25 Times Arabs were the Kings & Queens of the Cannes red carpet

Published May 26th, 2016 - 07:25 GMT
Palestinian-Dutch model Bella Hadid on the Cannes red carpet. (glamour.com)
Palestinian-Dutch model Bella Hadid on the Cannes red carpet. (glamour.com)

From actors to designers, filmmakers and journalists, check out all the Arabs who made it to the Cannes Film Festival 2016.

Raya Abirached 

(Photo credit: Ammar Abd Rabbo, a photographer from Syria who also made it to Cannes!)

(Photo credit: Ammar Abd Rabbo, a photographer from Syria who also made it to Cannes!) 

This year was a first for the baby in her belly, but definitely not for her. Raya’s first Cannes was 20 years ago, and she has only missed one ever since. I don’t think she’ll be missing many in the future — for movie journos of that calibre, Cannes is like a pilgrimage.

 

‘Eshtebak’ Cast and Crew

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Nelly Karim on the red carpet in Cannes for the opening of the Un Certain Regard selection (@nellykarim_official/Instagram)

Anicee Gohar, Ashraf Hamdi,

Anicee Gohar, Ashraf Hamdi, La Mo2akhza‘s Rika Dash and Siza Zayed from Mad Solutions

Opening the Un Certain Regard selection with Egyptian movie Eshtebak, Nelly Karim, director Mohamed Diab and his wife, as well as producer Mohamed Hefzy walked the famous Cannes Film Festival stairs with elegance. Many members of the cast and crew also made it to Cannes, and here are a few shots of them:

 

Mohieb Dahabieh

Jourdan Dunn and Mohieb Dahabieh (@mohiebdahabieh/ Instagram)

Jourdan Dunn and Mohieb Dahabieh (@mohiebdahabieh/ Instagram)

Mohieb Dahabieh, a creative director, styled loads of celebrities this year, making them look impeccable, including Thai actress Araya Hargate, Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor, model Jourdan Dunn and more!

  

Elie Saab

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Elie Saab and Mila Jovovich at the amfAR on Thursday (@elisaabworld/Instagram) 

Elie Saab always has a huge presence in Cannes as much as he does in every major celebrity event. But this year, we were blessed by Monsieur Elie Saab’s presence himself, with his own table at the biggest charity event of the year, the amfAR raising money for AIDS research.

Numerous stars wore him of course, from model Toni Garn (the face of Elie Saab’s new fragrance Rose Couture) to Kendall Jenner and Vanessa Paradis.

Elie Saab will be launching an eyewear collection for the first time next year, and they decided to give a preview in Cannes, which was a huge success and was already worn by the one and only Julia Roberts.

 

Jessica Kahawaty

Jessica Kahawaty at the amfAR on Thursday wearing Elie Saab (@jessicakahawaty/Instagram)

Jessica Kahawaty at the amfAR on Thursday wearing Elie Saab (@jessicakahawaty/Instagram)

This gorgeous Lebanese babe made many appearances throughout the festival at all the glam parties.

 

Zeina Nabulsi 

Zeina Nabulsi on the Cannes red carpet on Saturday (@zeinamnabulsi/Instagram)

Zeina Nabulsi on the Cannes red carpet on Saturday (@zeinamnabulsi/Instagram)

Lebanese designer and stylist Zeina Nabulsi was also seen at many events, including De Grisogono on Tuesday.

 

Zainab Salbi

Moderator Zainab Salbi and Salma Hayek at the "Women in Motion" panel in Cannes 2016 Anicee Gohar/Scoop Empire

Moderator Zainab Salbi and Salma Hayek at the “Women in Motion” panel in Cannes 2016 Anicee Gohar/Scoop Empire

Iraqi author Zainab Salbi, who started her own new TV show Nida’a about ordinary Arab women doing extraordinary things, was in Cannes for a “Women in Motion” panel with Salma Hayek. 

 

Loubna Abidar

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(Ian Gavan/Getty) 

Loubna Abidar is a Moroccan actress who had to flee after being harassed for her role in Much Lovedabout prostitution in Morocco.

 

Ola Al Fares

Ola Al Fares on the carpet of Steven Spielberg’s The BFG (@olaalfares/Instagram)

Ola Al Fares on the carpet of Steven Spielberg’s The BFG (@olaalfares/Instagram)

Our Middle Eastern face for L’Oreal was the beautiful and smart Ola Al Fares, who walked the carpet of Cannes exquisitely.

 

Afef Jnifen

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Afef Jnifen at the Cannes Film Festival 2016 

Tunisian model and TV host Afef Jnifen at the anfAR in Cannes wearing Elie Saab.

  

Bella Hadid

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In an interview I did with Bella for MBC, she told me she found it so cool to be able to say, “I’m from Palestine” because it’s so special. And we just fell in love instantly.

 

Marianne Khoury

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Director Marianne Khoury as well as members of Mr. Youssef Chahine’s family gathered at a special screening of one of his all-time classics, Adieu Bonaparte, selected for Cannes Classics — because a Cannes without a mention of Youssef Chahine wouldn’t really be a Cannes.

  

Amal Clooney

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(@amalclooney/Instagram)

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Mrs. Clooney accompanied her husband in Cannes for his movie Money Monster by Jodie Foster and also starring Julia Roberts.

  

Charbel Zoe

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Paris Hilton, a regular in Cannes, wore Charbel Zoe’s nude short glittery dress.

  

Zuhair Murad

Very popular amongst the stars. This year in Cannes, he dressed celebrities such as:

  

 

Georges Hobeika 

Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika had a big showroom at the iconic Martinez hotel in Cannes this year and dressed a number of celebs, a few of which were:

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Indian actress Mallika Sherawat (Gisela Schober/Getty) 

(Dominique Charriau/WireImage)

(Dominique Charriau/WireImage) 

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(Venturelli/WireImage)

(Clemens Bilan/Getty Images for The Harmonist)

(Clemens Bilan/Getty)

Diala Makki, an Iranian TV host raised in Beirut and living in Dubai, walked the red carpet for the Slack Bay premiere on Friday wearing Georges Hobeika. (@georgeshobeika/Instagram)

Diala Makki, an Iranian TV host raised in Beirut and living in Dubai, walked the red carpet for the Slack Bay premiere on Friday wearing Georges Hobeika. (@georgeshobeika/Instagram)

And finaly, I can’t help but mention: moi!

Wearing Georges Hobeika at the De Grisogono party

Wearing Georges Hobeika at the De Grisogono party

Wearing Mary Katrantzou at the amfAR

Wearing Mary Katrantzou at the amfAR gala

By Anicée Gohar


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