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A Tribute to Umm Kulthum

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Relish the magic of Umm Kulthum brought to life by the talented Tunisian singer Ghalia Benali at the Dubai Opera. Produced by the the Arts Canteen and MWSOUL Art Foundation of Belgium, the show is bound to be amongst the most sought after musical performances this February.

Why Watch A Tribute to Umm Kulthum

Umm Kulthum was bestowed the title Kawab A Sharq, which translates to ‘Star of the Orient’, for her exemplary contribution to the music of the Middle East. She rose to become one of the 20th century’s most influential singers and songwriters. In her home country, she was dubbed ‘The Voice of Egypt’. Her music is influenced by traditional Persian melodies, leading to prodigious use of native instruments. This did not stop her from exploring a range of styles, placing her amongst some of the most versatile musicians in the world.

Her legacy is honoured by Ghalia Benali on February 16 at the Dubai Opera. Today, she is the face of contemporary Arabic music. As a singer who grew up during the explosion of the world music phenomena, her influences are varied and rich. She has a truly polymorphic voice that is worthy of a tribute to the legendary Umm Kulthum.

The Show

Ghalia Benali demonstrates her mastery of ‘Tarab’ or ‘enchantment’. Umm Kulthum’s music was characterized by this very concept of Tarab, a style of singing that enthralled audiences throughout the 1950s and 60s. Benali also comes close to Kulthum’s famous contralto vocal range. She is set to revive exceptional classics such as Nahg El Borda and Raba El Adawya at the Dubai Opera.

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Know Before You Go

Show Details

Show Timings

16 February

2 hours and 30 minutes including one 20-minute interval.

Children under the age of 2 are not allowed inside the auditorium. All patrons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Performed by
Ghalia Benali

Original Songs by
Umm Kulthum

Additional Information

Available Facilities
Paid Parking at P2/P3 on Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard
Wheelchair accessible

Rules and Regulations
Doors open 30 minutes before the shows begin.
Latecomers will be allowed inside the hall only during a break.
The door of the auditorium will be closed 5 minutes before the show commences.
The use of any camera recording devices is strictly prohibited inside the hall.

Getting There
Dubai Opera is located in Downtown Dubai.
By Metro: You can hop on to the Metro Tram and get off at the Burj Khalifa Station. A 20-minute walk from the station will lead you to the venue.
By Bus: If you decide to travel by bus, get off at the Dubai Mall Station and then walk to the venue.

Please note that valet parking is no longer available.

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Strict Cancellation Policy

This experience cannot be canceled, amended or rescheduled.

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How to Redeem Your Tickets

Your mobile tickets will be sent to you by email shortly. You may display your ticket on your mobile phone at the box office on the day of the experience.

It is highly recommended that you arrive early and settle down before the show begins.


The ticket is valid only for the same day and same time you have opted for.

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