As the countdown approaches to bid farewell to year 2009, preparations are complete for Arab singers to meet their fans during New Year's Eve concerts in Lebanon and across the Arab world.
Many of them are expected to present new songs during these concerts, while others will present their most famous repertoire of songs.
Sultan al-Tarab George Wassouf will hold a New Year's concert in the National Exhibition Center (BIEL) in the center of Beirut with singer Fares Karam, who will also appear at the Edde Sands complex in Jbeil for a concert with singer Yara.
Superstar Ragheb Alama and singer Haifa Wehbe will hold their New Year's Eve concert in the BIEL Royal Pavilion, and Haifa will also participate with Wael Kfoury in a concert at the Phoenicia Intercontinental Hotel.
Egyptian star Amr Diab will hold a New Year's concert along with singer Melissa in Martyrs' Square in downtown Beirut.
Fadel Shaker and the Egyptian Shireen Abdul Wahab will appear at Hotel L'Oreal al-Dhabia, and Fadel will also perform at the Hotel Habtoor in Sin al-Fil alongside Nancy Ajram and Assi al-Hellani.
Composer Melham Barakat will hold a concert at the Marina Complex in Dabia, in which singer Roula Saad and comedian Elie Ayoub will participate. The artist Bassima will celebrate the holiday at the restaurant Le Barticolier in Sodeco.
Walid Toufiq will appear at Atlal Plaza in Tabarja alongside Elie Ayoub, while singer Darine Hadchiti will hold a holiday concert at the Hotel Raphael in Jounieh.
Najwa Karam will greet the new year with a tribute concert in Hotel La Cigale in Doha, Qatar, with Aymen Zabib. Nawal Zoghby, who has a new album produced by Melody coming out soon, will appear in a concert at Hotel City Stars in Cairo alongside Gulf artist Hussein al-Jasmi.
Singer Elissa, who released her new album "Tsadiq Bimeen," will hold a concert with Wael al-Jasaarin at the Hotel Semiramis in Cairo.
Singer Carol Samaha will hold a New Year's concert at the Hotel Intercontinental in Amman, Jordan, and singer Diana Haddad will perform in Dubai.
Pascal Mashalani will share the joy of the holiday by hosting a party with the Arab communities in Ottawa, Canada.
In other art news, singer Assi al-Hellani completed filming a music video with director Said al-Marouq, with lyrics from Nabil Khalaf and music from Walid Saad.
Tunisian artist Latifah launched from Beirut her album in the Gulf dialect titled "Atahada," while Algerian singer Fellah recorded "Dio" with Moroccan artist Mahmoud al-Idrissi.
Meanwhile, Syrian actress Sulaf Fawakherji is preparing to film the series "Cleopatra" next January, once director Wael Ramadan completes the plans to film in Alexandria, al-Aqsar, Aswan, and Cairo. The series is produced by Media Production City with a script by Syrian writer Qamar al-Zaman Alloush.
PHOTO: [File] Haifa Wehbe is one of the dozens of stars celebrating the new year with fans.