Celebrities who rang in 2019 in Dubai

Celebrities who rang in 2019 in Dubai. (Shutterstock)
Updated 01 January 2019

Celebrities who rang in 2019 in Dubai

DUBAI: Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez partied in Dubai on New Year’s Eve, sharing pictures from the celebrations on her Instagram. “So blessed to ring in this 2019 with my famfam,” the Sri Lankan beauty wrote.

The actress, who was born and raised in Bahrain, is in the UAE on a four-day visit with her family. She visited the Harvey Nichols store in Mall of the Emirates on Dec. 30, inviting fans to meet her there and tagging the Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF) in her post.

Fernandez posted an image of herself and her family members with shopping bags, captioning it: “@dsfsocial you sure know how to spoil us!! Love from my famfam!!!”
She also shared a short clip of an impromptu dance performance at the hotel she was staying in – the Emerald Palace Kempinski Dubai on the Palm Jumeirah — writing: “This is saying goodbye to you 2018!!!! Love you so much for everything you taught us!! Will never forget you; time to dance ahead into the future!!”

Fernandez will be visiting the UAE again for a concert with actor Salman Khan on Mar. 15.
“Dabangg: The Tour — Reloaded,” which will be held at Dubai Festival City, also stars Katrina Kaif, Sonakshi Sinha, Prabhu Deva, Manish Paul, Daisy Shah, Guru Randhawa and others.
Meanwhile, former Irish model and businesswoman Pippa O’Connor and husband Brian Ormond were also in Dubai for New Year’s Eve. The TV presenter shared photos of her vacation with a series of snaps on Instagram.

“A different type of NYE for us… feeling so grateful to end such a memorable year here… with everyone I need by my side,” O’Connor wrote alongside photos of her New Year celebrations with her husband and two boys at Anantara The Palm Dubai Resort. Dressed in a blue sequinned dress, the Irish beauty seemed to revel in her family time.
Footballer Cristiano Ronaldo was also in Dubai for New Year’s Eve, witnessing its magnificent firework show with fiancée Georgina Rodriguez and son Cristiano Junior and posting the picture on his Instagram. Rodriquez also documented her stay for her 8.5 million Instagram followers, posting images of a boat trip the family took off the Dubai coast.

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Ronaldo is in the UAE for the Globe Soccer Awards at Madinat Jumeirah on Thursday, where he has been nominated for the Best Player Award.
Another celebrity in the UAE for the holiday was English model Ferne McCann. The former reality TV star, who was holidaying with her daughter Sunday Sky in the Middle East, flaunted her washboard abs in a yellow bikini on the beach. She also posted images of her New Year’s Eve party from Dubai’s Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa on Instagram.

“So happy to be away this year to welcome in 2019. I have had a lovely year 2018 I will never ever forget. My baby girl turned 1 & I have so many special memories made,” she wrote.

French-Algerian star Lyna Khoudri wins big at French Oscars

The team behind ‘Papicha’ posed for photographs at the Cesars. (AFP)
Updated 29 February 2020

French-Algerian star Lyna Khoudri wins big at French Oscars

DUBAI: “Papicha,” a touching story of Algerian women fighting for their freedom by Mounia Meddour won both best first film and best female newcomer for actress Lyna Khoudri at the French Oscars on Friday.

The 27-year-old French-Algerian star won big at the Cesars for her portrayal of 18-year-old university student Nedjma, who finds herself struggling to continue her passion for fun and fashion as conservative forces sweep Algeria.

Lyna Khoudri won the best female newcomer award at the ceremony. (Getty Images)

Meanwhile, director Roman Polanski won best director for “An Officer and a Spy” at the fractious ceremony that ended in walkouts and recrimination in Paris, AFP reported.

The entire French academy had been forced to resign earlier this month amid fury that the veteran — wanted in the US for the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977 — had topped the list of nominations.

Protesters chanting “Lock up Polanski!” tried to storm the theater where the ceremony was being held before being pushed back by police firing tear gas.

And France’s Culture Minister Franck Riester had warned that giving the maker of “Rosemary’s Baby” a Cesar would be “symbolically bad given the stance we must take against sexual and sexist violence.”

But Polanski won two awards, best adapted screenplay and best director — with the latter prompting Adele Haenel, who was nominated for best actress for “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” to storm out, crying “shame!“

The French press had dubbed the event “The Cesars of Anguish,” with Le Parisien daily mocking up a movie poster of Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.”

And the ceremony lived up to its billing.

It was the absent figure of Polanski which caused most unease, with a presenter only daring to mumble his name when he opened the envelope for his first win.

The publicity campaign for Polanski’s movie was halted last year after another woman, photographer Valentine Monnier, claimed that she had also been raped by the director in 1975.

But that did not stop it becoming a box office hit in France.

Polanski had told AFP that he had decided to stay away from the ceremony to protect his family and his team from abuse.

“The activists brandish the figure of 12 women who I am supposed to have molested half a century ago,” he said.

“These fantasies of sick minds are treated as established fact,” he complained.