Dubai Opera is set to host a concert featuring a hologram of the late Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez for Eid Al Fitr. The holographic version of Hafez will be accompanied by a live orchestra as his greatest hits are revisited. The concert will take place on the 13th and 14th of May and will bring the late singer and his music, back to life.
Abdel Halim Hafez’s digital form has performed once before at Egypt’s Baron Empain Palace and the concert was sold out.
At Dubai Opera, the forthcoming concert is being organized by MBC and UAE production company, NDP, who also organized the Umm Kulthum hologram concert. The organizers first used the technology in 2019 in Saudi Arabia’s Hegra. The hologram is built by technicians that spent hours studying the Egyptian singer’s every move and body language by watching his previous performances. The team that created the hologram also consulted extensively with his family members in order to capture him as he was for absolute accuracy for the performances.
Abdel Halim Hafez was also known as the Al-Andaleeb-Al-Asmar, and in English, “The Black Nightingale.” Hafez’s music first came into the limelight in 1951 with his first hit after which he went on to sing and act, making his fame. The singer was known for his baritone voice and often spoke of love and his love for Egypt through his music and lyrics. Some of his most best known songs are Khosara, Ahwak, and Gana El Hawa. He died in 1971.
Tickets start from AED 350 and can be booked on Dubai Opera’s website.