Bisat Al-Reeh rolls out the magic carpet

Updated 12 August 2013
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Bisat Al-Reeh rolls out the magic carpet

The 14th edition of Bisat Al-Reeh or the ‘Magic Carpet’ festival was inaugurated Sunday night by Princess Hessa Al-Shaalan, wife of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah, at the Jeddah Center for Forums and Events.
Bisat Al-Reeh is Ramadan’s biggest charity bazaar that gathers people together to celebrate fashion, style, food and other merchandise, while raising money for different charity organizations. It is also an opportunity for local designers to showcase their products on a popular platform.
The National Home Health Care Foundation (NHHCF) is organizing the event, which will run until Thursday.
The festival is one of the key fund-raising programs that the foundation hosts every year.
Princess Adelah bint Abdullah, president of the NHHCF — Western Province, said the festival proves its success year after year by attracting women from within and outside the Kingdom.
“This festival adopts different welfare programs that aim to develop and build new health care centers, programs, initiatives and awareness campaigns. It also helps collect monthly food baskets that go to sick and needy people that the foundation fosters,” she said.
“This year we have exhibitors from Bahrain, Lebanon, India and Kuwait, in addition to the exhibitors who participate in the festival every year. We have 164 booths that feature different local and international products,” she added.
Princess Nora bint Abdullah bin Mohammed exhibits every year to showcase her passion for traditional Saudi scent, Oud. “I love mixing perfumes and I try to mix the old, the new and the traditional, all together to get the perfect scent that women would fall in love with and call it their own,” she said. “I experiment and try different scent combinations all throughout the year; from rose to oud and branded perfumes — I work with all kinds in my home. Many people think I mix them in France but I actually do it myself in my own home here in Saudi Arabia,” she added.
Over the past few years, Bisat Al-Reeh has become a popular event in Jeddah and is packed with new additions every year. “This is my third year of participation. I have come especially from Lebanon to showcase my accessories,” said Nada, a Lebanese jeweler at the festival. “Here I get the opportunity to meet with women of different social levels, nationalities and ages. After the success of my participation first time, I decided to come every year,” she added.
The festival is well-attended and many Saudi businesswomen are seen browsing through various stalls. “We all look forward to this event because we know we will find a huge collection of clothing made locally and we want to support local products,” said Maha Hammad, a 26-year-old banker. “I come here every year to but my Eid outfit from Saudi fashion designers who know exactly what we need and how Saudi women like to dress during Eid,” she added.


Gigi Hadid celebrates birthday with a funny tweet

Updated 23 April 2018
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Gigi Hadid celebrates birthday with a funny tweet

DUBAI: US-Palestinian model Gigi Hadid celebrated her 23rd birthday yesterday, a few days after she marked the birthday of a close friend in New York.
Hadid spent time in the Big Apple and stepped out to celebrate the 35th birthday of American reality TV star Tan France at his home in the city earlier this week.
A day before her birthday on April 23, Hadid took to Instagram to ask her fans to mark Earth Day, which lands on April 22.

She posted a photo of a forest with a caption that read: “I’m still just a (little) Taurus girl who finds so much happiness, contentment and inspiration when I take a minute in nature and look around.

“May we celebrate Mother Earth every day for all she gives and teaches us!”

In honor of her impending birthday, the fashion star took to Twitter on Sunday night to share a humorous message with her nine million followers.

“As we close in on midnight, I would like to share that my final meal as a 22-year-old will officially be Cocoa Krispies. Thank you for your attention.”


She has every reason to celebrate this year, as the star has been riding a wave of success that would make even the most experienced models nod their heads in approval.

A few days before her birthday, she unveiled her Vogue Japan cover — the latest in a clutch of coveted magazine covers that the young beauty has managed to nab.

“So happy and excited to share my @voguejapan June cover story!” she captioned one of the snaps on Instagram.

The cover image features Hadid wearing a high-collared leather jacket and sporting slicked-back hair, a bold red lip and minimal additional make-up.

For the inside pages, the model posed wearing various masculine, edgy outfits in a series of black-and-white shots. In one particular photo that oozed cool factor, Hadid was snapped wearing a leather jacket-and-trousers combination with a broad tie that would not look out of place in a 1980’s film about the perils of Wall Street — or on Donald Trump circa 2018.

Besides her fashion credentials, the model, who recently spit from singer Zayn Malik, is fast becoming known for her social media clap backs.

She made international headlines in February by discussing her weight loss and said it was the result of learning to manage her Hashimoto’s Disease, not because of an eating disorder or drug use.

The model sent out a series of tweets stating that she would no longer respond to comments on her appearance.

“I will not further explain the way my body looks, just as anyone with a body type that doesn’t suit (your) ‘beauty’ expectation shouldn’t have to. Not to judge others, but drugs are not my thing. Stop putting me in that box just because you don’t understand the way my body has matured,” she said on Twitter.