(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Raynald C Rivera | The Peninsula
DOHA: The live performance of multi-award winning Arab pop icon Ramy Ayach will highlight the closing ceremony of Shop Qatar 2018 on Thursday at Doha Festival City (DHFC).
The multi-platinum Lebanese singer-composer will render an eclectic mix of contemporary Arabic pop music at the free concert which precedes the fourth and final raffle draw of Shop Qatar. He is scheduled to perform at 7.30pm at DHFC Center Court followed by the draw at 9 pm.
'It is a great pleasure and privilege to perform at the Shop Qatar closing ceremony. I miss Qatar's lovely people enormously and can't wait to be among my fans there again. I hope they will enjoy the performance which will be a mix of some of my old songs and of course, some new singles, said Ayach.
Rising to fame after winning the grand prize at a major Pan-Arab talent show, Ayach is often called the ‘Pop Star' in the Arab world for his huge impact to contemporary Arab music and pop culture. Also an actor, the accomplished artist is behind some of the most well-known Arab songs.
His name is also recognized in the world of philanthropy is the founder of Ayach Al Tofoula Foundation whose work focuses mainly on educating and empowering children.
The final draw will give away cars and cash prizes worth up to QR1m to 15 winners. Shoppers still have until Wednesday to shop or dine at any of the 13 participating malls to get the chance to win any of the prizes. For every QR200 spent at any of the participating retailers or restaurants, shoppers can enter the final draw.
Meanwhile, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Qatar (VCUarts Qatar) kicked off a two-day exclusive trunk show yesterday at DHFC. Nine exhibitors comprising VCUarts Qatar students, alumni and faculty are showcasing their latest ready-to-wear creations, abayas, and accessories.
The boutique-like space offers an immersive experience where visitors can learn about the design process from sketch to the final product; receive fashion consultations as well as by the creations on display.
Mashal Shahbik, Director of Tourism Events and Festivals at Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) said: 'In its second edition, Shop Qatar continues to provide new platforms for local talent to showcase their creativity and broaden their market reach. As evidenced by the resounding successes we witnessed at the three fashion shows and workshop held earlier this festival, there is a growing appreciation and appetite for bespoke design in Qatar, which makes us particularly proud to partner with VCUarts Qatar to support locally-based designers.
She added, 'As the month's festivities draw to an end, we are looking forward to the grand finale celebrations at DHFC on Thursday evening and would like to invite everyone who has been part of this brand new tradition to come out and join us.
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