Priyanka Chopra cuts a sleek figure in Nicolas Jebran

Priyanka Chopra Jonas wearing Nicolas Jebran at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy bash. AFP
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Updated 26 January 2020

Priyanka Chopra cuts a sleek figure in Nicolas Jebran

  • Priyanka Chopra Jonas turned up to the annual Clive Davis pre-Grammy bash wearing an Arab design

DUBAI: In recent years, the celebrations that precede the Grammys have proven to be just as glamorous, star-studded and highly-anticipated as the annual awards show itself.  

You don’t have to look further than the Clive Davis pre-Grammy gala, which took place on Jan. 25 in Beverly Hills. Each year before the hotly-anticipated awards ceremony, the elegant bash brings together the who’s who of Hollywood wearing their glittering best, and this week’s gala was no different.

Everyone from Diddy, who was the recipient of the Industry Icons Award at the music executive’s legendary pre-awards gala this year, to Dua Lipa and Naomi Campbell, who were both dressed to the nines, were all in attendance.

Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra Jonas, who chose to don an ensemble from an Arab designer for the occasion, also turned up for the event.

The “Quantico” actress was a sight to behold in a satin bronze creation from Lebanese couturier Nicolas Jebran’s Spring 2019 offering. The backless, sleeveless look included a halter-neck secured at the nape of the neck, long train and thigh-high slit. She accessorized the ensemble with a pair of matching Stuart Weitzman pointed-toe pumps and Bulgari jewels.

The “Quantico” actress was a sight to behold in a satin bronze creation from Lebanese couturier Nicolas Jebran’s Spring 2019 offering. AFP

As for her hair and makeup, Chopra kept it classic with smoked-out eyes and nude lips courtesy of celebrity makeup artist Mary Phillips and tousled, texturized locks.

The glamorous look served as a warm-up act for the 62nd edition of the annual Grammy Awards, which will take place on Jan. 26 in Los Angeles’ Staples Center. The 37-year-old actress will be in attendance to support her husband of two-years, popstar Nick Jonas, who, in addition to performing at the awards ceremony alongside his brothers, is also up for the Best Pop Duo award for “Sucker.”

Arab designers also found fans in Jessie J and Nicole Scherzinger. AFP

Arab designers also found a fan in American singer Jessie J, who showed up to the bash with her on-again partner Channing Tatum wearing a black, heavily-embellished Zuhair Murad couture gown; and the Pussycat Doll’s Nicole Scherzinger who stunned in a white structured gown with slits on either side from Lebanese design duo Azzi & Osta.

 Meanwhile, also in attendance at the star-studded bash was Cardi B and her rapper husband Offset, singers Janet Jackson and Hailee Steinfeld, part-Palestinian model Anwar Hadid and Best Album nominee Lana del Rey.

Gem of history, Diriyah is ‘gateway’ to future of Saudi Arabia

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Gem of history, Diriyah is ‘gateway’ to future of Saudi Arabia

  • Danielle Atkins: ‘If you want to see Vision 2030 in 2020 just come to my office. DGDA really does embody Vision 2030 in 2020’

One of Saudi Arabia’s giga-projects and most beloved sites is the home of the founding fathers, Diriyah. 

In one year, it has played host to Russian President Vladimir Putin, numerous delegates and was the prime location for Formula E, but behind all the glitz and glamour, a team of Saudis are working hard to make it a major tourist destination.

Diriyah Gate Development Authority (DGDA), is going local with its employees — 278 out of 355 are Saudi, with 45 from Diriyah. The employees feel a sense of pride, nurturing their county and showcasing its history.


Established in July 2017, the DGDA aims to preserve the culture of Diriyah, celebrate its community, and make it a landmark that celebrates Saudi Arabia. 


Considered one of the Kingdom’s most important historical sites and the capital of the first Saudi state, Diriyah is home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of At-Turaif, a mud-brick city that stands as the birthplace of the first Saudi state.

 “Diriyah has a special place in my heart because it’s the home of my forefathers. It’s an honor for me to add to their legacy and to improve upon this cartel of history that is so full of meaning,” said Princess Al-Johara Al-Saud, the DGDA’s branded content and collaboration officer, to Arab News. “I am privileged to be part of a team that’s sole focus is to give Diriyah its proper place as the jewel of the Kingdom.” 



  • Diriyah Gate Development Authority was established in July 2017 to preserve Diriyah’s culture, celebrate its community and make Diriyah known globally as a landmark that celebrates Saudi culture and history.
  • Diriyah highlights the architectural, diplomatic and artistic legacy of Saudi Arabia.
  • Diriyah is home to the UNESCO World Heritage site of At-Turaif, a mud-brick city that stands as the birthplace of the first Saudi state.

Merging past, present, and future, “Diriyah is the gateway of the future of Saudi Arabia,” said Danielle Atkins, chief of marketing and communications officer at the DGDA. She said that the team were all young and Saudi, and “if you want to see vision 2030 in 2020 just come to my office. The DGDA really does embody Vision 2030 in 2020.”

Al-Johara was one of Atkins’ first hires. “I feel empowered and supported, working alongside so many prominent women in the marketing team,” she said. “We all feel so proud to be contributing to the preservation and promotion of Diriyah, under the umbrella of Vision 2030 and the leadership of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. His mission to enable women in Saudi Arabia has driven us to push forward and to play an instrumental role in making the vision a reality in 2020.”

 The marketing team at DGDA, headed by Atkins, is composed of 31 employees, 18 of whom are women. Atkins’ goal is to empower Saudi women and to have them as confident leaders taking the reins.

 One of the DGDA’s initiatives is its graduate program. Launched in November 2019, 19 people enrolled, 79 percent of whom were females. The students are expected to complete the program by November 2020, with the possibility of joining the DGDA as full-time team members.

Behind the Scenes: the ladies taking a commemorative photo in Diriyah. (AN photo)


 Haifa Al-Ruwaished is currently in the graduate program, and being from Diriyah, she says it was an honor to be able to work alongside passionate and enthusiastic members serving both her county and country.

 Jerry Inzerillo, CEO of the DGDA, said: “This is such an inspiring time for Saudi youth, especially women, and we are proud to play our part. We are passionate about giving back to the communities of Diriyah and knew that we needed to start with the talent of tomorrow. The graduates from Diriyah that have become part of the DGDA are already stars and I’m confident they will take important roles in shaping the future of the Kingdom. We are especially proud that a majority of the graduates who have joined are women.” 

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 “As a local from Diriyah, I am honored to join the entity that is tasked with benchmarking my county as the premier culture and lifestyle hub in the heart of Saudi Arabia,” said Munirah Binhalwan, executive assistant to the chief of marketing and communications officer. “Being part of the team that is making history and breaking ground fills my heart with joy, as I am finally honoring my community.” 

 The positive work atmosphere and teamwork amongst the members of the DGDA is setting an example and providing a platform for growth to many of the members.

 “It’s an honor to be a part of the change that’s developing Diriyah as a county. To work hand in hand with everyone. We are learning and experiencing new things that are furthering our knowledge and expertise,” Maram Al-Nemer, media production senior officer at the DGDA, told Arab News. 

 With a goal set to help change the Kingdom’s perception in the world, a quite ambitious goal, Atkins believes her role is to act as a catalyst to “show what a unique and special place this is and also to see the young women in my team become confident leaders. That’s what success looks like for me.”