UAE museum partners with cryptocurrency exchange on 'most beautiful NFTs in metaverse' project – Arab News
DUBAI: A futuristic Emirati museum has teamed up with a leading cryptocurrency exchange to cultivate and present a collection of digital products on the blockchain.
The Museum of the Future in Dubai is collaborating with Binance NFT – the non-fungible token marketplace of Binance, a cryptocurrency and blockchain infrastructure provider – on a project that will start with a collection under the title, “The Most Beautiful NFTs in the Metaverse.”
The recently opened museum has already made a significant impact, with tickets and talks being sold out days in advance.
Under the new partnership deal, the museum will be positioned to develop assets within the fields of cryptocurrency, blockchain, and NFTs.
Museum executive director, Lath Carlson, said: “This exciting project is the first of many future ventures that will see us working with the world’s brightest minds and construct high-impact developments that will shape the future.”
UAE Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy, and Remote Work Applications Omar bin Sultan Al-Olama, said: “The Museum of the Future’s partnership with the world’s largest cryptocurrency and blockchain ecosystem player makes a significant contribution toward Dubai’s plans to establish a new international digital asset ecosystem, which will, in turn, generate long-term economic growth within the digital economy.”
The museum is creating a variety of virtual assets and will lead development in the crypto-technology space. The first NFT collection set to drop will be announced soon with the assortment to be linked to the concept of “The Most Beautiful Building on Earth.”
Head of Binance NFT, Helen Hai, said: “We look forward to working with the museum to develop industry leading digital products that enhance the growth of the industry and promote adoption of blockchain within the region.”
DUBAI: Princess of Wales Kate Middleton wore Bahrain Pearl Drop and the Four Row Japanese Pearl Choker to Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral on Monday.
Wearing traditional all-black attire, she paid tribute to the queen by opting for pears that belonged to her late grandmother-in-law.
The earrings feature round diamond studs, with baguette-cut diamonds in an arrangement typical of the late 1940s, as well as pearls as the drop.
The earrings were crafted using two of the seven pearls the Queen received as a wedding gift from Bahrain in 1947.
Leaders and monarchs from across the globe gathered in London on Monday to bid farewell to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth at a state funeral of inimitable pageantry, marking the passing of a beloved figure who unified the nation through her 70-year reign.
DUBAI: On Sunday, Buckingham Palace released a final portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, who died at 96-years-old on Sept. 8 — and the photograph is a royal reminder of a Qatari gift the queen is said to have treasured.
In the photograph, which was shot by Ranald Mackechnie, the queen wore a powder blue dress adorned with an aquamarine brooch, which was gifted to her by her father, King George VI, for her 18th birthday.
She also wore her go-to three-strand pearl necklace, which was gifted to her by her grandfather, King George V, during his Silver Jubilee in 1935.  
However, it was such a well-used piece that the queen had a replica made before the Emir of Qatar gifted her a third three-strand pearl necklace in 1953. The only difference among the three was that the Qatari version sported a diamond clasp., according to “The Queen’s Jewels” by Leslie Field.
While it is not likely she wore the Qatari version for the most recent the official portrait, it was rumored that, over the years, she rotated the pearl necklaces freely so she would not risk wearing out the prized original.
The queen’s jewelry collection contains more than 300 items, including 98 brooches, 46 necklaces, 37 bracelets, 34 pairs of earrings, 15 rings, 14 watches and five pendants. 
DUBAI: British icon Sting is set to perform in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 27 at the Etihad Arena, organizers announced on Monday.
The show is part of the singer’s “My Songs” series and will feature fan favorite tracks written by the 17-time Grammy Award winner throughout his career, including “Englishman In New York,” “Every Breath You Take,” “Roxanne,” “Message In A Bottle,” and more.  
Sting will be accompanied by an electric-rock ensemble and special guest Joe Sumner.
Tickets will go on sale on Sept. 23 on or and start at $108.
DUBAI: British model Jourdan Dunn showed off glamorous arm candy by Dubai-based accessories label L’Afshar at London Fashion Week on Saturday.
The catwalk star was photographed wearing a chic blazer by clothing brand Nue, which she accessorized with the YARA bag by L’Afshar. Dunn opted for the bronze mirror colorway to finish off her fashion week look.
Handmade in Dubai, the label is known for its unique, structured designs and use of marbled resin and intricate mirrorwork. Lucite — known commonly as acrylic glass — and birthstones also feature in the brand’s range of typically heavy, straight-edged clutches in a range of clear-to-saturated colors and textures.


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The label’s bags have been worn by more than a few Hollywood celebrities, including Victoria’s Secret model Jasmine Tookes, actress Laura Dern, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner and Rachel Bilson. However, those aren’t the only A-listers who seem to be huge fans of the homegrown brand — actress Jasmin Sanders, Bella Hadid, Kate Upton, Alicia Keys and Chrissy Teigen have all made public appearances with L’Afshar’s arm candy on hand.
Dunn seems to be on something of a Middle Eastern streak when it comes to her fashion choices — she was spotted wearing a glamorous feathered gown by Lebanese designer Jean-Louis Sabaji at a launch party in London on Sept. 4.

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Dunn attended Editor-In-Chief of British Vogue Edward Enninful’s “A Visible Man” book launch at London’s renowned Claridge’s Hotel as part of a star-studded list of guests.
The model’s figure-hugging, all-black look hailed from Sabaji’s ready-to-wear Spring-Summer 2021 collection and featured elaborate feather detailing on the neckline and across the length of the sleeves.
Beirut-based couturier Jean-Louis Sabaji is no stranger to celebrity endorsements and has dressed stars from the music industry in the past
From Cardi B and Beyonce to Brazilian singer Anitta, the designer’s creations have been spotted on a number of stages and red carpets.
Dunn complemented her gown with a slicked back ponytail and dramatic, smoldering eye makeup.
The model was on hand to celebrate the launch of Enninful’s book, which traces the journey of the first black person to be named the editor-in-chief of British Vogue.
DUBAI: The Lebanese dance troupe Mayyas, who were named winners of season 17 of “America’s Got Talent” last week, returned to Lebanon on Friday to a hero’s welcome with colorful bouquets, heart-shaped balloons and posters gifted to them by their families, friends and fans. 
Clips of a large crowd cheering for the all-female crew as they arrived at Rafic Hariri International Airport circulated on social media.

“You made Lebanon proud,” read the posters. 
On Thursday, the group took home the $1 million grand prize after winning “America’s Got Talent.”
“We can’t believe what’s happening,” group member Marcel Assal told Arab News after the show. “We can’t believe what we’ve achieved — giving so much energy, leaving our work and education, dedicating our time to training every day to be here to represent our country, and this is what we were looking for.

“We were very stressed out by the fact that we had to (prepare the dance) in two-to-three days, but when we went up on stage and heard the cheers, the audience gave us a push and an adrenaline rush that wasn’t there and we did it,” added Assal. 
The crew’s choreographer, Nadim Cherfan, said: “This win gave me an opportunity to dream again. When you have a dream and you achieve it, you start to look for another dream. So I’m very happy that there is something to look forward to now — something to dream of, something to fight for.”


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