Anwar Hadid wears Arab label Shabab Intl in Ramallah

Anwar Hadid touched down in Ramallah last week. AFP
Updated 10 December 2019

Anwar Hadid wears Arab label Shabab Intl in Ramallah

  • Anwar Hadid is currently in Ramallah championing for the rights of the Palestinian people
  • During his visit, he was pictured wearing a design by homegrown streetwear label, Shabab Intl

DUBAI: Palestinian-Dutch model and musician Anwar Hadid is currently in Ramallah championing for the rights of the Palestinian people.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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During his visit, the 20-year-old met up with Diala Isid, the founder of the Right to Movement, a non-profit running community that aims to highlight the travel restrictions imposed on many Palestinians.  

For the occasion, Hadid, who touched down in the city located in the central West Bank last week, was pictured wearing a design by regional streetwear label, Shabab Intl. He opted for the lifestyle unisex brand’s bowling shirt, created in collaboration with Los Angeles-based label Openism, which he paired with a black t-shirt and navy-colored trousers.

Shabab Intl is helmed by the pseudonymous Chebmoha and his twin sister Zaineb and Chndy who hail from Iraq and Oman, respectively. "Shabab is for the community," shares Zaineb with Arab News.

The Dubai-based designers-slash-photographers have also recently seen their designs on Hadid’s partner, British popstar Dua Lipa, who also opted for the brand’s button-down bowling shirt during a visit to Australia.

It’s not the first time the younger brother of Gigi and Bella visits his father, real estate developer Mohamed Hadid’s homeland. In fact, the face of Valentino’s fragrance launch ventured to Palestine with friends back in April, where he filmed a music video for a song titled “Progression 101” from his debut EP “Bleach.”

"My brothers and I touched the mother land today ... much culture and beauty and people that need to be seen and heard," the catwalk star told his 2.8 million Instagram followers when he arrived in the Arab nation. "Hopefully we can show you guys the deep-rooted details that affect our people every day, even the ones who are too young to understand. I feel like this could give us all good perspectives of our own lives, to see what is truly true and real vs what is told to us to be true," he added.

His father, who was born in Nazareth and forced to flee Palestine with his family when he was just an infant, expressed his pride in Anwar's travels, commenting on photos the model posted on Instagram. "Our home land. Where I was born is Nazareth. Where your grandparents (my mom and dad) were living is a town named Safad," wrote Mohamed, who spent time in refugee camps in Syria as a child. "I love you son."

During the youngest Hadid sibling's visit, he spent time in Jericho and Nazareth during his trip, as well as Deir Yassin.


Dubai’s streetwear festival Sole DXB canceled due to pandemic

Updated 09 August 2020

Dubai’s streetwear festival Sole DXB canceled due to pandemic

DUBAI: The region’s premiere streetwear festival, Sole DXB, will not be happening in 2020, the organizers announced via a statement on Sunday.

The organizers revealed that they “aren’t confident” that they can deliver the experience festival-goers “deserve with the health and safety standards” they expect. 

“While the situation continues to improve on the ground in Dubai, the festival is a collective effort by our community around the world and we’re ready to wait ‘til they can be a part of it too,” said the statement.

Organizers also announced that they do not have a new date set. The streetwear and music festival typically takes place during the first week of December.

The urban and streetwear festival seamlessly brings together the region’s music lovers and sneakerheads, who flock to Dubai Design District to enjoy performances from top artists such as Nas and Wu Tang Clan as well as shop local and international streetwear brands.

In light of the pandemic, Sole DXB recently launched a new mixed-media platform, sole.digital, dedicated to music, fashion, the visual arts and sports from the Middle East, India, Africa, the Caribbean and their diasporas.