The Six: Stars at Dubai charity gala

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The Oscar-award-winning American actress is not new at championing humanitarian causes. (AFP)
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Updated 04 December 2018
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The Six: Stars at Dubai charity gala

DUBAI: A handful of celebrities will be in Dubai on Friday for the Brilliant Is Beautiful charity gala, sponsored by Swiss luxury watch brand Bovet 1822. Proceeds go to Dubai Cares and the Brilliant Is Beautiful Global Fund for Women and Girls’ Education.

Ben Stiller
The American actor and producer has appeared in numerous comedy blockbusters in Hollywood. He is a board member of the Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), a US-based non-profit organization.

Susan Sarandon
The Oscar-award-winning American actress is not new at championing humanitarian causes. She was a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 1999 and was a recipient of the Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award in 2006.

Sarah Ferguson
The Duchess of York, otherwise known as Fergie, is one of the event’s hosts. The writer, film producer and TV personality is mother of the princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.

Madeleine Stowe
Also an APJ board member, Stowe appeared mostly on American TV shows before she became known for her role in “Stakeout,” a crime-comedy film in 1987.

Caroline Stanbury
Now based in Dubai, the actress is known for her role on the British TV show “Ladies of London.” She is also is a member of APJ’s advisory board.

Kris Fade
This Australian-Lebanese radio jock is the event’s MC. He hosts his own breakfast radio show, which airs on 104.4 Virgin Radio Dubai.


What We Are Reading Today: Notes on a Shipwreck by Davide Enia

Updated 22 February 2019
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What We Are Reading Today: Notes on a Shipwreck by Davide Enia

The book is a moving firsthand account of migrant landings on the island of Lampedusa that gives voice to refugees, locals, and volunteers while also exploring a deeply personal father-son relationship. 

“The island of Lampedusa, as the Italian playwright and journalist Davide Enia explains in this quiet yet urgent memoir, is territorially European but belongs tectonically to nearby Africa,” states Steven Heighton in a review published in The New York Times. 

For some 20 years, migrants and refugees launching from Africa have been arriving on this remote, treeless outpost, hoping to travel on to the European mainland. 

“Structurally, the book attests that a sincere engagement with global crises can grow only from a soil of sympathy that’s local and personal,” Heighton added.

A reviewer commented on goodreads.com: “Enia reawakens our sense of wonder at the existential nature, the true terror and dangerousness inherent in the refugee journey by sea. And in the process, he reawakens our compassion.”