Haifa Wehbe & Hatem Al-Iraqi
A Lifetime Event to Lift the Spirits of Music Lovers and Rock Erbilby Heidi Alexiou | Erbilia Online Magazine
The two scheduled concerts of Haifa Wehbe and Hatem Al-Iraqi in Erbil, Kurdistan, on the 30th and 31st of May have been the talk of the town for more than a fortnight, as they are the popular singers’ first appearance in Erbil – the beautiful, cosmopolitan capital of Kurdistan in Northern Iraq.
This exceptional event is expected to attract thousands of local fans of the two prominent performers as well as visitors from the neighboring Middle-East countries who would like to admire their idols performing live.
The first concert featuring Haifa Wehbe and Hatem Al-Iraqi will be organized for the public and will take place at the Sami Abdul Rahman Park which has a capacity of:
- 10,000 standing fans
- 2,300 seated, and
- 700 VIP seats
The second night will be held at the garden pool of the luxurious, 5-star Erbil Rotana Hotel and is going to be a more private Gala-Dinner event for a VIP audience of 600 people who will be able to enjoy a magical night with two of the best voices in the Arab world combined with fine dining by the pool.
A Press Conference
The organizers of the concerts, the Lebanese I-EVENTS company, held a press conference in the Beirut Four Season Hotel earlier last month to announce the Erbil concert that will bring together the Lebanese Diva and the famous Iraqi singer. The press conference was attended by a large number of journalists from the local media and it was presented by Dr. Jamal Fayyad who also gave all the relevant details on the two-night Erbil event.
Among the other details journalists were informed that all the technical details of the concerts will be the responsibility of the reputable “In House Production” company which will design and construct the largest stage ever built in Iraq, supply and install the lighting and sound equipment, and take care of the stage decoration.
All the equipment at the concert is of the latest state-of-the art technology and will be shipped to Erbil from Beirut. At the same time, the company has arranged for one of the most spectacular laser-light shows they have ever organized, and the first laser show that has ever taken place in Erbil.
After the end of the press conference Haifa Wehbe and Hatem Al-Iraqi drove straight to Beirut International Airport in order to film the advertising video that will promote their Erbil concert. The video is one of the most expensive and spectacular commercials ever produced for a musical event in the Arab world. The video is directed by Johnny Abdo, a young, promising director and it will be aired during the first week of May.
Who Is Who
Haifa Wehbe became known for her exceptional beauty when at the age of 16 she won the “Miss South Lebanon” title in a beauty contest. After that she worked as a fashion model and became the Miss Lebanon runner-up in 1995.
Her career in music started in 2002 with her first album “Howa Ezzaman” by Rotana Records. Since then, she has released 4 more albums and a large number of singles most of which became big hits all over the Middle East.
Haifa Wehbe’s latest album MJK “Malikat Jamal Kon” is a blend of western and oriental music. It was released in May 2012, and has received good reviews not only from the Middle East, but also from the rest of the world.
In 2006, Haifa Wehbe ranked 8th in the list of the most desirable women in the world, and ranked 2nd in the list of the 10 hottest Arab women. She is the only Arab singer who performed with the American rapper 50 Cent and appeared on the Italian TV performing for celebrities in a fashion show.
Hatem Al Iraqi is not just a singer. He composes his own music, writes lyrics and is a great performer. He is a renowned artist all over the Arab world and has often participated in the Cairo and Dubai International Music Festivals.
His first album “Al Cocktail” was released in 2002 and since then he has released more than 5 albums in which he successfully blends modern music with Iraqi lyrics. Apart from performing solo, he has performed with several prominent singers, such as Kadim Al-Sahir and Waleed Al-Shami, and has composed songs for many others. His latest album “Thakarnakom” was released in 2012 by Rotana Production Company – the biggest company of its kind in the Arab world – and was an instant success. Hatem Al-Iraqi was born in Baghdad in 1969, but now lives in the UAE. He is the father of four sons and one daughter and his full name is Hatem Mashhoot Abbas.
Erbilia Online Magazine will cover this lifetime event of Haifa Wehbe and Hatem Al-Iraqi, stay tuned for exclusive photos and interviews with Haifa Wehbe.
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