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Saudi Arabia is the second largest Muslim country (Algeria is the largest). Its population of 27 million does very well if a citizen is one of the 7,000 princes who can do whatever they like, and less well if the citizen is a man, men can travel freely and divorce without reason but cannot say a syllable against the absolute monarch or sharia law; and horrible for women who are treated all their lives like children or useful beasts of burden.

The very look of a woman is offensive; in public they must be covered completely. So poisonous is a woman that if she is raped she must be executed, even if she is only 6 years old. Because the law insists it was her fault. Always.

Saudi Arabia gets away with massive human rights abuses because it is swimming in oil, and ridiculously wealthy, and a major buyer of weapons, which the United States falls over itself selling to totalitarian regimes.

The success of religionists in planting the idea that cold-blooded murder of little girls and bloggers is holy has been widely noted. Religionists in neighboring countries have convinced young unemployed men lacking skills that shooting cartoonists and Jews and Syrians and Nigerians is good. And Saudi Arabia responds by building walls around its country, to keep out the fighters they so happily groomed.
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Arab Fashion Week spotlights Lebanese, Saudi designers in Dubai
Sat, 2019-10-12 13:39

DUBAI: Designers Dhruv Kapoor, Hussein Bazaza, Daniele Carlotta, Nora Al-Shaikh and Rami Kadi showed off their latest collections at Arab Fashion Week in Dubai on Friday.

We take a look at highlights from the five shows that wowed the well-heeled front row. 

Hussein Bazaza – Lebanon

Bazaza showcased his latest collection “Experiment 2020,” which the designer says was created by his imaginary high school friend Portu.

(Arab News)

Dhruv Kapoor — India

Kapoor presented his Spring/Summer 2020 collection. From hyper-feminine silhouettes to oversize boyfriend fits, each piece was wildly different. Patchwork florals temple-inspired rustic prints and grunge-inspired stripes formed this eclectic collection.


Daniele Carlotta – Italy

 Carlotta specializes in materials and hails from a family with a long history of working in the business.


Nora Al-Shaikh – Saudi Arabia

Jeddah-based designer Al-Shaikh showcased her Spring/Summer 2020 line, for which she took inspiration from her Saudi heritage. According to the designer, she designs for contemporary women and tries to create clothes that can be worn anywhere in the world.


Rami Kadi – Lebanon

The Lebanese designer Rami Kadi showcased his Fall/Winter 2019-2020 collection “The Temple of Flora,” in which florals are the main design element. The collection was inspired by Taschen’s reprint of “The Temple of Flora,” a box set portfolio of illustrations by Robert John Thornton that was originally published in 1799. Kadi’s collection features hand-painted plastic leaves and 3D-knitted, iridescent sequins.



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Sat, 12 Oct 2019 10:43:34 +0000

Bollywood star Jacqueline Fernandez talks Arab culture, women
Sat, 2019-10-12 10:26

DUBAI: Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez, who was recently unveiled as the star of a new advertising campaign for Hala KSA, spoke to Arab News about her childhood in Bahrain and her love for the people of the Middle East.

The Sri Lankan-born model and actress, who was also just announced as the brand ambassador for high street retailer Splash, was in Dubai to attend the brand’s autumn-winter 2019 fashion show on Friday.

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Former Miss Universe Sri Lanka, Fernandez debuted in Bollywood in 2009 with the movie “Aladin” and since then has established a career in the industry. She has been associated with Bollywood blockbusters, including “Housefull 2,” the action thriller “Race 3” and “Race 2,” which garnered her an International Indian Film Academy Award for best supporting actress. 

The Bahrain-raised actress has also worked with US-Iraqi beauty blogger, Huda Kattan, on a range of lashes — Kattan’s first celebrity-collaboration in 2019.

Fernandez believes growing up in the Middle East has shaped her personality.

“Growing up in the Arab culture, understanding their traditions (and) their culture is extremely, extremely beautiful and intricate,” she told Arab News.

“There is just the sense of giving I feel in the Middle East, and there is a sense of extreme respect to everyone around you. Also, their fashion sense is amazing. I love the way Arab women dress, the way the carry themselves, it is very, very elegant,” she added.

In an interview with Arab News, the CEO of Splash Raza Beig said Fernandez’s cheerful personality led the retail giant to choose her as brand ambassador. “Jacqueline fit the bill because of her energy levels, youthfulness, happiness. (She is) a woman who feels and expresses love. So, all these adjectives work with the brand Splash,” Beig said.

Fernandez, who is now based in Mumbai, said comfort is what she looks for in an outfit. “One of the things that helped me connect with Splash is that they are all about you being yourself… According to what you want, being the person that you want and expressing that through fashion is a very powerful thing,” she said.  

And what advice does she have for budding stars who want a shot in the film industry?

According to Fernandez, “it is most important to be yourself and to carry that with confidence.”

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Sat, 12 Oct 2019 07:29:43 +0000

MUSE: Life lessons from inspirational Lebanese actor Cynthia Samuel
Fri, 2019-10-11 12:36

The actor, model, social-media star and former Miss Lebanon on gender equality, connections, and staying grounded.

When I was around 10, living in Canada, I got cast for a Disney Channel TV show. But my dad didn’t want me to go to Los Angeles — he wanted me to finish my education. And once that was done, he said, he’d support me going into an acting career. Which is essentially what I did. I lost my father when I was 16 years old, so I wanted to give him this back. It was a way of paying tribute, and showing him that I’m fulfilling his wishes.

I feel lucky every day. I have a really loyal fanbase and they’re the reason I’m here today. Every morning, when I wake up and have something to do — an event, or an awards ceremony — it’s because of them, because I connected with them and made them feel something one day.

Cynthia Samuel was raised in Canada. (Supplied)

Having your feet on the ground — being down-to-earth and modest — is one of the most beautiful characteristics that someone in this field can have. A lot of people, when they meet me, say they’re surprised that I’m actually nice. They feel that because I’ve reached a certain level of success, I could get away with being mean, or arrogant.

Stay true to yourself. If you try to act like somebody you’re not, or try to copy another person, then people will never believe that you’re credible in any kind of way.

I have no regrets. I know that’s cheesy. But I believe everything I’ve been through is for a reason. I believe in God’s plan, and I believe that if something is meant for me, it’s going to happen. So the negatives and the positives built who I am today.

Cynthia Samuel competed in Miss Universe in 2015. (Getty) 

My proudest moment was (competing in) Miss Universe in 2015. I was 19, I had no experience, and I was put on the spot in a very dramatic way — every day I’d face some backlash about my body or the way I walk or the way I act. It was very hard to have all that negative energy directed towards me. But I decided to let myself ignore the negatives and really breathe in the positive. That’s when I felt, ‘I can actually do this.’

Men and women are equals. We have a voice. We need to speak up and share our experiences. Women think with our minds *and* our hearts. And that’s a beautiful thing.

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Fri, 11 Oct 2019 09:48:05 +0000

The spectacular sculpture of 90 year-old Egyptian artist Adam Henein
Fri, 2019-10-11 12:21

CAIRO: The acclaimed Egyptian sculptor and painter Adam Henein turns 90 this year, and his work remains relevant today, as visitors can currently see in a new retrospective — organized by the UAE’s Sharjah Art Foundation (SAF) — at the Sharjah Art Museum.

The exhibition, which runs until November 16, boasts around 80 artworks created during Henein’s eventful seven-decade career. It is part of SAF’s “Lasting Impressions” series, which, once a year, highlights a prominent Arab artist.

“We chose Adam Henein because we thought that, as a person who (has been working) since the 1950s until today, he’s one of the very few (artists) alive and who link the modernist and contemporary styles,” curator Sheikha Noora Al-Mualla tells Arab News.

Adam Henein turns 90 this year, and his work remains relevant today. (Supplied)

Born in Cairo to a family of metalworkers and jewelers, Henein’s defining encounter with art dates back to his childhood, when, aged eight, he reproduced a clay sculpture of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh Akhenaten after seeing it in the Egyptian Antiquities Museum. Impressed by his talent, Henein’s supportive father would go on to display a few of his son’s sculptures in his shop in Old Cairo.

Henein went on to gain a degree in sculpting at the School of Fine Arts in Cairo in 1953, before receiving a scholarship to study in Europe. He enrolled at Munich’s Academy of Fine Arts, where artistic luminaries including Paul Klee, Josef Albers, and Alphonse Mucha once studied. And, as with so many artists, Paris was another stop for Henein — he and his wife lived in the French capital for nearly 20 years.

The time he spent in Europe was liberating and eye-opening, enabling him to experiment artistically and acquaint himself with the works of Western sculptors, according to Al-Mualla.

Henein did not limit himself to a single artistic medium or surface. (Supplied)

Henein returned to Egypt in the 1990s, and has since been heavily involved in helping to elevate the country’s cultural scene. When the government decided to initiate restoration work on the Sphinx of Giza in the late Eighties, they approached Henein to lead the design team. He was initially hesitant about taking on such a major commitment, but eventually agreed in 1989. The project was finished in 1998, and Henein was decorated for his work on it.

In “Lasting Impressions,” Henein’s works — most of which have arrived directly from his home-turned-museum in Cairo — are displayed in a minimalist layout over two wings. The exhibition reveal the artist’s little-known experimentation with abstract painting — intertwining shapes and colors creating a harmonious composition.

Henein did not limit himself to a single artistic medium or surface; he created paintings on delicate papyri, Japanese paper, and tempera.

Henein gained a degree in sculpting at the School of Fine Arts in Cairo in 1953. (Supplied)

“He did not (belong) to a certain school or method of painting and sculpting. His experimentation was different than anyone else’s,” says Al-Mualla.

The artist was most celebrated, though, for creating non-traditional, bold, smooth bronze sculptures portraying animals — including cats and dogs, so popular in ancient Egyptian art — and individuals from Egypt’s working class, particularly those in the Nile Valley city of Aswan.

Henein also turned to contemporary culture for inspiration. In the early 2000s, he produced a large statue of the iconic Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum, and a noticeably round bust of the famed Egyptian writer, playwright (and Henein’s peer) Salah Jahin.

Henein also turned to contemporary culture for inspiration. (Supplied)

One particular animal proves to be a recurring motif in Henein’s oeuvre — thoughtfully  and simply represented — the bird. Whether sleeping, standing tall, watching, or even courting, Henein’s birds are symbolic, majestic, and somehow vulnerable. Henein, it seems, was fascinated by the liberating act of flying, as one can see in a rare 1970s sketch in which he repeatedly draws small, bird-like planes.

“We see the bird throughout his career,” notes Al-Mualla. “It kind of symbolizes him as an artist; it symbolizes freedom, movement, and trying out different things.”

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Fri, 11 Oct 2019 09:34:52 +0000

Lebanon’s Hussein Bazaza fuses storytelling, fashion design
Wed, 2019-10-09 17:05

BEIRUT: Lebanese fashion designer Hussein Bazaza is known for his edgy, whimsical take on fashion and Arab News caught up with rising star before he sends a clutch of models down the runway at Arab Fashion Week in Dubai on Friday.

The designer graduated from ESMOD Beirut in 2011 and kickstarted his career by interning with iconic Lebanese fashion house Maison Rabih Kayrouz in Paris, before he joined Elie Saab as a junior designer.

Bazaza was also selected to be part of the Starch Foundation in Beirut, a non-profit organization founded by designers Kayrouz and Tala Hajjar that helps launch emerging Lebanese designers. “(It) opened a big door for me. I started selling my pieces to actual customers in the Starch Boutique,” Bazaza told Arab News.

At the tender age of 23, Bazaza opened his first showroom and atelier in Beirut.

“In 2014, I created my professional brand and I was part of Fashion Forward Dubai, where I started showing my collections. The Arab World started to know more about my brand and (about) me as a designer,” Bazaza said.

Bazaza’s label has a unique take on fashion, he believes. “I have a special way in mixing colors, mixing fabrics and textures together. I love to combine between haute-couture and ready-to-wear.”

The designer’s love for haute-couture fashion inspired him to create mash ups of glamorous red-carpet styles and more effortless looks. “I did not know people would love this combination. People started referring to this style as Hussein Bazaza’s style so that was something I am proud of,” he said of his sporty chic aesthetic.

Before studying fashion design, Bazaza wanted to major in film making and it is why the designer loves creating stories with his pieces. “My main inspiration is not fashion, it’s the story I create, the character I create to dress up in this collection that I’m making every season,” he explained.

This desire to tell a story first came to the fore in his Fall/Winter 2018 collection, “Lilly.”

“‘Lilly’ was like a big story and people were so involved with this story. We live in a… digital world with social media and everything and I wanted to show people that we still have feelings, emotions and I wanted to create a story about this.”

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Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:13:11 +0000
Unedited, from the Saudi Gazette, Aug 19, 2015:
"JEDDAH — Makkah Emir Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, who is also adviser to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, has issued directives to all regional governors in the province to hold urgent meetings with tribal elders to finalize a document fixing a ceiling for dowry and discuss ways to end extravagant weddings, the Saudi Press Agency reported on Tuesday.
In a cable sent to the governors, Prince Khaled said he had noticed some families had been demanding high dowries for their daughters, eventually leading to an increase in spinsterhood in the country.
He said the situation required the intervention of the governors, who shall prepare a document specifying the maximum amount of dowry to be paid to different categories of brides after consultations with the tribal leaders and sheikhs.
Prince Khaled suggested that the dowry for a virgin must be fixed at a maximum of SR50,000 and for a divorcee at SR30,000.
A recent study indicated that the number of spinsters in the Kingdom nearly tripled to 4 million in 2015 from less than 1.5 million in 2010. Sociologists have attributed the rise in spinsterhood in the Kingdom to demands of high dowries and rising marriage expenses."

Dr Susanna: In Aug 2015, approx 4 SR to 1 USD. So a virgin will cost you approx USD12,500 and a divorcee will cost you approx USD7,500. Personally, I am cheering the virgins and urging them to escape being owned any way they can. Especially by ISIS.