Riyadh – Mubasher: Saudi Arabia will see its first concert at the end of March, featuring Egyptian singer Tamer Hosni. Tickets for the highly anticipated event were sold-out almost as soon as they were released.
Earlier this month the General Entertainment Authority announced that a Tamer Hosni concert would be held at the King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) on 30 March.
All 6,000 concert tickets were sold out in less than two hours after they put up for sale.
Local newspaper Saudi Gazette said that the tickets were “sold out like hot cakes.”
The concert’s organising committee did, however, announce some guidelines for the kingdom’s first ever music concert, such as customers not being allowed to buy more than three tickets, no children below 12 years old would be permitted to enter the concert, in addition to the prohibition of smoking and food.
Purchased tickets may not be refunded, the committee added.
Even with its first music event, the committee was adamant that Saudi men and women would – somehow – attend the concert separately.
The catch? According to the announcement published by Virgin Megastore, no dancing would be allowed.
Saudi Arabia has undertaken a host of efforts to support its entertainment and recreation sector. Last month, the Arab Fashion Council said that the kingdom would host its first ever Arab Fashion Week in March 2018.
Last week, the Saudi General Sports Authority announced signing a ten-year deal with World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE) to host their shows in the country.
The kingdom recently held its first marathon, although that did not include the participation of women. The government did, however, announce plans to exert additional efforts to include women in sports, indicating that women would be allowed to race in the Riyadh international marathon slated for 2019.
The General Entertainment Authority also revealed plans to organise similar events, like the Tamer Hosni concert, in the coming period.
A recent report showed that Saudis spend around $22 billion each year on recreation activities.
It is worth noting that under its Saudi Vision 2030, the kingdom aims to double entertainment sector’s contribution to the gross domestic product (GDP) to 6% from its current 3%.
In February, an “Antar and Abla” opera performance was held in the kingdom as well as a Jazz festival. By 2030, Saudi Arabia plans to inaugurate more than 350 cinemas, an activity that has not been present in the country’s entertainment sector as the country relies heavily on separating men and women in public areas.