from a small number of aircraft” about what was called “unusual air activity” on Friday.
“The report will be investigated under the normal confidential occurrence investigation process,” the authority said in a statement.
Press reports indicate the bright lights were seen Friday morning by pilots from British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.
The airlines did not immediately respond to request for comments.