Dubai Opera to host hologram concert of Egyptian star Umm Kulthum

A 20-piece live orchestra will accompany Kulthum’s concerts. (AFP)
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Updated 26 December 2019

Dubai Opera to host hologram concert of Egyptian star Umm Kulthum

DUBAI: Although more than four decades have passed since Umm Kulthum died at her Cairo home, the Egyptian actress and singer will appear on stage at Dubai Opera on Thursday and Friday in a hologram live performance.

The shows means fans have another chance to see her on stage, with her first hologram concert having taken place in Saudi Arabia in January this year at the Winter in Tantora festival in Al-Ula. 




Kulthum was one of the greatest performers ever to emerge from the Arab world. (AFP)

Dubai Opera said that her granddaughter and “Arabs Got Talent” contestant Sana’a Nabil would also perform.

Kulthum was one of the greatest performers ever to emerge from the Arab world and was known as the “Star of the Orient” and the grand dame of Arab singing. 




Umm Kulthum was known as the “Star of the Orient” and the grand dame of Arab singing. (AFP)

Her 40-year career included starring in musical films during the golden age of Egyptian cinema, and her monthly concerts broadcast from Cairo attracted huge audiences.

A 20-piece live orchestra will accompany Kulthum’s concerts.


Parisian fragrance house Ex Nihilo cuts ribbon on its first Saudi boutique

Updated 24 October 2020

Parisian fragrance house Ex Nihilo cuts ribbon on its first Saudi boutique

DUBAI: Parisian fragrance maison Ex Nihilo has cut the ribbon on its first flagship in Saudi Arabia. The new perfumery is situated in Jeddah’s Nojoud Center, alongside other brands like Lacoste and Femi9.

The new store evokes the brand’s French flagship with its iconic cobalt blue interior, marble floors, Art Deco geometric shapes and minimalist gold details. “It’s exactly like when you visit our flagship in Paris,” states Ex Nihilo co-founder Benoit Verdier to Arab News.

The space displays an extensive range of the luxury perfume brand’s highly-covetable women’s and men’s products, including the label’s perfumes, essences, body lotions, mists, scented candles and the latest fragrance collection, Gold Immortals. “All the collections, including our most exotic creations, are showcased in the new store,” shares Verdier. 

In a very short time, the brand has developed a niche following in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, so the decision to expand its presence in the region made sense. “We already have a connection with Saudi people around the world, especially in Paris and London,” reveals the co-founder. “Since the demand is already there, it only felt right for us to open a new outlet in the Kingdom.”