Racy Lebanese singer Haifa Wehbe to perform in Saudi Arabia

Lebanese singer Haifa Wehbe, who has previously courted controversy for performances deemed too sexy, will perform for the first time in the Gulf kingdom next week.

Haifa Wehbe’s controversial music career spans two decades [Safin Hamed/AFP via Getty]

Haifa Wehbe is due to perform in Saudi Arabia for the first time next week, alongside fellow Lebanese Elissa.

The two singers – among the most famous in the Arab world – will perform in the capital of the Gulf kingdom on October 28, as part of the 2022 edition of the state-sponsored Riyadh Season entertainment festival.

“I am very happy because my dream is coming true and I will meet the Saudi public for the first time in Riyadh,” Wehbe said. tweeted earlier this week.

The conservative Gulf kingdom seems an unlikely setting for a concert by Wehbe, who has drawn controversy for performances and outfit choices deemed by some to be too sexy.

But since Muhammad bin Salman became crown prince in 2017, Saudi Arabia has struggled to portray itself as a venue for major international cultural and sporting events of all stripes.

Nevertheless, the country has not been able to shed its reputation as a prolific violator of human rights. He continued to throw government critics in jail for long periods of time, and even have them killed.

Critics of the Saudi rulers say Riyadh is using arts and sports events to clean up its image.

A widely shared Tweeter alleged that during the concert, Saudi authorities would ensure that calls to prayer were drowned out so as not to interrupt the proceedings.

The new Arabic could not independently verify the claim.

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