‘Arabian Warrior,’ first American-Saudi movie, premieres Monday in the Middle East

Rising Egyptian star Amir El-Masry is fast becoming known for his acting chops. (@amirelmasry)
Updated 11 March 2018

‘Arabian Warrior,’ first American-Saudi movie, premieres Monday in the Middle East

DUBAI: The Middle East premiere of the first joint Saudi-American movie production, “Arabian Warrior,” takes place Monday night at Roxy Cinemas in City Walk, Dubai.
The movie, directed and produced by Los Angeles-based Saudi brothers Aymen and Mohammad Khoja, tells the story of a gifted young Saudi soccer player, Anmar, who is studying architecture in the States but is offered the opportunity to pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer. That sets him at odds with his conservative parents, who do not support that dream.
Rising Egyptian star Amir El-Masry plays Anmar. The London-based actor is rapidly establishing himself as one to watch in Hollywood and looks set to join the short list of Egyptian actors to break big internationally. The most famous of that select group, Omar Sharif, reportedly “discovered” El-Masry, and advised him to start his acting career in Egypt. El-Masry followed that advice and made his debut as Ramzy in the 2008 comedy “Ramadan Mabrouk Abul-Alamein Hamouda,” for which he won the Best Young Actor award at Egypt’s equivalent of the Oscars in 2009.
El-Masry’s first major international role arrived in 2014. He played Alireza in “Rosewater,” written and directed by Jon Stewart, the ex-host of the wildly popular satirical US TV program “The Daily Show.”
The 27-year-old actor went on to play Youssef in two episodes of the acclaimed 2016 mini-series “The Night Manager,” opposite three big-name British stars — Hugh Laurie, Tom Hiddleston and Olivia Colman.
Most recently, El-Masry starred in “Goats” at London’s Royal Court theater, a play set in Syria, which The Guardian described as “agonizingly pessimistic,” calling El-Masry’s returnee soldier Adnan “all-too-plausibly brutalized.”
“Arabian Warrior” is the Khoja Brothers’ debut feature film. They have previously released two shorts — “Waheed” and “Snow in Summer” — along with the YouTube series “Sargo.”


Camel race and shows cap Europe’s first International Festival for Camels

Updated 17 September 2019

Camel race and shows cap Europe’s first International Festival for Camels

  • The activities ranged from a scientific forum to review the latest research on camels to an introduction to the culture of camels

JEDDAH: Sunday marked the end of Europe’s first International Festival for Camels, which was held over two days in Janvry, on the outskirts of Paris.

The festival was held under the patronage of the International Camel Organization, which is chaired by the president of the Camel Club, Fahad bin Falah bin Hethlen, in cooperation with the French government.

It kicked off last Saturday in the presence of Janvry’s mayor, a representative of the French Chamber of Commerce, the president of the French Federation of Camels, the secretary-general of the International Camel Organization Dr. Mubarak Al-Swilim, and the Camel Club’s CEO Khaled Abu Hmeid.

The activities ranged from a scientific forum to review the latest research on camels to an introduction to the culture of camels. 

The organization’s efforts would not have been successful without the support of King Salman and the guidance and support of the crown prince and the general supervisor of the Camel Club.

Fahad bin Falah bin Hethlen, president of the Camel Club

It included an exhibition of camel products, camel shows for the public and a European camel race.

Bin Hethlen said that the sponsorship and presence of the International Camel Organization in Europe’s first International Festival for Camels is part of the organization’s efforts to promote camel culture and activities in the world.

He added: “This is a continuation of what was done during the Central Asian Conference, which we organized last August in Kyrgyzstan. There are more international initiatives that will be announced soon.”

He ended by saying that the organization’s efforts would not have been successful without the support of King Salman and the guidance and support of the crown prince and the general supervisor of the Camel Club.

The organization is sponsored by Saudi Arabia, which is its headquarters.