Syrian actress Layla Awad was arrested by the Syrian government at the Syrian-Lebanese border this week.
Myriam Fares decided to do her last-minute Christmas shopping in London this year.
What a dynamic duo to spend New Year's Eve with! Elissa and Majed Al Mohandes are ready to make some musical magic happen at Dubai's Ritz Carlton DIFC on December 31st.
It's no surprise to us! We suspected the pop songstress had agreed to marry her manager Tim Witherspoon when she was rumored to be wearing a decent sized rock on her left hand around the time of her Dubai gig earlier this year.
Egyptian singer and mum-of-two Sherine Abdel Wahab celebrated Mobil's 100th Anniversary in Egypt in style.
Props to the musical artist who converted to Islam in the 70s for being inducted into the esteemed Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!
On Friday 20 December in Cairo and 22 December in Alexandria, the Munich Percussion and String Orchestra conducted by Adel Shalabi will perform works by Omar Khairat and world composers.
Followed closely by Mohammad Assaf, the late Paul Walker tops the list of people trending in google search for 2013.
Hopping from performance to live performance, Carole Samaha takes the stage and screen again, singing her hit "Ehsass kbeer" on MBC 1 TV show "Mahboubi Ana" Tuesday night.
Is Haifa Wehbe walking the red carpet with Hollywood star Eva Longoria at The Global Gift Gala in Dubai as an act of charity or for questionable ambition?
December 17, 2013
Eva Longoria shared about growing up with a special needs sister at Dubai's recent Global Gift Gala.
Bassem Youssef to haters: "If I express an opinion against yours, doesn’t mean I'm a traitor or agent"
Bassem Youssef, the Arab region's top trending person online in 2013, talks about the political and polemic conscience of Egypt.
Check out this grand slam list of the Middle East and North Africa's most popular music videos from the last 12 months on youtube.
Lovebird Hussein Fahmy has gotten married for the sixth time around. WOW!
Nadine Tahsin Baik is bouncing from character to character right now with a cinematic career that's skyrocketing!
Two of our region's biggest stars showed no fear of carrying on with life and their careers in Egypt despite the political instability. The duo held a concert for "Q Net" on December 14th to a raving crowd.
The amazingly talented Sherine Abdel Wahab is returning with a music album this Christmas holiday.
Actress Karis Bashar is joining the Syrian drama everyone can't miss. "Bab El Harah" (The Neighborhood Door), here she comes!
There's not a worse feeling than getting mugged, and that's just what happened to poor May Kassab in Cairo!
With a beautiful Brazilian body like that, it's hard to imagine Adriana Lima as anything remotely like a grandmother, but Victoria Secret's longest-serving Angel, who is hitting up Dubai this week, joked that she feels protective over the younger models.
December 16, 2013
Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima became the first Angel to promote the US brand's lingerie in Dubai.
We know Angham for the prestigious singer she is, and Donia Samir Ghanem for her highly successful attempt at singing for the first time. But, who do we crown as the singer on top?
Hani Jarjis' new film "Jarsunirah" promises an original plot and a non-seductive Ghada Abdel Razek. Could it be true?
The month of May, 2014 will bring us more than warmer weather to get excited about if you're heavy metal maniac! Black Sabbath, the band headed by reality TV star Ozzy Osbourne, have a May 29th concert scheduled to rock our socks off!
Set in the era of the French occupation of Syria, "Touq Al Banat" (The Girls Necklace) stars Suzan Najm Al Din as a diplomatic French woman.
She's a woman who generally knows what she wants, but when it comes to deciding whether to star in "The Bermuda Triangle", she's holding out to see who else will join the cast of characters first.
No rest for the wicked: Haifa Wehbe shoots off to Beirut to film new series (starring same cast as Ghada Razek's "Hayat's Story")
Haifa Wehbe has just completed filming scenes for her new movie in Cairo, but she's taking no time off to relax and is headed straight to Beirut for more work.
Newlywed songstress Carole Samaha has proved she's definitely fully recovered from her serious injury as she grooved her way across the dance floor, singing up a storm, on set the Dancing With The Stars television show.
Eva Longoria hosted a charity gala in Dubai to fundraise money for women and children in need.
December 15, 2013
Oscar-nominated actor Peter O’Toole has passed away on Saturday.
Best performer and best music video were the nominations received by ostentatious celebrity Myriam Fares at the OTV music awards.
Saber Rebai is mourning the sad death of his father after a long battle with cancer.
OTV has made a winner out of Nawal Al Zoghbi. The "Gharibi Hal Denyi" (Strange World) singer received award for 2013 best song and clip at the network's ceremony, Friday, December 13th.
French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala is in hot water for insulting Jews and mocking the Holocaust.
The con-artist comedy set in the '70s was the last film seen by Dubai International Film Festival attendees last week, but with so many award nominations, millions of additional viewers will surely enjoy watching Christian Bale and David O. Russell tag team for the second time.
The 10th edition of the Dubai International Film Festival (Diff) began with the Palestinian feature film Omar, but it looked to Hollywood’s major Oscar hopeful to call it a wrap.
It's out, Beirut, so grab your copy now of the December edition of Jamalouki magazine, guest-edited by our very own Elissa!
Duraid Lahham has seriously insulted superstar Asala Nasri in an interview where he claimed not knowing who she was!
Singer/actress Cyrine Abdelnour keeps on going from strength to strength and is now taking on TV presenting as her latest career project.
Check out this wicked sweet list of things to do in Egypt from December 15th to 22nd.
December 14, 2013
Moving up in the media world is TV presenter Gisele Khoury, who's just been hired by BBC Arabic to present her own TV show next year.
Not sure what to do for New Year's Eve? If Nawal's music is your thing, make your way to the Kurdistan city of Irbil on December 31st!
There are no initiatives at DIFF promoting filmmaking by women, but 40% of films this year were those created by females filmmakers!
December 13, 2013
Palestinian official unhappy with NBC filming new drama series "Dig" in Jerusalem.
Due to a conflict in scheduling with the Rolling Stones concert in Abu Dhabi, the Carlos Santana night at the Dubai Jazz Festival has switched to Thursday, February 20 from Friday February 21.
December 12, 2013
No, no, Syrian actress Qamar Khalaf is not an official member of the Muslim Brotherhood, but she has signed up for a role in the second TV drama "Al Ikhwah” (The Brotherhood).
It's a little early in the day to be thinking of the Muslim holy month... But, if you've missed the fabulous Egyptian actress Wafa Amer, then you're in for a treat! She's back next Ramadan in yet another brilliant production.
After mourning the death of his wife last week, Shaaban Abdel Rahim is back at the studio with a new political song.
Only family, close friends, and Fast & Furious co-stars will attend the invite-only Paul Walker funeral
With filming in Abu Dhabi slowing down for Fast & Furious 7 slowing down, many of the film's stars will be attending the invite-only funeral for Paul Walker.
Arab Idol's Carmen Suleiman and the legendary Mohammad Abdo have collaborated together in her latest music video.
While in the emirate, Martin Sheen sat down to share about about fatherhood and how the Syrian conflict has devastated him.
Cairo and Alexandria put on a festive mood as Christmas quickly approaches, with holiday performances by many renowned soloists, choirs, and orchestras, plus The Nutcracker.
Khaled Youssef has been feeling some celebrity heat these days for his political stances, but fellow Egyptian Elham Shahin assures she's not a part of the drama.
December 11, 2013
Controversial actress Rania Youssef has revealed quite a bit about her hubby's identity and what makes her look so fabulous.
Singer-turned-actress Haifa Wehbe is starring in a new film which requires her to deliver a sensitive rape scene. Will she be able to ace it?
Carole Samaha and Elissa have worked together closely on the judging panel of X Factor Arabia, but the two haven't been seen together in quite some time. Carole claims it has nothing to do with being at odds.
Fifi Abdo has the skills to dance and set up a business too! The belly dancing legend is launching her own TV channel soon! Tune in and oggle!
Arab Idol judge and kids' fave Nancy Ajram and Arabs Got Talent’s Ali Jaber will judge the finals of KidsTalent in Abu Dhabi.
Hot Egyptian actress Horeyah Farghaly is bringing the action once again as the tapes are rolling for the new film “Salim Abu Ukhtuh”.
Fast & Furious star Paul Walker was bound for Abu Dhabi next month to film the 7th edition of the series when he tragically died in a car accident. Now two young men who allegedly stole parts of the crashed Porsche are facing a felony.
After surprising fans by showing up and singing at a wedding, many are wondering if Tamer Hosny's partnership with "Mazzika Music Production" will rise again.
If you're looking for relationships advice, Ahlam isn't the first person who'd come to mind for some. Nonetheless, she's been dishing out love tips on Twitter!
December 10, 2013
Ghada Abdel Razek is taking some well-deserved time off in Dubai with her daughter Rotana and granddaughter Khadija.
Is it a mirage in the desert? No it's the attack of MERASH - a new dance craze to hit the Middle East! We spoke to Jordanian dance professional Ghadeer Amiereh about her new revolutionary dance style, and how it is empowering everyday women.
Social media is where all the magic happens these days, so that's where controversial Egyptian director Khaled Youssef chose to explain why he voted a certain way, which left his fellow celebs in uproar.
Ghada's newest song reveals the hope she has for the children of Egypt.
Roger Waters stepped back into his campaigning shoes to call for signing a petition against Israeli institutions.
Just months before the Rolling Stones Abu Dhabi gig, Sir Mick Jagger shares just how dangerous performing on stage can be.
Samo Zain headed to Athens this week to film a music video for his latest album.
Can't decide if you're in the mood for Arabic, Jazz, or Indian music? Get three for the price of one ticket to Ghalia Ben Ali's Alexandria concert this weekend.
Listen up Donia Samir Ghanem fans: the singer has finally released another one of her latest album's music videos. Read inside for more details!
Singing sensation Susan Boyle has been diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome and cancelled her first UAE gig in one week!
California dreaming worked for Saudi movie producer Mohammad al-Turki, as he shared at the Dubai International Film Festival
December 9, 2013
Horeya Farghaly faced an embarrassing moment when she attended Mohammad Al Soghayyar's show in Cairo.
Fans put Diana Karazon in the hot seat after posting a chilled out pic of her in a swimming pool. Oh, for shame!
Mixing work and pleasure, Egyptian singer made his way to Ferrari World Abu Dhabi to film two music videos. How fun is that?!
Tamer Hosny's lips are sealed when it comes to the top secret plans of his Ramadan 2014 television show "Yasin", but he has announced that Shery Adel has been added to the cast of the upcoming drama.
This isn't the first time Omar Sharif has been accused of forgetting things, but has he actually been struggling with Alzheimer's for some time now?
The third season of "Sarkhat Rouh" tackles the dark world of prostitution in the Arab world.
She's been in hiding from the drama scene for the last few years, but our beloved Abeer Shams Al Din is ready to get back in the action at last!
Some were happy that she was in the finals, while others were happy that Jennifer Grout didn't win AGT! Which one were you?
They may no longer be the reigning Arabs Got Talent winner after Syrian dance troupe “Sima” stole the title for the show's 3rd season on Saturday, but they still have a spot in the limelight with a performance at Sultan Qaboos University.
Noura Al No’man’s goal to expand the science fiction genre in Arabic literature has seen her first novel Ajwan be one of five books to compete for the Best Young Adult Book Etisalat Award.
December 8, 2013
Hollywood comes to Dubai. American stars Cate Blanchett and Martin Sheen attend the opening ceremony of this year's DIFF amidst a strong selection of Arabic-language feature films.
Amidst a celebrity-studded event, "Dolphins" filmmaker Waleed Al Shehhi makes it big at the Dubai International Film Festival (DIFF).
Egyptian comedian actor Ahmed Helmy, AKA “The Prince,” and fellow Egyptian actress Nelly Karim will be starring together in the film "Suni' Fil Seen" (Made in China).
After months of watching, waiting and voting, the Arabs Got Talent final landed on our TV screens and Syrian supremos "Sima" were announced winners of the night!
What do you do when someone robs you? Sue them of course. Actor Mohamed Saad gets his revenge on thieving TV channels.
Samira Said has returned to the spotlight in a photo shoot dubbed as awfully similar to that of Egyptian superstar Sherihan's!
Jamalouki magazine scored big when they snatched Arab pop icon Elissa as their new editor-in-chief!
More film screenings, book fairs, and live performances are yours for the attending across Egypt this week! Check it out!
We're not the only ones in sorrow over the loss of an iconic political figure. Many of our region's celebs have taken to social media to remember the late Nelson Mandela.
Yeah, baby yeah! Vanilla Ice is going to rock your world on New Year's Eve in Dubai. Buy your tickets now, before it's too late!
December 7, 2013
Kuwaitis clearly don't want Mayada El Henawi in their country... but why?
Who knew that the late Warda enjoyed football?
December 6, 2013
Arabia's sweetheart Nancy Ajram has released a sassy new song, showing a side of Nancy not normally seen! "Ma Aw'idak Ma Agheer" (I will not Promise I will not be Jealous) holds strong feelings of love, doubt, jealousy and pride between lovers.
The documentary following politically diverse Egyptian revolutionaries is on the short list for next year's Oscar's with tall hopes of snatching the award.
December 5, 2013
You can finally purchase your ticket to watch the thrilling Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil in Dubai.
Sulaf Fawakherji has started filming her second movie this year. Which one will you go to the movies for?
Lebanese songstress Dominique Hourani can now be heard on music channels with her latest music video "Batal Fiya" (I Cannot Take It Anymore).