Nihad Fathy made history on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, in Saudi Arabia, becoming the first female singer to perform before a mixed audience for the first time in the country.
Egypt’s National Arab Music Ensemble (AME) of the Egyptian Opera House debuted in the Kingdom with Fathy performing before a 2,500 audience at King Fahad Cultural Center in Riyadh.
“This event is a realization of one of the main concepts of Vision 2030, spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, which is social and cultural reform through inclusion and participation. This is a transformative moment in the evolution of Saudi Arabia into a more vibrant economy and society.
As Fathy took the stage, the crowd broke into a rapturous applause, showcasing a great change in the country’s culture. The Egyptian Opera House ensemble, which was led by famous conductor Moustafa Helmy, featured 45 male and female musicians and singers, including the star singers Ahmed Effat and Mai Farouq.
The event was held under the patronage of the Saudi General Culture Authority.