Huda and Mona Kattan share heartfelt message on Iraq

The makeup moguls are originally from Iraq. (AFP)
Updated 07 October 2019

Huda and Mona Kattan share heartfelt message on Iraq

DUBAI: Beauty entrepreneurs Huda and Mona Kattan have both taken to Instagram to share heartfelt messages with the people of Iraq in light of the violence that is rocking the country.

More than 100 people, including security personnel, have been killed and more than 6,000 wounded in recent days as Iraqi forces used live ammunition and tear gas to repel demonstrators who clashed with security forces as they tried to reach government and party headquarters in Baghdad and the provinces.

Both sisters, the entrepreneurs behind internationally successful beauty brand Huda Beauty, took to social media to share their thoughts on the situation in Iraq.



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“A lot (of) you may not know this but both of my parents are originally from Iraq. I personally have never lived there but it’s still so close to my heart and my family always tells me about how incredible the country is and I have so much love and admiration for Iraqis,” both sisters posted separately on Instagram.

“It breaks my heart to see the Iraqi people suffering and going through more hardship once again, Dear people of Iraq, we are praying for your safety, we are praying for your peace, we are praying for your happiness, we are praying for your future, we are praying for your success, we are praying for the best for you all,” the siblings added.

The makeup moguls, who were born and raised in the US, shared the message alongside a picture featuring a sketched outline of Iraq with a drawn dove at its center.

Kattan, who ranked 36th on Forbes’ 2019 list of the US’s wealthiest self-made female entrepreneurs, has spoken about her Arab heritage in the past.  

“Because I had grown up in the US, I had a very middle-eastern style, but also a very western influence as well - I always knew I wanted to be global,” she told the BBC in April.

“I grew up in the States in a very small town in the south, in Tennessee, and I didn't know why but I wore so much eyeliner - no one around me did, including my mother.

“I started to wonder when I left and moved to the Middle East whether, in fact, it was innate.”

The entrepreneur is now based in Dubai, where she runs the Huda Beauty brand and films episodes of her Facebook Watch reality show, “Huda Boss.”

Sheikh Zayed Book Award winners announced despite lack of ceremony

The winner of each category took home a prize of $204,192. File/Shutterstock
Updated 08 April 2020

Sheikh Zayed Book Award winners announced despite lack of ceremony

DUBAI: Today, the winners of the 2020 Sheikh Zayed Book Award were announced, despite the awards ceremony not going ahead due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A record-breaking year for submissions saw seven awards go to recipients hailing from six countries: the UK, US, the Netherlands, Iraq, Tunisia and Palestine.

A total of 1,900 nominations from 49 countries - 22 Arab and 27 foreign countries - were submitted for the 14th  Sheikh Zayed Book Award across its nine categories.

Salma Khadra Al-Jayussi, 94, was awarded Cultural Personality of the Year for her contribution to Arabic literature and culture.

The prize for literature went to Tunisian poet Moncef Ouhaibi for his book “Belkas ma Qabl Al-Akheera.”

Meanwhile, The Young Author award went to Iraqi writer and academic Hayder Qasim for his book “ilm Al-Kalam Al-Islami fi Derasat Al-Mustashrikeen Al-Alman.”

Palestinian-American author Ibtisam Barakat clinched the Children’s Literature award for her book “Al-Fatah Al-Laylakeyyah.”

Other winners included Tunisian translator Mohamed Ait Mihoub, Dutch author Richard van Leeuwen and London’s Banipal Magazine.

The winner of each category took home a prize of $204,192.