ICYMI: Celebrities Have Joined the Cry to Stop Asian Hate Crimes in the U.S.

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Celebrities Speak Out Against Asian Hate Crimes

Celebrities are speaking out against the perpetuation of violent hate crimes committed against Asian-Americans in the U.S. following a series of brutal attacks in Atlanta that led to the deaths of eight people, six of whom were Asian. Celebrities of Asian decent like actors Daniel Dae Kim from Lost and Daniel Wu from Into the Badlands, have spoken up before against Asian hate crimes, and this instance was no different. They were joined in their rallying cry by celebrities such as Gemma Chan, Mindy Kaling, John Legend, Rihanna, Jessica Chastain, Lana Condor, Awkwafina, Ruby Ibarra, and many more.

The shootings in Atlanta are not the first hate crimes committed against Asian-Americans. Nearly 3,800 incidents of hate against Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders have occurred in the US from March 19, 2020 – February 29, 2021. The actual number of incidents is believed to be more, but undocumented.


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The First Female Police Officer in Dubai Is Now on Duty

One of the first female graduates from Dubai Police Academy is now on active duty at Naif Police StationLieutenant Nouf Khaled Ahli will be the first female general duty police officer in Dubai. Ahli trained at Nayef Police Station in security, criminal, and legal after graduating from the Academy. She joined field work when she realized that there was a lack of female staff in that area.

“I feel proud of my work at Dubai Police, which has a great reputation worldwide and has made high level police achievements,” says Lt. Ahli. “Dubai Police is a dream and destination for many young people seeking excellence, creativity and innovation and a pioneering work environment that supports its employees in all aspects and empowers the female staff through numerous programs and initiatives.”

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UAE Re-Opens Free Vaccinations for All Residents

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available to all residents of Dubai over the age of 16 regardless of pre-existing conditions. Every resident who wishes to be vaccinated against the deadly virus can now book an appointment through the DHA app. Pfizer-BioNTech, Oxford-AstraZeneca, Sputnik-V, and Sinopharm are the four vaccines which have been approved for use in the UAE. If you suffer from a condition that puts you at risk, you can still receive your vaccination on a walk-in basis. This new measure is the next step to achieving herd immunity in the UAE against COVID-19 by 2022.


Female Board Representation Now A Requirement for UAE Listed Companies

In an amendment on a prior decision, the Securities and Commodities Authority has said that every UAE-listed company must now have at least one women occupying a seat on the board of directors. The move is a step in the right direction. A UAE-based social enterprise, Aurora50, found that only 3.5% of all board positions were held by women. This directive was initiated to further female representation and empower Emirati women to play a larger role in the boards of directors.

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Behnoode Foundation Launches Art Exhibition in Tehran

Dubai-operated Behnoode Foundation is opening an art exhibition in Tehran in lieu of a celebration of Nowruz as part of its continuing efforts to to raise awareness and funds for out-of-school-youths in Nepal. The proceeds from each art piece that sells at the exhibition will be donated to build a school. 16 of the most prominent Middle Eastern artists will come together for the first time with their pieces that spread the message of peace, unity, social injustice, love, politics, economy, and other important issues happening in our world. The exhibit opens on the 21st of March and closes on April 2nd.

“This is a historic moment for our foundation. To gather the biggest names in the art industry and join me and all my partners for one incredible cause – to help the children in Nepal build their own school. This has been a passion project for me since 2015 and I told myself that I will do everything to make their dream school happen before the end of this year.” said Behnood Javaherpour, Founder of Behnoode Foundation and Creative Director of the Dubai-based luxury brand, Behnoode.

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Louis Vuitton Unveils Its Spring-Summer 2021 Collection in Katara Pop-Up

Louis Vuitton has unveiled its spring-summer 2021 collection in a pop-up at 21 High Street, Katara, the premier outdoor shopping destination in Qatar. Frequently known for doing away with preconceived ideas and limitations, the latest collection is another testament to the House’s exploration of fashion and discovery. Nicolas Ghesquière, Artistic Director of Women’s Collections, has drawn from fantasy and fiction and uses color to express character and personality.  The pop-up will present the collection with surrounded by green screens and silver details and will have ready-to-wear collections as well as leather goods, accessories, and shoes.

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Cartier Unveils Flagship in Dubai Mall

After a two-year renovation, Cartier has finally unveiled their flagship boutique in Dubai Mall. In order to commemorate the monumental occasion, consumers can book an appointment to view 30 iconic heritage pieces from The Cartier Collection which are being exhibited to the public for the very first time. Exceptional pieces worn by celebrities and royalty alike will be on display including the Scroll Tiara worn by Elisabeth, Queen of the Belgians, the Panthère brooch sold to the Duke of Windsor, and a crocodile masterpiece worn by Mexican actress Maria Felix. An extraordinary scenography featuring a tree of royal tiaras was also created for the exhibition.


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