From earthquakes and the SARS virus to celebrity culture, the surgical facemask plays an important role in East Asian societies

by Saeed Saeed

The latest bout of K-Pop fever is sweeping the UAE with genre rising stars Momoland performing at Dubai Tennis Stadium on Friday night.

The mammoth all-girl group, boasting up to nine members, arrived at Dubai International Airport yesterday to an enthusiastic reception. Fans lined the arrivals lounge and followed the group to the terminal where the girls were whisked away in waiting cars.

However, those expecting to get snaps of their favourite member would have been disappointed; all nine Momoland-ers touched down in Dubai donning surgical face masks…

Reblogged from The National

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