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Superstar Ciara Dazzles in a Regional Design at the First-Ever Ball of Arabia

She jetted in to Dubai to wow guests at the inaugural Ball of Arabia, and superstar singer Ciara made sure to give a nod to the region as she arrived at the fundraising gala. The award-winning American songstress swept onto the black carpet at the Burj Al Arab, where she shimmered under the spotlights in a sequin-and-crystal-encrusted, military-inspired jacket. The statement piece was teamed with a high-necked, floor-sweeping gown in a complementing eggshell blue, with a theatrical bow and sculpted draping creating a dramatic finish. The look was plucked from Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad‘s Fall 2018 couture collection, the label revealed on Instagram.

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The Grammy-winning star changed into an all-black ensemble for her performance, which was a highlight of the charitable gala. Ciara took to the stage with two dancers shortly after a silent auction, held in partnership with Tiffany & Co. to raise funds for the Girls Education and Empowerment Program in the MENA region. The Austin-born star had attendees up on their feet as she performed a medley of hits, including Goodies, 1, 2 Step, and Level Up.

The star also sported a Vogue Arabia tee earlier in the day, as she arrived at her hotel ahead of her performance. Ciara later paid tribute to the evening’s worthy cause, with funds raised on the night going towards courses teaching technical training, innovation, technology, communication, life skills and entrepreneurship to vulnerable girls and young women in Jordan. “It means so much to me to be here,” the star told partygoers in between songs. “It’s one thing to get on the stage and sing and dance and do all that fun stuff, but to know that at the end of it all we’re making an impact on kids’ lives, and girls’ lives means so much to me, especially as a mom.”

The singer later joined guests including Yasmine SabriDorra Zarrouk, Maya Diab, and Salma Abu Deif at the afterparty. Dutch supermodel Lara Stone, property developer Mohamed Hadid, and singers Maritta and Lara Scandar were also in attendance at the soirée, held in partnership with Tiffany & Co. and sponsored by Sobha Realty, Rolls-Royce, and Jumeirah Group.

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