On Saturday, the third edition of the Distinctive International Arab Festivals Awards (DIAFA) unfolded at the Palm Atlantis in Dubai. The annual awards ceremony invites renowned figures from various fields such as art, culture, music, business, and humanitarian services and was established to celebrate distinguished Arab and International personalities for their contributions to society. Among the evening’s honorees were Kuwaiti actress Haya Abdulsalam and Lebanese singer Cyrine Abdelnour.
Abdulsalam took to the stage to accept her accolade wearing a sparkling, midnight blue gown from Kuwaiti couturier Yousef Al Jasmi. The design featured a high neck and long, sheer sleeves. She paired it with Chaumet jewels.
Meanwhile, Abdelnour chose a form-fitting, champagne-colored creation from Labourjoisie for the occasion. The singer accessorized the heavily-embellished look with Damas jewelry and a matching, sparkling clutch.
Established in 2017, the DIAFAs are organized by the same people behind the Beirut International Awards Festival. Other celebrities to be honored during last night’s festival include Egyptian star Nelly Karim, Emirati filmmaker Ali F. Mostafa, and Pakistani actress Mahira Khan, among others.
“Thank you for the amazing event,” wrote Karim on Instagram, thanking Atlantis, The Palm for having her. Mostafa, who is one of the pioneering Emirati filmmakers also took to the social media platform to express his gratitude. “About last night! Thank you @diafaofficial for this prestigious award. Eternally honored to represent Emirati cinema,” he wrote alongside a series of images from the event.