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Paris Hilton's Dubai BFF is a reality television show from Dubai where Paris Hilton searches for her new best friend in the Middle East. It is the fourth incarnation of the My New BFF franchise. Shooting started on June 17th, 2009 and shot for seventeen days in which Hilton desires to find a new BFF in a group of twenty female contestants with ten Arab citizens of Dubai, ten of other nationalities but currently living there. As Hilton has never been to Dubai before, part of the show will include her initial reactions to her first trip to the United Arab Emirates and the first episode will kick off with a social event in The BED Lounge, a club in Dubai.
But when Paris is hot, Dubai is definitely not! Dubai TV executive, Ziad Batal explained that this version “would have to be compatible with cultural sensitivities as Hilton is known for her wild partying.” Ish Entertainment co-founder Michael Hirschhorn expanded on this, explaining that the Dubai production won't be quite as racy as the U.S. or U.K. editions. Alcohol, normally a reality TV staple, won't play a role on this version. Swearing, sexually explicit conversation or risqué clothing will be kept to a minimum. The production had to receive several layers of approval before moving forward; even Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, had to give his blessing! To avoid getting arrested in Dubai during the three-week filming of the new season of Paris Hilton's My New BFF; Hilton hired a team of "Middle Eastern cultural experts" to keep her out of jail. Of course all her history of swearing from for Paris and her former BFFs are going to be rethought again. Before leaving the States, Paris made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live where she joked about creating a Paris line of ‘See-through Burqas’. After arriving in Dubai, she even made a public promise in her first interview with members of the UAE press to adhere to the country's legal and cultural regulations. She said, "I've definitely studied on the culture here, on the rules, on what happens here because I wanted to make sure that everything was okay, and I just want to respect everyone here”. Paris had made a big public speech, saying how much she loved the Middle East and respected its culture. But the following day “she was prancing around on the beach in her bikini and posing provocatively”, reports The Daily Mirror.
On the other hand, Emirati women are rocking their media with an open mind agenda, shunning from old-fashioned rules related to women and censorship. The United Arab Emirates’ first female film producer Nayla Al Khaja is breaking new ground in the United Arab Emirates as she takes on censors and public opinion with revolutionary films that dig deep into the underground world of secret teen dating in the Muslim world as well as pedophilia. Al Khaja, 31, is developing a proposal for a talk show tackling sensitive subjects for Dubai One, the UAE’s main English-language television channel; and as a founder of Dubai-based D-Seven Motion Pictures, previously known as Dessart Productions, producing commercial material, independent documentaries and films, aspiring media ambitions will soon come to light.