Singer Mohammed Abdou performs in Saudi Arabia for first time in years
Abdou performed a new song along with a medley of his most popular titles at the Souk Okaz in the Saudi city of Taif
Saudi singer Mohammed Abdou, who is among the kingdom most famous entertainers, created a social media buzz as he performed locally for the first time in 11 years.
Abdou performed a new song along with a medley of his most popular titles at the Souk Okaz on Wednesday in the Saudi city of Taif. He wore the traditional golden-colored headdress popular in Taif as an ode to the city.
More than 300,000 people are expected to visit the festival this year, which was inaugurated by Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal.
Promoting culture and entertainment
Abdou’s return the live stage comes amid a resurgence of cultural and entertainment-centered activities after its significance was emphasized in the Saudi Vision 2030.
As part of those efforts through the National Transformation Program, Saudi Arabia’s Culture and Information Minister Adel Al-Toraifi announced that through a royal decree, the Royal Arts Academy would be established that will include a national theater.
He also said that the ministry would launch new cultural initiatives, including establishing cultural and media city and the launching of Al-Ekhbaria news channel in Arabic, Persian and English.
An Islamic museum is also in the works as part of the plans for the academy that will focus on both modern and ancient Islamic art and artifacts.