The Firqat Alnoor Orchestra waves israeli and Emirati flags as it performs a musical tribute to new bilateral ties
The Firqat Alnoor Orchestra waves israeli and Emirati flags as it performs a musical tribute to new bilateral ties
Photo: Screenshot
The Firqat Alnoor Orchestra carries israeli and Emirati flags in a musical tribute to new bilateral ties

Israeli cover of Emirati hit earns fans across Arab world

Firqat Alnoor Orchestra releases music video of new instrumental arrangement in honor of peace deal between the two countries, garnering thousands of views and shares on social media, including from UAE's culture minister

Itamar Eichner |
Published: 09.29.20 , 12:06
An Israeli ensemble has won praise across the Arab world for a recently released instrumental rendition of an Emirati hit song celebrating the peace accord struck between the two countries.
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  • Firqat Alnoor's musical director, Ariel Cohen, produced the instrumental arrangement of the song Aheibak by Emirati musician Hussain al-Jassmi in honor of the newly signed bilateral agreement between Israel and the UAE.
    (The cover of Aheibak by the Firqat Alnoor Orchestra)
    Israeli artistic director Ronen Peled Hadad also created a music video to accompany the rendition of the song, filmed with a drone atop Tel Aviv's Azrieli Tower skyscraper.
    The Firqat Alnoor Orchestra carries israeli and Emirati flags in a musical tribute to new bilateral ties The Firqat Alnoor Orchestra carries israeli and Emirati flags in a musical tribute to new bilateral ties
    The Firqat Alnoor Orchestra carries israeli and Emirati flags in a musical tribute to new bilateral ties
    (Photo: Screenshot)
    The video is filled with shots of the Tel Aviv landscape and shows the orchestra's Arab and Jewish members flying both the Israeli and Emirati flags, while white doves are released to symbolize the peace between the countries.
    The Firqat Alnoor Orchestra waves israeli and Emirati flags as it performs a musical tribute to new bilateral ties The Firqat Alnoor Orchestra waves israeli and Emirati flags as it performs a musical tribute to new bilateral ties
    The Firqat Alnoor Orchestra waves israeli and Emirati flags as it performs a musical tribute to new bilateral ties
    (Photo: Screenshot)
    The video has garnered hundreds of thousands of views across different social media platforms and was shared thousands of times on Twitter and WhatsApp groups across the UAE and Bahrain, which has also recently normalized its relations with Israel.
    Emirati Minister of Culture and Youth Noura Al Kaabi also shared the performance with her followers on Twitter.
    The Firqat Alnoor Orchestra was established in 2013 by Hana Ftaya and comprises Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Druze musicians.
    The group aims to bring classical Arab and Oriental music to the forefront of Israeli culture covering songs from Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Maghreb countries.
    “As a temporary language capable of connecting peoples, beliefs and religions, the orchestra seeks to represent the State of Israel and classical oriental music in Israel and on international stages around the world,” Firqat Alnoor says in its mission statement.
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