Sole DXB reunites regional sneakerheads in Dubai

Sole DXB runs until Dec. 8. (Arab News)
Updated 08 December 2018

Sole DXB reunites regional sneakerheads in Dubai

DUBAI: Walking into Sole DXB, Dubai’s sneaker exhibition and urban festival, was like walking into industrial Los Angeles, with metal hangars, hot dogs, tacos and, most importantly, sneakers taking over Dubai Design District over the weekend.
The event opened its doors Thursday to sneakerheads from across the region who wanted to get their hands on the latest limited-edition trainers the three-day event had to offer.
Exhibition goers were dressed in their most stylish outfits, each strutting their stuff in street-style designer outfits and sneakers across the venue.

From Adidas, Puma and Dior to 5ivePillars and Nor Black Nor White, international and local vendors had the opportunity to display their products to event goers in unique and enticing ways.
Adidas built a four-floor, pipeline-encased pavilion that featured a customizing corner, a mini football arena and a roof top lounge overlooking the entire event against the backdrop of Downtown Dubai.
Dior’s giant, illuminated bumblebee stood out among the pavilions as the most chic and sleek of them all, while online-retailer Farfetch offered an array of exclusive products — with Supreme shirts and bags displayed behind cages in an airport terminal-style set up.
Local brands 5ivePillars and Shabab also had smaller booths that lined the walkways between the main attractions, showcasing unique, regional designs that drew in eager shoppers.
Crowds gathered on Friday night as UK grime artist Giggs made his way through the stalls before taking the stage after British singer Blood Orange engaged audiences and US artist Masego wowed viewers with his saxophone skills. Regional artists, such as Lebanese-Filipino rapper Chyno and Reem Ekay, also lit up the main stage with their original tracks.

Saturday’s music line-up is to be headlined by Brooklyn-born rapper Nas, who is the biggest name at this year’s event. Other rappers, such as Joey Bada$$, will perform at exclusive, invite-only parties.
Apart from the music and fashion, talks were given by special guests and designers about the world of sneakers and how the event, now in its sixth iteration, got to where it is today.

Sole DXB runs from Dec. 6 – Dec. 8 in Dubai’s Design District.

Fans tease Kourtney Kardashian over Arabic playlist

Kourtney Kardashian shared a playlist full of Arabic songs online. (AFP)
Updated 14 October 2019

Fans tease Kourtney Kardashian over Arabic playlist

DUBAI: Twitter users poked fun at US reality television star Kourtney Kardashian’s “Armenian playlist,” which she shared on her website earlier this week, over its mostly Arab music.

Kourtney visited the country with her sister Kim Kardashian, who baptized her children during a visit to their ancestral homeland, Armenia.

After the visit, the reality star took to her website, and her Instagram Stories, to share a specially curated playlist titled “Armenian playlist” — except the head-bopping tunes were mostly Arabic.

While the list did include Armenian music, Kourtney, the eldest of the Kardashian sisters, also had a number of Arabic hits such as “Lolaak Habibi” by Egyptian star Tamer Hosny, “Boshret Kheir” by Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jassmi and “Ya Tabtab Wa Dallaa” by Lebanese sensation Nancy Ajram.

According to her website, “The curation includes a mix of new and classic rap, Arabic pop, and R&B songs she (listened) to on her trip.”

“To be fair she didn’t say it was an ‘Armenian Playlist.’ It’s a playlist for her trip to Armenia. Lord knows my Paris playlist isn’t exclusive to French music,” one fan shared on Twitter.

But other users chose to tease Kardashian over her choice of title.

“When a majority of Kourtney’s Armenian playlist are Arabic songs looooool (sic),” one user tweeted. 

“I laughed at it being called an Armenian playlist when 7/8 of the songs are Arabic,” another Twitter user posted.

Kardashian’s Armenian ancestors on her father’s side emigrated to the US from an area that now lies in Turkey.

The visit was the stars’ first to the nation since a 2015 trip marking the centenary of the mass killings of Armenians that saw her husband give a chaotic, impromptu concert in capital Yerevan.

The sisters were accompanied by Kim’s four children — aged four months to six-years-old. Her elder daughter, North, was baptized in 2015 in the Armenian church in Jerusalem, but joined her siblings in Armenia. Rapper Kanye West, Kim’s husband, was not present at the baptism.

“Thank you Armenia for hosting my family and I in such a memorable trip,” Kim  posted on Instagram at the time. “So blessed to have been baptized along with my babies at Mother See of Holy Etchmiadzin, Armenia’s main cathedral which is sometimes referred to as the Vatican of the Armenian Apostolic Church. This church was built in 303 AD.”

On their visit, Kim gave a speech at the World Congress on Information Technology, where she heaped praise on Swedish teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg, calling her a “brave and amazing young woman” and said she shared her concerns about climate change.

Talking about plans for her businesses, which include beauty products and shapewear, Kim said she was considering opening a factory and investing in Armenia.

“I'm excited as tonight I have a meeting and I'm gonna talk about future investments and opening up a factory here and how to really bring this (business) to Armenia (sic),” Kim said.