Why is Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Reynolds in the UAE?

Hollywood favorite Ryan Reynolds (L) and director Michael Bay will be in the UAE for 30 days. (Supplied)
Updated 14 November 2018
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Why is Hollywood heartthrob Ryan Reynolds in the UAE?

  • Deadpool star, Ryan Reynolds says he looks forward to exploring Abu Dhabi
  • The movie "6 Underground" is billed as a "fun action movie"

DUBAI: Hollywood heartthrob, Ryan Reynolds, is in the UAE shooting his latest movie and he’s set to be there for 30 days.

The superstar actor, who recently starred in Deadpool, The Hitman’s Bodyguard and Safe House, is in the UAE filming for the latest Netflix/Skydance Media production: the action movie “6 Underground.”

There are more than 300 cast and crew in the country working under the direction of award-winning Michael Bay, whose portfolio includes Bad Boys, Armageddon, the Transformers’ franchise and The Rock.

There will be shooting at four locations, including Liwa desert, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ras Al Khaimah.

“Shooting in Abu Dhabi is going to be one of the highlights of this production, although you’ll have to wait until the movie hits Netflix to find out why,” said Ryan Reynolds.

“We’ve only been here a few days so far, but the welcome from everyone has been amazing and I can’t wait to explore Abu Dhabi more.”

The movie’s production team includes more than 100 Abu Dhabi-based production specialists, who are working closely with twofour54, which is providing full production services.

This is just the latest in a string of blockbusters to use Abu Dhabi and the wider UAE as a location.

Others have included the comedy “War Machine,” starring Brad Pitt, in 2015.

Michael Bay said: “Abu Dhabi is a unique place to make a movie, with a lot of great looks.  It’s got the diversity and architecture I need in front of the camera; plus the professional facilities, crew and infrastructure to back it up.  I’m very excited to be shooting here over the next few weeks.”


‘Hot sauce in my bag, swag:’ Beyoncé flaunts Lebanese chili-themed bag

Updated 11 December 2018
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‘Hot sauce in my bag, swag:’ Beyoncé flaunts Lebanese chili-themed bag

DUBAI: “I got hot sauce in my bag, swag.”
It’s a lyrical line made famous in Beyoncé’s 2016 hit “Formation,” but now the superstar singer has taken to Instagram to take things one step further by showing off a chili pepper-themed bag by an up-and-coming Lebanese designer.
Beyoncé posted a photograph of herself on Instagram while she was in Johannesburg, South Africa, to perform at the Global Citizen Festival celebrating what would have been the 100th birthday of late international icon Nelson Mandela.
In the snap, she wears a boxy clutch by small Lebanese brand Sarah’s Bag and a pair of rounded Elie Saab sunglasses.

The Chili Marquetry clutch by Sarah’s Bag, which is helmed by creative director Sarah Beydoun, is from the brand’s Love Inked Collection and features a red-to-yellow ombre of spicy shades in a mixture of traditional patterns.
The bag was made using a centuries-old Levantine technique called wood marquetry, according to Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, in which small blocks of wood are aligned to create tessellated pattern work. The vibrant clutch is topped with a golden pepper clasp, making it a truly fiery fashion statement.

According to the brand, each of the bags is made by underprivileged women in Lebanon, including prisoners, ex-prisoners and women who are struggling financially.
“We are so happy to have our bag worn by an empowering, incredibly gifted artist like @beyonce, who is a once-in-a-generation talent. Beyoncé is one of our heroes and her mission mirrors ours: She wants to empower women and seeks to have a positive impact on the world through her art,” the brand captioned a re-posted version of the image on their Instagram page.
The sizzling handbag wasn’t the only Lebanese-designed accessory Queen Bey wore that day, however. The sunglasses she is seen wearing in the snap hail from Elie Saab’s eyewear collection and the brand was quick to pick up on the singer’s nod of approval.
“The incomparable @beyonce in Elie Saab eyewear while in South Africa,” the fashion house posted on Instagram.

The rounded shades feature pearl-like detailing on the rim of the lenses and match perfectly with Beyoncé’s layered necklaces.