Nicki Minaj Set to Headline Jeddah World Fest in Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia has invited American rapper Nicki Minaj to perform in the country this month. This is an unusual move for the famously conservative kingdom, knowing that the style of music and fashion of the rapper is in no way conservative.
Minaj is scheduled to headline the Jeddah World Fest, a music and performance festival, on July 18. DJ Steve Aoki and singer Liam Payne have also been scheduled to perform. Saudi Arabia is also offering quick online visas for international visitors.
The Saudi government in recent times has made efforts to relax some of its restrictions. Last year, a 35-year ban on movie theatres was lifted, and women were finally given the right to drive. This year, Mariah Carey held her own concert in Saudi Arabia, despite backlash from women’s rights activists.
It’s all part of an economic overhaul under Vision 2030, an effort to reduce the Country’s reliance on oil and an attempt to create economic activities at home where citizens are encouraged to spend their money within its borders.