Kareena Kapoor spends girls weekend in Dubai

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Kareen Kapoor travelled to Dubai with her best friend to Amrita Arora, sister Karisma Kapoor, makeup artist Mallika Bhat and manager Poonam Damania. (Instagram: Kareena Kapoor)
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Kareen Kapoor travelled to Dubai with her best friend to Amrita Arora, sister Karisma Kapoor, makeup artist Mallika Bhat and manager Poonam Damania. (Instagram: Kareena Kapoor)
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Kareen Kapoor travelled to Dubai with her best friend to Amrita Arora, sister Karisma Kapoor, makeup artist Mallika Bhat and manager Poonam Damania. (Instagram: Kareena Kapoor)
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Kareen Kapoor travelled to Dubai with her best friend to Amrita Arora, sister Karisma Kapoor, makeup artist Mallika Bhat and manager Poonam Damania. (Instagram: Kareena Kapoor)
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Kareen Kapoor travelled to Dubai with her best friend to Amrita Arora, sister Karisma Kapoor, makeup artist Mallika Bhat and manager Poonam Damania. (AFP)
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Kareen Kapoor travelled to Dubai with her best friend to Amrita Arora, sister Karisma Kapoor, makeup artist Mallika Bhat and manager Poonam Damania. (AFP)
Updated 20 August 2018
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Kareena Kapoor spends girls weekend in Dubai

  • Kapoor was accompanied by sister Karisma Kapoor, best friend Amrita Arora, makeup artist Mallika Bhat and manager Poonam Damania
  • The actress will soon begin shooting “Good News” with Akshay Kumar, Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani

JEDDAH: Indian actress Kareena Kapoor Khan sure knows a thing or two about mixing work with fun as the Bollywood beauty took along her friends on a short getaway trip to Dubai over the weekend, where she attended a promotional event.
Kapoor was accompanied by sister Karisma Kapoor, best friend Amrita Arora, makeup artist Mallika Bhat and Kapoor’s manager Poonam Damania on the trip. The girl gang went out for partying and shopping, pictures of which were duly posted on Instagram by Arora and Karisma.
“Outta here, ciao,” wrote Arora with a photo of the girl squad at the airport, while Karisma shared a few more clicks in her Instagram story.
Kapoor, who attended the launch of Emcer Tiles’s Eslab wall tile on Sunday, wore an olive green satin top and pants from designer Atsu Sekhose’s pre-fall collection for the event. She accessorized her look with large drop hoops by Misho Designs.
After the event, for her night out with the girls, she sported a shiny sling bang that added some shine to her otherwise understated look. Karisma, Damania, Bhat and Arora, meanwhile, all sported black.
On Monday, the 37-year-old star was seen arriving at the Mumbai airport with Karisma from Dubai. Choosing comfortable yet stylish outfits for traveling, Kareena sported a white sweatshirt with blue pants, while the elder sister chose a flashy pink top paired with black pants.
Kapoor was last in Dubai earlier this year in April for a photo shoot. She recently walked the runway for Falguni & Shane Peacock at India Fashion Week.
She was last seen in the “Veere Di Wedding,” and will be a part of director Karan Johar’s next film “Takht,” where she will star alongside Alia Bhatt, Ranveer Singh, Janhvi Kapoor, Vicky Kaushal and Bhumi Pednekar.
The actress will soon begin shooting “Good News” with Akshay Kumar, Diljit Dosanjh and Kiara Advani.


Pakistani tailor adds former US president to star-studded list of clients

Updated 15 February 2019
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Pakistani tailor adds former US president to star-studded list of clients

  • The 36-year-old outfitter has built a customer list of famous names from the sporting, show business and political worlds
  • His family enterprise was established more than 100 years ago and operated from large shop premises in Kolkata, India

KARACHI: It is probably safe to say that tailor to the stars Sarfraz Akbar has the market for celebrity clients all sewn up.

The 36-year-old outfitter has built a customer list of famous names from the sporting, show business and political worlds through his reputation for making high-quality garments.

And now Akbar, who works for his family business at shops in an affluent neighborhood of Pakistan’s port city of Karachi, can add a former American president to his star-studded client base.

During a trip to the US in July last year, he was invited by an American-Pakistani friend to meet with George W. Bush.

“I was super-excited when along with my wife and daughters we boarded my friend’s private jet and flew from Houston to Dallas,” Akbar told Arab News.

After taking measurements of the former US president, he returned to Pakistan and made several suits for him, before dispatching them to Dallas in December 2018.

“My happiness doubled when I got a call from the US informing me that the former president had appreciated my work after wearing the suits,” Akbar said.

Akbar’s father Mohammed said his son had built up a distinguished list of Pakistani personalities he has worked for. 

“By earning praise from George W. Bush, my son has not only made me proud but it’s also a matter of pride for all Pakistanis.”

The youngest of three brothers, Akbar has brought fame to the family name and business, his father added.

The family enterprise was established more than 100 years ago and operated from large shop premises in Kolkata. The family moved from the Indian city after the inception of Pakistan.

The business now has two shops under the “Ambassador” brand name in the Zamzama district of Karachi. 

“We could have opened dozens of outlets, but we believe in quality. The materials we use are imported and we focus on precision,” said Akbar. 

“It’s handmade, customized work. We don’t sell readymade stuff.

“However, we’re now getting people coming to us from other cities wanting to have their wardrobes from the tailor of George W. Bush. Some clients even ask to have their photos taken with me.”

Akbar said he has always had big ambitions. Following matriculation in 1999, he continued his studies but opted at the same time to focus on the family business with a view to taking it to new heights after his graduation.

When the Indian cricket team toured Pakistan during 2005-2006, Akbar made clothes for all the Indian players. 

“Almost all the Pakistani players including Wasim Akram, Misbah-ul-Haq, Sarfraz Ahmed and Shahid Afridi — the latter being a regular customer – have worn our wardrobes too,” Akbar said.

He also designed kurta shalwar clothing for West Indian player and Peshawar Zalmi skipper, Darren Sammy, during the last season of the Pakistan Super League.

Akbar also has a long list of political clients including Pakistan’s former leader Pervez Musharraf, incumbent President Dr. Arif Alvi, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, and Sindh Gov. Imran Ismail. “I made a waistcoat for Imran Khan after he was sworn in as the premier of Pakistan,” he said.

Summing up his achievements to date, Akbar said: “You can be proud of yourself and your family, but you just need to focus on your work and work hard.”