In a first, Mariah Carey set to perform in Saudi Arabia

Dutch DJ Tiesto, Yemeni-Emirati singer Balqees Fathi and Jamaican rapper Sean Paul among others will also perform


News Desk January 27, 2019
Mariah Carey will perform in Saudi Arabia on Jan. 31. PHOTO: AFP

American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey is scheduled to perform in The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) for the first time on January 31.

In a concert that will be held at King Abdullah Economic City, Carey is said to appear during the first international golf tournament to be played in the kingdom, according to  Arab News.

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A number of artists are said to appear during the course of the tournament, most notably Dutch DJ Tiesto, Yemeni-Emirati singer Balqees Fathi and Jamaican rapper Sean Paul.

Part of the European Tour, the inaugural Saudi International, powered by SBIA, takes place between Jan 31 and Feb 3 at the Royal Greens G&CC.


Carey, who is also referred to as the "Songbird Supreme" by the Guinness World Records, is the latest major international artist to perform in the kingdom.

After a break in the kingdom of hosting such events, a string of live entertainment performances have been held in Saudi Arabia over the last couple of years.

The New York-based theatrical group iLuminate took to the stage in Riyadh in a rare public performance of music and dance in October 2016.

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The prominent Saudi star Mohammed Abdu performed live in Jeddah — along with Saudi artist Rabeh Sager and the Iraqi-Saudi singer Majid Al-Muhandis — in what was the city’s first open music concert in seven years in January 2017.

And last month, A-list stars including Enrique Iglesias, the Black Eyed Peas and David Guetta took to the stage during a three-day music event held during the inaugural Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix in Riyadh.

This article originally appeared in the Arab News

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