The Six: Night at the Dubai Opera

The Dubai Opera. (Shutterstock)
Updated 14 January 2019

The Six: Night at the Dubai Opera

DUBAI: The curtain will rise on many a show at the Dubai Opera in this year, including concerts, theater productions and tribute performances.

Shakespeare’s “Othello” will be performed from Jan. 31 to Feb. 2, after a critically acclaimed run in London. This contemporary take on the play explores themes of prejudice and discrimination.

‘Piaf! Le Spectacle’
The life of French chanteuse Edith Piaf is told in this musical tribute that stars Anne Carrere and will run on Feb. 14 and 15.

‘BBC Proms’
Now in its 124th season, the festival will return to Dubai between March 19-22 with a varied lineup of classical music.

This production from London’s West End will have Dubai-based Michael Jackson fans singing along to his greatest hits from March 26-29.

‘Sleeping Beauty’
The fairytale will be told through a grand ballet performance in this magical show by the National Ballet of Ukraine on April 26 and 27.

‘Phantom of the Opera’
Theater goers in the region are in for a musical treat with this Andrew Lloyd Webber classic, brought to the Middle East for the first time in autumn — the final dates have not yet been announced.


Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

Updated 19 March 2019

Nora Attal has her day in the sun in Marrakesh

DUBAI: British-Moroccan model Nora Attal posed up a storm in Marrakesh’s golden sunlight for a new campaign by fashion brand Zara.

The in-demand model shared snaps from the campaign, photographed by Christian Macdonald, on her Instagram account.

The collection of photographs show Attal modelling looks from Zara’s laid-back Spring/Summer 2019 collection against a backdrop of rippling sand dunes. Her featured ensembled include kaftans and long-length cardigans with hefty stripes in a clay-and-beige color palette.

Attal is no stranger to fronting campaigns — in January, the model was chosen as one of seven rising stars to feature in British fashion house Alexander McQueen’s latest campaign.

The Spring/Summer 2019 collection photoshoot was shot by British fashion and documentary photographer Jamie Hawkesworth and featured Attal wearing a number of cowboy-inspired looks.

The year has gotten off to a busy start for Attal, who was similarly in demand in 2018, when she took to the catwalk for Elie Saab, Loewe and Dior during Paris Fashion Week in September and starred in Italian fashion label Versace’s summer advert campaign.

In May, luxury e-retailer Farfetch launched in the Middle East with a little help from the young model.

She starred in a photoshoot wearing pieces from collections on sale on the platform. The colorful photographs were accompanied by a snappy, chatty interview with the young model.
Readers got the chance to gain insight into her earliest fashion memories and learn some off-the-cuff facts about the star.

“Recently I’ve been obsessed with noughties trends. Everyone was so cool and effortless back then. Now I go out in a full Juicy Couture tracksuit with no shame,” she told Farfetch at the time.

“If I wasn’t a model, I’d probably be at university, studying to get into something like criminal investigations, profiling or law,” she added.

Attal finished off 2018 by hitting the sand dunes in the UAE — however, this time it wasn’t part of a high-end photoshoot, but rather a day of fun.

The model enjoyed an afternoon of sandboarding in the emirate of Sharjah and even posted a snap on Instagram at the time.

“Apparently sandboarding is a thing,” she captioned the sunset shot.