Ricky Martin to perform first Dubai gig in February

Ricky Martin
Updated 17 December 2017
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Ricky Martin to perform first Dubai gig in February

JEDDAH: Pop star Ricky Martin is all set to take the Dubai stage for the first time when he performs on the closing night of the 16th Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival 2018 on Feb. 23, 2018.
The Puerto Rican singer will headline the third and final day of the event at the Dubai Media City Amphitheater. Martin joins British pop/synth band Duran Duran (Feb. 21) and crooner John Legend (Feb. 22) at the annual event.
Although Martin visited Dubai in 2014 for a charity event, he has never performed in the emirate.
“His first-ever performance in Dubai, and at the Emirates Airline Dubai Jazz Festival, will amaze the audience and drive them into a frenzy,” said Anthony Younes, founder and CEO of Chillout Productions.
Martin is responsible for bringing Latin music to the forefront of mainstream pop with hits like “Living La Vida Loca,” “The Cup of Life” and “She Bangs.” He has sold over 70 million albums worldwide, including 95 platinum records, and continues to perform to sold-out stadium and arena audiences throughout the world.
His recent single “Vente Pa’ Ca” became one of the biggest hits of 2016, topping the charts worldwide. Martin’s tenth studio album, “A Quien Quiera Escuchar,” debuted at No. 1., and won “Best Latin Pop Album” at the 2016 Grammy Awards.


Prince William visits Jordan’s Roman ruins at Jerash

Updated 25 June 2018
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Prince William visits Jordan’s Roman ruins at Jerash

  • Britain’s Prince William visited the Roman ruins of Jerash in northern Jordan

AMMAN: Britain’s Prince William visited the Roman ruins of Jerash in northern Jordan on Monday, accompanied by his host Crown Prince Hussein bin Abdullah as part of a historic Middle East tour.
The two princes met children from Jordan and neighboring war-torn Syria during their visit to the site, 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Amman.
The visit to Jordan by the second in line to the British throne has been billed as a chance to bond with Hussein, a fellow graduate of Britain’s Royal Sandhurst Military Academy.
William was also due to meet British troops based in the kingdom, before heading across the River Jordan to Israel and the Palestinian territories.
The Duke of Cambridge and the heir to the Jordanian throne strolled along Jerash’s Colonnaded Street, a paved promenade lined with towering columns.
They also visited the Temple of Artemis, built on an elevated part of the site in honor of the goddess believed to protect the city, which was at its most prosperous in the third century.
When they reached the ancient site’s theater they were greeted by Syrian and Jordanian school children in traditional dress, who gave a performance including music and poetry.
The show was organized by the Makany Center, a UNESCO-backed program providing health and education to both Syrian and Jordanian pupils.
Some 650,000 Syrian refugees have registered with the United Nations in Jordan since fleeing their country’s seven-year war which was sparked by peaceful anti-government protests in 2011.
Amman estimates the actual number is closer to 1.3 million people and says it has spent more than $10 billion (8.5 billion euros) hosting them.
William paid tribute in a speech on Sunday to “the way in which you opened your doors to hundreds of thousands of refugees,” even as Jordan said the same day that it would be unable to host any new wave of asylum seekers.
His Middle East tour will see William become the first British royal to pay official visits to both Israel and the Palestinian territories.
William, who is president of the Football Association, was flying into Jordan as England thrashed Panama 6-1 in the World Cup on Sunday, but he caught a recording of the match on television at his host’s home.