Iraqi superstar Kadim Al Sahir stole the show at the Royal Opera House Muscat’s Omani Women’s Day Celebration. The popular singer, who also performed two ‘sold out’ concerts to adoring fans was the “special guest star” who capped an evening that paid tribute to Omani Women’s Day, celebrated annually on 17 October.

Al Sahir’s performance followed Omani and international ensembles, among them several all-female performances. The concert began with the Women’s Music Band of the Royal Oman Police, who marched through the auditorium and onto the stage playing their bagpipes and drums, followed by an 11-women string ensemble from the Royal Oman Symphony Orchestra. The ROHM also invited Armenian artist Hasmik Leyloyan and her female ensemble to play. Known as the “Queen of Qanon”, Layloyan demonstrated her diversity and skills on the traditional string instrument. Egyptian marimba player Nesma Abdel Aziz and her ensemble further delighted the crowd.