Fashion stars descend on Dubai as Elie Saab unveils new collaboration

Updated 06 April 2019

Fashion stars descend on Dubai as Elie Saab unveils new collaboration

DUBAI: Influencers and the region’s business elite descended on the Dubai Opera on Friday night for the unveiling of a new project by real estate developer Emaar and Lebanese fashion house Elie Saab.

Influencers, including the likes of Dubai-based Ola Farahat and TV host Diala Makki, posed for the cameras before the event and took to Instagram to show off their outfits.

Farahat boasted a peach gown with a peekaboo cut out, while Makki showed off a rainforest green jumpsuit with a cape on one shoulder by the designer himself.  

The Elie Saab at Emaar Beachfront project, a gated island destination in Dubai, was unveiled at Dubai Opera by Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar, and Elie Saab, founder and chairman of the Elie Saab Group.

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The world-famous Lebanese designer is collaborating with the Dubai-based developer on Art Deco-inspired luxury apartments, offering Palm Jumeirah, Dubai skyline and Arabian Gulf views.

In addition to one to three-bedroom apartments, the tower by Elie Saab at Emaar Beachfront will boast a collection of four-bedroom penthouses.

“Elie Saab is the pride of the Arab world, and a fascinating international success story. Through our first association with Elie Saab, admired by the world’s leading celebrities, we are offering discerning customers a new lifestyle address. Every aspect of these glamourous residences is personally designed by Elie Saab,” Alabbar said in a released statement.

“We are delighted to collaborate with Emaar and Mohamed Alabbar on this new project,” Saab, who has dressed the world’s brightest stars on many a red carpet, added.

“Over the years, Elie Saab has evolved into a lifestyle brand, through the development of diversified product categories that deliver a unique experience of the brand’s universe. Through this new collaboration, brought by Emaar, leaders and experts in real estate, Elie Saab is confident that its aim at extending the brand experience into home and interiors will be a granted success,” he said.

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

Updated 19 April 2019

‘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.