Hiba Tawaji; The first female singer to perform solo in Saudi Arabia

Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hosted the very first concert performed by a female singer called Hiba Tawaji.

Tawaji performed for the first time in KSA in the historic, all-women event which was held at King Fahd Cultural Center in the capital Riyadh.This concert comes after the historic decision to lift the ban on women driving in the country.

This is Hiba’s first visit to the kingdom, The Lebanese singer is best known for playing the main female role in some of the most known Rahbani musicals. She also participated in the fourth season of France’s version of The voice, in which she was coached by Mika and qualified to the semi-final. She sings in Arabic, English and French. She performed Arab classics and covers of Whitney Houston and Céline Dion songs for thousands of young women. The singer made history and expressed her happiness on twitter saying that she’ll never forget this night.

Recently, Saudi Arabia had witnessed the Greek composer Yanni play a concert for a mixed-sex audience. The country also recently hosted all-male concerts by performers Toby Keith and Nelly. The decision to turn to tourism and entertainment is considered an attempt to diversify its economy to end its dependence on oil exports.