Saudi X Factor winner to sing Saudi Dakar 2020 anthem

Hamza Hawsawi
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Updated 18 January 2020

Saudi X Factor winner to sing Saudi Dakar 2020 anthem

  • Hawsawi will headline the rally’s closing ceremony on the Qiddiya site outside Riyadh on Jan. 17

RIYADH: Saudi X Factor winner Hamza Hawsawi is revving up to perform the Dakar Rally’s official anthem at the race’s closing ceremony.

The singer will be lead vocalist when the tune “Million Miles,” launched by Qiddiya Investment Co., is sung live for the first time.

The song celebrates the inspiring journey of the Kingdom, its milestones and young talent.

“I was very fortunate to work with an amazing team to make this whole project come to life,” Hawsawi told Arab News.

“‘Million Miles’ means a lot to me not just for the fact that it is the anthem for the biggest and toughest endurance race in the world for decades, but because it is also a personal anthem to me as an artist navigating the terrains to success.”

In a challenging journey to create the perfect anthem in record time for the first rally of its kind in the Kingdom, producer Rayan Bailouni and executive producer Saif Saud Salem, worked with Hawsawi to echo the dreams and goals of the country’s Vision 2030 reform plan.

‘Million Miles’ means a lot to me not just for the fact that it is the anthem for the biggest and toughest endurance race in the world for decades, but because it is also a personal anthem to me as an artist navigating the terrains to success.

Hamza Hawsawi, Saudi X Factor winner

Bailouni said: “One of the key points we wanted to focus on was how important the journey to getting somewhere can be. It is where you create memories and live stories to tell afterwards.

“The song needed to have both musical and emotional drive for anyone to feel motivated and empowered. It’s about taking the opportunity to do something special.”

Hawsawi will headline the rally’s closing ceremony on the Qiddiya site outside Riyadh on Jan. 17, preforming the single to an audience of more than 60,000 fans.


Saudi government agencies discuss Hajj 2020 plan

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Saudi government agencies discuss Hajj 2020 plan

  • Several security entities involved in the Hajj system attended the meeting, where they discussed the 2019 Hajj season and addressed its biggest challenges
  • The team reviewed the pilgrims grouping system and modern techniques to expand communication and cooperation with the relevant authorities

MAKKAH: The Ministry of Hajj and Umrah hosted on Tuesday the first meeting of a joint work team in charge of supervising the pilgrims grouping system.
Several security entities involved in the Hajj system attended the meeting, where they discussed the 2019 Hajj season and addressed its biggest challenges.
The meeting, which was chaired by the undersecretary of the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah for Hajj affairs, Hussein bin Nasser Al-Sharif, stressed the importance of joint efforts to serve and facilitate the pilgrims’ journey and to live up to the leadership’s aspirations.
The team reviewed the pilgrims grouping system and modern techniques to expand communication and cooperation with the relevant authorities.
It also considered the development of interactive platforms to exchange ideas for making the Hajj plans a success.
The first joint work team meeting was attended by the Ministry of Interior, the Civil Defense, the General Directorate of Traffic, the Emirate Of Makkah Province, the Makkah Region Development Authority, the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites and the Makkah Municipality.