Not your average size event: Short models to strut their stuff at Arab Fashion Week

The Arab Fashion Week will host its first dwarf fashion show on May 20.
Updated 12 May 2017

Not your average size event: Short models to strut their stuff at Arab Fashion Week

DUBAI: After a huge success in New York Fashion Week, Tokyo and Paris Fashion Week, the Arab Fashion Week will be hosting its first dwarf fashion show on May 20. Fifteen little glamorous fashionistas from Dubai and all over the world, will walk down the Dubai runway in creations designed and made in NYC by American Wardrobe.
Favorited by Tyra Banks, a pioneer in showcasing models of all shapes and colors, the International Dwarf Fashion Show is not your average size red carpet event.
Unlike the 5.9 inch and 120 pound models one usually sees on the catwalk, Arab Fashion Week will bring back the essence of the fashion by going beyond the physical height standard: Each model is less than four feet!
The goal is to empower women by reversing the diktats of beauty and breaking down stereotypes. For too long, disabled individuals affected by dwarfism have been the victims of discrimination. The International Dwarf Fashion Show to be held during the next Arab Fashion Week will celebrate little people’s contribution to social diversity.


Heavy rain across Cairo cause chaos as residents use bulldozer to escape floods

A video was circulated over social media showing a bulldozer carrying people to help them get to the other side of the road that was flooded by the rain. (Screenshot)
Updated 39 min 19 sec ago

Heavy rain across Cairo cause chaos as residents use bulldozer to escape floods

  • Flooding on roads heading to Cairo’s International Airport caused severe delays for flight passengers
  • Authorities in Cairo deployed several vacuum trucks to clear the roads

DUBAI: Heavy rain hit Cairo on Tuesday resulting in floods across the city, leaving residence stranded.  

A video was circulated over social media showing a bulldozer carrying people to help them get to the other side of the road that was flooded by the rain.

 

Scenes of large pools of water were spread among Cairo’s districts including Heliopolis, Nasr city and Salah Salem.

Pictures of people swimming in the puddles were shared on social media. Other images showed floating boxed packages while others pretended to fish in the streams of water gushing down the streets.

 

The weather also caused flight delays, and heavy traffic across the city’s busiest roads, Egypt local press reported.

Flooding on roads heading to Cairo’s International Airport caused severe delays for flight passengers.

In response to the weather conditions, EgyptAir delayed departure time for flights until the maximum number of passengers arrive at the airport.

“The airline has decided to delay the departure of some flights due to the heavy rains, until the arrival of the maximum amount of passengers booked for these flights, to preserve the rights of our customers,” EgyptAir said in a statement.

The flood caused Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly to give schools and universities in Cairo a day off on Wednesday, as more rain is expected.

In response to the prime minister’s announcement, Egyptian influencer and university student, Mohamed Tarek, shared a video on Facebook expressing his joy after hearing the news.

Authorities in Cairo deployed several vacuum trucks to clear the roads.

The Egyptian Meteorological Authority had sent out weather warnings earlier this week, with expectations of weather disruptions across the country from Monday to Friday.