Kim Kardashian christens her children in Armenia

The US reality television star Kim Kardashian on Monday baptised her children during a visit to her ancestral homeland Armenia. (AFP)
Updated 07 October 2019

Kim Kardashian christens her children in Armenia

  • US reality television star Kim Kardashian baptised her children during a visit to her ancestral homeland Armenia
  • She was accompanied by her four children and sister Kourtney Kardashian

ECHMIADZIN, Armenia: US reality television star Kim Kardashian baptised her children on Monday during a visit to her ancestral homeland Armenia.
Kardashian wore a tight-fitting beige dress and stopped to take pouting selfies with local fans as she left Holy Echmiadzin, the Caucasus nation’s main cathedral.
She was accompanied by her four children — aged four months to six years — and sister Kourtney Kardashian, according to an AFP photographer. Her husband, rapper Kanye West, was not present.
The visit was the star’s first to the nation since a 2015 trip marking the centenary of mass killings of Armenians that saw her husband give a chaotic, impromptu concert in capital Yerevan.
Armenia says an estimated 1.5 million ethnic Armenians were killed by Ottoman forces in what it calls a genocide — a term rejected by Turkey, which puts the death toll at 500,000, blaming it on World War I raging at the time and starvation.
Kardashian is due to give a speech on Tuesday at the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), which is being held in Armenia.
WCIT is organized by the World Information Technology & Services Alliance, a consortium of ICT associations from 83 countries, representing 90 percent of the industry, according to the congress’s website.
Kardashian’s Armenian ancestors on her father’s side emigrated to the United States from an area that now lies in Turkey.
Armenia was the first country in the world to adopt Christianity as an official religion, in the fourth century.


Where we’re eating today: Said Dal 1923

Updated 04 July 2020

Where we’re eating today: Said Dal 1923

DUBAI: If you’re after somewhere to take your morning coffee in style in the UAE, then we’ve got a suggestion for you. Said Dal 1923 has opened a new outpost in the region, taking up residence in Dubai’s bustling City Walk. 

Situated just a stone’s throw away from Concepts shoe store, Said Dal 1923, touted as the best place for hot chocolate, is the first in the GCC. It comes nearly a century after it began its mission as a chocolate factory in Rome founded by Aldo de Mauro. de Mauro’s grandchildren Fabrizio and Carla are behind the concept in Dubai. 

Photographed by Ziyad Al-Arfaj

The new dining space aims to maintain the charm of one of the oldest chocolate factories in Rome by way of its rustic interior and decades-old, rickety furniture, including a vintage chocolate machine. 

In addition to an impressive chocolate boutique encompassing everything from pralines, dragees and more, the delectable menu comprises an array of mouth-watering desserts, such as tiramisu, crepes, chocolate brownies and carrot cake to name a few.

Photographed by Ziyad Al-Arfaj

Tempting pastries aside, guests can also pick and choose from a variety of vegetarian and meat dishes, including pizza, truffle ravioli, Portobello linguini and  chicken tagliatelle. Coffee and the signature hot chocolate are also available in takeaway cups for shoppers who are on-the-go. 

Photographed by Ziyad Al-Arfaj

Dubai’s new cafe is only the second international outpost of Said Dal 1923. The first establishment to operate outside of Rome can be found in London’s Soho district– along with huge queues in front of it.