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The UAE is Now Administering the Coronavirus Vaccine to its Residents
This past Wednesday, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention announced that it had approved the Sinopharm COVID-19 vaccine. The Sinopharm vaccine showed an outstanding 86% efficacy rate in preventing infection and a 100% efficacy rate in preventing severe symptoms. Residents of Dubai can now receive the vaccine at the Dubai Parks and Resort field hospital. The vaccination is also available in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. Residents of Abu Dhabi should reserve their spot with SEHA.
UAE to Witness Meteor Shower Tonight
The annual Geminid show is due to hit its peak tonight, December 13th. The weather forecast is showing clear skies for the evening, so tonight, go outside and look up to witness the celestial celebration fly through the sky between 10pm and 3am. The Geminids are an annual meteor shower that occur between December 4th and 16th, peaking on the 13th with the most meteors falling per hour, in the UAE. They are considered the region’s most prolific meteor shower.
The Crown's Matt Smith Confirmed for New 'Game of Thrones' Prequel
The Crown‘s Matt Smith has officially joined the cast of House of the Dragon, the Game of Thrones prequel set 300 years before the first season of the hit series. Smith joins Olivia Cooke of Bates Motel, as well as Emma D’Arcy and Paddy Considine, for the much-anticipated series.
House of the Dragon will revolve around the Targaryon family and the relationships and claw for power from within the most powerful family to have ever lived in the Seven Kingdoms. Filming will begin in 2021 and the first season of 10 episodes is expected to be released in 2022.
FKA Twigs Sues Shia LaBoeuf
Singer FKA Twigs is suing her ex-boyfriend, Shia LaBoeuf, for sexual battery, assault, and infliction of violence. In her report, she accuses the actor of domestic and emotional abuse, and confesses that even with her large network of support and the ability to buy herself a first-class ticket back to her home in London, she still felt she did not have the power to leave the dangerous relationship.
Sia and Mia Goth, LaBeouf’s former partners, have also spoken out in support of Twigs citing similar abusive and manipulative behavior. LaBeouf has responded to the indictment by saying not all of the allegations are true, but that he is very sorry for any pain he has inflicted on others due to his alcoholism and PTSD.
Twigs’ legal suit and speaking out about this horrific chapter in her life is a courageous step which she has consciously taken in order to give courage to any women who might be facing similar situations, but don’t have her network and support. She has also said any money she receives from damages will be donated to domestic violence charities.
BOYFRIEND's Latest Collection, 'Sajeen,' Honors All That Beirut Was, Is, and Will Be
Despite a crippling year for the Lebanese people, BOYFRIEND has managed to infuse some life, heart, and hope back into the people. With an entire creative team of exclusively Lebanese talent — designers, photographers, models, embroiderers, videographers, directors, and pattern makers — BOYFRIEND has created a new collection, ‘Sajeen’, by designer Amine Jreissati that celebrates all that was, that is, and that will be Beirut.
Inspired by Mansour Rahbani‘s famous song, ‘Wayhet Eli Rahou,’ which means “I swear on the lives of those who have gone,” Jreissati has created a fresh collection that is relevant and important for today. ‘Sajeen’ is also now available on BOYFRIEND’s new e-shop: www.boyfriendthebrand.com.
YOOX Brings Together Three Artists for a Nonconventional Music Show
YOOX has brought together singers Stefflon Don and Mahmood along with visual artist Nico Vascellari for a unique and one-of-a-kind nonconventional music show, Holiday Beats. Starting on December 3rd with Mahmood and finishing on December 15th with a talk from Stefflon Don, Holiday Beats will center around three different weekly episodes addressing issues such as sustainability, inclusivity, diversity, women’s empowerment, and body positivity and how this holiday season is the important and necessary time to address each concern.
Each talent has created a bespoke piece of art to be featured in a limited-edition holiday capsule collection sold exclusively on YOOX. Featuring silk-screened artworks on organic cotton sweatshirt and long sleeve t-shirts, proceeds from the sales will be donated to charities chosen by the talents.
Apple Reveals Stunning Airpods Max in New Over-Ear Design
Apple has now brought the high fidelity audio of wireless AirPods into a sleek new over-ear design in AirPods Max. Each cushioned ear has been specially crafted to provide a perfect seal, meaning exceptional acoustic performance for each user. The look is on-point with a stainless steel headband frame providing the structure and the innovative ear cups, which attach with a revolutionary mechanism that allows it to independently pivot and move to fit the different contours of each user’s head.
“AirPods are the most popular headphones in the world, beloved for their effortless setup, incredible sound quality, and iconic design. With AirPods Max, we are bringing that magical AirPods experience to a stunning over-ear design with high-fidelity audio,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.
Fenty Skin Finally Launches at Sephora
Merry Christmas to all, because Santa is bringing Fenty Skin to all Sephora locations globally and online on December 26th. Fenty Skin, Rihanna‘s debut skin care line, is part of a new beauty movement to provide clean, uncomplicated, and effective skincare for all skin types. Rihanna’s line is made from ingredients from around the world, is packed with benefits, and has clinically proven results.
“I always want to make sure that people have access to great skincare and great beauty products,” says Rihanna. “Bringing Fenty Skin to Sephora around the world… means people everywhere will now have the ability to enjoy the retail experience of Fenty Skin, in addition to Fenty Beauty, all under the same roof.”