Taking into account the social media presence, career history and cultural influence of 500 Middle Eastern singers, actors and TV personalities all over the world, Forbes Middle East have released their definitive list of the top 100 Arab celebrities for the first time. Egypt secured the most entries on the list with 46/100 celebrities hailing from the country, including singer Amr Diab, (known colloquially as 'Al Hadaba') who took the secured the coveted top spot.
Three out of the top five celebrities were women with former Bazaar Arabia cover star Nancy Ajram, coming in second place on the list and Lebanese singers Elissa and Najwa Karam ranked as the third and fifth entrants respectively.
Nancy Ajram for Harper's Bazaar Arabia, October 2013
The majority of entrants were singers, with 51/100 coming from a musical background, followed by 37 actors and 11 TV presenters. Two Emirati celebrities also made the list, Arab Idol judge Ahlam Al Shamsi who ranked at at number 8 and Hussain Al Jamsi at 18.
See the list in full, below: