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Erica Fernandes in reveal mode as showstopper in Dubai



Kuumar Kavita Shyam

Leading actress-model Erica Fernandes enthralled a select audience in Dubai as a showstopper at a fashion event, fresh after getting her 10-year golden visa.

On the sidelines of the event at the Park Hyatt hotel resort in Deira over the weekend, Fernandes revealed how her days spent in Dubai are on the cusp of getting longer as she has turned entrepreneur with her own production company Celeste. The hostess of the popular Emirates Draw is only 29 and the business move comes as unusual for someone who was ranked top in 2020 as the ‘most desired woman on TV’ by Times of India.

“I always wanted to do stuff for myself, tell stories – mostly for the OTT platforms – produce good content besides my modelling and other things. But generally, films and Bollywood are not something that I would say I am craving for. If they happen, then it is good, but it is not my focus,” Fernandes says with the confidence that would define the clarity of a startup founder.

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The jury on her success will have to wait, but the Mumbai lass is not the only one looking at Dubai as the land of opportunity – officially. “Work has meant that I have been going to and fro between Mumbai and here, although Dubai has been my home for the past 6-7 years.”

It does not mean work from the tinsel town of India has stopped. In fact, she is unauthorized to do but cannot stop dropping a hint that something is coming up very soon on Amazon Prime. It could be a web series, we speculate, judging by her reaction that “it is something she has never done before and very exciting.”

With Celeste on her mind in the hotel ballroom, showstopper Fernandes wore the designs by Mumbai-based fashion designer Tinaz Bodhanwala and her brand Miniaar. The event, sponsored by SkinAura, saw two Arabic dancers kickstart the show with performances on tribal tunes and ended with a typical Bollywood dance show.

Many dignitaries including Sheikh Majid Rashid Al Mualla, Juma Madani and wife Munira Al Bloushi, Bangaldesh consul general Jamal Hossain and wife Abida, Kazakhstan consul Dr Nawab Mir Khan, and others graced the event.

Bodhanwala said she believed in working hard on her designs and taking risks by not following the beaten path. “The success everyone saw today is a result of years of hard work and perseverance,” she said.

The event was also the stage for Skin Aura founder Fiza Khan to announce their mission to go “old school and bring back boutique style luxury clinics to establish affordability with a personal touch.”

With over 15 years of experience in dermatology and aesthetics, Khan said she was confident after making it big in the already crowded market of Dubai. “After-care and going on a personal journey with your clients is very important from start to finish and this is one of the USPs of SkinAura. I feel this is missing in Dubai.”

Meanwhile, Erica is using the upcoming Ramadan lull to prepare her launch more projects with Celeste. Famous for performances in the TV series Kuch Rang Pyar Ki Aise Bhi and Kasautii Zindagii Kay, she brings along a huge fan base. Erica uses her presence on social media to promote a variety of social causes and bring attention to significant topics in addition to her acting career.


Journalist for 25 years with leading publications in India and UAE such as The National, Mumbai Mirror, DNA, Indian Express and former Sports Editor of Now managing editor of, part of MEMc (


Fashion Fusion at Abu DhabiT10: Cricket Meets Haute Couture in Sustainable Showcase



Abu Dhabi T10, cricket’s fastest tournament sets the perfect backdrop for some glitz, glamour and exciting cricket as fans get to experience a one-of kind fashion show in between all of the explosive cricketing action. The Abu Dhabi T10 Fashion show features global names such Reshma & Riyaz Gangji, Naz Maer, Alexandra Kononenko, and Marina Klyueva, who will be showcasing their unique collections to enthrall audiences.

Held between November 28 and December 9, 2023, season 7 of Abu Dhabi T10 aims to intertwine the worlds of cricket and fashion, creating an unforgettable experience for all fans to enjoy.

The fashion shows will provide a refreshing blend of athleticism and haute couture. With a commitment to sustainability, the themes revolve around up-cycling to contribute to the circular economy.

Eachdesigner will present creations that not only showcase their artistic prowess but also highlight the importance of repurposing material to reduce environmental impact. This innovative approach aligns perfectly with the global call for responsible and eco friendly fashion practices.

The intersection of sport and fashion creates a dynamic and engaging experience for our audience. With a focus on upcycling, the aim is to not only celebrate design but also promote sustainability in the fashion industry. Every designer participating in the fashion show will bring more than just garments to the runway; they will bring stories.

Each creation will tell a unique narrative, adding depth and meaning to the showcase. From inspirations to challenges overcome, the audience can expect a journey through the creative minds behind the designs.

In addition to the fashion show, the tournament will feature a lineup of entertainment programs to captivate the audience during breaks between matches. From live performances to interactive experiences, attendees can expect a well-rounded and engaging event that goes beyond the boundaries of cricket and couture.

Please find below the show dates, time and designers:

1.12.2023 (8.10PM) – Brand Fama Clamosa, Designer Alexandra Kononenko
3.12.2023 (8.10PM) – Brands: Luna and Kukli_Doll, Designers: Ludmila Kannunik Marina Klyueva
9.12.2023 (7PM) – Brand Naz Maer , Designer: Naz Maer
9.12.2023 (8.15PM) – Brand: LIBAS , Designer: Reshma & Riyaz Gangji along with Ruchi & Aman Gangji

Abu Dhabi T10 2023 edition, will air across multiple continents with a broadcast on CricLife3 available on Etisalat, Elife IPTV, Switch TV, and Starzplay in the UAE-MENA region, and on

Viacom Sports 18 and Jio Cinema in India.

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Xpressions announces super Warehouse sale in Sharjah



Xpressions Style has announced its highly popular “Back to Home” Warehouse Sale at the Maliha Road outlet in Sharjah. Following the resounding success of three previous events, Xpressions Style will be offering “an extraordinary shopping experience” while catering to the overwhelming customer demand from June 23 to July 9.

The Warehouse Sale will feature an extensive selection of top-quality products, including cosmetics, fragrances, skincare essentials, haircare items, and trendy fashion accessories. The managers of the event have promised exceptional value and savings to the end users as they rediscover the joy of shopping, especially with the long Eid weekend celebrations being a part of it.

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In addition to the Warehouse Sale, Xpressions Style has established over 40 retail outlets across the UAE. There are stores in renowned shopping destinations such as Dubai Festival City Mall, Burjuman Mall, Al Ghurair Center, City Centre Deira, Jumeirah Circle Mall, and many more.

Since its inception in 1998 in Sharjah, Xpressions Style has grown exponentially, solidifying its presence in all seven emirates of the UAE and Oman, and earning a stellar reputation in the beauty and fashion industry. More information and updates are available on the website or their social media (Instagram handle here).

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Abu Dhabi does star turn again with IIFA 2023

Another sizzling weekend at Yas Island cements city’s reputation as amazing hosts



Abu Dhabi cemented its reputation as great hosts as the 23rd IIFA) Awards came to an end at the Etihad Arena, where the event was held for a second successive time after drawing praise from the creme de la creme of Bollywood.

The International Indian Film Academy Awards is a celebration of the key achievements from the tinsel town in the year gone by, but attempts are made to take the event to different corners of the world even though the popular industry does not have to. IIFA 2022 was a runaway success because of the excellent hosting arrangements by the Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi and the reputation was enhanced over the weekend.

Sara Ali Khan looked ravishing in red. Mohammed Asif

The Sobha Realty and NEXA-sponsored IIFA saw star performances, a rain of celebrity glitterati, some veteran names honoured and achievements recognised over two nights of fun and glamour. Miral, Abu Dhabi’s leading creator of immersive destinations and experiences, joined in as the other key, local collaborator.

The first evening focuses on music and fashion traditionally under the banner of IIFA Rocks. Cue exciting performances by Amit Trivedi, Badshah, Sunidhi Chauhan, Sukhbir Singh, Palak Muchhal & Iulia Vantur, the touted girlfriend of Salman Khan, the show’s superstar representative icon for Bollywood. The evening programme was presented by Farah Khan and Rajkummar Rao.

The musical spectacular began with a dance performance by Palak Muchhal, who was followed by Farah Khan, who also danced her way on to the stage. Rao entered while playing the song Main Hoon Na, and the two recreated a scene from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, in which they both greeted the crowd and engaged in witty conversation about friendship.

Chauhan, Badshah, Jacqueline Fernandez, Rakul Preet Singh and Nora Fatehi gave enthralling performances later in the evening.

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Awards were given out through the glitzy IIFA statuette across various categories, including in the technical aspects. One of the key highlights of IIFA Rocks was a special collection showcased by Bollywood’s favourite designer Manish Malhotra. The collection reflected ‘old world charm meets the new world’ that was breakthrough and imaginative and had Salman Khan and Nora Fatehi as the showstoppers for the evening.

And the award goes to:

  • Best Picture Category | Drishyam 2
  • Best Direction Category| R Madhavan for Rocketry: The Nambi Effect
  • Best Actor In A Leading Role (Female) | Alia Bhatt for Gangubai Kathiawadi
  • Best Actor In A Leading Role (Male) | Hrithik Roshan for Vikram Vedha
  • Performance In A Supporting Role (Female) | Mouni Roy for Brahmastra: Part 1 – Shiva
  • Performance In A Supporting Role (Male) | Anil Kapoor for Jug Jugg Jeeyo
  • Music Direction | Pritam for Brahmastra: Part 1 – Shiva
  • Playback Singer (Female) | Shreya Ghoshal for the song Rasiya from Brahmastra: Part 1 – Shiva
  • Playback Singer (Male) | Arijit Singh for the song Kesariya from Brahmastra: Part One – Shiva
  • Best Story (Original) | Parveez Sheikh and Jasmeet Reen for the film Darlings
  • Best Story (Adapted) | Aamil Keeyan Khan and Abhishek Pathak for Drishyam 2
  • Lyrics | Amitabh Bhattacharya for the song Kesariya from Brahmastra: Part 1 – Shiva
  • Best Debut – Female, Khushali Kumar for Dhoka Around the Corner
  • Best Debut – Male, Shantanu Maheshwari for Gangubai Kathiawadi and Babil Khan for Qala


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