By Burcu Arik
Colombian pop star Shakira is only hours away from hitting the Istanbul stage on Wednesday during her El Dorado World Tour.
The Grammy award-winning singer will perform at the Vodafone Park Stadium at 9 p.m. (1800GMT) as part of her sixth world trek being held under the same name as her latest album "El Dorado".
The tour, which kicked off on June 3 in Germany's Hamburg, is set to end on Nov. 3, this year in Bogota, Colombia.
Organized by Live Nation Entertainment, the trek consists of 30 cities mostly in Europe and the United States.
Intense preparations are underway around the concert arena -- which is located in Besiktas district on the European side of Turkey's largest city -- for the massive live performance.
The traffic in the surrounding area will be affected by the gig as several roads will be blocked while the drivers will be asked to use alternative routes around the stadium shortly before the concert.
The 41-year-old singer who arrived at the city with her family on Tuesday night will perform in Istanbul after 11 years.