Third time’s a charm as Kylie Jenner dons rising Egyptian label

Kylie Jenner chose Aliel’s Ghalia bag in orange. Instagram
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Updated 16 October 2020

Third time’s a charm as Kylie Jenner dons rising Egyptian label

DUBAI: Another day, another Kylie Jenner co-sign for rising Egyptian handbag label Aliel. The reality television star and beauty mogul was seen championing the up-and-coming Arab brand for the third time over the weekend.

This time, Jenner chose the brand’s Ghalia bag in orange to elevate her Kim Shui Studio tie top and skirt. The 23-year-old accessorized her outfit with strappy, translucent Gianvito Rossi pumps and dainty gold Christian Dior jewelry.



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It appears that Aliel’s Ghalia bag is a go-to going out accessory for Jenner. She was first spotted rocking the Egyptian handbag label back in August. She opted for a salmon-colored number to attend singer Justine Skye’s 25th birthday bash at Justin and Hailey Bieber’s Beverly Hills home and wore the geometric bag again just a couple of weeks later, in September.

The designer, Leila Abo Tira, previously told Arab News: “I always dreamed that one day Aliel would be celebrated globally.”

And it appears that her dreams are slowly coming true. The label’s luxurious designs have also been sported by US actress Joey King and Egyptian model and actress Salma Abu Deif in recent weeks.

Aliel — an ananym of Leila — was founded by the Cairo-based designer in 2017 after the 29-year-old marketing graduate left her corporate career behind to pursue her love of fashion.

Abo Tira, who hails from a family who have been in the leather-manufacturing business for decades, has released five handcrafted collections to date – Ghalia is the fifth – and is preparing to launch her first footwear collection soon. 

The Ghalia collection features leather bags with two handles – one featuring pure agate stones and the other a long gold chain.

The bag, priced at $320, is sold out on the brand’s website as are the other seven styles, however, those who wish to take a style cue from Jenner will be pleased to know that there are several styles available on Eastwave Concept — a virtual pop-up concept that supports an array of designers from the Middle East and North Africa.

Spotify unveils top 5 most streamed K-Pop acts in Saudi Arabia, UAE 

Updated 20 October 2020

Spotify unveils top 5 most streamed K-Pop acts in Saudi Arabia, UAE 

DUBAI: To celebrate the monumental impact of K-Pop on fans around the world, Spotify delved into its listening data for some of the genre’s best-known acts. From BTS to ATEEZ, here are the five most streamed K-Pop groups across Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt. 


Formed in 2013, BTS has spearheaded the K-Pop drive into the Middle East with catchy, upbeat music. The seven-member South Korean boy band recently notched up the first No.1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by a South Korean group with their first all-English language single “Dynamite.” 


It’s not just the boys that are driving the K-Pop obsession. Seoul-based girl group Blackpink, who recently released their first Netflix documentary “BLACKPINK: Light Up The Sky” on Oct. 14, are also experiencing a serious surge in streaming. Their latest release “The Album” became the #1 global album on Spotify during the week of launch. 


Beside Blackpink, Twice have also established themselves in the region. This is a big month for the nine-member girl group: Oct. 20 marks five years since they hit the scene in 2015, and on Oct. 26 they are releasing their second full-length Korean album “Eyes Wide Open.”

Stray Kids 

The fourth most streamed act in the Middle East is Stray Kids. The group consists of eight male members, who are currently preparing for their Nov. 22 virtual concert on Beyond Live, the online performance platform. Their most famous hits are “Grow Up,” “Voices” and “Side Effects.” 


ATEEZ is one of the most recent K-Pop acts. Formed in October 2018, the eight-member group has already made it to the region’s top five most streamed K-Pop bands. Not just that, but as of September 2020, the group has released five Korean-language EPs, one full-length album and two Japanese albums.