Mahmoud Labib — ‘the barber of presidents’

Egypt’s former President Anwar Sadat gets a haircut from Mahmoud Labib. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 30 May 2019
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Mahmoud Labib — ‘the barber of presidents’

  • The Egyptian presidency called Mahmoud Labib to be the barber of President Anwar Sadat and then President Hosni Mubarak.
  • The barber visits Hosni Mubarak in hospital every two or three weeks to cut his hair

CAIRO: Mahmoud Labib, “the barber of presidents,” received this title under former Egyptian presidents Anwar Sadat and Hosni Mubarak.

“Once, I shaved Sadat’s son in my shop, and afterward his father asked him for my name,” Labib told Arab News. “The presidency called me to be the barber of Sadat and then Mubarak.”

Over the decades, Labib has counted famous politicians, artists, writers, actors and businesspeople as customers.

“Anyone who sits in the chair of my barbershop is a client. Our duty is to do what they ask professionally. The same applies whether they’re a young boy or the president of Egypt, whom we’d visit to do the job,” he said.

“The first president whose hair I cut was Sadat. I traveled with him to Italy, America, France and Germany,” he added.

“Tel Aviv is the only trip on which I didn’t go with Sadat, and the last time I cut his hair was the day he was assassinated,” Labib said.

“I started my relationship with Mubarak when he was vice president, and his sons Alaa and Jamal came to me for a haircut,” he added. 

“My relationship with everyone is good, and I visit Mubarak in hospital every two or three weeks to cut his hair,” he said. “My relationship with (renowned Egyptian singer) Abdel Halim Hafez continued until his death (in 1977),” Labib added.

“I love the customer more than the money,” he said, adding that he has not met current President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.


Myriam Fares apologizes to Egyptian fans after backlash

Lebanese pop superstar Myriam Fares has apologized to her Egyptian fans over comments she made at a press conference. (File: AFP)
Updated 24 June 2019
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Myriam Fares apologizes to Egyptian fans after backlash

DUBAI: Lebanese pop superstar Myriam Fares has apologized to her Egyptian fans over comments she made at a press conference for the Moroccan Mawazine Festival on Saturday.

In a press appearance before her gig at the music festival, the star was questioned by a journalist and asked why she doesn’t perform in Egypt as much as she used to.

“I will be honest with you,” she told the journalist, “I’ve grown over the years and so did the pay and my demands, so it became a bit heavy on Egypt.”

The comment triggered intense backlash on social media, with many offended Twitter users using the platform to vent.

Egyptian singer and actor Ahmed Fahmi, who starred alongside Fares in a 2014 TV show, He replied to her comments sarcastically, tweeting: “Now you are too much for Egypt. Learn from the stars of the Arab world. You will understand that you did the biggest mistake of your life with this statement.”

Then, Egyptian songwriter Amir Teima tweeted: “Most Lebanese megastars like Elissa, Nawal (El Zoghby), Nancy (Ajram), Ragheb (Alama), and the great Majida El-Roumi have performed in Egypt after the revolution. You and I both know they get paid more than you do. Don’t attack Egypt; if it’s not out of respect, do it out of wit.”

Now, Fares has replied to the comments and has blamed the misunderstanding on her Lebanese dialect, saying: “I always say in my interviews that although I started from Lebanon, I earned my stardom in Egypt. I feel sorry that my Lebanese dialect and short reply created chances for a misunderstanding.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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She ended her Instagram apology by saying, “Long live Egypt.”