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 Arabia takes part in forum to review sustainable goals

Updated 08 July 2020

Saudi Arabia takes part in forum to review sustainable goals

  • Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan is leading the Saudi delegation
  • Countries will submit annual progress reports during the forum

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is taking part in the High-level Political Forum 2020, UN central platform for follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Sustainable Development Goals.
The online forum taking place from July 7 to 17 has been organized under the theme “Accelerated action and transformative pathways: Realizing the decade of action and delivery of sustainable development.”
Finance Minister Mohammed Al-Jadaan is leading the Saudi delegation comprising representatives of several government agencies.
During the forum, the annual progress report on the sustainable development goals will be launched, which will include the efforts of participating countries, their projects, and initiatives to achieve the 2030 sustainable development goals.
Through its participation, Saudi Arabia confirms its global efforts and its awareness of the importance of the international community’s cooperation in achieving common goals.