Nathalie Fanj explores Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ula

Updated 04 May 2019
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Nathalie Fanj explores Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ula

DUBAI: Lebanese influencer Nathalie Fanj explored the stunning scenery of Saudi Arabia’s Al-Ula over the weekend and documented her trip on Instagram.

Fanj was wowed by the ruins of Mada’in Saleh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that features well-preserved, rock-cut tombs and monuments dating back to the Nabatean period.

The influencer took her 480,000 Instagram followers on a tour of the area, posting videos and photos from her weekend away.

“Super happy to be in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia’s hidden gem! I spent all day exploring and discovering this historical landmark and I can’t wait to share with you what I’ve been up to,” she captioned a photograph on Instagram.

“So, this is where I spent the past few days. I can’t express how beautiful and emotional this trip was, it felt so good being away from working on my phone and resting my eyes on such a breathtaking scenery, an endless prospect of wonder. This is where you appreciate mother Earth the most, when you see the work on a big scale spread before you,” she added in another video post.

In the video, Fanj can be seen running across the sand dunes barefoot, before the camera pans up to show one of the rock-cut monuments in all its glory.

In the clip, Fanj wears a summer-ready dress by Piaff Boutique.

The purpose of Fanj’s trip to Saudi Arabia’s desert was not immediately clear, but the fashion blogger promised to share more with her fans in the coming days.

“Time to go home! I’ll be sharing more about this trip and preparing for another big one next week,” she captioned a photo in which she can be seen standing in front of a Saudia jet.

Fanj seems to be ahead of the curve in promoting the area as a destination worth exploring on social media after the Winter at Tantora festival, held earlier this year, was widely seen as a major step in the promotion of Al-Ula as a tourist hotspot.


Bong d’Or: Korean director wins Cannes’ top prize

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Bong d’Or: Korean director wins Cannes’ top prize

  • French-Senegalese director Mati Diop’s “Atlantics" wins festival’s second place award, the Grand Prize
  • Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne shared the best director for “Young Ahmed”

CANNES, France: South Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s social satire “Parasite,” about a poor family of hustlers who find jobs with a wealthy family, won the Cannes Film Festival’s top award, the Palme d’Or, on Saturday.
The win for “Parasite” marks the first Korean film to ever win the Palme. In the festival’s closing ceremony, jury president Alejandro Inarritu said the choice had been “unanimous” for the nine-person jury.
The genre-mixing film had been celebrated as arguably the most critically acclaimed film at Cannes this year and the best yet from the 49-year-old director of “Snowpiercer” and “Okja.”
It was the second straight Palme victory for an Asian director. Last year, the award went to Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Shoplifters.”
Two years ago, Bong was in Cannes’ competition with “Okja,” a movie distributed in North America by Netflix. After it and Noah Baumbach’s “The Meyerowitz Stories” — another Netflix release — premiered in Cannes, the festival ruled that all films in competition needed French theatrical distribution. Netflix has since withdrawn from the festival on the French Riveira.
The festival’s second place award, the Grand Prize, went to French-Senegalese director Mati Diop’s “Atlantics.” Diop was the first black female director in competition at Cannes.
Belgian brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne shared the best director for “Young Ahmed.”
Best actor went to Antonio Banderas for Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory,” while best actress was won by British actress Emily Beecham for “Little Joe.”
Although few quibbled with the choice of Bong, some had expected Cannes to make history by giving the Palme to a female filmmaker for just the second time.
Celine Sciamma’s period romance “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” was the Palme pick for many critics this year, but it ended up with best screenplay.
In the festival’s 72-year history, only Jane Champion has won the prize in 1993, and she tied with Chen Kaige’s “Farewell My Concubine.”