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Yousra is a salient Egyptian actress who took part in over 100 films and TV series over the course of her 30-year career. She received over 70 awards at festivals, such as Cannes, Venice, and Cairo. Three of her works were selected among the 100 Best Films in Egyptian Cinema History: Hadoota Masriyyia (1982), Al Avocato (1984), and Al-Mohager (1994). 

She has chaired numerous juries at international festivals, including the Doha Tribeca Film Festival in 2010, and the Cairo International Film Festival in 2014 to become the first...

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Her Excellency Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi is the Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development whose primary mission is to promote the acquisition of knowledge and the overall cultural environment.

Prior to this, Her Excellency was appointed as the UAE Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs to act as the key link between the Cabinet and the Federal National Council.

Noura is also Chairwoman of the Media Zone Authority - Abu Dhabi (MZA) and twofour54. She is also a board member of the UAE’s National Media...

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Princess Rym Ali is an internationally renowned journalist and the founder of the Jordan Media Institute (JMI). JMI was created with the goal of establishing a new standard of journalism education in Jordan and the region. Under her leadership, JMI has educated over 600 journalists from Jordan and around the world. Prior to founding JMI, Princess Rym worked as an international news correspondent for respected outlets such as BBC, CNN, Bloomberg, United Press International, and Radio Monte Carlo. She also served as a Baghdad correspondent...

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Ali Jaber is a well-known media professional whose long career has had a deep impact on the media landscape in the region, especially Lebanon and the UAE.

He is the Group TV Director of the Middle East Broadcasting Corporation’s (MBC) 12 channels. After completing his Master’s degree in Communications at Syracuse University in the US, Ali joined the Fine Arts Faculty of Beirut University College (now the Lebanese American University) helping to set up their broadcasting department and teaching a range of courses in TV production. In...

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Award-winning filmmaker/actress Nadine Labaki was born in Lebanon, and grew up during the years of civil war, obtaining a degree in Audiovisual Studies in 1997 from Beirut’s Saint Joseph University. Her graduation film won the Best Short Film Award in Paris at the Biennale of Arab Cinema and she immediately moved into directing television commercials and music videos for popular artists in the region, garnering several awards.

In 2008, Variety recognized her on their ‘10 Directors to Watch’ list and she received the Insignia of...

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