Shanina Shaik heads a campaign Down Under

Shanina Shaik announced that she will head to Australia in March. (AFP)
Updated 04 February 2019
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Shanina Shaik heads a campaign Down Under

DUBAI: Model Shanina Shaik has been announced as the new face of an advertising campaign in her hometown of Melbourne and took to Instagram to share the news as she kicked off her birthday celebrations in Miami.

The Victoria’s Secret beauty, whose father is Saudi-Pakistani and mother is Lithuanian-Australian, is set to celebrate her 28th birthday on Feb. 11, but kickstarted the festivities early with a joint bash in Miami — alongside US model and fellow Victoria’s Secret star Jasmine Tookes, whose birthday was on Feb. 1.

Shaik took to Instagram to share a snap of the pair at their joint birthday celebration. An hour earlier, the model shared news of her new deal with an Australian shopping destination called Chadstone.

Described on its website as “Melbourne's favorite fashion, food and entertainment destination… with over 550 stores,” the fashion icon announced that she is planning a visit in March.

“I’m so excited to be announced as the face of @chadstone_fashion for their Autumn/Winter 2019 campaign – back in my hometown of Melbourne! This was such a fun day shooting with the @stellarmag team talking all things fashion, lifestyle and career for my partnership with @chadstone_fashion. I’ll be coming home in March to show you what we have been working on… stay tuned,” she posted on Instagram, referring to a photo shoot with Australian magazine Stellar.

The model was photographed on the streets of Los Angeles by Georges Antoni for the magazine.

Besides modeling, Shaik has been working hard to expand her already impressive CV and even branched out into acting, she revealed on Instagram in October.

She bagged a role in “Greed,” a British comedy about the uber-rich.

The film also stars Hollywood’s Isla Fisher, British comedian Steve Coogan and David Mitchell and is directed Michael Winterbottom, the man behind “A Mighty Heart” and “The Trip.”

The model also starred in a video for Etihad Airways, which she shared on her Instagram page in October.

In the clip, she boards a flight to Paris and waxes lyrical about the service and food, adding that she “really enjoyed the Arabic mezze plate and being served my favorite Arabic coffee and dates.”

“Thank you @etihadairways for the amazing trip to Paris! I arrived fresh and relaxed!! Being a model I’m always in and out of a city and never able to see the sights. #etihadairways created an amazing trip that allowed me to discover all of Paris,” she captioned the video, in which she wanders the streets of Paris after the flight.


‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition in Riyadh museum breathes new life into ancient sites 

Updated 19 April 2019
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‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition in Riyadh museum breathes new life into ancient sites 

  • National Museum in Riyadh hosts digital show that tells the story of Mosul, Palmyra, Aleppo and Leptis Magna

JEDDAH: An exhibition that uses digital technology to revive the region’s ancient sites and civilizations that have been destroyed or are under threat due to conflict and terrorism opened at the National Museum in Riyadh on April 18.

“Age-Old Cities” tells the story of four historically significant cities that have been devastated by violence: Mosul in Iraq, Palmyra and Aleppo in Syria, and Leptis Magna in Libya. 

Using stunning giant-screen projections, virtual reality, archival documents and images, and video testimonials from inhabitants of the affected sites, the immersive exhibition transports visitors back in time and presents the cities as they were in their prime. 

It charts their journey from the origins of their ancient civilizations to their modern-day state, and presents plans for their restoration and repair. 

The exhibition has been organized by the Ministry of Culture in collaboration with the Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Riyadh is the first stop outside the French capital on the exhibition’s global tour. 

The exhibition follows last month’s unveiling of the Kingdom’s new cultural vision, which included the announcement of several initiatives, including a new residency scheme for international artists to practice in the Kingdom and the establishment of the Red Sea International Film Festival. 

Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al-Saud, minister of culture, said: “I am delighted to welcome the ‘Age-Old Cities’ exhibition to Riyadh. 

“It highlights the importance of heritage preservation, particularly here in the Middle East, and the vulnerability of some of our historic sites. 

“It must be the responsibility of governments to put an end to this damage and neglect, and to put heritage at the heart of action, investment, and policy.

“I will be encouraging my fellow members of government to attend this eye-opening exhibition in our National Museum, and hope to work in the future with partners, governments and experts to do what we can to secure our region’s heritage.”

The exhibition carries a significant message about the importance of preserving and protecting these precious but fragile sites — one which resonates strongly in the week when one of the world’s most-famous heritage sites, Paris’ Notre-Dame Cathedral, went up in flames.