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

  • 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.


Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council member

Updated 18 January 2020

Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani, Saudi Shoura Council member

  • He was appointed to the consultative body in 2016
  • He has been awarded a medal of excellence from the Ministry of Education

Dr. Abdullah bin Rafoud Al-Safiyani was chosen as a Shoura Council member by a royal decree from King Salman in 2016.

The Shoura Council convened on Wednesday, and Al-Safiyani demanded that the National Anti-Corruption Commission investigate and set up an authority to oversee influencers’ activities on social media.

He said it had become important for the anti-graft body to monitor influencers as they were paid tremendous amounts to publicize government entities, and that there needed to be regulations to process such transactions.

Al-Safiyani has a bachelor’s degree, a master’s and a doctorate from Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.

He is a member of Almajmaa (Virtual Academy of the Arabic Language), the Saudi Scientific Association for Arabic Literature, the Saudi Association for Education and Psychology and the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States, in addition to his Shoura Council membership.

He is also the vice dean of community service and continuing education at Majmaah University in Majmaah City, Saudi Arabia, and has collaborated with the King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz International Center for the Arabic Language on several programs.

He has been awarded a medal of excellence from the Ministry of Education, and is also the director general of Adab (International Encyclopedia of Arabic Literature). He has been a teacher and an administrator in public education since 1998.