Egyptian singing star Tamer Hosny to give first show in KSA

Egyptian singer Tamer Hosny performs in Stockholm, Sweden on February 9, 2017, as part of his ongoing Europe Tour 2018. (Still image from a video shared by Tamer Hosny on Facebook)
Updated 11 February 2018
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Egyptian singing star Tamer Hosny to give first show in KSA

JEDDAH: Popular Egyptian singer Tamer Hosny announced on Sunday on his official Instagram account that he will give his first-ever concert in Saudi Arabia in Jeddah at the King Abdullah Economic City on March 30.
Tamer Hosny (@tamerhosny), who has 8.6 million followers on Instagram, posted a photo on Sunday with a caption saying “Stay tuned for the 30th of March, I will have my first concert in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, I am very honored with this opportunity. It is going to take place in King Abdullah Economic City.”
The news went viral on social media and was widely shared. There are no details yet about the organizing company, and the entertainment authority has not yet confirmed the news.
Hosny was born in 1977 in Cairo. He is a pop singer, composer, actor, producer, songwriter and author. He is also one of the three judges for the Arabic version of "The Voice Kids" TV show on MBC1.
He has acted in several movies and series. He is nicknamed “King of Generation” by his fans.


Ancient Afghan citadel collapses, cultural heritage sites at risk

Updated 15 June 2019
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Ancient Afghan citadel collapses, cultural heritage sites at risk

  • The old citadel known as Ghaznain Fort originally had 36 towers, but 14 of the towers had collapsed in recent years
  • The fort is one of dozens of unique historic sites in Afghanistan in urgent need of protection

GHAZNI, Afghanistan: An ancient tower dating back 2,000 years in the historic Afghan city of Ghazni collapsed this week, local officials said, raising concerns about the vulnerability of the country’s cultural heritage and the government’s ability to protect them.
The old citadel known as Ghaznain Fort originally had 36 towers, but 14 of the towers had collapsed in recent years due to decades of war, heavy rain and neglect.
The fort is one of dozens of unique historic sites in Afghanistan — ranging from the pre-Islamic Buddhist center in the Bamyan valley to the 12th century minaret of Jam in a remote area of Ghor province — in urgent need of protection.
Officials in Ghazni, which nearly fell to the Taliban last year in some of the heaviest fighting seen in the war, said the tower collapsed on Tuesday following heavy rain. A short video posted on social media shows it crumbling but local residents say negligence also contributed to its collapse.
“The government paid no attention to the sites and didn’t build canals to divert flood water,” said Ghulam Sakhi, who lives near the citadel.
“We have warned the government about the dire condition of the citadel but no one visited,” Sakhi said.
Mahbubullah Rahmani, acting director of culture and information in Ghazni, said heavy rain and recent fighting had contributed to the tower’s collapse but said the government was working on a plan to protect the site from complete destruction.
He said a German archaeologist had worked at the site as recently as 2013.
Ghazni, a strategically vital center on the main highway between Kabul and southern Afghanistan and two hour drive from the capital, is home to a range of cultural and archaeological artefacts, some of which date back to pre-Islamic period.
The province and its cultural heritage was officially declared as Asian Capital of Islamic Culture in 2013 by the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, a Morocco-based body created in 1981, supported by UNESCO.
The collapse of the tower in Ghazni follows concern over the condition of the 900-year-old Minaret of Jam, in Ghor, which has been on the UNESCO List of World Heritage Properties in Danger since 2002.
The Taliban during their austere regime from 1996-2001, before they were toppled by the US and coalition force in late 2001, blew up two giant Buddha statues in central Bamiyan province, calling them idols.