K-pop stars BTS arrive in Saudi Arabia 

Fans gathered at the airport to welcome the seven-piece pop group. (Shutterstock)
Updated 10 October 2019

K-pop stars BTS arrive in Saudi Arabia 

DUBAI: South Korean boy band BTS arrived in Riyadh on Thursday ahead of their debut performance in the Kingdom on Friday, October 11. 

Fans gathered at the airport to welcome the seven-piece pop group — and their impressive security entourage.

BTS are the most streamed K-pop band in Saudi Arabia on Spotify. They currently have six tracks in the top 10 K-pop list in the UAE and four of the top 10 in Saudi Arabia.

The music genre’s upbeat tempo, painstakingly choreographed dance routines, and colorful visuals have turned it into a global phenomenon, despite the language barrier. 

BTS recently launched a mobile simulation application, “BTS World,” which allows players to become the group’s manager (in the virtual world — and without real-life cash). 


Egyptian actor and academic Sanaa Shafea dies aged 77

Updated 12 August 2020

Egyptian actor and academic Sanaa Shafea dies aged 77

  • The actor suffered from severe pneumonia during the past two days
  • Culture Minister Inas Abdel Dayem paid tribute to Shafea saying he had “formed a dramatic milestone"

CAIRO: Egyptian actor and academic Sanaa Shafea died on Wednesday at the age of 77 after a short illness.
The actor suffered from severe pneumonia during the past two days before he died in hospital, Egyptian newspapers said. 
Egyptian Culture Minister Inas Abdel Dayem paid tribute to Shafea saying he had “formed a dramatic milestone in Egyptian theatrical performance,” Al-Akhbar El-Youm newspaper reported.
Abdel Dayem said that throughout his career he succeeded in performing complex characters and produced a group of immortal works.
The actor, theater director and professor was the dean of the Higher Institute of Dramatic Arts in Cairo.  
He reportedly married nine times, among them his marriage to Egyptian actor Nada Bassiouny.
Born in 1943, in Assiut region, Upper Egypt, Shafea lived in a village for eight years before moving to Cairo with his father.
His love for acting was met with objection from his father, who was a scholar at Al-Azhar Islamic Institute.
Shafea took part in almost 30 films and played a number of roles in many television series, the most prominent of which are “Omar bin Abdul Aziz”, “Haroun Al-Rasheed”, “Bab Al-Khalq”, “Hadret Al Motaham Aby”, and during last Ramadan he participated in “Layalina 80”.