DUBAI: Egyptian superstar Amr Diab is set to make his small screen return with a new Netflix original Arabic series, the star announced on Tuesday night.
The new deal marks the return of the best-selling artist, affectionately known to his fans as “Al Hadaba,” to drama 27 years after he played the role of Adham in the movie “Dehk Wele’b Wegad Wehob” alongside the late Omar Sharif.
The 58-year-old star, who won seven World Music Awards and six African Music Awards, took to social media to express his excitement about the new project.
“I am thrilled to work with Netflix on this new project. I have always believed that art is a global language, and we have been able to build bridges of connections and love with diverse cultures through music,” Diab, who revealed on Tuesday he is releasing a new song soon, wrote to his 11.8 million Instagram followers.
“And, now with this new project with Netflix, I am excited that we will be reaching more than 193 million members in more than 190 countries around the world where they will be able to watch new content made in Egypt and enjoyed by the world,” he added.
Further details about the project are yet to be announced.
Ahmed Sharkawi, the director of Arabic original series at Netflix, said in a released statement: “For the past thirty years, Amr Diab has captured people’s hearts all over the world. He is a trendsetting icon who resonates with different generations through his music and talent. We are confident that this new project will excite fans and members for the glorious return of Amr Diab to screen.”
The journey of Diab’s music has been one of growing musical excellence since the beginning.
His albums have topped the international charts and many of his songs were translated into several languages. Five of his albums topped Billboard’s global top ten hits, in addition to winning many international awards during his career.
The music sensation, who started his career in the 1980s, is the first Arab singer to enter the Guinness Book of World Records for being the first Arab singer to receive the largest number of international music awards for most album sales in the Middle East.
His unstoppable success continues until today, most recently in 2019 when he received the JOY Awards in Saudi Arabia.