K-pop song by boy band EXO added to the Dubai Fountain’s playlist

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Exo members posing for pictures infront of the Dubai Fountain. (AN photo by Nouf Al-Himiary)
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Exo members watching the Dubai Fountain show of their song Power. (AN photo by Nouf Al-Himiary)
Updated 17 January 2018

K-pop song by boy band EXO added to the Dubai Fountain’s playlist

DUBAI: The Dubai Fountain, the tallest performing fountain in the world, has added a song of K-pop boy band EXO to its playlist which premiered today with the Korean boy band members in attendance.
The song chosen is “Power,” and it marks the first time that the Dubai Fountain has added a K-pop artist to its hugely popular repertoire.
EXO made their debut on the K-pop scene in 2012 and have enjoyed phenomenal success as a boy band in Korea as well as across Asia, selling millions of records. The song “Power” is EXO’s newest hit, released in September 2017.
The event was attended by EXO members, and it witnessed by a huge international turnout that included key media representatives from the UAE, GCC, China, and South Korea, and influencers and fans coming together for these artists.
K-pop is a growing genre of music around the world, especially in the Middle East, but the artists were caught off guard by their own fame in the region.
EXO members told Arab News: “We were surprised by the number of fans that came to receive us at the airport, and we’re more surprised to hear that our music is popular in the region. We definitely would like to plan out performances and concerts in Dubai and other cities in the region.”
Ahmad Al Falasi, executive director of group operations at Emaar Properties, said: “Dubai is home to over 200 nationalities and serves as a vibrant business and leisure hub. Our goal with the Dubai Fountain, one of the most-visited attractions, is to engage every visitor and offer them a memorable time through spectacular performances set to world-famous songs. Given the popularity of K-pop, ‘Power’ served as a perfect fit.”
The fountain show commenced at 5:30 p.m., and fans cheered at the top of their lungs to the beats of “Power” with the rhythmic swaying of the fountain delighted all in attendance.
One of the young fans holding cutouts of the band members told Arab News: “I feel crazy, I never thought I’d see EXO members in Dubai. I memorized all fan chants before coming.”


Florida offers drive-through Botox to quarantined residents

Updated 04 June 2020

Florida offers drive-through Botox to quarantined residents

  • US state allowed a partial relaxing of restrictions imposed to slow the coronavirus pandemic
  • Elective medical procedures resume, including Botox injections and cosmetic surgery

MIAMI: Quarantined Florida residents worried about their laughter lines and crows’ feet need frown no longer — Botox is back, and it’s being offered at a drive-through.
On May 4, the US state allowed a partial relaxing of restrictions imposed to slow the coronavirus pandemic. That means certain elective medical procedures could resume, including Botox injections and cosmetic surgery.
Michael Salzhauer, a plastic surgeon known as ‘Dr. Miami’ who has also starred in a reality television show, has been conducting drive-through Botox injections in the garage of his building in the posh Miami neighborhood of Bal Harbor.
Salzhauer said the idea struck him as he was sitting in his car waiting for a blood test for COVID-19 antibodies.
“The areas that we inject Botox are the upper face, exactly the parts of the face that aren’t covered by the mask so it’s really ideal,” Salzhauer said, while wearing a mask, face shield and surgical gown as he waited for his next drive-up patient.
Patients sign up online, paying an average of $600 each for a stippling of shots across their foreheads.
Arman Ohevshalom, 36, was enthusiastic as he waited in line with his wife in their car, although it was their first time receiving the injections.
“It’s very creative, and after seeing how they’re running it I feel just as comfortable as I would in the office,” he said.
Florida’s tattoo artists, however, are frustrated. Shuttered since March, they asking why they cannot open, too.
Botox injections are “kind of like tattooing, he’s injecting stuff into the skin,” said tattoo shop owner Chico Cortez. Florida is home to about 10,000 working tattoo artists, according to the Florida Professional Tattoo Artist Guild.
An emailed statement from a Miami-Dade County spokesperson said Mayor Carlos Gimenez has yet to set a date for reopening tattoo shops. “He is working with industry members and the medical experts to come up with the best way to reopen safely,” it said.