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Saudis promised double the fun in drive to lure back tourist dollars

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will stage more than 5,000 shows, festivals and concerts in 2018, double the number of last year, as it tries to shake off its conservative image in a drive to keep tourist dollars at home and lure in visitors. The state wants to capture up to a quarter of the $20 billion currently spent overseas every year by Saudis seeking entertainment, lifting a ban on cinemas and putting on shows by Western artists. U.S. rapper Nelly performed in Jeddah in December, albeit to a men-only crowd, and Greek…

Rahat to perform in 48 cities worldwide as tribute to Nusrat Fateh

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan will pay a tribute to his illustrious uncle Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan on his 20th anniversary next year by holding 48 concerts in 48 cities around the world including India, USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Nusrat Fateh died at the age of 48 in London after suffering a cardiac arrest on 16th August 1997. The "Shahenshah-e-Qawwali" is considered one of the greatest voice ever recorded and hold the world record as the most prolific ghazal singer. Rahat who is carrying the legacy of Nusrat will…