Pakistani star Mahira Khan bedazzles Beirut

Pakistani actress Mahira Khan poses for a picture at the Beirut International Awards Festivals (BIAF), in Beirut, on Sunday. (AFP)
Updated 10 July 2017

Pakistani star Mahira Khan bedazzles Beirut

BEIRUT: Pakistani actress Mahira Khan won two awards at the 8th edition of the Beirut International Awards Festivals (BIAF), in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on Sunday.
Khan, dressed in an ivory Nicolas Jebran couture gown, made a stunning appearance on the red carpet.
The BIAF took to Instagram and uploaded a video of Khan, captioning it as “Best Dressed.”
The actress posted a picture on her Instagram account where she is seen posing with Asiye Nur Fettahoglu, popularly known as Mahidevran Sultan from the popular Turkish series “Mera Sultan,” at the award ceremony.
“This award means a lot to me, because we get a lot of love and a lot of awards back home, so when we get awards outside of our country, it feels like our country is getting an award,” she said in a short video.
“So, thank you so much. All my love and a lot of gratitude to all of you,” Khan added.
She also tried her hand at Arabic, saying: “I think I’m going to try to say this, I hope I’m right. I love you guys. Thank you, thank you so much.”
Khan, 32, is one of Pakistan’s most popular and highest-paid actresses.
The BIAF is an annual event honoring distinguished personalities and figures from all over the world.
Arab singer Nawal Al-Zoghbi, who wowed in a Michael Sanko gown, was honored for her long and illustrious musical career.
French singer Jean-Jacques Lafon, Lebanese actress Julia Kassar, Egyptian actress Laila Elwi, Syrian actor Abed Fahed and Lebanese actress Nicole Saba were some of the others who attended the event.

Finnish Santa Claus spreads message of sustainability in run-up to Expo 2020

Updated 04 December 2019

Finnish Santa Claus spreads message of sustainability in run-up to Expo 2020

DUBAI: Expo 2020, being billed as the world’s greatest show, will feature sustainability as one of the integral pillars when the six-month event opens in October next year.

And Finland’s real-life Santa Claus is spreading the message of sustainability and the importance of adapting a circular economy to combat climate crisis, one of the most pressing issues the global community is now facing.

During a recent visit at Arbor School, the UAE’s only ecological school, Santa Claus delivered an open letter challenging those in power to listen to their youth and include them in the conversation surrounding sustainability and environmental issues.

Santa Claus also hoped that his message in the letter would start a wider dialogue about the environment, what we can all do to help heal the planet by adopting a circular economy, which Finland has adopted as a national policy.

During the 2018/2019 school year, over 70,000 children and young people from primary school to university age studied the circular economy as part of Finland’s national curriculum.

“The decline of biodiversity and subsequent challenges made to traditional societies and economic strategies are driving countries to make drastic changes and develop sustainable solutions to guarantee the future our youth deserve. We believe education is the foundation of any significant change,” Marianne Nissilä, Finland’s ambassador to the UAE, said.

“With professions of the future becoming more and more diverse, it is vital we prepare our younger generations by giving them access to the knowledge, understanding and the appetite essential to effect positive change.”

Finland’s pavilion in the Expo 2020 will be centered on its main theme ‘Sharing Future Happiness’ wherein over 100 Finnish companies would showcase globally-leading clean technologies, a circular economy with sustainable use of resources, sustainable energy and digital solutions among others.