The Six: Pop stars unite for the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi kick-off concert

Canadian crooner Avril Lavigne will perform at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on March 14. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 14 March 2019
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The Six: Pop stars unite for the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi kick-off concert

DUBAI: A stellar line-up of musicians will take to the stage for the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi on March 14. 

Avril Lavigne

Canadian crooner Avril Lavigne will perform at the Zayed Sports City Stadium on March 14 and will most likely entertain the crowd with her latest release, “Head Above Water.”

Luis Fonsi

Also set to take to the stage at the Zayed Sports City Stadium is Puerto Rican singer Luis Fonsi, who is best known for his smash hit single “Despacito.”

Paul Oakenfold

Three-time Grammy Award nominee British DJ Paul Oakenfold, who has released more than 100 remixes for over 100 artists over the years, will also take to the stage.

Tamer Hosny

Egyptian pop sensation Tamer Hosny, nicknamed “King of the Generation” by his fans, will get the crowd cheering with his well-known hits.

Hussein Al-Jassmi

A few months after Emirati singer Hussein Al-Jasmi performed at the annual Christmas concert in the Vatican in December, the artist will take to the stage in Abu Dhabi.

Assala Nasri

Syrian singer Assala Nasri rounds out the line-up of performers. Known for her powerful voice and dramatic stage gowns, she will no doubt get the crowd going with her popular hits.  


‘Get ready,’ Dammam: Pitbull promises fans that he’ll see them in Saudi Arabia on Friday

Updated 22 March 2019
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‘Get ready,’ Dammam: Pitbull promises fans that he’ll see them in Saudi Arabia on Friday

  • The rapper was delayed temporarily in Iceland
  • Pitbull’s concert has been rescheduled to 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon

DAMMAM: American superstar rapper Pitbull apologized to Saudi fans for his rescheduled performance at Asharqiah Music Festival on Thursday with a video message on Friday morning, promising them that he would make it up to them on Friday afternoon.

The rapper was delayed temporarily in Iceland, causing him to miss his previously scheduled concert on Thursday night as part of the Sharqiah Season music festival.

In a video posted on Twitter, Pitbull held a hand over his heart as he explained the situation to fans. “I just wanna say, first of all, we apologize to Saudi Arabia. We got in a little jam here in Iceland, but Saudi Arabia, get ready, 'cause we’re coming to perform today at 4 p.m., special performance at Dammam. So make sure you keep your tickets, and get ready to have a great time. With that said once again, we appreciate the love. See y’all soon!”

In his stead, DJ Tiesto performed at the concert on Thursday night, followed by the scheduled performance by Canadian DJ Deadmau5. The performance, which ended at nearly 1 a.m., saw flocks of fans congregate at Dammam’s Life Park to enjoy the music.

Pitbull’s concert has been rescheduled to 4 p.m. on Friday afternoon instead, which will then be followed by the regularly scheduled performances of American rapper Akon, Moroccan-American rapper French Montana and Egyptian singer Amr Diab.

The festival also features food trucks, an entertainment area and  merchandise stalls.

The Asharqiah Music Festival is one of 83 events planned throughout the Eastern Province for the Sharqiah Season, which runs from March 14 to 30.