Dua Lipa heads back to Dubai for November gig

Dua Lipa will perform in the UAE on Nov. 15 at The Pointe. (AFP)
Updated 07 October 2019

Dua Lipa heads back to Dubai for November gig

DUBAI: British singer-songwriter Dua Lipa will perform in the UAE on Nov. 15 at The Pointe, on Dubai’s Palm Jumeirah.

 The 24-year-old “IDGAF” singer will perform on a purpose-built stage suspended over water, organizers revealed, just over a year after the Grammy-winner was set to perform at a cancelled gig at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

The concert was scheduled on Nov. 11, 2018, to mark the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s first anniversary, but was cancelled at the last minute due to heavy rainstorms.

The “One Kiss” singer did, however, pull off a successful performance in the country at Dubai’s du Arena in February 2018.

Tickets for the upcoming gig will go on sale at www.ticketmaster.ae at $68 for general admission and $95 for fan-pit access.

The UAE isn’t the only regional country the star has visited — earlier this year she shared an emotional message with her Instagram followers after spending three days at various refugee camps in Lebanon.

Lipa visited camps in Rayak and Bekaa with UNICEF to meet with refugee children whose families fled the war in Syria in April and took to Instagram to share a series of photos from her visit, in which she can be seen smiling and laughing as children from the camp surround her.

Lipa, whose parents fled the conflict in the Balkans in 1992, said, “This is personal for me. My parents fled a war-torn region and built a life for themselves in a new place. And each one of the refugee children I met has parents just like my own, who have tried to make the best decisions they could for their families.

“You can read about the conditions or see the challenges on TV, but you don’t really feel the absolute dire circumstances for refugees from Syria until you see them for yourself,” she added in a released statement at the time.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The songstress has also been spotted on the arm of US-Palestinian model Anwar Hadid in recent months.

 

Lipa was photographed spending time with Anwar Hadid, brother to supermodel sisters Gigi and Bella, in July, further fueling rumors that the pair are a bona fide couple.

In the months that followed, the star posted photographs with Hadid on her Instagram account and has been spotted out and about with the musician-model across the world.


Women in Egypt’s restive Sinai makes Bedouin face masks

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Women in Egypt’s restive Sinai makes Bedouin face masks

CAIRO: In El-Arish, the provincial capital of Egypt’s North Sinai, a group of women sew colourful Bedouin designs on masks to combat coronavirus, as an insurgency simmers in their restive region.

Egypt’s toll from the COVID-19 pandemic has reached over 28,600 cases, including more than 1,000 deaths, while North Sinai itself remains the bloody scene of a long-running Islamist insurgency.

“I learnt how to embroider when I was a young girl watching my mother,” homemaker Naglaa Mohammed, 36, told AFP on a landline from El-Arish, as mobile phone links are often disrupted.

Naglaa Mohammed lives in El-Arish. (AFP)

A versatile embroiderer, she also beads garments and crafts rings and bracelets.

Now with the pandemic, she has been designing face masks showcasing her Bedouin heritage.

Bedouins are nomadic tribes who traditionally inhabit desert areas throughout the Arab world, from North Africa to Iraq. Many have now integrated into a more urban lifestyle.

Egypt’s Bedouin textile tradition of tatriz – weaving and beading rich geometric and abstract designs on garments, cushions and purses – has been passed down from generation to generation for centuries.

It has survived in the Sinai Peninsula, whose north has been plagued by years of militant activity and terror attacks spearheaded by a local affiliate of the Islamic State (IS) group.

Security forces have been locked in a battle to quell an insurgency in the Sinai that intensified after the military’s 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

In February 2018, authorities launched a nationwide operation against militants, focusing on North Sinai.

The beading process takes about two days for each mask, Gharib said. (AFP)

Around 970 suspected militants have since been killed in the region along with dozens of security personnel, according to official figures.

Local and international media are banned from entering heavily militarised North Sinai.

But for Amany Gharib, who founded the El-Fayrouz Association in El-Arish in 2010, the violence has not dissuaded her from keeping Bedouin heritage alive while at the same time empowering local women.

She now employs around 550 women like Mohammed – many of them casually or part-time – as part of a textiles workshop.

“The masks are composed of two layers – one inner layer directly on the face which is disinfected, and the colourful, beaded one outside,” Gharib explained to AFP.

All the women take the necessary precautions while working, including wearing gloves and masks while using sewing machines.

The finished products are washed, packed and shipped off to distribution centres in Cairo, where they are sold online in partnership with Jumia – Africa’s e-commerce giant – for about 40 pounds ($2.50) each.

The beading process takes about two days for each mask, Gharib said.

The finished products are washed, packed and shipped off to distribution centres in Cairo. (AFP)

Amid the volatile security situation, Mohammed has been able to eke out a meagre living with her embroidery skills.

“We work and are given our dues depending on the orders we get... with the masks it has been a new challenge we've tackled,” she said.

Dire economic conditions in Egypt have been even tougher for women of the Sinai since the pandemic began.

“Times are really tough for the women but we have adjusted,” Gharib said.

And while militant attacks on security checkpoints have continued, Gharib expressed confidence in the army.

“We feel a sense of security and stability with the military presence. We trust them,” she said.

The region witnessed the deadliest terror attack in Egypt’s modern history when militants killed more than 300 worshippers in a mosque in November 2017.

Gharib said that in North Sinai’s tight-knit community, each family knew someone who had been killed in an attack.

“Anyone of us who is killed, we consider them a martyr,” she said.

“We are in a war with terror... but the people have learnt to live with it.”