The Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation will be hosting a gala concert by Moroccan vocalist Najat Rajawi, which will be held on the sidelines of the Prize Distribution Ceremony of the fifteenth session (2016-2017) of Al Owais Cultural Awards. The concert will take place on Thursday evening, March 29, 2018.


Rajawi, a keen enthusiast of classical Arabic music and singing, made her debut in a TV talent show in Morocco in 2006, in which she received the “Best Voice” award. Moreover, the strength and beauty of her voice and her effortless performances lead her to gain audience recognition both in her home country and in the Arab World. She performed at the Cairo Opera House in Egypt, where she was awarded the top prize for “Best Song” and “Best Performance”.


In 2015, Rajawi took part in “The Voice” talent show, where she was the runner-up. She released a number of songs that brought together the authenticity of traditional Arabic music and the contemporariness of modern singing and reintroduced classic Arabic songs in a new format.


In her upcoming concert at Al Owais Cultural Foundation, Rajawi will perform a selection of famous songs by renowned Arab singers, including Umm Kulthoom, Warda, Mayyada Al Hennawi, Mohammed Abdo, Asmahan, Fayza Ahmed, Mohammed Abdel Wahab and Abdul Halim Hafez among others.


The gala concert will be held on day 2 of the Award-Distribution Ceremony Event organized by the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation. On day 1 of the event (Wednesday March 28, 2018) awards will be distributed to the winners of the 15th session of Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Awards, namely: Lebanese poet Shawqi Bazi’(Poetry Award), Iraqi novelist Abdel Khaliq Al Rikabi and Lebanese novelist Hoda Barakat (Short Story, Novel and Drama Award), Tunisian critic and academic Dr. Hammadi Sammoud (Literary Studies and Criticism Award) and Lebanese thinker Dr. Georges Corm (Humanities and Future Studies Award).


Furthermore, the Board of Trustees of the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation will also honor the United Arab Emirates University, winner of the “Scientific and Cultural Achievement Award”, which was selected from among 237 candidates in recognition of the scientific and cultural values it has persisted in establishing in the community and its achievements as the first national university to be established in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan - may Allah have mercy upon him –in the city of Al Ain.


It is worth mentioning that the winners of the Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Awards were selected by the Award’s jury committee from among 1,662 candidates who had been nominated for the current edition of the Award. They were granted the awards in recognition of the depth and authenticity of their experience, their force of expression and their contribution to contemporary Arab culture.