From Dubai to Mumbai, Dua Lipa plays packed out gigs, rubs shoulders with Shah Rukh Khan

Updated 17 November 2019

From Dubai to Mumbai, Dua Lipa plays packed out gigs, rubs shoulders with Shah Rukh Khan

  • Mere hours after she rocked the stage in Dubai, British pop star Dua Lipa jetted off to Mumbai
  • Naturally, she documented her visit to the South Asian nation via her Instagram page

DUBAI: Mere hours after she rocked the stage in Dubai, British pop star Dua Lipa jetted off to Mumbai, where she was pictured with Bollywood’s who’s who — including superstar Shah Rukh Khan — before playing a packed out gig this weekend.

On Friday, Lipa returned to the UAE for yet another concert. The singer, who’s of Albanian descent, headlined The Pointe’s second-ever concert on Dubai‘s Palm Jumeirah, following in the footsteps of Latin star Enrique Iglesias who headlined the inaugural concert in December 2018. The performance was Lipa’s third concert in the UAE. Fans of the British hitmaker will remember last November when the singer was slated to perform at the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s first anniversary, but had to cancel her show at the last minute due to a rainstorm.

The 24-year-old jetted off to Mumbai to perform at the One Plus Music Festival on Nov. 16. The certified hitmaker took to the stage at the DY Patil Stadium to belt out some of her biggest tunes, such as “Hotter Than Hell,” “New Rules” and “Be the One.”  She performed alongside the likes of international popstar Katy Perry, music composer Amit Trivedi and EDM artist Ritviz.

“So excited to go back to India this week!!” She wrote on Instagram ahead of the concert. “I’ve never had the chance to perform in front of you and I’m excited to share the stage with sweet mutha KPez @katyperry!!!! Yaaaaay x (sic).”

Naturally, she documented her visit to the South Asian nation via her Instagram page, where she shared a number of snapshots of her performance with her 38.5 million followers. She also took to the social media platform to upload throwbacks of her visit to Jaipur, including a snap of herself learning how to wear the traditional saree.

“In Jaipur last year being taught how to wear a saree. So happy to be in Mumbai today! See you all for the show!!!” she captioned the photo.

Lipa also posted a picture of herself and Perry blowing kisses towards the camera. She revealed that she was “fizzing with excitement front stage.”

“It took me back to 15-year-old me at my first Katy Perry show! Still just the same!!” she excitedly wrote.

Perry, who touched down in India earlier this week, has been living it up in the capital of Maharashtra state. Upon her arrival, Indian director Karan Johar threw the “Fireworks” singer a star-studded party in his Carter Road residence.

The guest list for the soiree featured the who’s who of Bollywood, including everyone from Alia Bhatt and Anushka Sharma to Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan, among many others.

Five Arab films that have won international acclaim

Updated 06 December 2019

Five Arab films that have won international acclaim

  • Saudi director Haifaa Al-Mansour’s 'The Perfect Candidate' is in the shortlist for an Oscar
  • A number of Arab productions are in the race for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar

CAIRO: The Oscars are just around the corner, and in January the shortlist for the coveted Best Foreign Language Film award will be confirmed.

Several titles from the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have been submitted for consideration, including Saudi director Haifaa Al-Mansour’s “The Perfect Candidate.”

The entry, which tells the story of a Saudi doctor who takes on her country’s patriarchal system by running in municipal elections, is particularly significant as it is the Kingdom’s first Academy Award submission following the ban on theaters being lifted in 2017.

It is also the first to be supported by the Saudi Film Council, an organization launched at Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

Here is a look at other recent Arab titles that have achieved international acclaim, and why they are worth watching.


1. WADJDA — Saudi Arabia

“The Perfect Candidate” is not the first of Al-Mansour’s films to be submitted to the Oscars. Her critically acclaimed drama “Wadjda” became the first title to be submitted by the Kingdom in 2013 for the 86th Academy Awards. It marked the debut of a Saudi female filmmaker, with the film shot entirely in the Kingdom.

The story of a 10-year-old Wadjda, and her desire to buy a bicycle to race against a male friend, sheds light on traditions and women’s rights.

In an article for The Guardian newspaper, film critic Henry Barnes described “Wadjda” as a message that Al-Mansour wrapped “inside a love letter to her people.”


2. ESHTEBAK — Egypt

The Egyptian film industry has a good track record when it comes to titles receiving global acclaim, one of the most recent being “Eshtebak” (“Clash”), by director Mohamed Diab.

Set in a police van during a period of street protests and unrest in 2013, the film chronicles a time of political and social instability in the country, where a clash of ideologies and personalities unfolds between communities.

 Egyptian director Mohamed Diab's “Eshtebak” (“Clash”). (Supplied)

The resulting tensions and dilemmas are acted out by the people trapped in the van.

“Eshtebak” was selected as the opening film for the Un Certain Regard section at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, and screened internationally across Europe, and in Brazil and China.

The film was publicly endorsed by actor Tom Hanks in a letter to the director: “Your film will go to great lengths to enlighten many. Audiences will see that humanity is a fragile community, but we are all in ‘this’ together.”


3. AL-JANNA AL-AAN — Palestine

A Golden Globe winner for Best Foreign Language Film — and nominated in the same category at the 78th Academy Awards — “Paradise Now” was described by its Palestinian director, Hany Abu-Assad, as “an artistic point of view of the political issue.”

The film digs deep into the human aspects of the Palestinian conflict, following the fictional story of two friends recruited by a terrorist group to become suicide bombers in Tel Aviv.

Palestinan director Hany Abu-Assad's “Al-Janna Al-Aan" (Supplied)

Armed with explosives, they attempt to cross into Israel, but are pursued by border guards and separated.

When they are reunited, one character decides against carrying out the bombing, and tries to convince his friend to quit as well.

“Paradise Now” was not Abu-Assad’s only Academy Award nomination. His film “Omar,” which won the Muhr awards for Best Film and Best Director at the 2013 Dubai International Film Festival, was also shortlisted for the same category at the 2014 Oscars.



4. CAFARNAUM — Lebanon

Directed by celebrated Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki, “Capernaum” depicts the complicated life of undocumented migrants, refugees and workers in Lebanon through the story of 12-year old Zain, who lives in the slums of Beirut.

The film generated $68 million at the box office worldwide, more than 17 times its production budget, becoming the highest-grossing Middle Eastern and Arabic movie of all time.

Lebanese director Nadine Labaki's “Cafarnaum" (Supplied)

“Capernaum” won the Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival — it received a solid 15-minute standing ovation after its screening there — and was shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards.

Labaki’s other productions include “Caramel” and “Where Do We Go Now?”


5. THEEB — Jordan

This drama by Naji Abu Nowar starred non-professional Bedouin actors and focuses on events unfolding in the Wadi Rum desert in southern Jordan during World War I.

Jordanian director Naji Abu Nowar's “Theeb" (Supplied)

In 2016, “Theeb” won internationally recognition by becoming the first Jordanian nomination to make it to the shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards.

It was also nominated for Best Film Not in the English Language at the 69th British Academy Film Awards, and won the Best Director award at the 71st Venice International Film Festival.


• This report is being published by Arab News as a partner of the Middle East Exchange, which was launched by the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to reflect the vision of the UAE prime minister and ruler of Dubai to explore the possibility of changing the status of the Arab region.