Kate Middleton steps out in traditional Pakistani outfit

Kate wore a blue kurta and scarf by local designer Maheen Khan. (Reuters)
Updated 15 October 2019

Kate Middleton steps out in traditional Pakistani outfit

DUBAI: The Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, who arrived to Pakistan with Prince William on Monday for a five-day tour, stepped out in a traditional shalwar kameez.  

Kate wore a blue kurta and scarf by local designer Maheen Khan, while William opted for a casual shirt and trousers as the pair met children at an Islamabad school.




The couple were greeted by teachers and children on their arrival at the Model College for Girls. (Reuters)

The royals, who are strong advocates of girls' education, were greeted by teachers and children on their arrival at the Model College for Girls.

Kate and William then went on a tour in the national park at Margalla hills. Authorities deployed more than 1,000 police and paramilitary forces to ensure the royal entourage's protection.




Middleton wore a light blue shalwar kameez with elegant draping at the boat-shaped neckline. (Reuters)

The couple were welcomed by Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi upon their arrival at the Pakistan's Nur Khan military airbase in Rawalpindi. On her first day, Middleton wore a light blue shalwar kameez with elegant draping at the boat-shaped neckline.


Iconic Algerian raï singer Cheikha Rimitti gets square named after her in Paris

Cheikha Rimitti gets square named after her in Paris. (File/Getty Images)
Updated 17 November 2019

Iconic Algerian raï singer Cheikha Rimitti gets square named after her in Paris

  • Earlier this week, the Council of Paris designated an area of the French capital's 18th arrondissement to honor iconic raï singer Cheikha Rimitti
  • The square bears the name of the late singer

DUBAI: Earlier this week, the Council of Paris designated an area of the French capital's 18th arrondissement to honor the late iconic raï singer Cheikha Rimitti. Situated between Rue de la Goutte d'Or and Polonceau, the square bears the name of the Algerian musical pioneer.

Often called the “grandma of raï music,” Rimitti was born Saadia El-Ghizania to a impoverished family near Sidi Bel Abbes, Algeria, in 1923.

After being orphaned during childhood, she went on to join a troupe of traditional Algerian musicians and sang and danced at weddings and celebrations around West Algeria before moving to the rural town of Relizane and writing her own songs.

During her decades-long career, she composed more than 200 songs that tackled themes of colonialism, poverty and immigration that have inspired some of today’s most celebrated raï singers, including Cheb Khaled and Rachid Taha.

She moved to Paris in 1978, where her music went on to garner international recognition. In addition to performing in sold-out tours in major cities across the world, she also collaborated with Robert Fripp and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The iconic singer died in Paris in 2006 at the age of 83 from a heart attack, just two days after performing at the Zenith.