Six Arab Instagram stars get their very own three-part reality show

Lana El-Sahely is a Lebanese social media star. (Photo courtesy: Instagram)
Updated 26 December 2017
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Six Arab Instagram stars get their very own three-part reality show

DUBAI: Six of the Middle East’s most fashionable Instagram stars are starring in their very own three-part reality show, set to air across the region on E! television channel on Dec. 26.
Available exclusively on OSN or WAVO, the home of such hit shows as “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills” is set to show off the lives of six Middle Easters social media personalities in a mini-series titled “My Fabulous M.E.”
The three-part series by Sugar Rush Productions features two personalities per episode, including influences from Beirut, Dubai and Kuwait.
The show will feature Kuwaiti star Fatima Almomen, who has 1.2 million followers on Instagram, as well as Kuwaiti Dana Al-Tuwarish, who has 1.8 million followers on the social media platform.

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Representing Beirut is Nour Arida, a fashion blogger with 203,000 followers on Instagram. Fellow Lebanese star Lana El-Sahely, with 200,000 followers, will join her on the show.

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Dubai-based personalities include Lebanese beauty blogger Maya Ahmad, who has more than one million followers on Instagram and nearly 500,000 subscribers on YouTube. She is joined by 24-year-old Hadia Ghaleb who has 863,000 followers on Instagram and 250,000 fans on Facebook.

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Jessica Kahawaty gains recognition Down Under

Updated 22 October 2018
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Jessica Kahawaty gains recognition Down Under

DUBAI: Lebanese-Australian model and TV show host Jessica Kahawaty was honored with an award at an Australia Lebanon Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ALCCI) event in Melbourne this week.

The fashion influencer, who is based in Dubai but jets across the world to attend events, made an appearance at the event in a strapless black dress with a flared, tulle skirt completed with a thigh-high slit.
Kahawaty wore her hair in a tight bun and completed the look with dramatic blue eyeliner.
She took to Instagram to celebrate the honor, saying: “So yesterday, I received the highest honor a Lebanese-Australian could receive! Thank you so much to the ALCCI for awarding me with ‘Outstanding Ambassador to Lebanon and Australia. With my move from Australia to the Middle East five years ago, my aim was to bridge my two worlds and encourage intercultural dialogue and understanding. Couldn’t be happier for this recognition.”
The organization seeks to strengthen trade relations between Australia, Lebanon and the Middle East.

Before the gala dinner, she took to Instagram to post an image in which she poses on a Melbourne street in a white mini-dress with frilled accents and a dramatic, a-symmetrical train.
“Outside the International Chamber House after the private conference to honor some members of the Lebanese-Australian community who have made significant contributions in medicine, business, politics, philanthropy and more... can’t wait for the big gala tonight!” she captioned the photo.
While in the country, the former Miss Australia — who came third place in the Miss World 2012 competition — visited her childhood school to talk to the students and shed light on her career.
“It was such a pleasure to visit my old school in Australia, Tangara School for Girls, and speak to the bright, humble and ambitious Year 10 and Year 11 Girls. I had goosebumps being there, remembering how I was when I was 17 and what I wanted to hear. Thank you for listening to me,” she posted alongside a short video of cheering students on Instagram.
Kahawaty studied business, finance and law in Sydney and is a 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.
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.”