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Mariah Carey Wore This Kuwaiti Designer For Her First Saudi Concert

Mariah Carey performed in Saudi Arabia for the first time on Thursday at the beautiful outdoor Bay La Sun resort in King Abdullah Economic City in Jeddah. The concert was part of the ongoing first-ever European Golf Tournament to take place in the Kingdom. The multi Grammy award-winning popstar follows in the footsteps of Enrique Iglesias, the Black Eyed Peas, and One Republic, who performed in the Gulf country in December.

The concert kicked off with Carey entering the stage singing “It’s Like That” and wearing a black, form-fitting gown from Kuwaiti couturier Yousef Aljasmi. The dazzling design featured long sleeves and was encrusted with thousands of tiny crystals. With its high neck and long hemline, the gown was both glamorous and in line with Saudi Arabia’s conservative dress codes. It’s not the first time the hitmaker wears Aljasmi’s creations. She chose a figure-hugging, crystal-embellished, fish-tail dress for her 2017 Times Square New Year’s Eve performance. She wore another design by Aljasmi for the 2018 American Music Awards shortly after.

Carey performed for over two hours, serenading the exciting crowd with some of her most popular hit songs, including “Shake It Off”, “Love Takes Time”, “Make It Happen”, “I Don’t Wanna Cry”, “Hero”, and “We Belong Together”.

The singer was the first American female artist to perform in the kingdom, meanwhile the concert is the latest in a string of live performances by some of the top international artists in Saudi Arabia. In the past few months, several concerts have been held in the kingdom thanks to the loosening of restrictions on leisure activities and efforts to modernize society by the kingdom’s Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman. In December, Saudi Arabia saw some of the world’s biggest musical acts take to the stage of Ad Diriyah’s UNESCO Heritage site as part of the inaugural Saudi Ad Diriyah E-Prix. Artists who performed live at the Middle Eastern debut of the E-Prix included Jason Derulo and David Guetta, among others.

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