200 people between Royals, Vips and celebrities attended the launching event March 21st in Gargash Alfa Romeo show room at the presence of Sheikh Obaid bin Suhail bin Buti Al Maktoum with actress and UN Ambassador Safia Al Emary and the Godmother of the series Madam Thoraya Al Awadhi, the Protagonists, the Partners, the Sponsors and the Italian Producers.
“Hi Dubai” is part of “Hi Emirates” series, dedicated to the wise vision of Tolerance of the U.A.E., with the endorsement of the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, the General Authority of Sports and Zayed University.
“Hi Dubai” is an original English-spoken series, subtitled in Arabic and English, conceived as a vehicle of righteous and true promotion of the spirit of the UAE, unveiling women achievements, personalities, culture, opportunities, events and amusements in the city of Future.
From March 2019 “Hi Dubai” series is on ice (Inflight Entertainment & Connectivity) of Emirates Airlines.
The pre-production of “Hi Dubai” started in the “Year of Giving” as a way to give back to the community and to the wise Leadership. The production has been completed in the “Year of Zayed” and was on Air on Dubai One TV in prime time during the U.A.E. National Day break (Nov 30th – Dec 2nd 2018). The series is online on Dubai Post and Emirates 24/7.
The Italian Producer of the series, Benedetta Paravia, addressed “Hi Dubai” to a cosmopolitan audience and dedicated it to people who are up to date with their surroundings, with a medium-high educational level, interested in a better and promising future so that they could move to Dubai after watching the series, as the featured women are a pillar of empowerment and enrichment for the whole community.
“With this series I hope to present instances of Islamic hospitality, generosity and inclusiveness starting from the UAE, my beloved home, a country that is modelling the way to a more cohesive and harmonious society” – said producer Benedetta Paravia – “The series shed light on the pluralism which offers dignity and respect to a diverse population and underline the role of women in an authentic Islamic nation. I need to thank Sheikh Obaid bin Suhail Al Maktoum for his presence with us and Madam Thoraya Al Awadi and Lady Safia Al Emary for the great support to this message. Thanks to all the ladies in this project and to my family for the support”.
Sheikh Obaid expressed his pleasure to support the women’s community and Dubai.
Madam Thoraya Al Awadhi said: “Hi Dubai, is an Italian TV series which focus on life style of the Emirati and expats women in Dubai. Dubai, the multicultural city where all civilizations of the world are perfectly mixed. “Hi Dubai” Italian producers has faced some difficulties to publish their program in Dubai One TV, but as an Emirati woman I took the responsibility of approaching again Dubai One, and convinced them how this program is presenting a bright side and great image of Dubai. Finally, and after my effort, Dubai One TV agreed to publish the episodes. My congratulation to HI DUBAI series, to DUBAI ONE TV, and to DUBAI”.
Safia Al Emari, who is one of the protagonists of the series, said: “Hi Dubai! Women shall support women and this is why we are all here this evening. Watch “Hi Dubai” on Emirates Airline when you travel in Emirates flights or with your phone on Dubai Post or Emirates 24/7. Always say: Hi Dubai! Happy Mother’s Day to all of the ladies in Dubai!
The first episode is dedicated to Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the Spirit of the Union, while the 6 other episodes are dedicated to Youth, Tolerance, Happiness, Culture, Sport and Future.
In each episode 4 women share their idea of Tolerance along with their inspirational and motivational stories.
All personalities share how the UAE and the city of Dubai empowered them, through their experiences, culture, traditions, professions and lifestyles.
The 12 Emirati women protagonists are Aisha Saeed Harib, Suaad Mohammed al-Hammadi, Shamsaa al-Shamsi, Khadija Mustafa al-Yousuf, Suhaila Mubarak al-wali, Khulood Mahmood al-Rais, Amina al-Memari, Sara Khalifa al-Mubarak, Maryam Bartawi, the two sisters Sharifa and Samia Naser Yateem and the young Shahed Ahmad Kharam.
The other 12 expats are: Tenzin Choeyang, Celeste Lo Turco, Shanthi Thangaraj, Sana Sajan, Tala Badri, Al Anoud Ghazzawi, Diana Ganeva, Simona Briggiotta, Dareen Barbar, Esmeralda Anton Lopez, Priyal Bhartia and the Godmother of the series is the Egyptian renowned actress Safia Al Emari.
All the 24 women has participated in the production as volunteers, sharing their gratitude and love for the UAE and they end their interviews with the right hand making the salute gesture of WIN, VICTORY, LOVE which was created by H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The gesture inspires Ethic, Success and Love for the Nation.
The beautiful logos of the series have been created by Alia al-Ansari, Zayed University Alumni from the College of Art and Creative Enterprises.
To watch the episodes and the HiRes pictures of the protagonists in the backstage, visit the official website: www.hidubai.ae
Official hashtags: #HiDubai #womenofDubai #weloveShaikhMohammed #winvictorylove
About the Producer:
Benedetta Paravia, known also by her artistic name “Princess Bee”, is an Italian expert in International relations and project management, an avid Dubaian since 2002. She is also an author, producer and philanthropist.
She is the co-founder and Ambassador of the non-profit A.N.G.E.L.S.- National Association of Great Energies Leading Solidarity, for the medical care of sick children from war-zones. She is the only artist in the world who received the Patronage of UNESCO for having written “Angels – a song for peace” as a fundamental importance for peace and solidarity between populations.
With the cooperation of the Italian Government, in 2008 she renewed the Al Amal orphanage in Gaza giving the orphans basic equipment needed for their psychomotor development.
In 2010 in the Campidoglio in Rome, she officially launched her international initiative “Music and Solidarity” inviting artists from all over the world to contribute with their music in the humanitarian causes. She organized missions of Peace in Lebanon and Kossovo with Esercito Italiano Army Forces Leonte 8 and Leonte 9 (UNIFIL) where she personally collected medicines from Italy in favor of the needy populations.
In 2013 she was nominated International Ambassador for Al Noor Training Center for Children with Special Needs (now People of Determination) and she volunteered for a year collecting donations for the center.
In 2014 She wrote “Emaraat”, with Emirati lyricist Ali al-Khawar, and since the song was released during the UAE National day, was best seller in the Middle East in both Arabic and International categories in the Virgin Megastore. She has been nominated to become UNESCO Ambassador for Italy.
In 2018 she produced the first series “Hi Dubai”, part of “Hi Emirates”, dedicated to women who belongs to U.A.E. as a way of inspiring and empowering women.
She is now working on the pre-production of the second series called “Hi Emirates” www.princessbeemusic.com