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.


US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

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US Consulate General in Dhahran celebrates 244 years of independence, 75 years of US-Saudi partnership

  • Consul General Rachna Korhonen: I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are
  • Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year

DHAHRAN: The US Consulate General in Dhahran hosted its 2020 National Day reception on Feb. 19 to celebrate 244 years of American Independence, and the 75th anniversary of the historic meeting between US President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Saudi King Abdul Aziz aboard the USS Quincy.

Consul General Rachna Korhonen and her husband Juha Korhonen welcomed the deputy governor of the Eastern Province, Khalid Al-Battal, and deputy governor of Alkhobar, Abdullah bin Ali Al-Seef, as the guests of honor.

Although US Independence Day is July 4, the consulate traditionally celebrates the occasion in the spring due to the pleasant weather this time of the year.

“Seventy-five years ago, two great leaders met aboard the USS Quincy. President Franklin Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz met to chart the future of our bilateral ties. This first encounter between a US president and a Saudi King laid the foundation for the broad strategic partnership the US and Saudi Arabia share today. Beyond partnership, President Roosevelt and King Abdul Aziz forged a personal friendship that is at the heart of the strong ties our two countries share today,” said Korhonen.

She added: “As the first woman to be consul general here, it has been an exciting journey for me. I arrived to Dhahran in August 2017, to a country undergoing remarkable changes.  Vision 2030 has opened new possibilities, tourism opportunities are growing, women are driving and attending sporting events. I have said this many times and it is still true: I have the best job in the best place at the best time.

“Most of all, I want to say thank you to the amazing people of Sharqiya (Eastern Province) who remind me every day how warm, wonderful, welcoming, hospitable, and kind Saudis are. I have made friendships that I know are going to last me a lifetime. When I leave here this summer, I will certainly leave a piece of my heart here but I also plan to take a little piece of your heart with me.”