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RIYADH: The handprints of regional and international stars featured in a “Wall of Fame” at Riyadh season attract visitors who want to get closer to their favorite celebrities and personalities.
Everyone who performs at Riyadh Season has the opportunity to leave a handprint in a cement tray, with the final product displayed for all to see. The Wall of Fame is a version of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which is an internationally recognized landmark and has over 2,700 stars honoring the biggest names in the entertainment industry.
The Wall of Fame bears the handprints of celebrities such as Bollywood actor Salman Khan, Syrian singer Assala Nasri, Egyptian comedians Mohamed Henedy and Bayoumi Fouad, Kuwaiti actor Hassan Al-Balam, Saudi singer Abdul Majeed Abdullah, the Lebanese artist Elissa and the Moroccan. Cheb Khaled.
Ayman Al-Hadi thought the idea was “brilliant” because people would go to the Wall of Fame to take a photo with their favorite celebrities and feel close to them.
“I expect Saudi singer Rashed Al-Majid to get his copy soon as he is giving a concert soon and I am delighted to see him,” he told Arab News.
Another visitor, Ahmed Mohammed, said: “I’m a fan of comedy icon Tariq Al-Ali. He’s a source of happiness, he brings a smile to everyone’s face in the Gulf region, and I came to see and take a photo of my favorite celebrity’s handprint here. It is a great idea to collect celebrity handprints and provide a memorable moment for fans visiting this magnificent landmark.
Faisal Mohammed Yousuf said he was happy to see the handprints of so many celebrities gathered on the Wall of Fame. “There is a Hollywood Walk of Fame in the United States, but now we have it here, I’m happy to see it here. It’s a good place to visit.
Hennan Mohammed described herself as a “huge fan” of Khan and that she had visited Riyadh this season to see his mark on the Wall of Fame. “I will be happier to see him in person. I have seen all of his films. What means more here in Wall of Fame is that it brings together celebrities from many nationalities with their handprints on a wall, which is a unique idea.
Ibrahim Al-Haiti said he had admired Nasri for a long time and was a big fan of her. “I listen to her a lot. I want to meet her, so the closest thing to meeting her is the handprint here. I’m happy to be here and take pictures. I like the idea of the Wall of Fame uniting celebrities of different nationalities.It means the presence of those stars who shine here with their handprint, and their presence when they came here.