Lebanese divas Elissa, Haifa Wehbe to perform together in Riyadh – Arab News

Lebanese divas Elissa, Haifa Wehbe to perform together in Riyadh – Arab News

DUBAI: When Lebanese superstars Haifa Wehbe and Elissa started their illustrious careers it would have been unthinkable for either to perform in Saudi Arabia, let alone on the same stage, but now the divas will join forces for their first-ever collaborative performance — and it is set to take Riyadh by storm on Oct. 28.
Fans seem to be excited about the collaboration, with bronze and silver tickets having sold out.
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The gig is part of Riyadh Season and will see the singing icons, both with two decades of hits under their designer belts, perform a number of their chart-topping songs.
“Can’t wait to see all of you on the 28th of October with my beautiful friend Haifa Wehbe in Riyadh Season,” Elissa wrote to her 18.8 million Instagram followers.
The stars’ supporters quickly took to social media to express their excitement for the highly anticipated concert.
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“Can’t wait,” wrote one user. Another said: “It will be the night of a lifetime and there is nothing better than Haifa and Elissa being together. (It is) a concert for history to be honest.”
This year’s Riyadh Season boasts 15 zones with over 8,500 activities, including 108 interactive experiences, eight international shows, 17 Arabic plays, 252 restaurants and cafes, daily fireworks and more than 150 concerts.
DUBAI: Rock legends Def Leppard and acclaimed British rapper Dave have been announced as the latest headlining act at the Yasalam After-Race Concert at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2022.
Def Leppard will perform on Nov. 20, while Dave will hit the stage on Nov. 17. 

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The music sensations will join a stellar lineup of performers that includes Grammy-winning artist Kendrick Lamar, performing on Nov. 19, and house music supergroup Swedish House Mafia, who will meet their fans on Nov. 18. 
With more than 110 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards in the US, Def Leppard are one of the most important forces in rock music. 

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Def Leppard’s influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums — including two of the best-selling albums of all time, “Pyromania” and “Hysteria.”
Dave’s 2019 debut album “Psychodrama” was met with widespread critical acclaim, winning the prestigious Mercury Prize and named “Album of the Year” at the BRIT Awards. The British producer, musician and songwriter has also collaborated with Drake and AJ Tracey.  
TORONTO: Chinese-Canadian chef Kelvin Cheung’s culinary journey started at the age of 12, working at his father’s restaurant in Chicago. He’s come a long way since then, with stints in Toronto, Vancouver, Delhi, Mumbai, and now, Dubai.
During his time in India, Cheung was a favorite of several Bollywood celebrities, and he’s becoming something of a celeb himself, thanks to social-media. His latest venture — Jun’s — is already making waves in Dubai’s culinary scene with its “elevated North American-Asian dining experience.”
If you’re not exactly sure what means, think tempura za’atar chaat — a surprising mélange of za’atar, tempura, tamarind, yogurt, and chaat masala or a lamb koobideh, which includes the traditional koobideh fixings, plus nikiri and egg yolk sauce, with kimchi jam.
Cheung says Jun’s is rooted in his Chinese heritage, North American upbringing, and French culinary training. And he stresses that he tries to source the freshest ingredients from local farms.
Here, Cheung talks discipline, noodles, and learning to lead, and reveals his “perfect Sunday brunch recipe.”
Q. What is your top tip for amateur cooks?
A. Cooking is a difficult skill that you never truly master, but discipline is the key. Expect to be a lifelong student.
Q. What is one ingredient that can instantly improve any dish?
A. Salt. You need to add salt to enhance and taste the rest of the ingredients, as well as balance the dish — particularly, desserts. A lot of inexperienced chefs find it difficult to (get the right amount of salt). It takes experience, muscle memory, and confidence.
Q. What is your favorite cuisine to eat?
A. Japanese. Especially sushi.
Q. When you go out to eat, do you find yourself critiquing the food?
A. Never critiquing, always observing… I love to hear the story of what inspired a dish or how it came about. Being let into the mind of a chef is always so interesting to me.
Q. What’s your favorite dish to cook?
A. I love making noodles. My wife and son are obsessed with noodles, and I make them a bowl from scratch. I take a whole chicken and some beef bones to make a super-rich, power-packed bone broth. It’s nutritionally-dense, hearty, and delicious. Cook the noodles, prepare garnishes and sauces, and serve my loved ones a steaming, hot bowl of delicious noodle soup. It fills my heart.
Q. If you have to cook something quickly, what’s your go-to dish?
A. Eggs. They’re a staple in our house. They’re healthy, convenient, accessible, affordable, and something that we all love.
Q. What’s the most difficult dish on your menu?
A. The Jun’s burger. It’s simple and no-frills, but it has to be precise every single time. We weigh out the exact patty-to-bun ratio. We use four cuts of wagyu beef, which are then hand-diced to make the patty. The execution must be perfect. We cook the patties until the edges are crispy, while making sure the burger remains juicy.
Q. Are you a strict boss?
A. My leadership style has changed dramatically over the years. I was trained in Chinese and French kitchens where there were great expectations and no room for errors. So it took me quite a while to train myself to be a less reactive leader. Becoming a father and reading about parenting styles was a big catalyst for deep change.
While I run a very tight ship in terms of organization and output, I believe in teaching and modeling, rather than barking orders. I’m very proud to say some of my team members have been with me for almost a decade now, moving cities and countries to continue on my team.
Chef Kelvin’s Pumpkin Congee
Serves: 2-4

1 kg fresh pumpkin — seeded, peeled, and diced
8 cups of water or vegetable stock
1 knob ginger, peeled and sliced
¾ cup jasmine sweet rice, rinsed well
Salt, white pepper, and light soy sauce for seasoning
1 cup pumpkin seeds, roasted
½ cup chili oil (for garnish)
½ cup scallions, chopped
¼ cup fresh coriander, chopped

In a pot, bring the water or vegetable stock to boil. Add the pumpkin and ginger; simmer until the pumpkin is tender.
Remove half of the pumpkin. Mash or purée, and set aside.
In the same pot, add the rice and simmer until fully cooked. Now stir in the pumpkin purée.
Season with salt, white pepper, and light soya sauce. Mix well.
Garnish with roasted pumpkin seeds, chili oil, scallions, and green coriander. Serve.
DUBAI: The multidisciplinary arts entity Art D’Egypte opened its door on Thursday for its second edition of “Forever is Now,” an international exhibition that reflects the profound global influence of ancient Egypt and draws on the ongoing inclusiveness of contemporary cultural practices.
Following the success of the first edition, the world’s eyes will once again be on Cairo as the exhibition brings together 11 artworks by 12 international and regional artists to the monumental pyramids of Giza.

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The showcase, which runs until Nov. 30, features large-scale site-specific artworks that blend with the pyramids’ natural stone.
This year’s theme is “Timelessness and the Mysteries of an Ancient Civilization.” The artworks were created using natural materials.

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The artists exhibiting their works include Mohammed Al-Faraj from Saudi Arabia, Therèse Antoine and Ahmed Karaly from Egypt, Natalie Clark from the US and Spain, Emilio Ferro from Italy, Zeinab Al-Hashemi from the UAE, JR from France, eL Seed from Tunisia, SpY from Spain, Pascale Marthine Tayou from Cameroon and Jwan Yosef from Syria and Sweden.
Liter of Light, a global movement dedicated to providing sustainable solar light to energy-poor communities, will also be taking part in the exhibition.
DUBAI: K-pop girl group BLACKPINK are set to make their UAE debut in January.
The music sensations will light up the stage at Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Park on Jan. 28.
This concert will be part of the group’s world tour that celebrates their most recent album “Born Pink.” Concertgoers will experience the group’s array of new songs touching on themes including self-confidence, love, self-encouragement, and dealing with fame and detractors.

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The concert tickets will be available for pre-sale on Nov. 2 and for general sale starting Nov. 4.
BLACKPINK, comprising Jisoo, Jennie, Rose and Lisa, is the first music group and Korean female act to have five music videos accumulate 1 billion views each on YouTube, and has the most subscribers on the platform at over 80 million.
The iconic group’s music style is an eclectic mix of pop, hip-hop and trap.

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President of Live Nation Middle East James Craven said in a released statement: “K-pop has seen a huge rise in popularity in recent years and BLACKPINK have been at the forefront of this movement, being one of the most famous groups globally.”
“Live Nation are delighted to be able to bring this iconic group to the UAE for the very first time and fans will witness an incredible live show on Jan. 28. Boasting a huge collection of smash hit songs, it promises to be one of the best nights of the year for the Abu Dhabi live music scene,” he added.
DUBAI: Stars from around the world including US model Olivia Culpo and Jordanian Romanian footwear designer Amina Muaddi this week attended the opening of Valentino’s first exhibition in the Middle East in Qatar.
On Thursday, Qatar Creates, Qatar Museums and Maison Valentino hosted the opening of “Forever Valentino,” a major exhibition that pays homage to the founder of the fashion house, Valentino Garavani, and its still-unfolding heritage of haute couture.
The exhibition, which is now open at Msheireb Downtown Doha, is the largest ever devoted to the fashion house featuring over 200 Valentino haute couture pieces and prêt-à-porter outfits.
Coinciding with the celebration of Garavani’s 90th birthday and the unveiling of the Valentino “The Beginning” haute couture collection in the heart of Rome, the exhibition is conceived as a vast panorama of the history of the fashion house, embedded in scenography that evokes the eternal city, where Maison Valentino was established in 1959.
On the red carpet, Culpo turned heads in a hot pink jumpsuit from the brand’s fall/winter 2022/2023 Pink PP collection. She paired it with gloves, a purse and glitzy diamonds.
Meanwhile, Muaddi posed in a voluminous brown Valentino gown, from the label’s spring/summer 2023 collection, that featured a long cape hanging from the shoulders.
Besides Culpo and Muaddi, the opening event also featured several A-list stars including US singer and songwriter Janet Jackson, US-Somali model Halima Aden, Canadian model Sabrina Elba, French filmmaker Farida Khelfa, “Real Housewives of Dubai” star Chanel Ayan, Bella and Gigi Hadid’s father Mohammed Hadid, German model Leonie Hanne, British model and activist Leomie Anderson.
There were many Middle East celebrities present including Yemeni-Emirati singer Balqees Fathi, Egyptian actress Salma Abou Daif, Palestinian singer Elyanna and Lebanese social media star Karen Wazen.
The exhibition has rarely seen ensembles designed for the likes of Elizabeth Taylor, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and, more recently, Zendaya.
Curated by artistic director of the New Museum New York Massimiliano Gioni, fashion critic and author Alexander Fury and Valentino’s creative director Pierpaolo Piccioli, the exhibition also features ensembles from the private collection of Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, a long-standing client of the fashion house.
Sheikha Al-Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, chairperson of Qatar Museums, said in a released statement: “With the world’s eyes on Doha as we launch into our exciting schedule of events surrounding the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, I am proud that we are welcoming the public to an exhibition that is as imaginative, glamorous, and elegant as the subject itself: the creations of Maison Valentino.”
“I express my warmest thanks to everyone who collaborated with us to realize this tribute to a great artistic vision, and I look forward to continuing to share extraordinary explorations of the best of fashion and design,” she added.


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