The rain didn’t stop the Salam Aleikum Peace Concert from attracting expats, visitors and locals alike from gathering together last night at Zabeel Park to enjoy music performed by artists from Africa and the Middle East. From Zain Bikha’s contemporary Nasheed to the hip hop rhythms of Arabian Knightz, the concert’s mission was to organize an event where people could come together and enjoy alternative beats and celebrate diversity and Dubai’s multi-cultural city. Badiaa Bouhrizi, an indie folk composer and singer from Tunisia, with her song “Salam” got the crowd in the spirit of the event. Delhi Sultanate & Begum X’s, wowed the people with their alternative beats, while Al Morabba3 a poplar band from Jorden, Amani Yahya from Yemen, and Malya Saadi from Algeria, wrapped up the show. Graffiti artists painted a large Salam sign at the park and event goers were invited to write their messages of peace on a board near the stage.
The SMCCU was keen to support such an event and its organizer Hamida Aman, an Afghan-born and UAE-based media entrepreneur to help promote the ideas of peaceful coexistence and tolerance among the people from all walks of life.