We’re rolling back the years with this month’s Passions Arabia top picks!

The Ruins // JACC, Kuwait // 23 – 25 October

 An operatic concert celebrating the legend Umm Kulthum as never seen before. The concert presents three of Umm Kulthum’s most famous songs: Amal Hayati, Ana Fi’Intezarak and Al Atlal, performed by May Farouq and conducted by maestro Emad Ashour.

The first part of the show will have a classic feel, very similar to Umm Kulthum’s original stage set, and the second part will present the song Al Atlal in an innovative style, with the latest and most creative uses of theatre technologies, to transform the classic poem/song into something modern, sophisticated, and both visually and vocally stunning.


A Tribute to Dalida // Dubai Opera House // 10 October

 Celebrate the life and work of legendary singer and icon Dalida on 10 October, with a performance by Palestinian singing sensation Lina Sleibi.

With an incredible voice and unique presence, Lina’s cover of Dalida’s “Helwa Ya Baladi” has garnered over six million hits on Youtube.

This special one-off tribute concert will feature songs in Arabic, English, Italian and French including Bambino, Le Temps Des Fleurs, “Helwa Ya Baladi” and “Salma Ya Salama”.