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.


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.


A starry night at the 40th Cairo Film Festival

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A starry night at the 40th Cairo Film Festival

CAIRO: The stars of Arab cinema walked the red carpet at the opening of the 40th Cairo International Film Festival on Tuesday night and there were plenty of glittering gowns on show.

Orchestrated by Egyptian producer Mohamed Hefzy, who at just 43-years-old is said to be the youngest president the festival has seen, the Cairo Opera House-based event was attended by stars from across the Middle East and North Africa.

Set to run from Nov. 20-29, the festival opened with the regional premiere of Peter Farrelly-directed comedy drama “Green Book,” starring US actors Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali.

The festival will include 16 world premieres and screenings of 160 films from 60 countries.

Meanwhile, on the red carpet, Egyptian actress Nelly Karim and Tunisian star Dorra Zarrouk looked glamorous as they posed for photographs on Tuesday night.

Karim wore a black leather dress by designer Mohanad Kojak, while Zarrouk wowed onlookers with an opulent design by Lebanese couturier Zuhair Murad. The black ballgown was embroidered with golden flowers and leaves and also featured a daring high split.

Egyptian actress Nelly Karim wore a leather dress on stage. (AFP)

Seven Egyptian films will be screened during the festival, including “Leil Khargi” (External Night) — a film that will compete for the coveted Golden Pyramid Award.

The other Egyptian films on the itinerary are “Garemet Al-Immobilia, “Ward Masmom” (Poisonous Roses), “Kilo 64” and “La Ahad Honak” (The Giraffe).

Other films set to be screened at the festival include “Heaven Without People,” a provocative film that is the debut feature-length work of director Lucien Bourjeily; “Laaziza,” in which Moroccan writer-director Mohcine Besri tells the moving story of Laaziza, a troubled mother who is faced with the difficulty of welcoming back a man who once rejected her and “Fatwa,” which explores radicalization and its horrors.

Egyptian actress Sherine Reda took to the stage. (AFP)

The festival’s jury committee is headed by prominent Danish film director Bille August, who has received the Cannes Film Festival’s Palm d’Or award twice.

The festival has also added a People’s Choice Award for the first time in its history, with the prize money amounting to $20,000 for the film that gets a majority vote from the audience. A new award entitled “Best Arab Film,” with prize money of $15,000, has been added to this year’s festival as well, according to Al-Ahram newspaper.
Signs of a revamp in the festival include the attendance of executives from such international powerhouses as HBO, Netflix, France’s Gaumont, Participant Media and Middle Eastern players OSN, Front Row Distribution, New Century Productions and Aroma Studios.