Line-up, prices revealed for Dakar Rally closing concert in Qiddiya

DJ Snake, Wiz Khalifa and Young Thug will take to the stage in the future entertainment, sports and cultural city of Qiddiya. (GEA)
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Updated 15 January 2020

Line-up, prices revealed for Dakar Rally closing concert in Qiddiya

  • The Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, running from Jan. 5 to Jan. 17, features more than 500 pilots from 62 countries
  • Concert brings an end to the Dakar event in the Kingdom

LONDON: The line-up for the Dakar Rally Final Party concert in Qiddiya on Jan. 17 was revealed on Tuesday.

DJ Snake, Wiz Khalifa and Young Thug will take to the stage in the future entertainment, sports and cultural city where the winners in each category of the Dakar Rally will be crowned on the final podium of the event.

Wiz Khalifa is a Platinum-selling American rapper, singer, songwriter and actor who has recorded three No. 1 albums on the US Billboard chart since his debut in 2006.

DJ Snake, a French record producer and music programmer, is best known for his 2013 hits “Bird Machine” and “Turn Down for What.”

American rapper and songwriter Young Thug is best known for hit song “Havana” with pop singer Camila Cabello, which reached No. 1 on the US Billboard chart in January 2018 — his first number one single.

The Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, running from Jan. 5 to Jan. 17, features more than 500 pilots from 62 countries who started their 7,800 kilometer journey in Jeddah and will finish in the new city of Qiddiya.

General admission tickets for the closing concert start from SAR150 ($40) with VIP packages available for SAR1,250.

Tickets can be bought here.


Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

Updated 9 min 39 sec ago

Notice setting date for Saudi international flights ‘is bogus’

  • Aviation chiefs issue official denial after fake circular says passengers can fly to and from Kingdom from October

RIYADH: A fake circular suggesting Saudi Arabia will resume international flights in October has been condemned as “completely baseless and fabricated” by the General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA).
Rumors that international flights will shortly return have been circulating on social media in recent weeks without any official statement from GACA.
On Tuesday, the authority denied announcing the resumption of international flights and said information being circulated was fabricated.
Saudi Arabia suspended international flights from March 15 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Since domestic flights restarted on May 31, rumors have been circulating regarding the return of international flights. On Monday, the bogus GACA circular was shared on various social media platforms suggesting flights into and out of Saudi Arabia would resume in October. It sparked a flurry of speculation.
The circular, titled “No flights till October 2020,” said: “An employee of the GACA has stated in a recent interview that all international flights to and from the Kingdom are to remain suspended till the month of October.” Quoting a GACA official, the circular said that the decision was subject to the number of coronavirus cases, which must “come down to three digits.”
GACA official spokesman Ibrahim bin Abdullah Alrwosa told Arab News the circular “is completely baseless and fabricated.”
He shared a tweet from the authority’s public relations department describing the circular as incorrect.
The civil aviation authority has previously said there is no specific date for the resumption of international flights, he added.
All international flights remain suspended until further notice.
However, exceptions have been made for humanitarian assistance and emergency cases, medical evacuation flights and repatriation of stranded citizens and expatriates wanting to return home.