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
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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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

I love #Dubai

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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.

 


Book Review: Recalling a magic carpet ride through South Asia

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Book Review: Recalling a magic carpet ride through South Asia

BEIRUT: This evocative title, which conjures up images of the iconic Silk Road, is only a foretaste of what you experience in the book. “Beyond That Last Blue Mountain” recalls the extraordinary journey of Harriet Sandys. At 19, realizing she was completely unqualified, she wondered what a girl from her background could do. Hearing about her brother’s trip to Afghanistan and reading Wilfred Thesiger’s “Desert, Marsh and Mountain” and Eric Newby’s “A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush” fired her imagination, and she decided to make that journey.
Four years later, in 1977, a letter inviting her to visit the archaeological sites of Afghanistan changed the course of her life.
After learning how to repair oriental carpets, she worked for the Afghan Refugee Information Network and decided to assess the situation of Afghan refugees at the North-West Frontier. Touched by their extraordinary stoicism, she organized exhibitions of Afghan embroideries and carpets and opened a shop.
However, many of the NGO carpet-weaving programs produced rugs of inferior quality which were unsellable. Harriet wanted to find an alternative project that women could do at home. The Ikat silk-weaving project was born. Over 12 years, she traveled through Pakistan, setting up the project despite problems and setbacks. She miraculously recovered from bacterial meningitis and pursued her humanitarian aid projects in Iraqi Kurdistan and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
After her departure, the silk-weaving project, contrary to all expectations, thrived thanks to the courage of Saleh, a 17-year-old boy she had trained in Peshawar. He brought the project back to Afghanistan and became a master weaver. The Afghan fashion event held in London in 2011 highlighted one of his creations, a stunning dark-green silk evening dress decorated with calligraphy.
“Oriot,” as she was affectionately called, defied danger, traveling in and around war zones with almost no financial support.
“Had I pondered too long and too hard on all the dangers and difficulties I might have encountered … I would have remained a secretary, regretting missed opportunities,” she said. Brave, humble and compassionate, Harriet Sandys touches our hearts in this moving true story.