Arab icons Assala Nasri, Nawal El-Kuwaitia set for Saudi concerts

Assala Nasri
Updated 18 December 2017
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Arab icons Assala Nasri, Nawal El-Kuwaitia set for Saudi concerts

RIYADH: Two women-only concerts will be held in Saudi Arabia in January, featuring Arab pop stars Nawal El-Kuwaitia and Assala Nasri, announced Rotana Audio & Visual Group, according to Sayidaty magazine.
“Rotana has received requests from the Saudi audience to hold concerts with several Arab singers,” Rotana CEO Salem Al-Hindi said during Kora Rotana, a Rotana Khalijia show.
He added: “The list of requested singers includes Wael Kfoury, Assi El-Helani, Najwa Karam, Elissa, Amr Diab, Mohamed Hamaki, Sherine, and Angham.”
Al-Hindi pointed out that the company is trying to meet the audience’s demands by organizing women-only and family concerts.
He also said that famous pop stars reached out to Rotana, including Fares Karam, El-Helani, and Kfoury, offering to perform concerts in Saudi Arabia soon.
The concerts come after Yemeni-Emirati singer Balqees Fathi and Lebanese soprano Heba Tawaji captivated the audience during female-only concerts in Jeddah and Riyadh, respectively, earlier this month.
Al-Kuwaitia, 51, is known as the Queen of Classic Music, Harp of Khaliji Song, the Gulf’s Fairooz and the Sun and Moon of Kuwait. She currently has 16 albums and has collaborated with many composers and poets.
Syrian music artist Nasri, 48, is one of the most popular singers in the Arab world and the daughter of late Syrian artist Mustafa Nasri. Nasri is famous for her strong, melodious voice. Her latest album “Mohtama bel Tafaseel” (Concerned with Details) released earlier this year.

 


Mo Salah’s wife: Egyptian women’s icon who shuns limelight

Updated 18 September 2019

Mo Salah’s wife: Egyptian women’s icon who shuns limelight

  • Salah prefers to keep his private life in general away from the glare of the media

CAIRO: Magi Sadeq, 25, is known for keeping a low profile in the media compared to the wives of other footballers. 

The wife of Liverpool and Egypt star Mohamed Salah has become something of a celebrity in her own right after appearing with her husband while maintaining a conservative look.

Salah prefers to keep his private life in general away from the glare of the media, but sometimes there is no escaping the spotlight for his wife and daughter.

Sadeq appeared with her husband at celebrations held by the Confederation of African Football when Salah won the African Player of the Year award. She also appeared with their daughter Makka during celebrations marking Salah’s winning of the Premier League Golden Boot award, and after Liverpool won the 2019 UEFA Champions League.

Sadeq was born and raised in Nagrig, a village in Gharbia where Salah was also born. It is the same place where they like to spend their holidays and special occasions whenever they have the chance.

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Sadeq appeared with her husband at celebrations held by the Confederation of African Football when Salah won the African Player of the Year award.

She has a twin sister, Mohab, and two other sisters, Mahy and Miram. Their parents were both teachers at Mohamed Eyad Al-Tantawi School, where she met the future Egyptian international.

Sadeq, who maintains a simple lifestyle, fell in love with Salah 10 years before they married. Their love story was the talk of the town where they lived.

They were married in 2013 as the player started taking his first steps in Europe with Swiss football club Basel. They married when he returned home for his first holiday.  

She keeps her husband connected to his rural roots. She doesn’t have any social media accounts, and unlike other footballer’s wives, she is not interested in appearance and makeup. She prefers to wear body-covering conservative clothes.

Sadeq and her twin sister both obtained their degrees in biotechnology from Alexandria University. She is responsible for her husband’s charity work in Egypt. Her neighbors say that she helps in buying the necessary home appliances and other needs of newly married couples. She also supervises charity work and regularly attends the special events staged by her village even though she has been made busier after her husband joined Liverpool.

Salah once said of his wife: “I am unfair to Magi as I give her the least of my time due to the nature of my work. I would like to thank her for her support and for being in my life.”