More than 22,000 Madonna fans braved the heat last night to see their idol's first performance in the Arab world.
The entertainer, who is known for her daring and extravagant performances, was as controversial as ever as she took to the stage at du Arena on Yas Island.
The 53-year-old singer kicked off the show, the first of two concerts in the capital, to the sound of a chiming church bell and dancers clad in red monks' cloaks. The five-minute intro was dripping with religious iconography as a massive gold-coloured thurible, teeming with smoke, swung over the heads of the audience. Madonna appeared on stage wearing a black veil, gold crown and a skin-tight black catsuit, after pretending to smash a window with a large rifle.
The singer, who was bursting with energy and looking fit as ever, started her set with the upbeat Girl Gone Wild, from her new album, accompanied by male dancers who had thrown off their cloaks and were dancing shirtless.
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