Fans go wild for Lebanese star Elissa in first-ever Arabic ‘Carpool Karaoke’

A video of Lebanese pop star Elissa on the first-ever episode of the show “Carpool Karaoke Arabia” has gone viral. (Photo courtesy: @CarpoolKraokeAr)
Updated 20 February 2018
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Fans go wild for Lebanese star Elissa in first-ever Arabic ‘Carpool Karaoke’

DUBAI: A video of Lebanese pop star Elissa singing along to hit Arabic song “3 Daqat” on the first-ever episode of the show “Carpool Karaoke Arabia” has gone viral after it was posted online this week.
The show, which is hosted by Saudi singer Hisham Al-Howaish, is set to feature Arab performers who sing along to well-known hits as the host drives them around town. It is the Arabic-language version of “Carpool Karaoke,” which features on British TV celebrity James Corden’s hit US show.
Fans went wild on social media over Elissa’s rendition of “3 Daqat” by Egyptian singer Abu featuring Yousra — a song that has already proved wildly popular across the Arab world.
The video, in which Elissa flies in on a helicopter before being driven around by the host, was posted on the official social media pages of Carpool Karaoke in Arabic and drew hundreds of excited comments.
“Carpool karaoke Arabia with (Elissa) is one of the best Arabic TV shows I’ve seen in a while. Pure entertainment, fun and wit. The team has done a good job … Arabizing it,” one Twitter user said.
The Lebanese singer sang several songs with the presenter, including her song “Law” and “La ‘Ayoun” by Gulf artist Rashed Al-Majid.
Earlier this month, James Corden himself invited fans to watch the Arabic version of the show in a video tweeted by @CarpoolKaraokeArabia.
“I’m truly excited to tell you that your own version of Carpool Karaoke is coming to the Middle East. Take a ride and sing with your favorite stars on Carpool Karaoke Arabia,” he said.
The show is featured on Dubai TV and music fans cannot wait to see what — or who — else will appear.


Big-screen business in Saudi Arabia will be billion-dollar industry by 2030

Saudi Arabia is expected to become a significant box office market. (AFP)
Updated 23 September 2018
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Big-screen business in Saudi Arabia will be billion-dollar industry by 2030

  • Saudi has huge opportunities and is expected to become a significant box office market worth $1 billion (SR3.75 billion)

DUBAI: The big-screen business in Saudi Arabia will be a billion-dollar industry by 2030, according to experts, as regional and global movie operators queue up for a ticket into the Kingdom’s hugely profitable movie market.
Saudi Arabia is expected to amass the largest share of the cinema business in the Arabian Gulf region by 2030, with hundred of cinemas and thousands of screens set to open across the Kingdom over the next 12 years.
Within months of Saudi Arabia formally ending a 35-year-long ban on cinemas, three cinema operation licenses were awarded to operate in the Kingdom, the first was to AMC Theaters, an American chain owned and operated by Wanda Group. It opened the Kingdom’s first modern cinema on April 18 and plans to open around 40 cinemas in 15 cities in Saudi Arabia over the next five years, and between 50 to 100 cinemas in about 25 cities by 2030.
Shortly after, the second license was awarded to VOX Cinemas, now one of Saudi Arabia’s biggest movie operators. It plans to open 600 screens in Saudi Arabia in the next five years, the same number of screens as the company’s regional footprint combined.
In July, it was announced the the third license had been awarded to the Al-Rashed United Group — Empire Cinema — which plans to build 30 theaters in the country over the next three years. And last month, a fourth license was awarded to Lux Entertainment Co., which plans to open 300 cinemas across the Kingdom within five years.
VOX, which plans to open 80 new screens over the next 12 months, says the Kingdom will form half of its overall revenues in the Middle East over the next five years.
“Saudi has huge opportunities and is expected to become a significant box office market worth $1 billion (SR3.75 billion),” said Cameron Mitchell, CEO of Majid Al-Futtaim Cinemas, of which VOX Cinemas is a subsidiary.
He said the Kingdom’s box-office market is expected to become “one of the largest” in the world, with a majority of its 32-million population under the age of 30. “The market is massive and full of opportunities as the population is young and enthusiastic about cinema.”
Will Saudi Arabia ever host the world premiere of a Hollywood movie? No one’s saying right now, but with such a covetable box-office market, it may only be a matter of time.