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Saudi Arabia

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Saudi Arabia is the second largest Muslim country (Algeria is the largest). Its population of 27 million does very well if a citizen is one of the 7,000 princes who can do whatever they like, and less well if the citizen is a man, men can travel freely and divorce without reason but cannot say a syllable against the absolute monarch or sharia law; and horrible for women who are treated all their lives like children or useful beasts of burden.

The very look of a woman is offensive; in public they must be covered completely. So poisonous is a woman that if she is raped she must be executed, even if she is only 6 years old. Because the law insists it was her fault. Always.

Saudi Arabia gets away with massive human rights abuses because it is swimming in oil, and ridiculously wealthy, and a major buyer of weapons, which the United States falls over itself selling to totalitarian regimes.

The success of religionists in planting the idea that cold-blooded murder of little girls and bloggers is holy has been widely noted. Religionists in neighboring countries have convinced young unemployed men lacking skills that shooting cartoonists and Jews and Syrians and Nigerians is good. And Saudi Arabia responds by building walls around its country, to keep out the fighters they so happily groomed.
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Jessica Kahawaty touches down in Milan for football, fashion week
Tue, 2019-09-17 16:55

DUBAI: Lebanese-Australian model and influencer Jessica Kahawaty jetted to Milan this week to support her favorite Italian football team Inter Milan, which she incidentally models for.  

Kahawaty is also expected to attend Milan Fashion Week, set to take place from Sept. 17-23.  

The model teased her 898,000 followers, writing on her Instagram Story, “NYC-Milano for something big tomorrow, can you guess?”

On the following story, the model revealed to her fans that she was flying over to attend a Champions League game between Inter Milan FC and SK Slavia Prague , which took place on Tuesday. She wrote, “You all guessed it! Going to be at the Champions League game supporting @inter. See you at San Siro Stadium Milano!”

In July, Kahawaty unveiled her gritty ad campaign for Inter Milan.

The clip, which Kahawaty and Inter shared on their Instagram pages, featured various dedicated professionals, from a dancer to a kite surfer, refining their craft through sheer hard work.

“Whatever they say/ don’t bother trying. Triers can quit/ while I’m here, flying,” a male voice says in the video, before adding, “I’ve failed without guard/ I’ve fallen hard. I’ve been so wrong/ And that made me strong.”

The camera then panned to Kahawaty, wearing the club’s signature black-and-blue striped kit, who seems to be standing in a cavernous tunnel, as she says, “But this is not for everyone.”

The model took to Instagram to share the clip at the time, captioning the post: “Proud to reveal my international campaign for @inter football team” in English, Italian and Arabic.

She stars alongside Chinese contemporary dancer Duan Jingting, the former Shanghai Ballet dancer who shot to fame on “So You Think You Can Dance China” and Airton Cozzolino, a champion kite surfer.

Kahawaty studied business, finance and law in Sydney and then made a move into modelling and event hosting.

The social media influencer, is also keen supporter of a number of humanitarian causes, including UNICEF and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Last year, fashion house Louis Vuitton selected Kahawaty to work with UNICEF at the Za’atari refugee camp in Jordan to help children affected by the Syrian crisis, which has seen millions of people displaced.

The multi-talented celebrity also gave a talk at the TEDxSciencesPo event in Paris in April 2018.

The conference, according to a press release, brought together influencers “who work toward breaking the wall between the East and the West” and aims to “provide an essential bridge, to fuse the gap between rising trends of neo-conservatism predominant in the South of France and the cultural diversity that characterizes the Arab world.”

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Tue, 17 Sep 2019 13:59:35 +0000

Regional designers wow the front row at LFW
Mon, 2019-09-16 16:03

DUBAI: Emirati designer Ahmed Khyeli showed off his ethereal new collection at London Fashion Week on Sunday, just before British-Afghani designer Osman Yousefzada and Omani label Atelier Zuhra showcased their latest lines on Monday.

Yousefzada’s eponymous label OSMAN staged a showcase of the designer’s dreamy Spring/Summer 2020 collection, complete with frothy tulle, vibrant jungle prints and more structured, belted two-piece outfits in bright pastel shades.

Atelier Zuhra — the brainchild of designer Rayan Al-Sulaimani and entrepreneur Mousa Al-Awfi — put on a show of denim creations. Splattered with what looked like cracked white paint and underlain with delicate white tulle, the Omani fashion house found new ways to update denimwear.

Emirati designer Ahmed Khyeli showed off his ethereal new collection at London Fashion Week. (Getty Images)

For his part, London-based Khyeli wowed the front row with a sneak peak of his Spring/Summer 2020 line, full of dramatic silhouettes in a much lighter color palette that the rich dark shades the designer has become known for.

Although the collection still featured a smattering of midnight blacks, hot salmon pinks, milky pea greens and nude shades were out in full force.

A feathered white ballgown and matching jacket was the main event at the show, with its decadent cascading feathers and sweetheart neckline. Peek-a-boo cutouts, tiny sequins and tightly rouched material also made appearances in the collection.

Khyeli is no stranger to spotlight and his designs have been worn by some of the entertainment industry’s leading ladies.

In March, makeup mogul Kylie Jenner sported a daring ensemble by the designer for a photoshoot.

 Ahmed Khyeli presented a sneak peak of his Spring/Summer 2020 line. (Getty Images)

The 21-year-old, who was recently named the youngest ever self-made billionaire by Forbes, wore a custom-made gown by Khyeli.

The dramatic black minidress featured a frilled train running up the side along with an oversized, ruffled collar.

Lady Gaga took to the Jimmy Kimmel Live TV show in early March to talk about her 2019 Oscar win while wearing a gown by Khyeli.

The beaded tulle gown, with a swimsuit-style bodice and strappy shoulders, hailed from the label’s Spring 2019 collection and, according to the fashion house, took more than 200 hours to embroider by hand.

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Mon, 16 Sep 2019 13:14:39 +0000

Shanina Shaik spotted on and off the runway in New York
Wed, 2019-09-11 11:47

DUBAI: A-Cold-Wall, founded by Virgil Abloh protégé Samuel Ross, and Diesel Red Tag unveiled their hotly-anticipated collaborative capsule collection during New York Fashion Week via an installation, which took over SoHo’s Grand Street on Sept. 10. Ahead of the big reveal, the brands celebrated the launch by hosting a glamorous dinner that was attended by a drove of celebrities, including Karrueche Tran, Kehlani, and Shanina Shaik. Nearly everyone in attendance was wearing pieces plucked from the new Diesel Red Tag x A-Cold-Wall Spring 2020 collection.

Victoria’s Secret model Shaik chose a tie-dye splattered t-shirt, which was neatly tucked into a pair of black, slim-fit jeans. Shaik, whose father is Saudi-Pakistani and whose mother is Lithuanian-Australian, accessorized the casual, laid-back look with a miniature leather handbag and a pair of black, pointed-toe pumps. With her black hair pulled back into a sleek, low-hanging ponytail, Shaik exuded effortless cool.  



The NEW @diesel X @acoldwall collection out now #diesel

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The 28-year-old has been keeping quite busy this NYFW. Following the dinner, Shaik attended Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty Spring 2020 show on Tuesday. Additionally, she’s been spotted at shows by Tommy Hilfiger, Carolina Herrera, PrettyLittleThing x Saweetie and the Harper’s Bazaar Icons party. And when she’s not turning heads on the front row, she’s stealing the scene on the runway, including at LaQuan Smith’s Spring 2020 showcase earlier this week.   

Indeed, it appears that the model hasn’t let her recent divorce slow her down. News of her split from longtime beau Greg “DJ Ruckus” Andrews took the internet by storm when It was first announced in June. The model filed the paperwork in the Los Angeles County Court in July, citing irreconcilable differences, according to TMZ.



PLT tonight @prettylittlething

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News of their split came as a shock to fans as, earlier this year, Shaik spoke to British model Rosie Huntington-Whitely about starting a family.

“Personally, I’m thinking about a family and when to settle down and have all that as well,” she told the website Rose Inc. “But there are so many things on my dream board that I need to tick off and want to do, and hopefully I’ll do some more movies as well. If I can do all of that, I’ll be very happy,” she added.

The model married Andrews on musician Lenny Kravitz’s private island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas in May 2018.

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Wed, 11 Sep 2019 10:03:46 +0000

Lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters opens first Middle East store 
Thu, 2019-09-05 15:13

DUBAI: Lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters on Thursday opened its first Middle East store in the glitzy UAE city of Dubai.

With 200 outlets in the US, Canada and Europe, the multinational brand has also created an Arabic logo tailored to the region.

Well-loved by celebrity fans, the store stocks a range of on-trend women’s and men’s clothes and accessories, along with lingerie and vintage items.

Stefan Laban, the global head of parent company URBN International, said the fashion brand inspired customers through a unique combination of products, creativity and cultural understanding.

“Urban Outfitters is about curating looks for customers. One thing that is special about us is how we pull products together,” Laban told Arab News.

“I think nowadays, people are looking for inspirational retail. They get inspired when they see something new, and I think we bring that,” he said.

The American fashion chain offers more than just Urban Outfitters originals. The store features internationally renowned brands such as Adidas, Calvin Klein, Champion and many more.

“We always style brands with our own products. We never have a rack of all T-shirts. It is all mixed,” Laban added.

Urban Outfitters also has a “home” collection that includes furniture, bedding, tapestries, rugs and shower curtains. “In this store, the home section is large because we believe that is a really nice gap in the market (that we are fulfilling).”

As the first store to open in the Middle East – deemed a culturally conservative region – the fashion brand opted for separate men’s and women’s fitting rooms, which it usually keeps gender neutral in its international stores.

According to Laban, there were factors the brand had to consider before displaying its collection in the Middle East. “Seasonality is very different. It is hot outside so we wanted to find things that people would buy now, but you also have heavier items for people who travel.”

“All the fixtures in the store are made in the UAE. We also work with a local greenhouse in Dubai that supplies us with plants and eventually we would love to work with local fashion designers,” he said.

The brand is aiming to open more stores in the Middle East in the near future.

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Thu, 05 Sep 2019 13:04:24 +0000

Jessica Chastain turns to Lebanese designers for ‘It’ premieres
Wed, 2019-09-04 13:29

DUBAI: Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain, who stars in “It Chapter Two,” has taken to red carpet premieres of the movie around the world in an array of Lebanese-designed gowns.

The star showed off an emerald green ballgown by Zuhair Murad at the Los Angeles premiere of the film last week and took to the European premiere of the horror film in London on Monday wearing a sleek black dress by Elie Saab.

Chastain turned heads in Zuhair Murad’s green gown, complete with an off-the-shoulder neckline and geometric beading across the length of the dress. She decided to tone things down in London, wearing a black number with a plunging neckline and a semi-sheer skirt straight from Elie Saab’s ready-to-wear Autumn/Winter 2019-20 collection.

Chastain wore an emerald green gown by Zuhair Murad to the US premiere of ‘It Chapter Two.’ (Getty)

The actress stars in soon-to-be released horror flick “It Chapter Two,” in which murderous clown Pennywise lurks in sewers and feasts on terrified children, based on a Stephen King novel.

But beyond the killer clown’s gruesome theatrics, King’s novel is an exploration of the dark underbelly of small-town America, director Andy Muschietti told AFP, tackling sinister yet tragically real themes such as spousal abuse and incest.

Movie sequel “It Chapter Two” covers the concluding sections of the novel in which the children — now grown up and enjoying successful lives elsewhere — must return to their hometown to confront a resurgent Pennywise.

The performance of the first “It” movie at box offices in 2017 leaves no doubt that the franchise resonates today with audiences, more than three decades on from King’s novel.

The R-rated blockbuster took in a whopping $700 million around the world to become the highest-grossing horror film of all time.

Hollywood actress Jessica Chastain stars in new horror flick ‘It Chapter Two.’ (AFP)

“Yeah, that was ridiculous!” said Muschietti. “The first weekend was just insane ... it just went through the roof.”

According to Muschietti, King was nothing but supportive of the direction of his film adaptations — to the point of making a cameo appearance in the sequel.

“He’s very respectful of adaptations. It was I who actually reached out to him,” said Muschietti, who showed King the sequel’s script ahead of filming.

Some are predicting even higher box office returns this time around, potentially approaching the billion-dollar mark and Muschietti admits the pressure is on.

“I don’t want to think about that too much — I’d rather have low expectations to start with,” he said, before conceding that the nearly three-hour-long sequel is more ambitious in scope.

“It’s bigger. It’s a longer, richer story — it’s a little more intense in every box... it’s a bit of a stab in the heart.”

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Wed, 04 Sep 2019 10:37:20 +0000
Unedited, from the Saudi Gazette, Aug 19, 2015:
"JEDDAH — Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is also adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, has issued directives to all regional governors in the province to hold urgent meetings with tribal elders to finalize a document fixing a ceiling for dowry and discuss ways to end extravagant weddings, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.
In a cable sent to the governors, Prince Khaled said he had noticed some families had been demanding high dowries for their daughters, eventually leading to an increase in spinsterhood in the country.
He said the situation required the intervention of the governors, who shall prepare a document specifying the maximum amount of dowry to be paid to different categories of brides after consultations with the tribal leaders and sheikhs.
Prince Khaled suggested that the dowry for a virgin must be fixed at a maximum of SR50,000 and for a divorcee at SR30,000.
A recent study indicated that the number of spinsters in the Kingdom nearly tripled to 4 million in 2015 from less than 1.5 million in 2010. Sociologists have attributed the rise in spinsterhood in the Kingdom to demands of high dowries and rising marriage expenses."

Dr Susanna: In Aug 2015, approx 4 SR to 1 USD. So a virgin will cost you approx USD12,500 and a divorcee will cost you approx USD7,500. Personally, I am cheering the virgins and urging them to escape being owned any way they can. Especially by ISIS.