Following an eventful summer filled with festivals and concerts, the art world went through a phase of quiet and calm.
While waiting for momentum to pick up, some artists decided to rest, while others chose to take the time to prepare new works. Several artists joined programmes to discover talented Arab youth as members of judging panels.
Superstar Ragheb Alama is one of the artists participating in the judges' panel of "Arab Idol", which will be filmed in Beirut and aired live on MBC next January.
Alama is now in Dubai participating in casting for the programme, after finishing in Egypt and Morocco. Kuwait is the next stop. Yara is also taking part in a judges' panel for the "Najm al-Khaleej" programme, which just started last week and is being filmed at the Forum de Beyrouth.
Eyes are set on second season of the "Arabs Got Talent" programme to see if Najwa Karam, Ali Jaber and Amr Adib will return to the judges' panel. Filming is supposed to begin in December, and the episodes will be broadcast next April.
Kazem al-Saher visited Beirut to take part in shooting the second episode of "Najm al-Khaleej". Recently, al-Saher collaborated with Majida al-Roumi in a new song titled "Waadttak".
He also paid a visit to Iraq, which he described in an interview on the "Bahth wa Taharri" programme on Melody FM Radio as his "duty" in his capacity as a United Nations Ambassador of Goodwill.
Al-Saher said the visit was to look for areas where there are needy children. He said his visit was "a great honour and an awesome message. I had mixed feelings of longing, sadness and joy during my visit to Iraq."
Shatha Hassoun returned from Qatar to Beirut to celebrate the release of her first album "Wajh Thani". She returned after singing at two big wedding events in Doha. Her stop in Doha gave her more than one opportunity for media exposure, during which she spoke about her album and her selection as a United Nations Ambassador for Peace.
Carole Samaha is preparing for the "Stars on Board" cruise, which is organised by Youssef Harb, and will be sailing from Miami on October 7th. The cruise will head to the Bahamas for three nights, during which Carole will sing at two music events.
On the evening of September 16th, Samaha sang at the World Travel Awards at the Soho Square in Sharm El Sheikh. From the stage of Egypt Hall, she sang to a mixed audience of Arab and foreign nationals.
This event comes after performing at a concert in Qatar, where Samaha sang with a group of foreign stars at the annual Global Party, which is organised to support humanitarian and environmental activities in the world.
Haifa Wehbe revealed that her new album includes 15 songs, one of which is a duet with the internationally renowned rap singer Snoop Dogg. She also finished shooting the music video for her new song "Bukra Bfarjeek" with an Italian director.
Emirati singer and United Nations Ambassador at Large Hussein al-Jasmi is preparing for the release in the next few days of his new album that contains 12 songs. Some of the songs included have already been played on radio stations and have become popular with listeners, which led him to collect them and release an album.