Etihad Arena has announced new times for its Eid concerts.
Over the holiday, there will be two shows: Assala and Hussain Al Jassmi on Thursday and Myriam Fares and Tamer Hosny on Friday.
Both events were scheduled to start later in the evening but have moved forward because of Abu Dhabi’s stay-at-home orders which asks people to stay home from midnight to 5am. Doors will now open at 4.30pm with the shows starting at 6.30pm. The events are scheduled to finish at 10pm, allowing for concertgoers to reach home in a timely manner before midnight.
“Doors will now open for the Eid #inAbuDhabi concerts at 4.30pm, to ensure compliance with the new protocols to enable the National Sterilisation Programme, as well as to enable you to return home safely on time,” says a post on Etihad Arena’s Instagram.
In addition to the new timing announcement, Etihad Arena reminds guests that they will need to show a negative PCR test taken within 48 hours and that all attendees above 16 will also need to be fully vaccinated (post-28 days from the second dose) and present the E or Star icon on the Al Hosn app to enter the venue.
What can guests expect at the shows?
Kicking off the proceedings is the double bill of Emirati singer Al Jassmi and Syrian singer Assala Nasri.
Both will dip into the dynamic repertoires of their careers to perform hits spanning more than two decades.
As one of the premier purveyors of Khaleeji pop, Jassmi is expected to perform crowd favourites including Bahebek Wahashteni and Ahebbak.
Known for her evocative balladry, Assala fans can look forward to the emotive tracks Shamekh and Bent Akaber.
Hosny has plenty of fresh material to play, with the release of a number of new singles in the past few months, including Bahebak Enta, and Mabatalnash Ehsas from the coming album Khaleek Folazy.
Lebanese pop star and dancer Myriam Fares also found screen success with her documentary, Myriam Fares: The Journey, premiering on Netflix in June.
As much as that was an intimate look into her family life, Fares is also her natural self on stage as a vibrant performer and singer of hits Ghmorni and Nifsi Aoulhalak.