Inside Zayn Malik’s surprise birthday party planned by Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik welcomed a baby girl together in September. File/Getty Images
Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik welcomed a baby girl together in September. File/Getty Images
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Updated 14 January 2021

Inside Zayn Malik’s surprise birthday party planned by Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid and Zayn Malik welcomed a baby girl together in September. File/Getty Images

DUBAI: Gigi Hadid found the best way to surprise her longtime partner, former One Direction star, Zayn Malik on his 28th birthday this Tuesday.




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To mark the British popstar's – and the other half of “Team No Sleep’s” – birthday, the Dutch-Palestinian model, who affectionately called it “Z-Day,” seized the opporunity to throw him a Super Mario-themed party in a private video game arcade.




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The birthday bash, which Hadid documented via Instagram Stories, saw the new parents, who welcomed a baby girl together in September, play video games like Donkey Kong, The Simpsons and Pac-Man on old-school machines. 




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The couple also enjoyed a personalized cake from Carlo’s Bakery and retro sweets like Nerds. 




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As if that wasn't thoughtful enough, Hadid made sure to commission Pop-Up Florist to create a floral recreation of the cover of Malik’s third studio album “Nobody is Listening” to go alongside the multi-colored balloons that decorated the space.




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The 25-year-old model also showed her love via a sweet Instagram post of the couple together, writing: “Team No Sleep! Happiest birthday to our Zaddy baba. So special. Love you long time, thank you for making me a mamma to the best girl ever. Wish you the best every single day.”

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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UK initiative returns with MENA art in focus

The Friday Hangout: MENA Arts UK Takeover will begin on Feb. 5 when Sally El-Hosaini, a director who has won awards for her film “My Brother The Devil” at London, Berlin and Sundance film festivals, will speak to audiences via Zoom. (The Arab British Centre)
The Friday Hangout: MENA Arts UK Takeover will begin on Feb. 5 when Sally El-Hosaini, a director who has won awards for her film “My Brother The Devil” at London, Berlin and Sundance film festivals, will speak to audiences via Zoom. (The Arab British Centre)
Updated 21 January 2021

UK initiative returns with MENA art in focus

The Friday Hangout: MENA Arts UK Takeover will begin on Feb. 5 when Sally El-Hosaini, a director who has won awards for her film “My Brother The Devil” at London, Berlin and Sundance film festivals, will speak to audiences via Zoom. (The Arab British Centre)
  • Program will feature established artists with links to region
  • Organizers emphasize need for cultural community amid pandemic

LONDON: Artists, actors and writers from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) will take part in the latest instalment of an initiative set up to provide a sense of cultural community during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Arab British Centre and MENA Arts UK will collaborate to deliver a series of online talks by established creators that will give the public a chance to ask them questions directly, and the creators an opportunity to reflect on their work during the pandemic.

The Friday Hangout: MENA Arts UK Takeover will begin on Feb. 5 when Sally El-Hosaini, a director who has won awards for her film “My Brother The Devil” at London, Berlin and Sundance film festivals, will speak to audiences via Zoom.

In the following weeks, award-winning writers and actors — including BAFTA winner Amir El-Masry — will also take part in the program.

This year’s program is the second in the Hangout series, the first of which was introduced early in the pandemic in 2020.

MENA Arts UK was formed last year to celebrate Britain-based artists with a connection to the region.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the incredible response to our launch last year, and are so excited to be partnering with the Arab British Centre,” said Laura Hanna, a member of MENA Arts UK’s steering group.

“This Takeover means we can create and open up conversations around the work of MENA+ artists for a wider audience.”

The Arab British Centre is a cultural organization that regularly hosts and takes part in events celebrating and fostering cultural connections between the UK and the Arab world.

“We are delighted to be bringing back our Friday Hangout series with our friends at MENA Arts UK,” said Amani Hassan, acting executive director of the Arab British Centre.

 

“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to severely impact life here in the UK, creating spaces where we can come together for a moment of community, culture and creativity is as essential now as it was back in March last year.”