After Abu Dhabi Mosque Controversy, Rihanna Set to Wow Tel Aviv

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Tens of thousands of fans of pop singer Rihanna are currently flocking to Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon to see the Barbados-born star’s sole offering in Israel during her “Diamond Tour.”

Israel is one of the last stops on Rihanna’s international tour, which began in March in New York. Over 50,000 tickets were sold for Tuesday night’s performance, which is her second in Israel. She last performed in Israel in May 2010.

It is still unknown if she plans to spend an extra day in Israel, or if she will depart for her next venue right after the performance.

The concerts during this tour, which have lasted for an hour and a half, on average, have comprised five different parts, each one marked by a costume change.

Fans should expect to hear roughly 30 songs from Rihanna’s seven albums. During this tour, she has taken to starting her set with the song “Mother Mary,” but has also surprised audiences by kicking off the performance with “Phresh Out the Runway," as well.

This past weekend, Rihanna was asked to leave a mosque in Abu Dhabi. Although she was dressed in modest clothing, the mosque’s management was apparently displeased with the provocative photos she was posing for while visiting the mosque.

Rihanna arrived in Israel just after performing in Abu Dhabi, where she was photographed visiting holy sites in traditional garb, including a head covering.

Fans have been encouraged to use public transportation to reach the event, as Namir Road in and around the Rokach Interchange exit on the southbound Ayalon Freeway have been closed to traffic. Israel Railways has committed to increase service to the nearby Tel Aviv University station to help fans get to and from the venue as well. Beginning at 11:30 P.M., trains will be on standby at the station, ready to head south toward central Tel Aviv as they fill up.

Singer Rihanna performs at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California April 8, 2013.Credit: Reuters

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