Google Doodle marks late Omar Sharif’s 86th birthday

Google Doodle marks late Omar Sharif’s 86th birthday
Omar Sharif and Faten Hamama divorced in 1974. (MENA/AFP)
Updated 10 April 2018

Google Doodle marks late Omar Sharif’s 86th birthday

Google Doodle marks late Omar Sharif’s 86th birthday

CAIRO: Google Doodle has marked the 86th birthday of late acclaimed Egyptian actor Omar Sharif.
The actor, who shot to international fame in the 1960s, was one of the few Arab stars who broke into Hollywood and played leading roles in some of its most iconic films.
Sharif is best known for starring in films such as “Doctor Zhivago,” and also won a bevy of Golden Globes for his role in David Lean’s “Lawrence of Arabia” in 1963’s award show.
Sharif was born in Alexandria as Michel Dimitri Chalhoub to a Catholic mother and Syrian father on April 10, 1932.
When he was four-years-old, the family moved to Cairo and were known to be close friends with Egypt’s King Farouk. He went on to study mathematics at Cairo Univeristy, before moving to London to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.
He converted to Islam and changed his name to Omar Sharif so he could marry fellow Egyptian actor Faten Hamama, but they divorced after 19 years of marriage in 1974.


TWITTER POLL: WhatsApp users undecided whether to continue using app or switching to other options

TWITTER POLL: WhatsApp users undecided whether to continue using app or switching to other options
Updated 15 January 2021

TWITTER POLL: WhatsApp users undecided whether to continue using app or switching to other options

TWITTER POLL: WhatsApp users undecided whether to continue using app or switching to other options
  • The Facebook-owned messaging service has issued a new privacy policy

DUBAI: WhatsApp users are generally undecided whether to continue using the app or consider switching to other available options, an Arab News poll showed.

The Facebook-owned messaging service has issued a new privacy policy, which some reports claimed would share users’ data without giving them a choice, something that 29.7 percent of the poll respondents said they would accept.

Meanwhile, about 38.8 percent of those who answered the poll said they would decline the new privacy policy and switch to other apps while 31.5 percent were undecided on what to do with the WhatsApp app installed in their phones.

Alternative messaging services such as Signal and Telegram meanwhile benefited from the negative press that WhatsApp received, both receiving subscriber boost in just a few days.

Signal in particular added a whopping 4.6 million new users right after receiving an endorsement from technology mogul Elon Musk.

Unlike WhatsApp, which shares user data with Facebook, Signal has a history of fighting any entity that asks for private data and adds features to further anonymize users where possible.

Telegram, which is currently No. 2 behind Signal on the App Store, saw more than 25 million new users sign up in just the last few days.

The mistrust over WhatsApp’s updated privacy policy may also affect its ambitions in India, its biggest market, where 400 million users exchange more messages on the platform.

The backlash forced it to undertake advertising blitz costing tens of millions of rupees in at least 10 English and Hindi newspapers.