With Amr Diab Starring In A New Arabic Original, Netflix's Investment In The Middle East Is Paying off
Amr Diab is the latest star to be picked up by Netflix, whose attention has been on the Middle East and Egypt lately.
The legendary singer will return to acting after a 27-year break in an Arabic language Netflix original series.
After last week’s announcement that Paranormal was to be Egypt’s first Netflix original, the streaming service have now announced this further collaboration.
Talking to Variety, Diab said
“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. 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.”
Diab is one of the world’s biggest selling Arab musicians with six top ten albums including 2014’s Shoft El Ayam which hit number one. However, he hasn’t appeared on screen in a dramatic role since 1993. His last project was alongside Omar Sharif in Dehk Wele’b Wegad Wehob (Laughter, Games, Seriousness and Love).
As yet, very little is known about the project, only that it will play to Diab’s strengths as a singer, because it’s a musical drama.
The show will follow in the footsteps of other Arabic series on Netflix including Justice, Dollar, and Jinn.
With Paranormal and Al Rawabi School For Girls also imminent, Arabic language TV is becoming a major part of Netflix’s offering. In May of last year, Netflix said that their investment in the region would continue and it is now paying dividends.