Arab Idol winners at Dubai Food Festival

Carmen Suleiman, Hazem Sharif and Mohammed Assaf will perform in Dubai

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Dubai Food Festival isn’t just about eating as you may already know… the hosts are also entertaining guests by putting on gigs with the Arab Idol winners.

Head down to Global Village on Friday and expect to see all of the show’s biggest stars so far.

Egyptian singer Carmen Suleiman, 20, will wow the crowds with her debut single Kalam Kalam. Despite her achieving success three years ago, we’re expecting to hear more tracks from the 2012 winner’s self-titled first album too.

Then there’s Arab Idol season 2 winner Mohammed Assaf. Remember the 24-year-old almost couldn’t compete due to being late for his Beirut audition but a lovely competitor actually surrendered his place in order to give him a shot at fame?

The Palestinian performer is possibly the most successful acts from the programme and since his 2013 TV stint he has toured Europe, South America, North America and Australia. Plus he just got back from carrying out gig dates in Scandinavia. His time on stage is expected to be full of his original tunes coming from his self-titled debut LP which came out last year.

Hazem Sharif, 21, triumphed in 2014 and his popularity doesn’t look like it will wither quickly. With a great vocal range, he’s remembered for being able to sing folk songs and ballads alike, so the Syrian star will no doubt to keep the audience fixed on his presence. As one of his first big concerts, the fresh winner is the one fans will be most intrigued to see outside of the Arab Idol settings at the free gig starting 8.30pm.

The weekend will also see him appear on stage at the Al Majaz Amphitheatre in the Sharjah Media Center for the musical Shadows. Guests will be taken “on a journey through history and around the globe” as they watch multiple acts from the past and present styles, combining poetry, singing and acting.

The performances are about “expressing love for the homeland and peace”, with Nadine Al Assad reciting poetry, as well as Hazem, Carole Aoun and the Inana Group covering songs by Fayrouz, Abdulhaleem Hafiz, and Najat AL Sagheera.

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