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Happiness in the UAE: Rumana Nazim, Omaira Al Olama and Saeed Arjumand in Conversation

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Vogue Arabia’s ongoing celebration of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee and the run-up to the Ball of Arabia was joined by Rumana Nazim, Omaira Al Olama, and Saeed Arjumand with a light-hearted discussion on happiness. Each member of the trio took a turn randomly choosing from a vase of our specially curated questions, cored around the theme of ‘happiness’. Why happiness? According to UN World Happiness Report 2017, the UAE came first in the Arab world for three consecutive years and also has a CEO of happiness and wellbeing. And what better note to celebrate the nation in?

The discussion began with the founder of The Edit, Nazim’s happiest memory in the region, which she recalled was from her childhood in the UAE. “I feel very blessed to have had such a wonderful, safe, and positive childhood,” she shared. With open arms and a warm embrace, the UAE welcomed most of Nazim’s family members coming from India 50 years ago, becoming a homeland to herself and her extended family.

Emirati entrepreneur TedTalk speaker Al Olama pitched in with her creatively visual input, associating UAE with the color yellow. “Yellow always makes me feel happy, it’s bright,” she shared. She referred to her home as a multicultural melting pot that prioritizes everybody’s need for happiness, bringing them together to create a feeling of community.

Towards the end of the conversation, the owner of Dubai’s first standalone comic book store Arjumand picks up a blue note that asks what the common misconceptions about the UAE are, and he openheartedly shared “that everything in the UAE is made of gold, everything’s expensive,”  causing a stir between the three as they spoke about their experiences of equality between Emiratis and non-Emiratis.

Honoring the UAE’s golden milestone, Vogue Arabia will soon throw a lavish red carpet charity event on December 12, in the ballroom of Raffles The Palm Dubai. The evening will expect celebrities, designers, royalty, and business icons dressed in aureate shades of gold. Find out more about the Ball of Arabia here.

Read Next: Everything You Need to Know About the Ball of Arabia’s Co-Chairs

Video: Sonia Alsowaiegh

Journey Through Jaipur, the ‘Pink City’, in Celebration of This Season’s Buzziest Color

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Hello, Jaipur! This summer, Vogue Arabia—and a team of Indian and Arab creatives—took over the streets of the ‘Pink City’ in celebration of the season’s most adored hue. Join Sawai Padmanabh Singh, the Maharaja of Jaipur, rising models Nour Rizk from Lebanon, and Maumita from India on this journey, dripping with love for the color, the culture, and above all, the fashion.

Fashion director: Amine Jreissati
Videography: Gorkey Patwal, Pulkit Karla
Hair and makeup: Kritika Gill
Production: Ankita Chandra, Sam Allison
On-ground production: Film and Locations India, Mithika Gaekwad, Harshaeta Singh
Models: Nour Rizk, Maumita

Get Ready with Salma Abu Deif for Her First Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet

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Before making her first-ever red carpet appearance at Cannes Film Festival, Salma Abu Deif gave Vogue Arabia an exclusive sneak peek behind her look. The Egyptian actor opted for a bold black dress by Pinko, paired with glittering Chopard jewelry, while her beauty look featured sleek hair and a bright red pout.

Watch the video above as Abu Deif shows us how she got ready for the big day.

Production: Koral Communication

Amina Muaddi, Huda Kattan, and Nadine Nassib Njeim in Conversation with Manuel Arnaut

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Behind the scenes of our March 2022 cover was the usual bustle of a Vogue shoot combined with the thrill of our 5th anniversary, which only increased twofold as the three cover stars sat down for a conversation with Manuel Arnaut. The editor-in-chief spoke to accessories designer Amina Muaddi, beauty mogul Huda Kattan, and actor Nadine Nassib Njeim about growing up Arab, the struggles they overcame as women in their industries, what their incredible success feels like, and much more.

Keeping with the celebration of Middle Eastern women representing the region on a global stage in our latest issue, Arnaut began by asking Kattan what makes Arab women unique. “Having grown up outside the Middle East and moving here later on, I was so amazed by the strength and creativity in Arab women,” said the Iraqi-US entrepreneur. “I actually find them to be so passionate and so creative.” Nassib Njeim said, “Now, Arab women are more dedicated to their goals. They want to achieve their dreams. They don’t accept boundaries anymore even though they respect the culture, traditions, and religion. They are proving themselves in many, many fields.” Having lived outside of the Middle East for the majority of her life, Muaddi shared that people were often curious about her heritage. “Usually people are surprised and find it different that I am half-Jordanian-half -Romanian and work in fashion,” she said. “I am so connected to Italy and France but still very very rooted where I come from.”

The world has witnessed the three women achieve great heights in their careers, however, they reveal that a grounded mindset is key to prospering. “Maintaining a scrappy, self-starting type of attitude is very important to get things done,” advises Kattan, who feels only gratitude for her community upon seeing herself in beauty stores across the world. Muaddi adds that she still feels excited when stars including Rihanna, Beyoncé, and Kim Kardashian, wear her shoes. She says, “It’s fundamental to keep that excitement, to keep feeling like you still haven’t achieved what you wanted to, and to be grateful for what you have.” Nassib Njeim, whose moving performances in TV and cinema have touched and inspired so many over the years, shares that she keeps on challenging herself. “When you work with passion, and you have big dreams, and still consider that you are learning, you will always give your best,” she says.

The conversation takes a deep dive into some of the more challenging times in their lives, such as when Nassib Njeim underwent seven hours of surgery due to the Beirut port blast.”Now I’m more attached to my life, to my kids, and to making my dreams come true,” she says when asked about how the tragic incident changed her. The cover stars also discuss living their public lives, how they deal with hate, the best part about being themselves, and their goals for the next five years.

Watch the video above for the full conversation.

Inside Vogue Arabia’s Biggest Issue Ever Celebrating Our 5th Anniversary

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What better way to celebrate our 5th anniversary than by producing our biggest issue ever with 500 pages, and packing them with inspiring and empowering content? Vogue Arabia’s March 2022 issue holds the deeply personal cover stories of three powerhouse Arab women: Amina Muaddi, Huda Kattan, and Nadine Nassib Njeim, and the theme of Arab women taking charge and representing the region on a world stage.

The anniversary issue features conservationist Dame Jane Goodall in conversation with sustainability editor-at-large Livia Firth, talking about why there are still reasons to hope in a world filled with uncertainty. In another inspiring feature, lifelong friends Farida Khelfa and Carla Bruni model the latest couture, while French actor Philippine Leroy-Beaulieu – the iconic Emily in Paris villain – further defies age conventions while showcasing the season’s most striking looks. The edition also salutes Aquazzura on its 10th year in a special shoot with Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark, and includes celebratory stories about fashion, entrepreneurs, rising stars, and the region’s biggest talents. Along with all that, the March 2022 issue also shines a spotlight on the new Saudi musicians to listen to now, while model and social entrepreneur Elisa Sednaoui Dellal finally finds her way home to Egypt after two years of a pandemic-enforced separation, in a moving feature where she visits, for the first time ever, one of her architect father’s most personal projects. 

Discover all this and much more in a special teaser video of the issue above, set to the catchy new track ‘Ala Bali’ by Palestinian singer Elyanna, who is also featured in the issue.

December 7, 2021

Happiness in the UAE: Rumana Nazim, Omaira Al Olama and Saeed Arjumand in Conversation

Vogue Arabia’s ongoing celebration of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee and the run-up to the Ball of Arabia was joined by Rumana Nazim, Omaira Al Olama, and Saeed Arjumand with a light-hearted discussion on happiness. Each member of the trio took a turn randomly choosing from a vase of our specially curated questions, cored around the theme of ‘happiness’. Why happiness? According to UN World Happiness Report 2017, the UAE came first in the Arab world for three consecutive years and also has a CEO of happiness and wellbeing. And what better note to celebrate the nation in?

The discussion began with the founder of The Edit, Nazim’s happiest memory in the region, which she recalled was from her childhood in the UAE. “I feel very blessed to have had such a wonderful, safe, and positive childhood,” she shared. With open arms and a warm embrace, the UAE welcomed most of Nazim’s family members coming from India 50 years ago, becoming a homeland to herself and her extended family.

Emirati entrepreneur TedTalk speaker Al Olama pitched in with her creatively visual input, associating UAE with the color yellow. “Yellow always makes me feel happy, it’s bright,” she shared. She referred to her home as a multicultural melting pot that prioritizes everybody’s need for happiness, bringing them together to create a feeling of community.

Towards the end of the conversation, the owner of Dubai’s first standalone comic book store Arjumand picks up a blue note that asks what the common misconceptions about the UAE are, and he openheartedly shared “that everything in the UAE is made of gold, everything’s expensive,”  causing a stir between the three as they spoke about their experiences of equality between Emiratis and non-Emiratis.

Honoring the UAE’s golden milestone, Vogue Arabia will soon throw a lavish red carpet charity event on December 12, in the ballroom of Raffles The Palm Dubai. The evening will expect celebrities, designers, royalty, and business icons dressed in aureate shades of gold. Find out more about the Ball of Arabia here.

Read Next: Everything You Need to Know About the Ball of Arabia’s Co-Chairs

Video: Sonia Alsowaiegh

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