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April 17, 2015

Screenshot of the Abu Dhabi desert from the new trailer. (Image: YouTube)
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The "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" new trailer opens in on the desert planet Jaku (aka Abu Dhabi!). Read all about it here.

April 16, 2015

Ahmed Ezz's controversial look. (Image: El Fagr news)
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Ahmed Ezz is in the Egyptian spotlight often, be it for his artistic talents or some scandal, and his latest attention grabbing act was sporting a new look that Wafaa Amer assures she has no probs with.
Assaf and Nour el Sherif are working together on a Palestinian production. (Image: Facebook)
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Mohammed Assaf is doing something he's never done before!
Assaf will be singing his heart out in Amman on May 1. (Image: Facebook)
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Mohammed Assaf's upcoming concert is taking place in Amman.
This royal couple was more than generous with thier wedding gifts for guests! (Image: Khaleej TImes)
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Myriam Fares was one of several Arab celebs that hit up a Kuwaiti royal wedding where VIP guests were presented with diamond rings!
Bassem with his silver award for "Best TV Host." (Image:
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Bassem Youssef's satirical TV program "El Bernameg" is the first Egyptian and Arab program to win similar award.
Tamer Hosny Live in Holland - Amsterdam 12 April / European Tour. (Image: Ashtar Studio)
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Egyptian superstar Tamer Hosny is a raging success in Europe!
Somaya al-Khashab will proudly show off her new figure on screen.
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She's lost weight, looks great, and is ready for the camera again in "Yana Yanty" TV series with actress Fifi Abdo at her side.
Pitbull practicing on the plane to his big Bahrain performance. (Image: Facebook)
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Pitbull has flown in, Najwa Karam's warming up the vocal chords, and other superstars are ensuring this will be a weekend to remember at the Formula One Gulf Air Grand Prix celebrations at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC).

April 15, 2015

Paris DJ'ing at one of her gigs! (Image:
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OMG! Paris Hilton is coming to Abu Dhabi this April!
The heartbreakingly handsome Mohammad Assaf. (Image: Facebook)
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Oops, did Mohammad Assaf do it again? Did he play with Zein Al Masri's heart and get lost in the game?
Omar Junior is gay and proud but not allowed to enter Egypt! (Image: Google)
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A new law bans gays from entering Egypt... too bad for Omar Sharif's grandson!
Hala clearly has genuine love for her step-mom Dounia. (Image: YouTube still)
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Hala Turk and her step-mom Dounia Batma express their love for one another in a new sweet duet.
Paul van Dyk in his hometown of Berlin. (Image: Facebook)
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The Vamps kicked off the Bahrain Formula One concerts, and DJ Paul van Dyk will be shutting it down.
The Vamps strutting their stuff. (Image: Facebook)
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Just last weekend The Vamps steamed up Bahrain with their smokin' hot songs, and now it looks like their next dose of catchy tunes will be a little bit trippy and more MGMT inspired.
Sorry Jordan, Kimye are now officially in Paris! (Image:
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Kim Kardashian was rumored to visit Jordan with her family, but looks like she changed her destination to Paris instead!
Deacon Blue doing their music magic in Harrington last year. (Image: Facebook)
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Will Dubai dig the tunes of Deacon Blue again after 13 years?
Haifa in a scene from her new video "Breathing You In." (Image: YouTube still)
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Haifa Wehbe's first ever English music video featuring Casper Smart is finally out!
Haifa Wehbe's happy about her salary.
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Haifa Wehbe's not only the most controversial celebrity this Ramadan, she also makes the most cash!

April 14, 2015

Kim and her husband Kanye will be visiting Jordan on Tuesday, according to some leaked sources. (Image:
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Jordan is bracing itself for Kim Kardashian's promised visit just as she rounds up her Holy land tour.
One of the Bollywood shows at the Cairo Opera House. (Image: Bassam Al Zoghby)
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This year, the India by the Nile festival brought several components addressing Egypt's Bollywood lovers, uncovering – or reasserting – the unconditional passion that the population holds towards the Mumbai's riches.
Iranian director Marjane Satrapi at the Cannes Film Festival 2008. (Image: Wikipedia Commons)
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Known for being an author and animated film creator, Marjane Satrapi is ready to reinvent herself.
French Montana is making way to the Middle East again. (Image: Facebook)
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Will his on again-off again gf Khloe K remain in the region to see French Montana perform at the JW Mariott Marquis on Thursday, April 23?
Lina has now been off the radar for two weeks. (Image:
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Syrian actress Lina Diab is nowhere to be found!
Diesel will be filming scenes from his new film "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk" in Iraq. (Image: Facebook)
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Vin Diesel will be filming scenes from his new film "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk" in Iraq.
Haifaa Al Mansour's, director of the Saudi film "Wadjda." (Image: Facebook)
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Saudi filmmakers celebrated the the second government-approved film festival in Saudi Arabia.
Lil Jon is coming to Cavalli Club! (Image: Facebook)
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Only one more night until epic rapper Lil Jon bounces into the Emirates for a gig at Dubai's Cavalli Club on April 15.
Amal Clooney's surprising casual look. (Image: Twitter/ Hello Magazine)
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She's become quite the fashion icon, we attribute it to her Beirut roots, but we're surprised Amal Clooney chose a biker jacket and jeans to visit her celebrity husband on set.
Kim Kardashian's Facebook post this morning. (Image: Facebook)
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Baptizing baby North, meeting the Jerusalem mayor, and potentially crossing into Jordan to promote tourism all after spending five days in Kim's Armenian homeland make for one epic trip to the Holy Land.

April 13, 2015

Let the competition commence. (Image: Facebook)
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Submit a video online of yourself busting out Nancy Ajram's "Nam Bi Albi" before May 2, and you may be able to share the stage with Nancy Ajram live and in person.
Game of Thrones remapped: What would Westeros be like if it was set in the Middle East? (Image:
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Game of Thrones remapped: What would Westeros be like if it was set in the Middle East?
Samira's Easter concert will take place in Morocco on April 18. (Image:
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Singer Samira Said to have Easter concert in Morocco!

April 12, 2015

The Vamps, so hot in Bahrain. (Image: Facebook)
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The Vamps were so hot at Bahrain International Circuit (BIC), they had to take their shirts off!
A cool life-size Iron Man figure at Comicave Dubai. (Image:
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MEFCC event is a nirvana for comic book and film fans in the region and allows retailers to boost their sales.
Akon will no longer be performing in Kuwait on Saturday. (Image:
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Kuwaiti lawmakers warned they would take action if US rapper Akon's performance, planned for Saturday, went ahead.
The Factory Girl was Egypt's official submission to the Best Foreign Language Film category at the 87th Academy Awards (Oscars). Image: The Cairo Post
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The Egyptian movie “Factory Girl” will be shown in Swedish cinemas on April 24.
Breidy sadly passed away on Sunday morning. (Image:
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Talented Lebanese actor Issam Breidy passed away after a horrific car accident.
Kim pays tribute to the Armenian dead during her trip to Armenia. (Image:
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Kim and her family laid red tulips at the memorial complex marking the Armenian genocide that killed 1.5 million people.

April 11, 2015

Um, that's what Effie Trinket said, right?!
08:38 GMT
Dubai is the next district to host the Hunger Games in the form of an epic new theme park!

April 10, 2015

Bahrain commemorated the 40th anniversary of the death of composer, singer, virtuoso oud player and actor Farid Al-Atrash. (Image: YouTube)
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Bahrain commemorated the 40th anniversary of the death of composer, singer, virtuoso oud player and actor Farid Al-Atrash.

April 9, 2015

Mayssa Karaa performing at the Abu Dhabi Festival. (Image: Facebook)
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Mayssa Karaa knows you can have a catchy tune, but if they lyrics aren't English, your song probs won't be an international hit.
Kimye have now landed in Armenia with their daughter North. (Image:
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Reality TV stars the Kardashians have started their tour of Armenia, where they'll be following in the footsteps of their ancestors.
Cheb Khaled is in trouble now. (Image: social media)
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The King of Rai was sentenced by the High Court of Paris for plagiarizing music from Cheb Rabah in Khaled's hit song "Didi". Read how much the talented singer is gonna have to pay out!
Assaf making a speech during the International Day of Mine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action in Gaza. (Image: Facebook)
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Mohammed Assaf marked the International Day of Mine Awareness & Assistance in Mine Action with a speech in his hometown Gaza.
Khaled Abol Naga and Yousra are just two of the stars named in the Cairo Film Festival advisory committee.
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The next Cairo Film Festival will have some legendary artists on the advisory committee.
Clarita de Quiroz the night of her Burj park performance on March 25. (Image: Facebook)
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She's making a name for herself in the music biz, and here's everything you need to know about Clarita de Quiroz ahead of tomorrow's gig.
Youssef will take centre stage at the 58th New York Festivals' International Television & Film Awards in April. (Image: Google)
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Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef will take centre stage at the 58th New York Festivals' International Television & Film Awards in April.
How will our artists do at this year's "Game of Arts." (Image:
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Which artist will design the best Game of Thrones and Lord of the Rings-themed shields at Middle East Comic Con this year?

April 8, 2015

"System of a Down" said that they hoped some Turkish fans would come, stressing that their grievances lay with the Turkish government rather than the people. (Image:
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One hundred years after the mass killings of Armenians, U.S. band "System of a Down" is marking the anniversary in Armenia.
Bahrain's about to meet The Vamps and DJ Otto Knows!
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The Vamps and DJ Otto Knows are only three days away from making Bahrain one happy kingdom.
DMC's about to step it up in Bahrain. (Image: Facebook)
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Hip-hop legend Darryl McDaniels "DMC" is Bahrain bound next month.
Female DJs are now much more in demand in Saudi Arabia. (Image:
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Saudi weddings are incomplete without a DJ and many Saudi women are trying to carve out a career in this male-dominated industry.
Kimye with their daughter North. (Image: Google)
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The Kardashian clan is flying out to Armenia to mark the 100th anniversary of the mass slaughter of ethnic Armenians in Ottoman Turkey.
Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney has agreed to represent former President Mohamed Nasheed. (Image: Twitter)
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Taking time off from looking stylish, high-profile lawyer Amal Clooney will be representing jailed former president of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed.
The late, great Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez. (Image: wiki commons)
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The late Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez left a legacy that possibly inspired US pop stars Jay-Z and Timbaland in their song "Big Pimpin", which has a striking resemblance to the opening of Hafez's “Khosara Khosara”.
Souad Massi at the mic. (Image: Facebook/ Aminouche)
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No longer just a rumor, beloved Algerian singer Souad Massi is making way to Egypt this month.
Cairokee partying hardy. (Image: Facebook)
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It's already album number five for the hit group.

April 7, 2015

Mashrou’ Leila's classic selfie with the audience at Beirut concert. (Image: Facebook)
Mashrou’ Leila's classic audience selfie
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Beirut went cray-cray over their beloved band, especially with all the new bells and whistles Mashrou’ Leila added to their concert experience.
Trespasses could face a fine of up to £370 if they're caught within 100m of the actor's property. (Image: Google)
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George Clooney makes his wife Amal's safety a priority by fining anyone within 100m of his Italian property $500 USD!
Kadem Al Saher revealing his chest tattoo. (Image: courtesy of Al Jaras)
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In war-torn Iraq, keeping track of sheet music is no guarantee, but permanent ink on the other hand...
The latest intimate pic of Raheb Alama and Elissa. (Image: Twitter)
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How close is too close for a professional relationship where one colleague is in fact married already.
Ezz's face looked visibly smoother, especially around the mouth area. (Image: El Fagr news)
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There's something different about Egyptian actor Ahmed Ezz's face!
Hani Ramzy is ready to make Egypt smile. (Image: Facebook)
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Down in the dumps, Egypt? Hani Ramzy has the solution for you!
Hussain was attacked by an audience member during his concert in Berlin. (Image:
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Syrian singer Hussain al Deek was attacked in Berlin for dedicating a song to Syrian President Assad?
Could Ezz end up winning this legal battle with Zeina? (Image:
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Is it the end of the road for Egyptian actress Zeina in her legal battle against Ahmed Ezz?
Cirque le Soir Dubai is about to step it up a notch. (Image: Facebook)
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It's about to get extra cray-cray at Cirque le Soir in Dubai.
Nancy has a natural chemistry with kids. (Image:
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Is Nancy Ajram joining The Voice Kids Arabia's judging panel?

April 6, 2015

Nicole Saba was one of the celebrities attacked for celebrating Easter. (Image: Albawaba file)
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Some Arab celebrities were verbally attacked by extremist Muslim social media users for celebrating Easter.
Maher referred to Malik as "Silly Zayn" and he compared him to the Boston Marathon bomber. (Image: YouTube)
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"Islamophobe" Bill Maher at it again, this time comparing former One Direction band member Zayn Malik to the Boston Marathon bomber.
"Cupcakes" film poster. (Image: cropped for formatting purposes from
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Films from the Levant continue to thrive amongst US audiences.
Boikutt is bustin' over to Egypt with his beats. (Image: Facebook)
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This Thursday, Egypt will get a little taste of Palestine with Ramallah-based rapper Boikutt at the Sherazade Club for the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival.
One Direction was pumped about their Dubai performance. We wonder if they still are! (Image: Facebook)
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Barriers toppling over, fans literally fainting, one girl getting injured, and being stuck on a jet for 18 hours due to a sandstorm. After all that, can we ever expect One Direction to come back to Dubai?
What a frenzy "Furious 7" has caused around the region!
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While pretty much the whole region is in a frenzy over "Furious 7" since it was filmed in part in the UAE, others find the Arabic parts offensive.
STARZ PLAY Arabia presents an offering that is optimised for the respective Middle East and North Africa markets, with original programming, blockbuster movies, premium series and kids content from other partners. (Image:
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Starz Play has officially launched in 17 countries across the MENA region.
Get your geek on this weekend at the Dubai Comic Con. (Image:
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Comic Con is coming to Dubai this weekend with an exciting line-up of some of pop culture's most-loved icons.
Asser Yassin is now an award-winning actor. (Image: Facebook)
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The Tetouan International Mediterranean Film Festival closed its doors in Morocco on Saturday, and Egyptian actor Asser Yassin went home the victor of the best actor award.
Zayn Malik missed the One Direction "On The Road Again Tour" after officially leaving the band. (Image: Google)
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One Direction are already working on their new album following Zayn Malik's departure.

April 5, 2015

Lebanese singer Mayssa Karaa performs in Abu Dhabi, Thursday, April 2, 2015. (Image: Courtesy of the Abu Dhabi Festival)
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Lebanese singer Mayssa Karaa's rock concert in Abu Dhabi was a very successful one over the weekend.
A still from Abla Fahita's new show that premiered last weekend. (Image: YouTube stil)
07:59 GMT
Miss Piggy who? It's all about Egypt's new sassy puppet "Abla Fahita"!