Joelle hits Riyadh to launch new beauty clinic

Joelle Mardinian (Image credit: Ana Szabo/WhiteChateaux)
Updated 19 March 2018
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Joelle hits Riyadh to launch new beauty clinic

DUBAI: Lebanese beauty mogul Joelle Mardinian opened a new branch of Clinica Joelle — her chain of cosmetic clinics — in Riyadh on Sunday. On Instagram, Mardinian described the opening as “a special night.”
Aside from her wide-ranging beauty business, which has branches throughout the Arab world and beyond, Mardinian is a veteran TV presenter and one of the region’s most-popular social-media influencers, with over 7 million Instagram followers.
The 42-year-old began her career as a make-up artist and moved to Dubai from London in 2004. She quickly landed her own beauty show, “Joelle,” on MBC and in 2008 she launched her chain of salons, Maison de Joelle. In 2010, she was appointed regional creative director of cosmetics giant Max Factor.
Speaking to Arab News about that partnership in 2016, Mardinian said: “I love Max Factor and I have a lot of passion for the brand. It is 100 years old, so the history makes me even more overwhelmed… It is an honor for me to represent Arab women and to introduce new trends using their new products.”
Mardinian is already renowned for her willingness to talk openly about herself — particularly when it comes to cosmetic treatments — but this year, fans will apparently have even greater access to her life when she launches her new ‘Kardashians’-style reality show in which a camera crew follows her around 24/7.
“I have always been so transparent all of my life so I want the cameras to see things they haven’t seen yet,” she told UAE daily Gulf News in November. “I want viewers to see the real me, so they will see everything.”


Images of a father carrying his disabled son during graduation in Yemen tugs at the heart strings

Updated 19 April 2018
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Images of a father carrying his disabled son during graduation in Yemen tugs at the heart strings

  • Yemeni journalist and photographer Farouk Muqbel took footage of an elderly father in Sanaa

In video footage that will pull at the heart strings of even the most hardened, a proud father can be seen giving his disabled son a piggyback during his graduation ceremony in Yemen.  

The inspiring moment of the elderly man and his son was captured by Yemeni photojournalist Farouk Muqbel, who was filming the graduation ceremony of the Al-Noor Center for the Care and Rehabilitation of the Blind in Sanaa on Wednesday.

The father’s pride can be clearly seen as he carried his son who was graduating from secondary school.

The Al-Noor center was founded in 1967 and serves over 200 students, mostly children, who have visual disabilities.

The center’s manager told Human Rights Watch in 2016 that when the conflict started on March 26, 2015, the Houthis militia set up an office on the ground floor of the kindergarten building and placed guards at the compound’s entrance.