Popular Egyptian singer Shaaban Abdel Rahim dies in Cairo

Shaaban Abdel Rahim posed during the shooting of his first film “Muwaten, Mukhber wa Harami” in 2001. (AFP)
Updated 03 December 2019

Popular Egyptian singer Shaaban Abdel Rahim dies in Cairo

  • Abdel Rahim’s last appearance was at a concert in Saudi Arabia as part of the Riyadh Season of events

CAIRO: Egyptian singer Shaaban Abdel Rahim, best known for his controversial hit song “I Hate Israel,” died on Tuesday aged 62.

The star passed away in a Cairo military hospital after suffering from reported complications to a medical condition. His funeral was held in Sayeda Nafisa Mosque in the Egyptian capital.

Abdel Rahim’s last appearance was at a concert in Saudi Arabia as part of the Riyadh Season of events. He was wheelchair-bound and unable to stand for any length of time, saying he had slipped and fallen last month, breaking his leg.

Turki Al Sheikh, chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Entertainment Authority (GEA),  shared a video on his Twitter account of Abdel Rahim singing.

The lyrics to his landmark 2000 song “I Hate Israel” caused much controversy and are still popular among his Egyptian fans today. 

The tune also played a part in the ousting of former Egyptian Foreign Minister Amr Moussa. In his 2017 autobiography, “My Testimony,” Moussa said what drew his attention to the song was the backlash and objections from Israelis to it.

Abdel Rahim was born in 1957 in Al-Sharabia in Cairo. He later went on to release a large number of records which grew popular among Egyptians, including one called “I Will Stop Smoking.”

His work in the entertainment industry was not limited to music with him also appearing in several movies including the 2001 film “A Citizen, A Detective and A Thief” directed by Daoud Abdel Sayed. He also dabbled in theater and hosted a number of TV shows.

Despite his portfolio of musical and cinematic works, Abdel Rahim garnered much of his popularity, if not notoriety, from his choice of clothing, viewed by many as eccentric. He often wore garish colors which were frowned upon in conservative Egyptian society and which made him the subject of much mockery.


Everything you need to know about Saudi designer Tima Abid’s Paris Haute Couture debut

Tima Abid Spring 2020 Couture. (Instagram)
Updated 27 January 2020

Everything you need to know about Saudi designer Tima Abid’s Paris Haute Couture debut

  • Saudi couturiere Tima Abid presented her first-ever collection during Paris Haute Couture Week
  • The collection boasted a lineup of show-stopping couture gowns mostly dreamed up at the designer’s Jeddah atelier

DUBAI: On Jan. 23, Saudi couturiere Tima Abid presented her first-ever collection during Paris Haute Couture Week. The Jeddah-born designer, who founded her eponymous womenswear label 16-years-ago, debuted her glamorous Spring 2020 couture offering during a candle-lit dinner held at Paris’ the Four Seasons Hotel Georges V, in the presence of her private clients, which included the royal family and Syrian singer Assala Nasri.

The show was set against the soundtrack of Tunisian singer Omayma Taleb’s soothing vocals, who serenaded guests for the first few looks of the 50-piece offering, which was a year in the making.

The indelible collection boasted a lineup of show-stopping couture gowns mostly dreamed up at the designer’s Jeddah atelier.

Featuring luxe fabrics such as crepe and tulle, embellished with gold and silver embroidery, beads, molded sequins and plumes, Abid’s range of body-hugging eveningwear is a true testament to the ability and skills she and her petit mains are undoubtedly capable of.

Standout pieces included a metallic skirt that ropes up the shoulder like a braid, another skirt made entirely out of metallic sequins and red and blue feathers as well as a wedding dress with bejeweled silk panels. There was perfectly-executed tailoring aplenty in Abid’s Spring 2020 couture collection, as well as waist-cinching corsets and embellished bolero jackets.

Indeed, Abid may be a newcomer to the couture week schedule, but she’s already proving to be a force to be reckoned with.