The UAE will mark National Day on Dec. 2, but the entire country begins celebrations on Nov. 28. Here are ways to join in the fun.
The big ticket
“This Is Zayed. This Is the UAE,” billed as this year’s main event on Dec. 2, is a visual show with performances by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and traditional musicians at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
The UAE’s skies will be lit up by multiple firework displays on the big day. Dubai’s La Mer is hosting one, with live music from various Arab stars, including Fouad Abdul Wahed and Mohammed Al-Shehhi.
Live concerts from various Arab icons such as Waleed Al-Shami and Hussain Al-Jassmi will be held in Dubai's Burj Park. The event is also free of charge.
For a less conventional way of marking the day, #WOWJBR is hosting a weekend full of beachside activities at Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai.
Dubai Parks and Resorts has prepared numerous activities across all its theme parks, including building a four meter-long National Day mosaic out of Lego. And there will be heavily discounted admission starting at AED 47.
La Perle by Dragone
The eye-popping acrobatic performance created by Franco Dragone, known for his work with Cirque du Soleil, is slashing its ticket prices by half from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2. A must-see at The Atrium in Dubai.
Indian label Two Point Two makes catwalk debut at LFW
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LONDON: “Two Point Two is a genderless, anti-conformist, all-inclusive brand. We don’t cater to any particular gender or any particular size,” declared designer Anvita Sharma at London Fashion Week’s Fashion Scout.
Some might say packing all that into a dress is a pretty big challenge, but this is something she clearly believes in.
“We believe in diversity, independence and confidence and we support individuals who want to be as loud or mellow as possible. So we have a huge variety of colors, silhouettes and details,” she said.
Sharma, who studied at Istituto Marangoni in Milan and Paris, is a rising talent. Last year she won the third edition of “Scouting for India,” a global project developed by Vogue Talents in collaboration with FAD International Academy and FAD Institute of Luxury Fashion & Style.
Her win included the opportunity to showcase her Spring/Summer 2020 collection at the Palazzo Cusani within the exhibition celebrating Vogue Talent’s 10th anniversary during Milan Fashion Week.
This week, amid the hectic backstage preparations for her Fashion Scout showing, she found the time to talk to Arab News, running us through her color palette and fabrics.
“We have a mix of neutrals and pastels as well as vibrant reds. Some shades are often categorized as either feminine or masculine, so we want to amalgamate both of them to say that colors are not supposed to be associated with any particular gender, color or race,” she explained.
“For fabrics, we have mostly used wool and wool felt, shot cotton and wool and some Giza cottons for the shirts and dresses. We have also done a lot of hand embroidery. One coat took four weeks to hand embroider,” she said.
The production for Two Point Two is based in Delhi.
For her next collection, Sharma is going to work with craft clusters of Indian women weavers based in the mountain city of Kullu, capital of the Kullu district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
She has a track record of being supportive of hand crafts — evident in her previous collections.
“Last season, we did handwoven fabrics of cotton and silk from another region in India. Now Two Point Two wants to bring different, dying crafts of India to an international audience,” she explained.
Commenting on her increasingly high profile, she said: “It’s very frantic and because I’m a perfectionist it really gets to me at times. I am happy to be here because it is London Fashion Week. This is our first runway show outside India — so we are very excited.”