Forbes Middle East’s team tracked the celebrities’ activities since 2016. The singers were ranked based on the following criteria:
• Songs on Billboard’s international chart • Major international awards. • Number of concerts abroad. • Duos with non-Arab artists.
The all-time great Lebanese singer and performer is one of the most admired artists on a global level. Fairouz is also known as an icon of modern Arabic music and has sold over 80 million records worldwide.
She starred in iconic musicals that are the legacies of Lebanon’s entertainment industry. Fairouz performed on grand stages, including Royal Albert Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York and John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.
“Her melodies combined Arab and European instruments while her voice transcended boundaries to gather fans from Lebanon and from across the world, according to Virginia Danielson, an expert on Middle Eastern music at NYU Abu Dhabi.” (Source)
As for Elie Saab, he is a regular in international fashion shows and has many boutiques spread across Europe, North America and in the Middle East! Elie Saab’s gowns steal the limelight on every red carpet!