Paris Hilton eyes up an ‘epic trip’ to Dubai

The reality star has visited Dubai in the past. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 06 October 2018

Paris Hilton eyes up an ‘epic trip’ to Dubai

DUBAI: Former reality TV star Paris Hilton showed her love for Dubai in an Instagram post and during a guest appearance on a UAE-based radio show this week.
The blonde beauty mogul, who founded the Paris Hilton Skincare line, posted a cheeky photo on Instagram in which she is staring lovingly at a muzzled camel.
“I love Dubai,” she captioned the image.


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Earlier on Thursday, the star, who is famous for coining the catchphrase “that’s hot,” phoned into The Kris Fade radio show and talked about her love for the city, according to Emirates Woman magazine.
“I want to plan an epic trip to Dubai right now. I’m just looking at my calendar,” she said.
“I haven’t been there in so long. It’s so beautiful there and it’s so much fun. I want to go sky diving. I want to go (to) Dubai Mall, I want to go everywhere.”
Hilton visited the UAE in 2009 to film for her reality TV show “Paris Hilton’s Dubai BFF” and has returned multiple times since then — including a trip in 2014 when she was hired to perform a DJ set at the opening of a restaurant in the city.
She even shared a message with the crown prince of Dubai Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum on Instagram in late 2017.
“Fly safe,” she commented on a photograph uploaded by the hugely popular member of the royal family as he jetted off on his travels.
That same year, Hilton was tipped to launch her own luxury hotel chain in Dubai, New York and Las Vegas, following in the footsteps of her great-grandfather Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels.
Dubai has become known as a magnet for international celebrities — in the past week alone the likes of Rihanna, US rapper Kid Ink, Akon and Tinie Tempah have been spotted at events around the city.
If Hilton has it her way, she could be touching down in the so-called city of gold very soon.


Calling all cat lovers: Dubai art gallery spotlights strays

Artist Angel-O takes to the streets of Dubai to photograph stray cats. Angel-O/FN Designs
Updated 23 March 2019

Calling all cat lovers: Dubai art gallery spotlights strays

DUBAI: FN Designs, a gallery in Dubai’s artsy Alserkal Avenue, is spotlighting street cats in a new exhibition by artist-photographer Angel-O until April 30.

The multidisciplinary art and design studio chose to highlight the Filipino photographer’s work in a bid to raise awareness about the situation of strays in the UAE.

The exhibition opened in March with a panel discussion titled “Catnip.” The artist was joined by Nour Fakher, a vet at Blue Oasis Clinic, and Sara Abdelal, a cat rescuer in Dubai.

The artist started his journey when his landlord enforced a strict no-pet policy. Angel-O took to the streets to photograph stray cats in order to remain close to the animals.

Artist Angel-O takes to the streets of Dubai to photograph stray cats. Angel-O/FN Designs

“Most of these photos are taken in different parts of Dubai, in the nooks and crannies of streets,” he said, referring to his collection of photographs, which were taken in 2014 but shown for the first time in this show.

 “I am so glad my artwork is able to help these cats. I’ve had people come up and enquire about the location of the photograph so they could go back and help the cat in the picture,” he said.

 “I’m really relieved that people find this collection… of mine moving.”

Cat rescuer Abdelal stressed the importance of the TNR method of treating strays — trapping, neutering and releasing them.

“While we are trying to help find a safe home or habitat for the existing cats on our streets, let’s prevent their number from increasing. These animals can’t speak to us, we need to find a way to understand and help them,” she said.  

The UAE government has made moves to reduce the number of street cats through newly mandated animal welfare regulations that were handed down by the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment in December.

A failure to properly care for animals, including dumping pets, is now punishable by law in the country.