eL Seed, Sami Yusuf set to headline new series of virtual Ramadan performances

French-Tunisian calligraphy artist eL Seed. (Supplied)
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Updated 04 May 2020

eL Seed, Sami Yusuf set to headline new series of virtual Ramadan performances

DUBAI: There’s a new Ramadan series to add to your must-watch list this month. 

The Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation (ADMAF) has announced this week a new series of live, online performances set to take place during the holy month. 

Entitled “Culture is Humanity, in Solidarity: Ramadan series,” the streamable, online event is scheduled to run from May 5 until May 13.           

The new virtual series will feature events streamed live on social media platforms Facebook and Instagram and will boast everything from musical to visual art performances from the likes of Tunisian-French calligraphy artist eL Seed, Emirati artist Dia Allam, British singer and songwriter Sami Yusuf and Lebanese soprano Hiba Al-Kawas, among others. 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, days and nights that used to be filled with outdoor adventures are now occupied by spending time inside our homes—but at least we have streaming options to keep us entertained, and they’re more plentiful than ever. 

Find all the performances online on www.admaf.org.

Birthday tributes for Halima Aden flood social media

Updated 20 September 2020

Birthday tributes for Halima Aden flood social media

DUBAI: Tributes from all over the world poured in for US-Somali model Halima Aden’s birthday this week. Models, actresses and designers have all taken to social media to wish the newly-minted 23-year-old a happy birthday. 

“Happy birthday, baby,” wrote Egyptian model and actress Salma Abu Deif on her Instagram Stories. “Love you always,” she added alongside a black-and-white snap of the two together.

Also taking to the photo-sharing platform to celebrate Aden on her big day was US designer Tommy Hilfiger, for whom the hijab-wearing catwalker recently starred in a campaign. 

Egyptian actress Salma Abu Deif wished the model a happy birthday. Instagram

American actress Larsen Thompson posted an adorable snap of the friends in an embrace, writing, “Happy birthday to my beautiful sis @Halima. You amaze me! Love and miss you!”

Meanwhile, US-Lebanese designer Eli Mizrahi posted an editorial from Aden’s instantly-iconic 2017 shoot with CR Fashion Book, captioning it: “Definition of a superstar! Happy birthday, @halima.”

“Thank you for all the birthday wishes,” posted the model on Instagram. “Alhamdulilah, 23 never felt so good.”


Thank you for all the birthday wishes alhamdulilah 23 never felt so good #jordanyear

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Many celebrities took to the comment section to share their well-wishes, including supermodels Shanina Shaik, Iman Abdulmajeed and singer Austin Mahone. 

Though Aden just turned 23, she has already achieved many career milestones.

The model, who grew up in a Kenyan refugee camp before migrating to Minnesota with her family aged seven, made headlines at the age of 19 when she was the first woman to wear a hijab in the Miss Minnesota USA Pageant, where she made the semifinals, in 2016.

Also taking to the photo-sharing platform to celebrate Aden on her big day was US designer Tommy Hilfiger. Instagram

She would go on to make her runway debut at Kanye West’s Yeezy Season 5 showcase during New York Fashion Week in 2017, becoming the first model to wear a hijab on the international runway.

 After her debut, she walked for a number of prestigious brands such as Moschino and Max Mara and was the first model to wear her hijab on the covers of major women’s magazines, such as Allure, British Vogue, Teen Vogue and Sports Illustrated. 

When she’s not turning heads on the runways or pages of renowned magazines, Aden, who was announced as a UNICEF ambassador in 2018, uses her voice and platform to advocate for children’s rights. 

But despite all of her exceptional achievements, it is clear that Aden is only getting started and is certain to be breaking boundaries for years to come.