UK grime artist Stormzy hits the stage at the Abu Dhabi F1 – Arab News
ABU DHABI: British grime music artist Stormzy delivered a rousing performance on day two of the Yasalam After-Race Concert series at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Friday night.
Accompanied by DJ TiiNY, Stormzy had the crowd rapping along to his hits “Big Michael,” “Audacity” and “Cold,” all prime examples of the superstar’s sharp wordplay and fiery lyrics.
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“Let’s dance, have fun and make lots of memories we can all take away and keep forever,” Stormzy told the crowd as he revealed it was his first visit to Abu Dhabi to huge cheers from the audience.
Stormzy, the first British rapper to perform a headlining slot at Britain’s Glastonbury festival in 2019, also performed his acclaimed hits “Big For Your Boots” and “Vossi Bop.”
Two artists from Flash Entertainment’s Regional Artist Spotlight (RAS) — UAE-based Somali rapper Freek and Syrian crossover rapper and singer Moh Flow hit the stage for warm up sets ahead of the highly anticipated show.
DUBAI: A new Arabic word has entered the 2023 edition of the well-known French dictionary, “Le Petit Robert,” established by lexicographer Paul Robert in the 1960s. The word is “labne” or “labneh.”
Derived from the Arabic word “laban” (yogurt), it is a creamy yoghurt cheese that is a staple of a typical Levantine breakfast.
“I am happy and proud to have parts of our products, dishes and traditions recognized internationally, and especially in France,” the French-Lebanese chef Karim Haidar told Arab News. “Adding a new kind of cheese to the country of cheese is amazing.”

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The Paris-based chef said that the decision did not come as a surprise as over the years his French clients and friends have come to love labne, found in countless restaurants and delis in the French capital. Not only does it taste good but it has health benefits as it is high in protein and calcium, he said.  

According to Haidar, labne is traditionally made with goat’s milk. It has great acidity, prepared in terracotta, rolled into small balls, and later preserved in olive oil. Labne can also be made with sheep and cow’s milk.

While labne can usually be found in any Middle Eastern supermarket, preparing labne at home is easy — it requires adding salt to yogurt and straining it in a cloth overnight.

It can be eaten in a number of ways. Whether consumed in a sandwich-to-go or as a dip, it is drizzled with olive oil and often topped with either zaatar, mint or sumac. In recent years, international chefs have incorporated labne into dessert dishes.

The introduction of labne into “Le Petit Robert” comes at a time when Lebanese immigration to France has increased in the past few years due to the economic crisis hitting Lebanon. But Haidar believes that French interest in this yogurt goes back a few decades.

“I don’t think the last Lebanese emigration episode had an effect,” he said. “Labne arrived on French tables since the 1975 emigration. We are witnessing for years now the love of French people for labne, and French food culture opened itself to foreign food cultures in the last 30 years. Just like mozzarella or parmigiano, you can find labne on the shelves of some big supermarket chains now.”
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DUBAI: Calling all budding cinephiles! The Doha Film Institute is accepting applications from aspiring jurors for the 2022 Special 10th hybrid edition of the Ajyal Film Festival, set to take place from Oct. 1 to 8.
Young people between eight and 25 are invited to register for the Ajyal Jury Experience to explore the world of cinema through curated film screenings, workshops and discussions.
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The 2022 special edition of the festival is DFI’s “tribute to the nation in a historic year,” with the FIFA World Cup 2022 Qatar set to take place in November and December. Last year’s edition saw more than 500 jurors from 45 countries serve as jurors, according to the institute’s website.
The young people chosen will participate in a special edition, with the film festival having an expanded program of two events — one dedicated to the jurors in October and the second, a public event from Nov. 22 to Dec. 16 that will coincide with soccer’s premier showpiece.
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Fatma Hassan Alremaihi, chief executive officer of the DFI, said: “The Ajyal Jury Experience is truly a one-of-a-kind cultural initiative, that brings together young people from across the world for a week-long celebration of film that will not only enhance their understanding of the world but also help build their interpersonal and professional skills.
“Ajyal over the years has given the youth an opportunity to explore new horizons of creative and cultural understanding, and we take great pride in our global Ajyal community and its collective belief that art and film are here to comfort and inspire each of us.”
Registration for the Ajyal Jury program is now open until Sep. 21 at
DUBAI: Grammy winning artist Kendrick Lamar has been announced as the latest headlining act at the Yasalam After-Race Concert on Nov. 19 at the Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix 2022.
The “Humble” artist joins Swedish House Mafia in the lineup, with two more global acts still to be announced for the four-day festival.

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Lamar has achieved massive critical and cultural success since his debut album “good kid, m.A.A.d city” released in 2012. He has accumulated 14 Grammy wins, and became the first non-classical, non-jazz musician to win a Pulitzer Prize for his 2017 album “DAMN.” Lamar’s latest album “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers” was released in May 2022 to rave reviews.
This year’s race weekend takes place from Nov. 17 to 20 at Yas Marina Circuit.
Access to the concerts is exclusively for Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ticket holders, who can also purchase Golden Circle access, for a closer view of the stage at Etihad Park.
DUBAI: Emirati creatives have revealed how the country’s national pavilion at the Venice Biennale has broadened their careers and changed their lives.
Multidisciplinary artist, curator and educator Sarah Al-Agroobi was one of the first to take part in the UAE National Pavilion’s internship program during La Biennale di Venezia in 2011. Today, she works full-time as a Senior Interpretation Specialist in the education department at the Department of Culture and Tourism-Abu Dhabi, and part-time as an adjunct professor at Zayed University teaching graphic design and art foundation.
The program, said Al-Agroobi, served as a major catalyst for her career. It was conceived to provide Emiratis and longtime UAE residents aged 21 and above, who are passionate about the arts, diplomacy, and architecture, with the opportunity to spend one month in Venice staffing the UAE’s art and architecture exhibitions at La Biennale di Venezia. Al-Agroobi is one of around 200 interns who have taken part in the program and now work in prominent positions in art and culture.
What she loved about the internship, she says, was “the freedom to be curious and the flexibility and ability to explore that curiosity.”

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Al-Agroobi recalls how the first time she went to La Biennale di Venezia was in 2007 when she was 16 years old. “I still remember the feeling of entering the Arsenale and believing that at some point in the future I would be working there representing the UAE,” she told Arab News. “Call it divine intervention or the power of manifestation, but it definitely was a calling of sorts.”
While she considers herself first and foremost an arts practitioner, Al-Agroobi is also the founder of The Letters Project, an online platform that aims to foreground anonymous letters that speak to the anthropological and socio-cultural climate of the Arab region. 

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She has co-curated and collaborated with grassroots initiatives such as Banat Collective and Samt — both are creative communities set up in response to the lack of artist spaces and discussions regarding womanhood in the Middle East and North Africa region.
“I really took full advantage of being able to navigate the art sphere and set a solid foundation in my career path,” she said.
DUBAI: Supermodel Bella Hadid was spotted out and about in the Gramercy neighborhood of New York City over the weekend, taking a stroll with actor and comedian Ramy Youssef, her close friend and the creator of Hulu’s “Ramy.”
The Palestinian-Dutch model took to the streets in a sleeveless mustard-yellow sweater, with baggy jeans and black boots completing the street-chic look. And Golden Globe winner Youssef was seen wearing Egyptian brand Okhtein’s signature Dome Shades, as spotted by Cairo Scene.
Earlier this year, Hadid announced that she will appear on the third season of the introspective Hulu comedy “Ramy,” in an undefined guest-starring role. The model will make her television acting debut on the series, which is based on the story of a first-generation American Muslim living in New Jersey.
“Best cast, best crew, best show honored & excited. yallaaaa @ramy if you haven’t watched the first two seasons … go. run. now. love you,” she captioned the announcement.
The show follows Ramy (played by Youssef), the son of immigrant Muslims living in New Jersey, as he navigates through a life that is torn between faith, community and new age ideals.
Last month, Bella supported half-sister Alana Hadid at her fashion line La Detresse’s summer collection soiree, held in New York.
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Hadid went the extra mile wearing a La Detresse ensemble to the celebration. The 25-year-old model was seen in an eye-catching acid-wash tee and matching biking shorts, paired with a leather snakeskin jacket. Thigh-high boots, stacked necklaces and gold hoop earrings completed the look. Alana wore a similar co-ord outfit, donning an oversized tee with cowboy boots.
The siblings were joined by Emily Perlstein, who founded La Detresse with Alana in 2017, as the product of a mutual obsession about creating the perfect denim jacket. Over the years, the duo has produced a line of denim and knitwear in Los Angeles.
Bella has also always been vocal about her support for Palestine and its creatives. She uses her social media accounts to show her support for the diaspora and to raise awareness about the violence perpetrated against Palestinians.
Last year, she joined demonstrations in New York to protest Israeli attacks on Palestinians living in Gaza.
She frequently calls out Instagram for “shadow banning” her Palestine-related posts. “Are we not allowed to be Palestinian on Instagram? This, to me, is bullying,” she previously wrote on Instagram. “I am proud to be Palestinian.”