Stars put on a show at the El Gouna Film Festival 

Stars put on a show at the El Gouna Film Festival 
Bushra is the co-founder of the star-studded festival. (AFP)
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Updated 29 October 2020

Stars put on a show at the El Gouna Film Festival 

Stars put on a show at the El Gouna Film Festival 

DUBAI: The fourth edition of the annual El Gouna Film Festival in Egypt, running until Oct. 31, has been a hot topic this week, with fans on social media discussing stars’ best and worst red carpet looks.

Here we have rounded up some of our favorite gowns from day five.  

Lekaa El-Khamissi 




The star wore a voluminous black dress by Egyptian couturier Osama Abdallah. (AFP)

The Egyptian actress, who started her acting career in the late 1990s, wore a voluminous black dress by Egyptian couturier Osama Abdallah. The strapless creation featured a transparent net-like pattern on the waist.  

She accessorized her look with dangling diamond earrings and a slicked-back hairstyle.  

Reem Samy 




The 25-year-old actress turned heads in a creamy white suit designed by Lebanese talent Basil Soda. (AFP)

The rising Egyptian talent has been building her name in the industry over the past few years, with her latest series “El-Prince” being among the most-watched Ramadan shows in 2020.  

The 25-year-old actress, sister of the director Mohammed Samy, turned heads in a creamy white suit designed by Lebanese talent Basil Soda. She wore a floor-trailing chiffon blouse, satin pants and a silver-cropped embroidered jacket. 

Mayssa Maghrebi 




Teh actress wore a fully-embellished ensemble by Kuwaiti designer Yousef Al-Jasmi. (AFP)

The Emirati-Moroccan actress stepped out in a fully-embellished ensemble by Kuwaiti designer Yousef Al-Jasmi. Sticking to COVID-19 safety precautions, Maghrebi wore a white mask to go with her form-fitting dress. 

The star started working her acting career in 2000. She acted in several Egyptian, Saudi, Kuwaiti, and Emirati television series.

Bushra 




The star wore a black off-the-shoulder lace dress by Lebanese designer Fouad Sarkis. (AFP)

The Egyptian actress and singer is the co-founder of the star-studded festival. 

The star wore a black off-the-shoulder lace dress, cinched at the waist, by Lebanese designer Fouad Sarkis.

Laila Eloui




The veteran Egyptian actress wore a gown by Lebanese designer Basil Soda. (AFP)

The veteran Egyptian actress opted for a vibrant pink satin gown by Lebanese designer Basil Soda. 

She started her career at the age of seven. Now, being in the industry for over 40 years, she has more than 70 movies under her belt. 


Global pop group Now United shoots new music video in Abu Dhabi

Nour Ardakani (right), a 19-year-old singer from Lebanon, became the band’s 16th and first Arab member. Instagram
Nour Ardakani (right), a 19-year-old singer from Lebanon, became the band’s 16th and first Arab member. Instagram
Updated 16 January 2021

Global pop group Now United shoots new music video in Abu Dhabi

Nour Ardakani (right), a 19-year-old singer from Lebanon, became the band’s 16th and first Arab member. Instagram

DUBAI: Global pop group Now United has filmed its music video for “Lean on Me” at Abu Dhabi’s five-star Emirates Palace hotel.

The video starts with a sweeping view of the hotel, before showing band members performing choreographed dance moves in its plush corridors and outside terrace.

The band, made up of 16 members from as many countries, has spent the past few months in the UAE, following the search to find its newest member from the Middle East.

Nour Ardakani, a 19-year-old singer from Lebanon, became the band’s 16th — and first Arab — member.

She was handpicked by Simon Fuller, who founded The Spice Girls and created the “American Idol” TV show.

Since Ardakani’s arrival, the group has been busy recording new music and shooting videos in various locations around the UAE.

The video for its track “Habibi,” released in November to officially welcome Ardakani into the band, was shot partly in Dubai’s historic Al-Fahidi district, and in her native Lebanon.

This is not the first time that an artist or group has turned to the Arab world for inspiring cityscapes.

Cardi B’s breakout single as a rapper, “Bodak Yellow,” was filmed in the UAE. The video, set in Dubai, topped the US Billboard Hot 100 chart for three consecutive weeks, and received nominations for best rap performance and best rap song at the Grammys.

In 2018, US-Moroccan rapper French Montana went back to his roots for his “Famous” music video, shot in the Moroccan city of Chefchaouen, where he grew up.

British recording artist M.I.A also shot her 2012 music video for “Bad Girls” in Morocco. The video, filmed in the city of Ouarzazate, won the VMA for best cinematography and best direction, and was nominated for a Grammy.