Nicki Minaj and her Saudi gig cause a massive social media uproar

The famous rapper will perform at the Jeddah World Fest on 18 July.



  • Nicki Minaj’s Saudi gig has stirred a massive online controversy. 
  • The famous rapper will perform at the Jeddah World Fest on 18 July.
  • The announcement has confused the social media users due to her performance attire. 
  • Some deem the announcement hypocritical, while others call it inappropriate, given its proximity to Mecca.

In another visual example of the Kingdom relaxing restrictions on entertainment, the worldwide famous rapper Nicki Minaj will be performing in Saudi Arabia.

The singer is known for her blunt views on LGBT rights and ‘revealing’ dressing/attire, which is typically deemed unacceptable in KSA. The famous rapper will perform at the Jeddah World Fest on 18 July.

The ultra-conservative Kingdom has strict rules regarding women dressing in particular, which has stirred an online debate. While some view it as hypocritical, the others deem inappropriate, given its proximity to Mecca.

Saudi Arabia’s ‘liberal’ crown prince:

Nicki Minaj’s concert is the most recent example of the kingdom loosening restrictions on entertainment. The crown prince Muhammad bin Salman, after taking the position, vowed to change Saudi Arabia to a more moderate form of Islam.

Prince MBS has been also encouraging the growth of the arts sector. Previously, he revealed his plans for the Luxury Red Sea Resort on the stretch of coastline in the country’s northwest.


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The beach will be a part of his drive to modernize the Saudi economy. To be able to provide more options to the foreign visitors and their unlikeliness to visit a beach covered up in abaya, the prince said that the resort will be ‘governed by laws on par with international standards’ (know more here).

The social media community ‘looking forward’ to Nicki Minaj:

The social media community has given it’s sarcastic, critical and in some cases, supportive views on the news.

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