Actress Dina Shihabi lands new Hollywood role

Actress Dina Shihabi lands new Hollywood role
The actress will star in Stuart Gatt’s upcoming noir. (AFP)
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Updated 04 June 2022

Actress Dina Shihabi lands new Hollywood role

Actress Dina Shihabi lands new Hollywood role

DUBAI: Part-Arab actress Dina Shihabi is set to star in an upcoming noir, “Catching Dust,” alongside a stellar cast featuring US actress Erin Moriarty and Australian stars Jai Courtney and Ryan Corr. 

The production is expected to start this month in the Canary Islands. It is helmed by award-winning British writer and director Stuart Gatt, who will produce the feature alongside filmmakers Mark David, Jon Katz and Edward R. Pressman.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Set in Texas’ Big Bend, the drama tells the story of two couples who unwillingly escape to hide in a lone trailer on an abandoned commune, according to Deadline. 

Geena, played by Moriarty, is being controlled by her criminal husband, Clyde, played by Courtney, who forces her to hide from the law and his former cohorts looking to settle old scores. 

When Geena decides to leave, a trailer arrives carrying a couple from New York, Amaya (Shihabi) and Andy (Corr), who are seeking respite from the city. Geena convinces Clyde to let the couple stay, a decision that will put them all in danger.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Shihabi, famous for her role in Netflix’s thriller mystery “Archive 81,” took to Instagram to share the news with her supporters saying that she is “thrilled” to be part of the production. 

The actress, who spent part of her childhood in Dubai, was born in Riyadh. Her father is Saudi-Norwegian journalist Ali Shihabi, and her mother Nadia is half-Palestinian and half German-Haitian.

She moved to the US in 2007 and was the first Middle Eastern-born woman to be accepted to The Juilliard School and the New York University Graduate Acting Program. She began appearing in short films in 2010, but her big break came in 2017 with the role of Hanin in “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan.”

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She has previously spoken to Arab News to share her advice for up-and-coming actors.

“Look around to the people that are around you right now and start making things. And focus, hard work, determination, passion (are important). Those are real things,” she said. “I’m still working really hard to make the things I want happen and I don’t think it’s ever going to end. If you choose this life, you are choosing a life where you have to really work hard.”


UAE-based Tashas Group announces expansion into Saudi market with Diriyah restaurant

UAE-based Tashas Group announces expansion into Saudi market with Diriyah restaurant
Updated 29 June 2022

UAE-based Tashas Group announces expansion into Saudi market with Diriyah restaurant

UAE-based Tashas Group announces expansion into Saudi market with Diriyah restaurant
  • It plans to bring its Flamingo Room concept to a three-storey building on the banks of Wadi Hanifah in the heart of Riyadh by the end of the year

LONDON: One of the most successful hospitality companies in the Middle East has announced it will expand into Saudi Arabia by the end of the year.

Tashas Group, which was founded in 2005 by South Africans Natasha Sideris and her brother Savva, plans to bring its Flamingo Room concept to the heart of Riyadh by the fourth quarter.

Curating the concept specially for the Kingdom’s market, the group will open the destination restaurant in a three-storey building inspired by Najd architecture in Diriyah, on the banks of Wadi Hanifah.

“Flamingo Room is the ultimate expression of my South African roots and the epitome of old-school dining with a contemporary twist,” said Sideris, the group’s managing director.

“After its major success in Dubai, we think it is time to expand and widen our horizons across the region and hopefully globally,” she added.

“We have been moving forward on the global hospitality scene; we have now reached the point where we are able to make significant strides in our expansion plans.”

Sideris said that the up-and-coming neighborhood of Diriyah, with its blend of historical architecture and cutting-edge commercial offerings, is the ideal location.

“I think there’s gap in the market, internationally and locally, for what Tashas Group offers with our concepts,” she said.

“Ideally, we like to select places close to a city center with a residential hub so that we catch housewives, ladies who lunch, parents picking up kids from school, and businesspeople.”

The group, which was founded in South Africa and operates out of Dubai in the UAE, has seven brands under its umbrella: tashas, Le Parc by tashas, Flamingo Room by tashas, Avli by tashas, Galaxy Bar, Collective Africa, and 1701.

In addition to its expansion into Saudi Arabia, in the next six to 12 months the group plans to open five other locations, in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, South Africa and London.

“While we started our business in South Africa, we are spearheading our growth from the UAE,” Sideris said. “I am immensely grateful to our team that is bringing my vision to life and for the opportunities that the region presents to expand our footprint as well as our concepts.

“The support we have received from the community over the past eight years is amazing and I am happy to call Dubai my home.”


Arab Men’s Fashion Week kicks off with innovative designs 

Arab Men’s Fashion Week kicks off with innovative designs 
Updated 29 June 2022

Arab Men’s Fashion Week kicks off with innovative designs 

Arab Men’s Fashion Week kicks off with innovative designs 

DUBAI: Arab Men’s Fashion Week kicked off on Tuesday with five designers from around the world presenting their latest drops to fashion lovers in Dubai Design District.

Lebanese brand Maison du Mec, London-based label Permu, Filipino creative Rian Fernandez and Emirati streetwear label KA-1 showcased their Spring/Summer 2023 collections. 

The opening show, a collaboration between Swiss tech accessories brand Ferronato and Maison du Mec, was a mash up between fashion and technology.

Award-winning magicians and mentalists James Harrington and Marina Liani opened the show with a 10-minute mind-reading and magical-effects performance.

The collaboration featured soft leather backpacks, micro smartphone cases, multi-functional clutches and slouchy drawstring bags in shades of blue and burgundy. 

A life size robotic dog, representing Ferronato’s innovative accessories, closed the show.

For Maison du Mec’s solo show, Lebanon-based designer Joseph Achajian presented the traditional pillars of suiting – jackets, crisp white shirts and trousers – with a modern twist.

For Permu, designers Heyun Pan and Jing Qian presented daily ensembles and occasion wear that featured skin-tight tops, bucket hats, backwards-facing blazers and jackets with cut slits, puffed sleeves and exaggerated shoulder pads. 

Filipino designer Fernandez is known for his couture looks that are driven by his love for traditional artisanal craft. He constructed thae wardrobe full of crystals and elaborate beading made by local craftspeople. 

KA-1’s show featured streetwear with multifunctional pockets, quirky straps and elastic tapering on trousers in desert tones of ecru, khaki and olive green. 


Model Bella Hadid supports Arab creatives on social media

Bella Hadid took to Instagram to spotlight Arab talent. (File/ AFP)
Bella Hadid took to Instagram to spotlight Arab talent. (File/ AFP)
Updated 29 June 2022

Model Bella Hadid supports Arab creatives on social media

Bella Hadid took to Instagram to spotlight Arab talent. (File/ AFP)

DUBAI: US Dutch Palestinian supermodel Bella Hadid this week took to Instagram Stories to spotlight some of the Arab world’s on-screen talents. 

The catwalk star republished a post shared on the non-profit advocacy organization Institute for Middle East Understanding’s account that shines light on Palestinian creatives that have been making headlines internationally, including Josie Totah, Michael Karim Malarkey and May Calamawy. 

Totah, a Palestinian Lebanese talent who has been nominated for the Critics Choice Awards in the past, is taking a lead role in Apple TV+’s upcoming drama series “The Buccaneers.” 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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It is an eight-episode series inspired by the unfinished novel “The Buccaneers” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edith Wharton. 

Hadid’s post also paid tribute to Malarkey, who plays Enzo in the hit series “The Vampire Diaries.” 

Born in Beirut, the Palestinian actor and musician also stars in season 4 of HBO’s “Westworld” that premiered this week. He features alongside a star-studded, award-winning cast including Evan Rachel Wood, Thandiwe Newton and Jeffrey Wright. 

Among the stars that Hadid told fans to look out for are Palestinian actresses Leem Lubany and Hiam Abbass. 

Lubany is famous for her role in the 2013 film “Omar,” and Abbass, a European Film Award nominee, stars in Hulu’s thriller “The Old Man” that premiered on June 16. 

The series, in its second season, is based on the award-winning novel with the same name by US novelist Thomas Perry. 

Another leading Arab star lauded by Hadid is Calamawy, the Egyptian-Palestinian actress who recently starred alongside Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke in Marvel’s miniseries “Moon Knight.” 

Calamawy, who is best known for her role in the Golden Globe-winning sitcom “Ramy,” is one of the show’s leads, Layla El-Faouly.

Hadid has always been vocal about her support for Palestine and its creatives. 

She uses her social media accounts to show her support for the diaspora and to raise awareness about military violence toward Palestinians. 

Last year, she joined demonstrations in New York to protest Israeli attacks on Palestinians living in Gaza.

She frequently calls out Instagram for “shadow banning” her Palestine-related posts. “Are we not allowed to be Palestinian on Instagram? This, to me, is bullying,” she previously wrote on Instagram. “I am proud to be Palestinian.” 


Louvre Abu Dhabi displays Filipino artifacts for first time

The second artifact is a funerary mask from the city of Butuan in the Philippines. (Supplied)
The second artifact is a funerary mask from the city of Butuan in the Philippines. (Supplied)
Updated 29 June 2022

Louvre Abu Dhabi displays Filipino artifacts for first time

The second artifact is a funerary mask from the city of Butuan in the Philippines. (Supplied)

DUBAI: The UAE’s Louvre Abu Dhabi unveiled on Wednesday two loans from the Philippines’ Ayala Museum in the first-ever showcase of artifacts from the country.  

In celebration of the touristic attraction’s fifth anniversary, these Filipino artifacts are on display until June 2023. 

The historical items date back to the 10th-13th century. 

The first loan is a gold cup that was recovered from Nabua in the Camarines Sur province of the Philippines. It highlights the striking similarity of Filipino works to the Chinese gold and silverware acquired by Louvre Abu Dhabi in 2019.

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The second artifact is a funerary mask from the city of Butuan in the Philippines. It places emphasis on immortality being the universal hope of mankind when faced with death, according to a released statement. This artifact is currently showcased alongside other historical items from the Levant and South America that exemplify this shared tradition.


Gigi, Bella Hadid step out in bold looks for Marc Jacobs’ NYC show  

Gigi, Bella Hadid step out in bold looks for Marc Jacobs’ NYC show  
Updated 28 June 2022

Gigi, Bella Hadid step out in bold looks for Marc Jacobs’ NYC show  

Gigi, Bella Hadid step out in bold looks for Marc Jacobs’ NYC show  

DUBAI: From French Algerian model Loli Bahia to US Dutch Palestinian sisters Gigi and Bella Hadid, Arab models are turning heads on the runway this week. 

The Hadid sisters on Monday walked the runway for US fashion label Marc Jacobs in New York.

The show, which took place in the lobby of the New York Public Library, presented the New York-born designer’s fall 2022 collection. 

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Oversized is the key word that represents the show. The models wore colorful large knitwear pieces tied around their heads and waists, voluminous gowns, puffy coats, huge jackets and high platform boots. 

Gigi and Bella stepped out with bleached eyebrows, dark hair and blunt micro bangs. 

On Instagram, Gigi shared a video of her turn around the catwalk as she showed off two oversized knit sweaters with a grey skirt and white platform heels. 

Meanwhile, Bella wore a sheen-heavy black dress that was voluminous and multi-layered. Her look was accessorized with white gloves and chunky heels. 

For her part, Bahia walked the runway for French fashion label Jacquemus that took place in Southern France’s Camargue Park during Paris Men’s Fashion Week. 

The models, including Bahia, presented the brand’s fall 2022 collection on large mounds of salt.