More celebrities than ever have decided to call Dubai home. From footballers and tennis aces to movie stars and singers, we round up the famous names who have chosen to make the move to the UAE.
This week, British boxer Amir Khan announced that he is moving to Dubai.
“I’ve tried to keep it a secret, but I thought it would be a good change. I’ll still be going back and forth between Bolton and Dubai, but I want to do a lot more in Dubai,” he said at the OJ Lifestyle brand launch on Tuesday, September 15. “Maybe one day we could have a boxing arena in the Coca-Cola Arena! Moving here is definitely a challenge, but also an opportunity to open more doors for boxing in Dubai.”
The former unified light-welterweight world champion was last seen visiting Dubai at the end of July to celebrate his wife Faryal Makhdoom’s birthday. At the time, the pair were spotted at Marbaiya Restaurant and Cafe in Dubai Marina. Khan also shared a picture with his 1.3 million followers of himself relaxing at Jumeirah Al Naseem, with Burj Al Arab in the background.
In April, Lindsay Lohan confirmed that she lives in Dubai during an interview on Lights Out with David Spade, when she talked a lot about living in the emirates and how the country is tackling Covid-19.
During the 14-minute interview, Lohan opened up about life in the UAE at length.
“So, I am in Dubai … kind of like the Wall Street area, it’s like downtown,” Lohan explained of her whereabouts to Spade.
Spade then proved that he is yet to visit, asking: “So, Dubai is a place and that is in where?” To which she replied, with a laugh: “The Middle East. It’s a city built on desert.
“I first came here in 2008 when they just finished building the Atlantis [The Palm] hotel, and there was none of this here that there is now,” she said. “There was no DIFC, Downtown, Dubai Mall … anything that there is now.”
Spade then asked Lohan if she lives in Dubai, and she clarified that she does, and has done for the past six years now.
“I live here, yep. I have been here for about six years. But I go to New York a lot to see my family … and I was in London before this,” she said, later adding that she “hadn’t been to LA in over 10 years.”
“I wanted to thank the government of the UAE and the Dubai Police for their continued support during these uncertain times and keeping this country safe,” Lohan wrote on Instagram.
She also added: “Wishing everyone a blessed month and God bless”.
Tennis ace Roger Federer is a Dubai regular. For years he is said to have owned an apartment in Dubai Marina’s Le Reve tower, which he spends part of the year in.
In December 2017, the Swiss tennis player was spotted at Avli by Tashas, a chic Greek restaurant in Dubai’s DIFC.
“Great having this true gentleman back at Avli by Tashas! The one and only Mr Roger Federer,” chef Mateus Coelho wrote on Instagram, posting a photo of the sportsman with the team of kitchen staff.
Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, now calls Dubai home and in May spoke to Rolling Stone about celebrating Ramadan in the emirate.
“Normally in Ramadan, you like to go to the mosque for the last prayer of the day. That wasn’t possible since all the mosques are shut,” he told the magazine from his home in Dubai.
“We had to do everything at home, but that was good for me because it made it more intense and more concentrated. It’s a spiritual month and you don’t have to be going out and gallivanting everywhere. It kind of suited the month. I became more reflective. I read more during this Ramadan than I have during previous ones.”
He also spoke about the way the UAE has handled the Covid-19 pandemic: “It’s actually not too bad here. You need to wear masks and have gloves, but they’ve just eased things up a little bit and some shops are open,” he said. “It’s quite well organised in the shops. I haven’t gone in myself, but they apparently monitor you and measure your temperature. It’s quite well controlled. Everything here is not too bad, to be honest. We haven’t been affected so far.”
One of Dubai’s most famous residents is beauty entrepreneur, Huda Kattan, who lives in the city along with sisters, Mona and Alya. In August, her conversation with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was released as part of the model’s Quibi series, About Face.
Of living in Dubai, she said: “We are lucky because we are in Dubai, and Dubai is super progressive, especially compared to other parts of the Middle East. And they love beauty here [so] that is great.”
“But it is challenging as a woman. When we first started, people treated me, constantly, like it was a hobby, objectifying [me], not making [me] feel like [I’m] capable of it, that was a hard thing, to be honest,” she says. “They would constantly make eye contact with my husband [and ask], ‘How do we do this?’ and my husband would be like, ‘Ask the big boss’.”
Kattan has been married to Christopher Goncalo since 2008; the couple met at high school. They have a daughter, Nour, 9.
Spanish footballer Michel Salgado lives in Dubai with his family. The former Real Madrid and Blackburn Rovers player is now director at Football Academy Dubai.
“I came to Dubai for the first time in 2003 and fell in love with the city and the opportunities it offers,” he told Sharp Magazine in 2017. “I have seen some first-class youth footballers in the Arab world who are hungry for the chance to play professionally. We know these kids need professional training to help realise their dreams of becoming professional football players, and this reflects my commitment to developing the future of sports in the UAE.”
In August this year, Dubai provided the backdrop for Netflix’s new documentary on retired French footballer Nicolas Anelka.
The former Arsenal striker is the subject of Anelka: Misunderstood, which came out on the streaming service last week.
The documentary explores the ups and downs of Anelka’s career, during which he played for Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid, Arsenal, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.
The Frenchman now lives in Dubai with his wife and three children, and much of the 94-minute Netflix documentary is filmed in the city.
The opening sequence shows wide shots of a lone Anelka walking through the Dubai desert, while many scenes show him going about everyday family life with his children in his apartment, as well as shots of him out and about in the city, including an evening playing football close to a mosque at Kite Beach.
Another footballer who calls Dubai home is Dwight YorkeThe former Aston Villa and Manchester United player is regularly spotted improving his swing playing golf at Emirates Golf Club and out for dinner, at restaurants including Hell’s Kitchen.
Leftist celebrities took to Twitter in rage on Monday night after the U.S. Senate voted 52-48 to confirm Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett.
What’s a brief history here?
Barrett, 48, was sworn in during a ceremony presided over by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
Ahead of the vote, Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), said that “today … will go down as one of the darkest days in the 231-year history of the United States Senate.”
He added, “You may win this vote … but you will never, ever get your credibility back. And the next time the American people give Democrats a majority in this chamber, you will have forfeited your right to tell us how to run that majority.”
What are the details?
Entertainers and celebrity activists alike banded together on Twitter to spew their outrage over Barrett’s confirmation on Monday night.
Leading the outrage pack was actress Debra Messing, who apologized to failed presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the confirmation.
Earlier in the evening, Clinton herself issued regrets over Barrett’s confirmation, writing, “Senate Republicans just pushed through a Supreme Court justice who will help them take away Americans’ health care in the middle of a pandemic. For them, this is victory. Vote them out.”
An emotional-sounding Messing responded, “Im [sic] sorry that this tragic day in American history has landed on your birthday. I, for one, am grateful for you, and all that you have given our country. Happy birthday. May this next year be one of enlightenment and healing.”
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Leftist filmmaker Michael Moore also shared a disturbing poem. It is unclear whether he is the author of the odd, Dr. Seuss-like missive.
It reads, “Whack the Court. Pack it Stack it Frack it Smack it. Shellack it Clack it Knick-knack & Paddy-whack it Crack it Open Shack it Up Rack it! Yes, it’s a RACKET. Black it Brown it Green it Blue it Expand it! Term limit it! Fix it! Now.”
Whack the Court.
Actor Jon Cryer complained, “Truly a shameful day for every Republican Senator and anyone who has ever voted for them.”
Actress and comedian Sandra Bernhard added, “[N]ot [sic] shred of doubt that this woman has total contempt of other women who demand #reproductivejustice she will do anything to destroy #LGBTQ marriage & protection, she is controlled by her religious dogma & has relented all sense of intellectual acuity we need to brace ourselves.”
Entertainer Cher wailed, “New Supreme Court Crazy’s 1st Case,May Decide Presidency. One Week After Election She’ll Vote Down Affordable Care Act,No Preexisting Condts.She’ll Keep Trump’s Taxes Hidden, Bring Up ROE V.WADE. Undo & Vote Against LGBTQ Rights,& ON& ON. VOTE NOW,OUR LIVES DEPEND ON YOUR VOTE[.]”
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Actor and animator Seth MacFarlane chimed in, “The cemented conservative majority on the Supreme Court will be a hard lesson for many people on the importance of voting — a lesson that will last decades. Unfortunately, all the marches and protests in the world can’t reverse voter apathy in 2016. This time around, vote.”
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Many other celebrities such as actor Patton Oswalt and actress and former TV host Rosie O’Donnell — both of whom have been wildly outspoken against Trump during his first administration — called for Democrats to pack the court if former vice president and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden wins the 2020 presidential election.
A bevy of other celebrities — including “Seinfeld” actors Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Jason Alexander — shared the same message, which read, “6-3 doesn’t represent me. Flip states blue, stop the GOP. Donate: http://FlipTheStates.com/Donate Volunteer: http://FlipTheStates.com/Volunteer.”
Actress and activist Alyssa Milano added, “Now more than ever: women’s rights are on the ballot. That’s why I’m voting for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. If you haven’t voted yet, make your plan to vote today: makeaplan.com[.]”
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Chances are there are many famous faces who were born in Ireland that you didn’t realise are actually Irish. Here are the top five celebrities you probably didn’t know are Irish.
The Emerald Isle has always punched above its weight when it came to producing talented celebrities and important famous figures.
While there are many famous Irish people that are vocal about their Irish heritage, there are many other notable residents of the Emerald Isle who you might be surprised to find out actually originally hail from the country and can call themselves Irish too.
In this article, we will list five celebrities you probably didn’t know are Irish.
5. Aidan Turner – electrician turned actor
Aidan Turner is perhaps best known for his role in The Hobbit trilogy in which he played the dwarf Kili who fell in love with an elven warrior.
Before he made it big on the silver screen, Turner was undertaking a very different career path. He was actually following in his father’s footsteps to become an electrician in his native town of Clondalkin, Dublin.
After graduating from The Gaiety School of Acting in 2004, he was cast in a number of theatre productions, which went on to gain him roles in various British TV series’.
As he grew in prominence within the acting world, he secured a leading role in the multi-acclaimed The Hobbit trilogy and is the first on our list of celebrities you probably didn’t know are Irish.
4. Kenneth Branagh – a classic Shakespearean actor
Kenneth Branagh is a famous actor who is primarily known for his career as a trained classic Shakespearean actor thanks to his adaptions and performances of Shakespeare’s most famous works.
While most would naturally believe he is English, he actually hails from Northern Ireland as he was born in Belfast.
Branagh grew up in a working-class family in Northern Ireland, an upbringing he is very proud of today, although this wasn’t always the case.
Known for his flawless British accent, Branagh claims he adopted it when he was in school to avoid bullying. However, he has always identified himself as an Irish man and has said, “I feel Irish. I don’t think you can take Belfast out of the boy”.
3. Sam Neill – best known for running from Dinosaurs
Sam Neill is an acclaimed actor with a whole host of impressive acting credits under his belt and he is next on our list of celebrities you probably didn’t know are Irish.
Most people would assume Sam Neill is from New Zealand, but he was technically born in Omagh, County Tyrone in 1947.
His father Dermot was an army officer who was stationed in Northern Ireland with the Irish Guards at the time of Neill’s birth. They emigrated to Dermot’s native New Zealand when Sam was just six years old.
While Sam Neill is most famous for his role as Dr Alan Grant in the famous Jurassic Park movie series, he has returned to his TV acting roots in recent years as he played Chief Inspector Campbell in the hit show Peaky Blinders.
While Sam Neill identifies himself mainly as a New Zealander, he does also hold Irish citizenship and is said to have fond memories of his childhood in Ireland.
2. Jackie Woodburne – the friendly neighbour
Jackie Woodburne is best known for her role as Susan Kennedy in the long-running Australian soap opera Neighbours, which is a fan favourite for TV viewers in Ireland.
While most people would be forgiven for assuming that Jackie is Australian, it turns out that she was actually born in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland in 1956 so she had to make it onto our list of celebrities you probably didn’t know are Irish.
Jackie’s father was an RUC officer at the time, and when she was three years old, he was moved to Victoria, Australia, which is where Jackie went on to grow up.
1. Chaim Herzog – former President of Israel
Number one on our list of celebrities you probably didn’t know are Irish is Chaim Herzog. The former President of Israel was indeed actually born in Ireland of all places!
While he is famous for being the sixth President of Israel, few know that he was actually born in Belfast in 1918.
Mumbai: The Indian Institute of Human Brands on Dussehra, released a TIARA report which conducted a detailed study on the idea of ‘Celebrities as Human Brands’ in which megastar Amitabh Bachchan topped several categories.
The TIARA Research (Trust, Identify, Attractive, Respect and Appeal) is a unique research whose field study has been done by renowned Japanese agency Rakuten. 60,000 respondents across 23 cities took this survey so that 180 celebrities could be analysed on their most distinctive qualities.
Most Respected and Trusted
Amitabh Bachchan bagged the India’s Most Trusted, Most Respected, Most Prestigious, Most Intelligent and Most Honest categories. The Most Respected and Trusted in Bollywood was honoured to Akshay Kumar, while comedian Kapil Sharma bagged it in Indian TV personalities list.
Indian cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni leads in sports, while Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma and Deepika and Ranveer Singh are the most respected and trusted celebrity couples.
Mithali Raj and Deepika Padukone are the Most Trusted female celebs in their fields.
Most Identified Indian Celebrities
The Most Identified Indian celebrity was honoured to Former host and Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana followed by Vicky Kaushal and Kareena Kapoor Khan.
One of the most adorable and powerful couples of B-town Deepika Padukone bagged the category of the Most Identified Indian celebrity couple.
Most Controversial Celebrities
Most controversial celebrities in Bollywood were given to Salman Khan, Kangana Ranaut, Karan Johar, Malaika Arora and Sania Mirza while cricketer Hardik Pandya leads the sports list.
Alia Bhatt-Ranbir Kapoor appear to be the most controversial couple.
Most Attractive Category
According to the survey, Alia Bhatt is India’s most attractive celebrity, while Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif took the top slots in Bollywood. While Swwapnil Joshi and Divyanka Tripathi Dahiya led in television, Virat Kohli and Sania Mirza ranked first in sports.
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma (Virushka) topped the most attractive couple category.
Most Appealing Category
Akshay Kumar tops the Most Appealing category followed by Ranveer Singh and Virat Kohli. Alia Bhatt and Ranbir Kapoor have been voted the Most Appealing celebrity couple.
Virat Kohli tops several categories – among them Most Fearless, Most Charming and Most Stylish.
Sachin Tendulkar is the celebrity India thinks is Most Good Value, M S Dhoni the Most Authentic and Most Down-To-Earth, Saina Nehwal the Most Reliable.
Deepika Padukone the Most Beautiful as well as Most Glamorous. Actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has been voted the Most Versatile as well as the Most Distinctive Indian celebrity.