Usher, Chris Brown and Akon join KSA’s Diriyah festival lineup

Usher, Chris Brown and Akon join KSA’s Diriyah festival lineup
Chris Brown, Akon and Usher are considered as some of the top singers in the world. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 30 November 2019

Usher, Chris Brown and Akon join KSA’s Diriyah festival lineup

Usher, Chris Brown and Akon join KSA’s Diriyah festival lineup
  • The superstar trio will perform the night before ‘The Clash on The Dunes’ boxing title bout

RIYADH: A night of music icons will form the curtain raiser to a historic weekend for Saudi Arabia with Usher, Chris Brown and Akon set to perform as part of the Diriyah Music Festival the night before the world heavyweight title boxing fight: The Clash On The Dunes.

On Dec. 6, the three performers will take to the stage in the latest superstar concert complementing the sports events of the month-long Diriyah Season.

For Usher, it will be the first chance for his loving fans in Saudi Arabia to enjoy the icon’s hits such as “Burn”, “Love In This Club” and “No Limit” sung live by their hero.

For Chris Brown and Akon, it will be their second visit to the Kingdom this year, with the former performing hits such as “No Air” and “Don’t Wake Me Up” for crowds in July and the Senegalese-American singer delighting fans in Damman in March with his hits such as “Lonely”, “Right Now” and “Beautiful.”

The epic evening takes place the night before boxing comes to the Diriyah Arena on Dec. 7, with World Champion Andy Ruiz Jr. taking on Anthony Joshua in The Clash On The Dunes. Ticket holders for the fight will also enjoy free access to the concert.

Usher has won numerous awards and accolades including eight Grammy Awards and 18 Billboard Music Awards. At the end of 2009, Billboard named him the second-most successful artist of the decade.

HIGHLIGHTS

• On Dec. 6, the three performers will take to the stage in the latest superstar concert complementing the sports events of the month-long Diriyah Season.

• For Usher, it will be the first chance for his loving fans in Saudi Arabia to enjoy the icon’s hits such as ‘Burn,’ ‘Love In This Club’ and ‘No Limit’ sung live by their hero.

• For Chris Brown and Akon, it will be their second visit to the Kingdom this year.

• As well as the Diriyah Music Festival, the season features cultural festivities, food and retail experiences and the stunning ‘Diriyah Oasis,’ a giant entertainment and art hub with fun for all the family.

With more than 140 million record sales, Chris Brown is one of the best-selling artists in the world. His recent collaboration with Drake — “No Guidance” — has so far clocked up more than 125 million views on YouTube.

Akon is the first solo artist to hold both the No. 1 and 2 spots simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 charts twice. 

He has had four songs certified as triple platinum, three songs certified as double platinum, more than 10 songs certified as platinum and more than 10 songs certified as gold in digital sales.

Before the boxing fight and this much-anticipated concert, Diriyah Season will feature Marshmello, Pitbull, Shaggy and Don Omar on Nov. 29. The following night, Lil Wayne, Tyga, Future and Scott Forsha will rock the crowds.

As well as the Diriyah Music Festival, the season features cultural festivities, food and retail experiences and the stunning “Diriyah Oasis,” a giant entertainment and art hub with fun for all the family. Once again, the Bujairi district of Diriyah will be home to elegant fashion, retail and the finest dining Saudi Arabia has to offer. And the DGDA will be staging tours of the fascinating and beautiful Al-Turaif district, the UNESCO World Heritage site that stands as a symbol of Saudi’s rich history.


Fraudsters up their game, posing as bank officials on the phone in Saudi Arabia

Fraudsters up their game, posing as bank officials on the phone in Saudi Arabia
Vishing that occurs during a telephone call aims to provoke fear in the victim so that customers will be more susceptible to giving out personal, financial, or security details. (shutterstock)
Updated 18 January 2021

Fraudsters up their game, posing as bank officials on the phone in Saudi Arabia

Fraudsters up their game, posing as bank officials on the phone in Saudi Arabia
  • The Saudi Central Bank has warned bank customers, both citizens and expatriates, not to fall victim to financial frauds being perpetrated by scammers

JEDDAH: Fraudsters have developed a new scam, contacting residents in Saudi Arabia and pretending to be bank staffers requesting customer details.
A number of Arab News staff have received such calls in recent weeks. One caller spoke Urdu while two other callers posing as senior officials from the headquarters of the bank spoke in English and Arabic with a local accent.
They used phone numbers that appeared to be local numbers but upon calling back, the lines failed to connect.
The racketeers collect phone numbers of customers and ring them up, saying that their bank account or ATM card requires immediate updating. The scammers use the information provided to gain access to their bank accounts.
Speaking to Arab News, Talat Zaki Hafiz, secretary-general of the Media and Banking Awareness Committee of Saudi banks, said: “Saudi banks represented by the Media and Banking Awareness Committee have repeatedly warned bank customers not to react to stray phone calls of any kind coming from unknown sources that ask to update their banking record or personal information.” He further confirmed that banks do not request such information through phone calls or SMS messages.
Mohammed Khurram Khan, a professor of cybersecurity at the King Saud University in Riyadh, told Arab News: “Phishing, an online scam which targets users through emails where individuals are encouraged to click on a link that takes them to fraudulent sites, was troubling people. Now it’s a different kind of scam known as ‘vishing,’ over-the-phone phishing, where scammers persuade users to share their banking information by impersonating a bank official.”

HIGHLIGHT

The racketeers collect phone numbers of customers and ring them up, saying that their bank account or ATM card requires immediate updating. The scammers use the information provided to gain access to their bank accounts.

Vishing that occurs during a telephone call aims to provoke fear in the victim so that customers will be more susceptible to giving out personal, financial, or security details.
Sharing his experience Zafar Hasan, an e-learning consultant in Riyadh, said: “I received a call from someone on an unknown mobile number who introduced himself as a bank employee and told me that my ATM card was going to be blocked. It required an immediate update so I should give my Iqama number (residence permit number) and sixteen-digit ATM card number. I felt something was fishy, so I told him that I would go personally to the bank to update the card.”
The Saudi Central Bank (SAMA) has warned bank customers, both citizens and expatriates, not to fall victim to financial frauds being perpetrated by scammers.
SAMA called on bank customers to take information only from the official channels of the bodies regulating the Kingdom’s financial and investment sectors and inform the competent security authorities about such fraudulent attempts.