Syrian singing star Assala Nasri heads to Riyadh for women-only Eid concert

Syrian singer Assala performs during the 15th annual Murex d’Or awards ceremony held at the Casino Du Liban in Maameltein north of Beirut on June 4, 2015. AFP
Updated 10 June 2018

Syrian singing star Assala Nasri heads to Riyadh for women-only Eid concert

  • Nasri won last year’s “Best Arab Singer Award” for her latest album, “Mohtama bel Tafaseel”
  • Eid programs organized by the governorates of different provinces will include fireworks, stunt shows and opera

RIYADH: Chart-topping Syrian singing sensation Assala Nasri will deliver her first Saudi performance at a women-only concert in the capital on June 20 to mark Eid Al-Fitr.

Nasri is known for her live performances and the show is expected to draw a large Arabic-speaking audience to Riyadh’s King Fahd Cultural Center (KFCC).
The singer and TV host has promoted the show with a Twitter post captioned: “In Riyadh, my soul is always renewed and my family is there. There I started, and there my voice becomes a child again that throws himself in the arms of hearts that I am connected to.”
“Assala’s fans are waiting for the day when she will entertain them with her mesmerizing voice,” said Musaed Al-Mikhlafi, KFCC technical manager, on Saturday.
“KFCC has world-class sound, light and technical logistics to organize such concerts in cooperation with the General Entertainment Authority (GEA) and other relevant government agencies.”
Adilah Al-Askar, a student at King Saud University, said: “I am happy to be attending the concert because Assala is my favorite Arab singer.”
The singer also hosts a TV program, “Soula,” on Al Hayat TV and Dubai TV that presents guest artists and musicians.
Nasri won last year’s “Best Arab Singer Award” for her latest album, “Mohtama bel Tafaseel” (“Concerned with Details“) released in 2017, which topped the charts.
Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Nasri, who is a Syrian but also holds Bahraini nationality, has supported the Syrian rebels and strongly opposed Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Jeddah will also host a women-only concert featuring renowned Egyptian singer Sherine Abdel Wahab for the first time at King Abdullah Sports City on June 19, Al-Mikhlafi said.
Other Eid programs organized by the governorates of different provinces will include fireworks, stunt shows and opera.


G20 discusses long-term vision for the digital economy

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G20 discusses long-term vision for the digital economy

  • Members from G20 countries, guest countries, international and regional organizations met virtually

RIYADH: The G20 Digital Economy Taskforce (DETF) held consecutive virtual meetings on June 3 to June 4 to discuss a comprehensive approach to digital economy policymaking and the future of digitalization.

Members from G20 countries, guest countries, international and regional organizations, addressed the relevance of digitalization in maintaining business operations following the COVID-19 outbreak.

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Data Flows, Smart Cities, Digital Economy measurement and Digital Security were also on the agenda as well as the Connecting Humanity 2030 initiative.

Delegates also discussed digitalization in the context of the current crisis with a long-term vision for the best use of digital tools to build economic resiliency and promote job retention.

Prior to the DETF meeting, on June 1, the Dialogue on Trustworthy AI in Pandemic Response brought together experts from both the public and private sectors, and academia to explore the optimal role of government in Artificial Intelligence.

The potential use of the technology in diverse sectors was raised, along with how AI can be an efficient tool in pandemic responses. The Dialogue also examined the G20’s role in policy discussions and the long-term inclusion of AI on the G20 agenda.

G20 Digital Economy Ministers will review and continue the work of the Taskforce at their meeting on July 22-23.