Al Majaz Amphitheatre, the sought-after destination for concerts and cultural events in Sharjah, kicked off its Eid Al-Fitr celebrations in style with a live performance by Emirati superstar Mohamed Al Shehhi yesterday (Monday), despite challenges posed by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Shehhi’s concert, part of a three-concert series specially planned for Eid Al-Fitr, was held at Al Majaz Amphitheatre and was broadcast live on its social media channels.
Fans crowded balconies in buildings across Al Majaz Amphitheatre to listen to the Emirati superstar as he began his performance with Khaleik bel beit, a song conveying a message of awareness for residents to abide by the country’s precautionary measures to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.
The young singer went on to pay homage to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, with the song Shabeih Zayed.
Enthused by the enthusiastic response of his fans in the balconies as well as viewers on social media to his next song Kashf Al Mahaba, Al Shehhi continued his mesmerising performance with the hit Hayati, followed by the Moroccan beat-inspired Kabeedeh, from his 2017 album Mamnou. He finished the set with Ayashn Maqlab.
Responding to a large number of requests from listeners online, Al Shehhi performed a selection of his most-loved songs including Ana Monkaser, Sakat Anak, and Daye Tariqi. He ended his enthralling live performance with the hit, Radar Al Wafa.
At the beginning of the concert, Al Shehhi greeted his fans who had gathered in the nearby buildings to listen to him live and conveyed his Eid Al-Fitr wishes as well as his hope for an end to the Coronavirus pandemic. He also greeted and congratulated the country’s wise leaders and their families.
Al Shehhi expressed his warm wishes and gratitude to His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, for his efforts in making the emirate of Sharjah a beacon of knowledge and a repository for the arts. He also thanked Al Majaz Amphitheatre for bringing artists and their fans together despite the hurdles posed by these trying times, while adhering to the strictest precautionary measures. The superstar also expressed his joy in performing on the Al Majaz Amphitheatre stage.
The second concert in the series will be held today (Tuesday), with Hatem Al Iraqi taking to the stage at 9 pm to perform a selection of his most-loved songs. The live performance will be broadcast on Al Majaz Amphitheatre’s social media platforms - @almajazamphitheatre, as well as its YouTube channel.
Al Majaz Amphitheatre has emerged as the UAE’s popular cultural and entertainment destination, hosting world-class cultural events and concerts featuring internationally acclaimed artists and superstars from across the Arab world and around the world. From Greek musical legend Yanni to Latin music superstar Julio Iglesias and Arab heartthrobs like Mohammed Abdu, Marcel Khalife, Nawal El Kuwaitia, to Emirati music sensations Balqees and Hussain Al Jassmi, many musicians of note have performed at Al Majaz. It has also hosted a mindboggling variety of musical talents like superstar Ragheb Alama, Mohammad Assaf, Kuwaiti artist Nabil Shuail, Najwa Karam and Iraqi star Majid Al Mohandes over the past few years.