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.


Finland tops global happiness index for second consecutive year

Updated 20 March 2019
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Finland tops global happiness index for second consecutive year

  • The World Happiness Report ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens see themselves to be
  • Happiness has declined the most drastically in the past ten years in the 108th placed Venezuela

HELSINKI: Finland has topped an index of the happiest nations for the second consecutive year, with researchers saying the small Nordic country has succeeded in generating a happiness recipe not simply dependent on economic wealth.
The World Happiness Report, produced by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network, ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens see themselves to be. It’s based on factors including economic wealth, life expectancy, social support and freedom to make life choices.
The index, published Wednesday, showed the other Nordic countries did well, with Denmark, Norway and Iceland taking the next spots.
The United States dropped from the 18th to 19th place.
Happiness has declined the most drastically in the past ten years in the 108th placed Venezuela, currently in political crisis.