Line-up, prices revealed for Dakar Rally closing concert in Qiddiya

DJ Snake, Wiz Khalifa and Young Thug will take to the stage in the future entertainment, sports and cultural city of Qiddiya. (GEA)
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Updated 15 January 2020

Line-up, prices revealed for Dakar Rally closing concert in Qiddiya

  • The Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, running from Jan. 5 to Jan. 17, features more than 500 pilots from 62 countries
  • Concert brings an end to the Dakar event in the Kingdom

LONDON: The line-up for the Dakar Rally Final Party concert in Qiddiya on Jan. 17 was revealed on Tuesday.

DJ Snake, Wiz Khalifa and Young Thug will take to the stage in the future entertainment, sports and cultural city where the winners in each category of the Dakar Rally will be crowned on the final podium of the event.

Wiz Khalifa is a Platinum-selling American rapper, singer, songwriter and actor who has recorded three No. 1 albums on the US Billboard chart since his debut in 2006.

DJ Snake, a French record producer and music programmer, is best known for his 2013 hits “Bird Machine” and “Turn Down for What.”

American rapper and songwriter Young Thug is best known for hit song “Havana” with pop singer Camila Cabello, which reached No. 1 on the US Billboard chart in January 2018 — his first number one single.

The Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia, running from Jan. 5 to Jan. 17, features more than 500 pilots from 62 countries who started their 7,800 kilometer journey in Jeddah and will finish in the new city of Qiddiya.

General admission tickets for the closing concert start from SAR150 ($40) with VIP packages available for SAR1,250.

Tickets can be bought here.


TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

Updated 24 January 2020

TheFace: Deema Al-Jaafari, Saudi entrepreneur

  • I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them
  • I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh

For nine years, I was the only child in my family. My father was a very independent, strong character and I learned a lot from him.

Having started from zero, he taught me to work hard, seek perfection and always believe that anything was possible if you set your mind to it. 

My mother was very easy going and encouraging. She really believed in me and was always supportive. There was a balance at home for me with these two different characters.

Some people might think that being an only child for quite some time, I was spoiled and dependent. But that was never the case and I have an amazing relationship with my little sister Maha; she is my best friend.

My father works in pharmaceuticals and is chairman of the board of directors at Al-Dawaa Medical Services.

My mother was a schoolteacher before entering the world of business, and my sister is a chemical engineer. Though we are a very diverse family, we all have an appreciation for art which is evident in our household. My mother is an artist and art collector too.

I do not have a role model; there are many people I look up to in the business world and in my social life. 

I studied software engineering and worked in that field for almost a year, but although I learnt a lot I wanted more from my career. Software engineering made me think and solve problems in a different way and it played a major role in how I operate in the field of business.

I worked at Al-Dawaa for almost two years and found that I was more attracted to business and marketing than the technical side of things. That is when I decided to take on the family business, Waleed Al-Jaafari Establishment.

I run PIECES, a retail store I founded in Alkhobar in 2012 and later opened a branch in Riyadh in 2014. Now, we are working to make it an online business too.

I noticed that there was a demand in the Kingdom for custom-made furniture, and although some stores offered the service there was little choice. So, I decided to provide high-quality furniture made in Saudi Arabia.

In 2015 I founded Teak Woodwork in Alkhobar which has extended its services to cities including Jeddah and Riyadh. My father has other branches dealing with different fields, but I opted to run the retail store and woodwork services. 

I truly believe that if you set limits to your abilities you will never be able to exceed them. Once you realize that there are no limits, all doors will open for you.