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A photo which claims to show Kendall Jenner wearing a burka as a disguise has sparked outrage online as commentators believe the act is disrespectful towards Muslims.

The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star was subject to a stream of social media based abuse for the picture which was posted to Instagram by DJ Neptune yesterday, but already people are questioning the authenticity of the image.

While the model is reportedly spending time in Dubai as her family recovers from the trauma of Kim’s Parisian robbery, The Sun has highlighted a number of inconsistencies with the photograph which suggest it may have been digitally manipulated.

Clues like the DJ’s bent right ear and the way in which the sun hits Neptune’s shoulder suggest the shot – which purports to show the 20-year-old model standing outside the Burj Khalifa – has been altered.

Despite the strange nature of the pic, Twitter users have bombarded Kendall with abuse for allegedly using a burka to avoid the paparazzi.

One person wrote: “Kendall is the epitome of white privilege, if any of yall are defending her dumbass wearing a burka re-evaluate your entire lives (sic).”

While another said: “Kendall Jenner wore a burka to hide from the paparazzi and is being praised.  Us Muslim women wear it and get insulted left, right and centre.”

Kendall has yet to address the controversy online, but a second image of her and the DJ has since been posted to his account.

It shows the pair posing before allegedly going for dinner.


Dinner with this beautiful soul @KendallJenner #KendallJenner #LadyInRed #Dubai #MyDubai

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As most One Direction fans will know, back in June former band member Zayn Malik was forced to pull his act from London’s Capital Summertime Ball because of his issues with anxiety.

And while the singer has since opened up about his battle with mental health, today’s news confirms that Zayn’s personal struggles are not quite over.

According to the Mail Online, the former X Factor contestant has been forced to cancel his upcoming gig in Dubai because he does not feel “sufficiently confident” to perform on stage.


In a press release detailing the cancellation of the October 7 show, Zayn said: “I have been working over the last three months to overcome my extreme anxiety around major live solo performances.”

“I feel I am making progress but I have today acknowledged that I do not feel sufficiently confident to move forward with the planned show in Dubai in October.”

Gulf News has reported that the Dubai gig was the 23-year-old’s only remaining scheduled solo concert since he left One D last year.


Zayn is one of a number of stars – which includes Selena Gomez and Rita Ora – to publicly acknowledge how anxiety has affected their lives in recent months.

We hope he receives the help he needs to get back on track.

Feat image: Miller Mobley


This is not a drill people, there is a new hotel opening in 2018 and will be home to the first ever man-made rainforest.

Yes, you read that correctly, there will be an actual rainforest with the building of the hotel. 

The Rosemont Five Star Hotel & Residences is set to open in Dubai in 2018, and it will be  an "ultra-luxury urban resort destination." 

The hotel, which is reportedly costing $300 million to build,  will boast the world's first ever man-made rainforest!

The two 53-story towers will also have the usual 5-star luxuries including a SPA, health club, meeting rooms, fine dining restaurants, luxury cinema on the top floor, bowling alley, sky lobby, trampoline park…

We'll start saving now so…



Numerous videos and images have this morning been flooding social media – all showing the terrifying moment a large Emirates plane hit the runway in Dubai earlier today.

A total of 282 passengers and 18 crew were on the plane at the time and all flights in and out of Dubai International have now been suspended.

Some 24 people on board are from the UK, while four are Irish. The majority are Indian nationals.

Government and air-traffic control officials in the UAE have now confirmed that the Boeing 777-300 jet crash-landed at the airport shortly after 1pm local time – 9am Irish time.

Thankfully, there are no reports of injuries and everyone was evacuated safely without incident.

The three-hour flight took off from Trivandrum International Airport in India at around 6am Irish time. 

The captain is understood to have sent out and emergency signal shortly before the plane was due to land.

Witnesses say the aircraft was billowing smoke shortly upon approach.

Confirming that all on board were accounted for and safe, Emirates said this afternoon in a statement: "We are expecting a 4-hour network wide delay, more information will be available on the Emirates website and social media channels."

It added: "The main priority remains with those involved and offering support to concerned family and friends."

Emirates added that telephone lines are now active for family members: UAE – 8002111 UK – 00442034508853 US – 0018113502081



As if we didn't envy stunning Irish model Georgia Penna enough, the 31-year-old has reportedly made the decision to leave the dreary weather of Ireland and the UK behind her for good. 

According to the Irish Daily Star, Georgia and her hubby Joe Penna have swapped he emerald isle for the sunny paradise of Dubai. 

The former Celebrity Big Brother star was dividing her time between Dublin, London and Spain but has decided to leave them all behind in favour of the United Arab Emirates. 


Landed somewhere in the desert with my

A photo posted by Georgia Penna (@georgiapenna) on

Georgia and Joe, who just welcomed twin boys by surrogate before Christmas, reportedly made the move in January as evidenced by Georgia's posts on social media.

Despite posting a farewell post to Instagram today, the gorgeous brunette revealed she like to keep her family life private.  

"I share a very small percentage of my life," she said in the Sunday Independent Life magazine last weekend.


And we're off

A photo posted by Georgia Penna (@georgiapenna) on

"I look at my Instagram as a fashion and fun account.  None of my personal life is up there.  My husband, our beautiful babies, our wedding, our general family life, I keep private and always have."

And her new life on the other side of the world seems to be going well as she shared pictures of a hot air balloon ride and fancy dinners. 



A tiny terrace fire overtook an entire skyscraper in Dubai yesterday evening, with thousands fleeing for safety as The Address Hotel went up in flames.

It's thought 16 people were injured in the fire, which took 3.5 hours to be put under control. Original reports suggested one person had died in the blaze but this was not officially confirmed.

The entire left side of the 63-storey hotel, which is located near the famous Burj Khalifa, was destroyed when the fire broke out around 5.30pm local time yesterday.

This photo shows what's believed to be the origin of the blaze – a small fire on a covered terrace on a lower part of the building.

Earlier this morning, smoke could still be seen pouring from the building, which thankfully did not collapse in the fire.

Irishman Kenneth Flynn told The Telegraph how he briefly got lost from his girlfriend in the chaos as people tried to escape the burning building.

"I went outside to have a look and by the time I walked out the whole building was just ablaze. The heat was so intense outside.

"By the time I came back in I had lost her [his girlfriend] because the whole place was in panic and people were crushing each other trying to get out and get down the stairs and jumping over railings, I couldn’t believe how fast it actually happened."



Cork man Liam Murphy is currently working and living in Dubai. On Saturday, he got a taxi from there to Abu Dhabi – a distance of about 130km. 

And en route he got to know his taxi driver a bit better. 

The driver, Shakiha, is from India and has been working in Dubai for 14 years while he sends back money to his family at home. 

Liam was headed to the Ferrari theme park for the day when Shakiha informed him that he had never been inside the park he usually just waited outside for up to four hours for his customers. 

Being an extremely kind soul, Liam then paid the €60 for Shakiha to accompany him to the theme park for the day and he even got to go on a roller coaster for the first time. 

Liam posted some pictures of the pair's day out on his Facebook page along with the caption: "Got a taxi from Dubai to Abu Dhabi today. Indian taxi driver living here 14 yrs yet was never in Ferrari World.

"He was going to wait in the car for 4 hrs."

"Today I made his dreams come true for the laugh…."I will pray God for you sir"….some craic with the hoore all day. His first ever roller coaster ride was on the fastest in the world," he detailed, adding: "Shakiha will sleep well tonight."

Speaking to Breakingnews.ie, Liam said: “Every time he (Shakiha) drops passengers off he stays in the car for the day. I decided to bring him along for the laugh. He was great entertainment"

“I bought him some pizza on the way home. He was delighted with the day out.”


It's barely been two months since Michelle Keegan had her own hen party in Dubai, but the actress got the chance to recreate some of the memories last weekend when she headed to a friend's hen at an equally exciting destination.

The former Coronation Street actress managed to find last-minute flights to Marbella to help her close friend Elizabeth Marsland celebrate her upcoming nuptials, and by the looks of it she had an incredible few days. Earlier this week we were treated to a few snaps of Michelle rocking a gorgeous nude bikini poolside in Marbs, and today she posted some more behind-the-scenes photos for her fans, dishing all the goss on her "epic" weekend.

"I thought I was going to be working all last weekend but it turned out that I wasn’t so I managed to find flights and join the group" she wrote on her Hello! online blog. "There were 25 of us in total and we had the BEST time. We really did…. The weather was glorious at around 30’s every day."

Kicking off the festivities with a meal on the outdoor terrace at Marbella's exclusive Tibu club on their first evening, the gang had a chilled out night checking out "a few of the cool bars round the marina."

Michelle also gave details on where to buy THAT nude bikini, which is from UK label Bikini Reef.

"I own a lot of their bikinis, just because I love how unique and girlie they are… I wore one of their kaftans on my hen in Dubai and they customised it to say ‘bride to be’ on the back! It went down a treat," she added.

"All the hens wore black ones too so we all looked very ‘hen like’ when we were poolside."

But the highlight of last weekend for the new Mrs. Wright? A Beyoncé dance class at a studio in the area, where all 25 of the girls learnt some seriously sexy moves to Single Ladies. "Such a good idea and it was absolutely hilarious," Michelle wrote.

"Everyone had SO much fun, and it’s now an added bonus we all can pull out our fabulous Beyoncé moves on nights out… if anyone reading this is planning a hen party I would heartily recommend this or similar as an activity for everyone to get involved in."

Sounds like a pretty amazing weekend all in all.


Following their high-profile wedding at the end of May, they jetted off to the paradise island nation of the Maldives in the Indian Ocean. 

And while Michelle is today gushing about her and husband Mark Wright's experiences there – lots of great food, cocktails by the pool and spa treatments – she also says that one particular incident left her seriously shaken.

"I’m a nervous swimmer and I’d never been snorkelling before, so I was quite worried when we were given our snorkelling equipment on the first day," she explains in a travel piece she wrote for Mail Online.

She adds that while a braver Mark went off into the ocean, she opted to stay in the shallow water.

"Dipping my head under the water… I couldn’t believe the number of fish I saw – all so pretty, and they didn’t seem to pay any attention to me, so that gave me the confidence to venture a bit further, although I am very scared of sharks," she describes. 

However, later in the week she came face-to-face with a rather larger – and more terrifying – creature. 

"I was swimming along, trying to stick near the coral, and I was the first to spot one – a shark," she says. "It was about five or six feet long… I started flapping about, but no one could understand that I was screaming ‘shark!’"

Thankfully for the 28-year-old, the animal eventually "minded its own business and swam off."

"I was petrified, though," she adds.

She also says that she and Mark, also 28, wanted their honeymoon to be "perfect," stating: "It needed to be a place where we felt we had escaped from the rest of the world."

Although returning home to their Essex home last month proved tough. 

"Getting back to the UK was a huge blow," Ms Keegan recalls. "I had the holiday blues for about three weeks afterwards."

She and Mr Wright married on May 24 at the opulent Hengrave Hall in Suffolk, a 16th-century manor.

Hello! magazine exclusively covered the event, reportedly parting with €1.7m for the privilege. 


If you’ve been a fan of millionaire heiress Paris Hilton since the good ole days The Simple Life, or even if you’re just addicted to her Instagram feed (no judgement here), then you know she likes her luxuries.

She really, really loves to travel in the most glamorous fashions. She generally hops aboard private jets to all manner of exotic locales. We’re talking luxury resorts in Dubai.

However, in her most recent jet-setting adventure, the reality TV star was set up for a terrifying prank. She hopped aboard a small plane for what she thought was going to be an aerial tour of Dubai.

She was wrong. Mid-flight the Hilton hotel heiress is tricked into thinking her plane is about to go crashing to the ground.

The clip, which is available on YouTube, although many have been removed, is from a show called “Ramez in Control”. It’s an Egyptian television show that regularly pulls pranks on unsuspecting members of the public.

The 34-year old Paris was petrified when after a few minutes in the air, an alarm started ringing followed, by a side door opening and a man being thrown from the plane.

There’s a lot of shouting and crying as the passengers are (naturally) horrified at being told they have to jump from the plane before it hits the ground.

Paris was not amused when the plane makes a safe landing on the runway. We feel like someone may be in a spot of trouble after this stunt.

Paris took to twitter to address the prank after the video was released online. You can watch her terrifying experience below. Whatever feelings you had about Paris before, we think everyone agrees this was a horrible prank to play. The worst.


They weathered the hype; got through the Big Day itself with tears only of joy, and then enjoyed a sun-drenched two-week honeymoon in the Maldives and Dubai.

And now it seems Mark Wright has firmly settled into a life of domestic bliss – so much so that he's ALREADY forgetting his wedding anniversary.

Taking to Instagram to part with a coveted never-before-shared image from their wedding day, in his caption he declared: "1 month today!! The happiest day of my life!"

Poor Mark, however, seems to be confused: he married Michelle Keegan, the 2015 reciprocate of FHM's World's Sexiest Woman title, on May 24… meaning his one-month milestone will, in fact, be celebrated on Wednesday.

Still, and while it's now back to reality for newlyweds, at least the groom appears to be as smitten as ever with his new wife.

And in the Instagram shot, the love-birds certainly look radiant. Holding hands as they turn towards the camera, the bride holds aloft in her left hand her beautiful bouquet of cream roses.



1 month today !! The happiest day of my life !!

A photo posted by Mark Wright (@wrighty_) on


The response from their fans was gushing too. "I wish I looked this fit on my wedding day!' said one. Another stated: "So beautiful!!! Wish you all best !!! So happy for you both. X"  

A third fan said: "Nicest photo ever," while a further user reported: "U both look amazing, fave couple eva x".

Although the incorrect date was picked up on by others. "I thought they got married on the 24th?" asked a fan. "Thought u got married on the 24th may or something?" chipped in another.

Michelle's dress, which was custom-designed by Israeli fashion house Galia Lahav in conjunction with the actress herself, can be seen in the same photograph perfectly complemented by her veil: a stunning creation from Italian designer, Peter Langner.

Yesterday, it was revealed that the Manchester-native has landed a new television role: she will play Georgia Lane in the BBC1 drama, Our Girl

And on Friday, Michelle was put in contact with her doppelganger, Entourage star Emmanuelle Chriqui, by 98FM's Laura Holland.



It was the week when – seemingly out of nowhere – Mark Wright and his one-time fiancee Lauren Goodger engaged in a spot of social media tit-for-tat.

Speaking of which, as Lauren's Middle Eastern jaunt comes to an end (and yes, Mark was also in the vicinity with this new wife, Michelle Keegan) we can't help but comment on her new-found confidence since losing weight earlier this year.

And for Lauren, confidence evidently means low-cut tops. Lots of low-cut tops, in fact.

Here, we round up her three most daring looks of the holiday…

Sipping passion-fruit cocktails with a friend, lovely Lauren looks positively
demure here. Still, she's made sure to keep her neckline sufficiently low
in a seriously plunging black dress


Ms Goodger looks happy and relaxed with a glass of champagne having
tucked into a large lobster. Mind you, between the shellfish and her 
generous bust, there seems to be room for little else on the table


Oh, hello there! We're not entirely if she pulled down her tank-top specifically
for this snap – or whether her attire was similarly positioned all evening – but
either way the star has certainly created an arresting look for her night-out


PS… While this now famous shot isn't from her recent trip to the UAE,
we nevertheless think it perfectly sums up Lauren's endearing love
for all things low-cut. More power to ya, Ms Goodger!