Mena Massoud’s Arabic message goes viral as ‘Aladdin’ takes a magic carpet ride at the box office

The Aladdin movie is expected to earn $105 million. (Supplied)
Updated 05 June 2019
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Mena Massoud’s Arabic message goes viral as ‘Aladdin’ takes a magic carpet ride at the box office

  • The actor seems proud of his Egyptian origins
  • The new live-action Aladdin is expected to earn more than earlier box office predictions

DUBAI: The actor who plays Aladdin in Disney’s latest live-action movie, Mena Massoud, said he is excited for the public to watch the movie in a video posted on his Facebook page.

Massoud, addressing viewers in Arabic, said he is proud of being part of the Disney franchise and hopes they love it as much as he did.

The actor concluded the video by repeatedly saying “long live Egypt.”

He was born in Egypt and then moved to Canada with his parents.

Massoud seems to be proud of his Egyptian roots.

He posted a video of himself asking a band to play a song by Abdel Halim Hafiz, an Egyptian actor and musician.

“Aladdin” apparently still has the old magic, as the new Disney film took in an estimated $86.1 million in the Friday-to-Sunday period in North America to lead all box-office offerings, industry watcher Exhibitor Relations reported.

The film is expected to earn $105 million when Monday’s ticket sales are included, well beyond earlier estimates of around $80 million, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Directed by Guy Ritchie, the film stars Will Smith as the genie, Egyptian-born Canadian actor Massoud as Aladdin and Naomi Scott as Princess Jasmine.


What We Are Buying Today: Yataghan Jewellery

Updated 20 July 2019
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What We Are Buying Today: Yataghan Jewellery

In January, my family celebrated my birthday by gifting me a “Hubb Collection” necklace that I had wanted ever since I laid eyes on it, when one of my relatives wore it.

The design of the word ‘Love’ — written in Arabic Farsi font and angled in a way that makes it heart-shaped — fascinated me, and I have worn the necklace ever since I got it, partly out of sentiment, but also because I find it so beautiful and unique.

Jeddah-based Yataghan Jewellery — the maker of the “Hubb Collection” — has a variety of gold designs, stackable jewel-ornamented hexagon rings, necklaces, bracelets and rings engraved in Arabic Farsi.

The store’s Instagram account @yataghanjewellery documents its trademark pieces and shares customers’ experiences along with how they choose to stack their Yataghan pieces.

Customer favorites include their Allah necklace, and the “Hubb Collection” (rings, necklaces and bracelets in crystalized or standard gold, silver or rose gold with a single colorful or silver crystal).