Mariah Carey, Hussain Al-Jassmi to perform at free Expo 2020 concert in Dubai

The stars will perform at a free concert. (AFP)
Updated 07 October 2019

Mariah Carey, Hussain Al-Jassmi to perform at free Expo 2020 concert in Dubai

DUBAI: US superstar singer Mariah Carey, along with the Emirati star Hussain Al-Jassmi, will perform in Dubai this month at a celebration to mark one year until Expo 2020. 

The free-to-attend concert will be held at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, on Oct. 20, kick-starting the “One Year to Go” countdown to Expo 2020 Dubai.




Hussain Al-Jassmi will perform at Burj Park, Downtown Dubai. (AFP)

In addition to the concert, free festivities are set to take place in every emirate from 5pm to 10pm, topped off by a projection on the Burj Khalifa, with a countdown moment at 8.20pm that will mark the precise time the next World Expo is set to launch on Oct. 20, 2020.

Simultaneous festivities will take place across the other six emirates at Louvre Abu Dhabi, Al Majaz Waterfront in Sharjah, Ajman Museum, Umm Al Quwain Corniche, Al Qawasim Corniche in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah Fort.

To enquire about tickets, fans can visit expo2020dubai.com/1YTG

 

Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, executive director, of the Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, said: “As we celebrate a momentous milestone on the journey to Expo 2020, there is an ever-growing sense of excitement and togetherness throughout the UAE. This will be reflected in the seven One Year to Go events around the emirates, showcasing the inclusive and collaborative spirit of the UAE.

“Across the nation, people of all ages and backgrounds will enjoy an evening of unparalleled entertainment and excitement. We’re delighted to welcome two stellar musical acts to the Dubai stage with Mariah Carey and Hussain Al-Jassmi. The seven celebrations will not only wow everyone, they will also serve as a glimpse into why Expo 2020 will be the World’s Greatest Show.”

 


Sheikh Zayed Book Award winners announced despite lack of ceremony

The winner of each category took home a prize of $204,192. File/Shutterstock
Updated 08 April 2020

Sheikh Zayed Book Award winners announced despite lack of ceremony

DUBAI: Today, the winners of the 2020 Sheikh Zayed Book Award were announced, despite the awards ceremony not going ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A record-breaking year for submissions saw seven awards go to recipients hailing from six countries: the UK, US, the Netherlands, Iraq, Tunisia and Palestine.

A total of 1,900 nominations from 49 countries - 22 Arab and 27 foreign countries - were submitted for the 14th  Sheikh Zayed Book Award across its nine categories.

Salma Khadra Al-Jayussi, 94, was awarded Cultural Personality of the Year for her contribution to Arabic literature and culture.

The prize for literature went to Tunisian poet Moncef Ouhaibi for his book “Belkas ma Qabl Al-Akheera.”

Meanwhile, The Young Author award went to Iraqi writer and academic Hayder Qasim for his book “ilm Al-Kalam Al-Islami fi Derasat Al-Mustashrikeen Al-Alman.”

Palestinian-American author Ibtisam Barakat clinched the Children’s Literature award for her book “Al-Fatah Al-Laylakeyyah.”

Other winners included Tunisian translator Mohamed Ait Mihoub, Dutch author Richard van Leeuwen and London’s Banipal Magazine.

The winner of each category took home a prize of $204,192.