John Legend, Duran and Ricky Martin to Perform in Dubai Jazz Festival

The Middle East’s most awarded music festival, Dubai Jazz Festival, is back with its latest edition after 15 years of epic entertainment. (Source: DubaiJazzfest - Facebook)

The Middle East’s most awarded music festival, Dubai Jazz Festival, is back with its latest edition after 15 years of epic entertainment. (Source: DubaiJazzfest – Facebook)

The Middle East’s most awarded music festival, Dubai Jazz Festival, is back with its latest edition after 15 years of epic entertainment. The 16th edition will be held at Dubai Media City from the 21st till the 23rd of February of this year.

The three-day festival is more than just a jazz festival. Award winning artists; whether jazz sensations, contemporary group or pop sensations, have participated in the event drawing over 500,000 fans. As usual, the festival is bringing us a one of a kind lineup. It will include Duran Duran, Renegade Brass Band, John Legend, China Moses, Ricky Martin, and Vera Ciocca.

The Dubai Jazz Festival is both founded and organized by Chillout Productions. They did not just bring hundreds of acts from all around the world, but also succeeded at attracting global fans as well, not just from the region.

The 2016 edition of the festival is known for being the best selling of all. It succeeded at selling out to its full capacity which was more than 36,000 attendees over three days only. As previously mentioned, the festival won several awards including seven “What’s On” awards for “The Best Festival” for the years 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.

Elissa Sings “3 Daqat” in ‘Carpool Karaoke Arabia’

A video of Lebanese pop star Elissa singing along to hit Arabic song “3 Daqat” on the first-ever episode of the show “Carpool Karaoke Arabia” has gone viral after it was posted online this week. (Source: Carpool Karaoke Arabia - Twitter)

A video of Lebanese pop star Elissa singing along to hit Arabic song “3 Daqat” on the first-ever episode of the show “Carpool Karaoke Arabia” has gone viral after it was posted online this week. (Source: Carpool Karaoke Arabia – Twitter)

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A video of Lebanese pop star Elissa singing along to hit Arabic song “3 Daqat” on the first-ever episode of the show “Carpool Karaoke Arabia” has gone viral after it was posted online this week.

The show, which is hosted by Saudi singer Hisham Al-Howaish, is set to feature Arab performers who sing along to well-known hits as the host drives them around town. It is the Arabic-language version of “Carpool Karaoke,” which features on British TV celebrity James Corden’s hit US show.

Fans went wild on social media over Elissa’s rendition of “3 Daqat” by Egyptian singer Abu featuring Yousra — a song that has already proved wildly popular across the Arab world.

The video, in which Elissa flies in on a helicopter before being driven around by the host, was posted on the official social media pages of Carpool Karaoke in Arabic and drew hundreds of excited comments.

“Carpool karaoke Arabia with (Elissa) is one of the best Arabic TV shows I’ve seen in a while. Pure entertainment, fun and wit. The team has done a good job … Arabizing it,” one Twitter user said.

The Lebanese singer sang several songs with the presenter, including her song “Law” and “La ‘Ayoun” by Gulf artist Rashed Al-Majid.

Earlier this month, James Corden himself invited fans to watch the Arabic version of the show in a video tweeted by @CarpoolKaraokeArabia.

“I’m truly excited to tell you that your own version of Carpool Karaoke is coming to the Middle East. Take a ride and sing with your favorite stars on Carpool Karaoke Arabia,” he said.

 The show is featured on Dubai TV and music fans cannot wait to see what — or who — else will appear.

Dalia El Ali’s London Fashion Week Collection Inspires Happiness

Backstage El Ali counted down the minutes to her first ever showing at LFW. (Source: @deebydalia - Instagram)

Backstage El Ali counted down the minutes to her first ever showing at LFW. (Source: @deebydalia – Instagram)

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If you are rocking up to a party in a Dee by Dalia design – expect to be the center of attention. You are the woman dancing under the glitter ball – you are the one sprinkling a bit of stardust as you move around the room – you are the one everyone wants to get to know – because you seem to have a kind of “happiness field” around you that draws people in.

That’s the feeling that Dalia El Ali’s London Fashion Week collection inspired. You could feel the energy in the room when the models sashayed down the catwalk at Fashion Scout held in the imposing art deco setting of the Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden.

El Ali’s collection was presented by Dubai Design & Fashion Council (DDFC) in partnership with FAD Institute of Luxury, Fashion & Style Dubai (FAD Dubai). The DDFC X FAD Dubai fashion initiative sponsors the participation of Emirati and UAE-based designers to showcase at London Fashion Scout, the leading independent platform at London Fashion Week. The initiative is offered exclusively to DDFC members and combines the Council’s efforts to foster the development of a sustainable fashion industry in the UAE and MENA region.

Backstage El Ali counted down the minutes to her first ever showing at LFW. She said she felt both nervous and excited but she looked as though she was really enjoying the atmosphere.

You get the impression that she is a person with a strong core identity who knows what she wants and has the talent and confidence to make it happen. Curiously, her background was not fashion at the outset, but finance.

“I studied finance at American University of Beirut, worked in investment banking for six years, and then left my job to spend time with my two lovely boys. I began dabbling as a stylist for shoots for local magazines and websites but despite all that, I still felt that I had not reached where I wanted to be, so I took things to the next level. I studied fashion design at the London College of Fashion and I finally did it! I started my own line of clothes in 2013.”

Her line is all about fun, playful pieces with a twist reflecting her own personality and style. You can detect influences of the 1960s and 1970s in her designs and the AW 18 collection features her own print for the first time.
“This collection is inspired by astronomy, positive energy and women’s empowerment. I’ve included references to the ‘Me Too’ and ‘Time’s Up’ hashtags to raise awareness of these issues,” she said.

El Ali was impressed by the high level of organization at Fashion Scout. Certainly everything seemed to run like a well oiled machine with models being put through their paces as they rehearsed before each show and an army of make-up artists and stylists working to create the special “look” for each collection. It’s an intense, creative whirlpool behind the scenes but once the lights go down it’s a polished, seamless performance.

“All the people here are so experienced and know exactly what they are doing. Fashion Scout is very professional and gives designers a great platform and it’s really enjoyable because it’s so diverse,” said El Ali.

Asked about her fashion influences, she said: “From the Arab world — Queen Rania of Jordan. She is so elegant – even when she goes for a funky look she pulls it off in an elegant way. She is very classy. Also, I love Sarah Jessica Parker – she’s a real favorite.”
Asked about her views of the fashion industry within the GCC, she said: “Within the Gulf region, the fashion scene is evolving very fast. Lately, modest fashion is enjoying a high profile and it’s nice to see everyone taking an interest in the fashion of the GCC. Tastes are changing and there is an openness to new designers. Having the Design District in Dubai is also really helpful as it draws all the fashion and talent to one spot.

“DDFC are based in the Design District which is how we met. They have been extremely helpful – they do a lot for designers, from running courses to opening up opportunities with buyers.”

Thomaz Domingues, Senior Manager for Strategy and Industry Development for the DDFC, spoke to Arab News in the run-up to the show.

“We are very excited to have Dalia here. This is our third season bringing our DDFC members here to showcase at Fashion Scout. We have a very well organized and structured selection process and as more and more people become aware of what we are doing, this event is gaining traction.

“The designers who have participated here in London have been able to get some very positive results in terms of new business opportunities and media coverage.
“They all come back to us and give us their feedback and share their experience with other members. It’s a very positive engagement.

“Over the past year, we’ve seen a lot of new designers who are keen to participate. We also have a lot of back up and support from the industry which is also very important – from big international brands who help us to build and run the platforms to local companies and other government stakeholders who back us up.”

Shivang Dhruva, founder at FAD Dubai, said: “This year we’ve had a fantastic response from the media and fashion enthusiasts for the Dee by Dalia showcase. We’ve worked closely with her in evolving her collections and we are making a big collective effort to support the talents from the region.

“This year we have had 54 students flying in from FAD Dubai to support the show in London. They are working backstage, assisting with PR and social media. The idea is to give emerging talent hands on experience in the fashion week. At the end of the day we are not just supporting the designers but the whole community of fashion enthusiasts from the region.”

‘I Want It That Way’, the Best-Selling Boy Band in History the Backstreet Boys to Perform in Dubai in April

The 90s band will be performing at Dubai Media City Amphitheater on Friday, 20 April. (Source: Featureflash Photo Agency - Shutterstock)

The 90s band will be performing at Dubai Media City Amphitheater on Friday, 20 April. (Source: Featureflash Photo Agency – Shutterstock)

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The Backstreet Boys are coming to Dubai as the headliners of Blended music festival. The 90s band will be performing at Dubai Media City Amphitheater on Friday, 20 April.

The best-selling boy band in history are offering meet-and-greet packages through their website, where fans will be get to meet and take photographs with the band for an additional $250 on the ticket price.

Backstreet Boys will be performing some of their hits as ‘I Want it That Way’, ‘Everybody’, and ‘Shape of My Heart’.

The Blended music festival was originally launched in 2014 and ran for two editions till 2015, with acts on the line-up that included international performers as Kasabian, Craig David, and Kool & The Gang, Diana Krall, Elvis Costello, and Robin Thicke.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the boy band, and will be the first time for them to perform in Dubai since their last performance at The Paladium in December 2009. All five original members, Aj Mclean, Howie Dorough, Nick Carter, Brian Littrell, and Kevin Richardson, are still in the band and have remained a tight unit over the years.

The rest of this years line-up, which will include a closing DJ, and much more international artists, will be announced in the upcoming weeks.

A Night to Remember for Nancy Ajram at Dubai’s Global Village

The Arab music icon also reached another milestone last year when she crossed the 1 million subscription mark on YouTube in April. (Source: @nancyajram - Instagram)

The Arab music icon also reached another milestone last year when she crossed the 1 million subscription mark on YouTube in April. (Source: @nancyajram – Instagram)

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Nancy Ajram, the celebrated Lebanese singer who has sold over 2 million albums and is ranked among the top three best-selling Arab female artists in history, performed live in concert at Dubai’s Global Village on Friday.

“A night to remember. Thank you Dubai!!” Ajram wrote on Twitter after the gig.

She posted several photos from the event on social media, captioning one as: “Beautiful audience, enjoyed every second. #Dubai #GlobalVillage.”

Dressed in a ravishing burgundy gown, the international music icon enthralled thousands of music lovers and fans from across the world with her highly charged performance that included an eclectic mix of her old and new best-known hit songs, most notably her latest “Hassa Beek,” which left the crowds asking for more.

The Arab music icon also reached another milestone last year when she crossed the 1 million subscription mark on YouTube in April.
Ajram has begun shooting a new music video for a song from her latest album “Hassa Beek.”

“Mr. Bean” In Dubai? (With Video)

Up till now there isn’t any further details about The Network, and it is not available on Atkinson’s IMDB page, which raises some questions about the nature of the trailer. (Source: Etisalat UAE - Youtube)

Up till now there isn’t any further details about The Network, and it is not available on Atkinson’s IMDB page, which raises some questions about the nature of the trailer. (Source: Etisalat UAE – Youtube)

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A teaser for what appears to be an upcoming movie titled The Network has been released, and it features Actor Rowan Atkinson, Aka Mr Bean, zooming down a street in the UAE, according to Gulfnews.

Up till now there isn’t any further details about The Network, and it is not available on Atkinson’s IMDB page, which raises some questions about the nature of the trailer.

Ahlam’s First Comment After Being Back to ‘the Voice’ Judges Panel

Ahlam did not comment on the changes until recently when she posted a picture on of herself on her instagram account on the set of 'The Voice' show. (Source: @ahlamalshamsi - Instagram)

Ahlam did not comment on the changes until recently when she posted a picture on of herself on her instagram account on the set of ‘The Voice’ show. (Source: @ahlamalshamsi – Instagram)

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MBC group announced that Emirati singer Ahlam is back to ‘the Voice’ judges’ panel in its fourth season of the singing talents competition a few weeks after the group declared that Ahlam was replaced with gulf star Nawal Al Kuwaitiya who shared the news on her twitter account. 

Ahlam did not comment on the changes until recently when she posted a picture on of herself on her Instagram account on the set of ‘The Voice’ show.

She captioned the picture “The universal show ‘the Voice’ on the number one screen of all Arabs and my first home MBC, wait for me”

Letting go of Ahlam in the judging panel was after a tweet in which she criticized some of the stars that performed the song ‘Qoulo Li Qatar’ (Tell Qatar) with “If only classy art is back like we’ve always known it #revelation”