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The First GCC Volleyball Cup for Women Launched By Fatima Bint Mubarak Sports Academy

The First GCC Volleyball Cup for Women Launched By Fatima Bint Mubarak Sports Academy

Photo: Courtesy of Abu Dhabi Sports Council
The Fatima Bint Mubarak Ladies Sports Academy is all set to host its inaugural GCC Volleyball tournament in Abu Dhabi as an initiative toward encouraging younger women to step out of their comfort zones and indulge in the seasonal games. The tournament will be held between August 26 and 31 at the Jio-Jitsu Arena in Zayed Sports City, Abu Dhabi.
The tournament will be hosting six talented women’s volleyball teams, three of which are from the UAE: Fatima Bint Mubarak Academy Team, Al-Wasl Club, and Sharjah Ladies Club. The rest come from different surrounds of the Arab region including the Saudi Noura Club from Saudi Arabia, Salwa Al Saba from Kuwait, and lastly, the Bahrain Club from Bahrain.
The women’s championship, which is set to be held towards the end of this month will be coinciding with the dates of Emirati Women’s Day on August 28. This was no stroke of luck, instead, an inspired and carefully curated decision made by the FBMA, as the organization wishes to highlight its empowering motives.
As more women are finding inspiration and new perspectives with the ongoing attention directed towards female-oriented sports by the government, the FBMA is gathering momentum. The Volleyball tournament is set to have a total of 72 women players competing in the championship.
Photo: Courtesy of Abu Dhabi Sports Council
The announcement of the GCC volleyball tournament took place during a press conference held at Abu Dhabi Sports Council’s headquarters. Many influential figures were in attendance at the conference, including Talal Al-Hashemi, Executive Director of sports development at the council, and Amal Al-Afifi, board member of the FMBA.
“The launch of the first GCC Volleyball Cup for Ladies represents another significant moment in FBMA’s history as we continue our journey of creating regular opportunities for females to participate and succeed in sport,” said Al-Afifi in his statement during the conference. “Volleyball is a game that is going from strength to strength and rising in popularity and we are delighted to be bringing this important Gulf competition to Abu Dhabi that will showcase the best talent that the region has to offer,” he added.
On the other hand, Al Hashmi brought light to different uplifting factors of the tournament. While the tournament was a great addition to the world of women’s sports and ignited the spark of women’s empowerment, it also brought people from the Arab region closer together. “We believe this new tournament that brings together players from different countries across the GCC will be a valuable opportunity for teams to interact and gain more experience and deliver better performances,” said Al Hashmi.
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5 Qatari Fashion Brands to Know and Love

5 Qatari Fashion Brands to Know and Love

Tiiya. Photo: Instagram/@tiiyaofficial

As one of the biggest consumers of luxury fashion in the Middle East, with a thriving local fashion industry of its own, Qatar is home to many ready-to-wear and haute couture labels.
Here, Vogue Arabia highlights five of Qatar’s best fashion brands to know.
Tiiya
Tiiya is an haute couture label that was established in 2010 and has gone from strength to strength since. Named after its founder, Qatari designer Alanoud Alattiya, the brand is known for its opulent gowns and dresses in rich fabrics laden with beading. Alattiya had been the first Qatari to export a non-gas and petrol product with the label “Made in Qatar,” when her brand became the first in the Arabian Gulf to ever be stocked in Harrods, London in 2008.
Hissa Haddad
Hissa Haddad. Photo: Instagram/@hissahaddad

Hissa Haddad (HH) is a luxury footwear brand of Italian-made shoes, established by Qatari entrepreneur and designer Hissa Al Haddad. Having launched her eponymous label in October 2017, during Paris Fashion Week, Hissa Haddad is the first Qatari female designer to manufacture in Italy. The brand is known for its satin and leather heels with designs inspired by the architecture of Qatar, and historical and Islamic art. HH had also been selected by the British Fashion Council to be showcased during London Fashion Week in their dedicated designer showrooms.
Yasmin Mansour
Yasmin Mansour. Photo: Instagram/@yasminmansourofficial

Yasmin Mansour is one of the first luxury womenswear labels based in Qatar, which is inspired by Arab culture and traditional women’s clothing. Qatari designer Yasmin Mansour established the brand in 2014, with the aim to empower women with her unique and one-of-a-kind designs that are also sustainable. Her feminine yet bold pieces have also found fans in regional stars like Raya Abirached and Tara Emad.
Ghada Albuainain
Ghada Albuainain. Photo: Instagram/@ghadaalbuainainofficial

Ghada Albuainain is a fine jewelry brand founded by Ghada Rashid Al Buainain in 2015, with her belief in the transformative power of jewelry and her distinctive perception of it. The Qatari designer had been one of the first two from the country to showcase her work at New York Fashion Week in 2019. She finds inspiration in the beauty of everyday objects and turns them into wearable objects using unconventional metals that elevate the “industrial” look of her pieces.
Harlienz
Harlienz. Photo: Instagram/@harlienz

Harlienz is a contemporary fashion brand founded by Qatari designer Haya Al Adsani in 2013, out of her desire to use apparel as a visual outlet for her travel inspirations. Alongside Ghada Albuainain, Harlienz had been the first Qatari label to be on the New York Fashion Week schedule in 2019. The self-taught designer Adsani creates easy-to-wear, versatile, and must-have essentials in the form of abayas and jalabiyas that can take you from day to night. Her minimalistic abayas have been worn by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, as well as renowned designer Diane Von Furstenberg.
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