Riyadh governor Prince Khaled bin Bandar bin Abdelaziz ordered an investigation into Friday's incident in which a religious policeman attempted to prevent a female Emirati singer, Aryam, from participating in Al-Jandriyah's National Culture and Heritage Festival, Saudi daily al-Riyadh quoted an official as saying in its Sunday edition.
The investigation was launched to "clarify the truth of what happened so such incidents do not reoccur,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Saudi state news agency (SPA) reported Sunday that security forces prevented the religious officer from going on stage to stop Aryam from taking part in the festival – which is a two-week event of activities celebrating traditional Saudi culture.
SPA quoted security official Major General Abdelrahman al-Zamal as saying the situation was contained and measures were taken to prevent any clashes.
According to the Saudi daily, the committee that organized the festival was “surprised” to see Aryam there.
The prince ordered the establishment of a higher commission headed by the representative of the emirate's security affairs, the official – whose name was not disclosed – said.
The commission began its work and convened for the first time Saturday evening, said the Riyadh official.
Aryam’s career began in 1995 when she appeared as the youngest participant in the talent show, Ya Hala Bel Deif. She has worked with a number of poets and composers in the region and has participated in various events, including the UAE Union Celebrations to mark the country’s National Day.