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October 26, 2010 4:38 AM
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Dubai Film Festival to Honor Arab Icon Sabah

One of the Arab world's most prolific and popular actresses and singers, Jeanette Gergi Fighali (better known as Sabah) will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the upcoming Dubai International Film Festival.

A star of more than 98 movies, Sabah has also gone on to release 50 albums and acted in 20 stage plays. Sabah's work is noted for being a bridge between two centers in the Arab world: Egypt and Lebanon. Although a Lebanese national, the majority of her films were co-produced with or focused on Egypt. Popular films her hers include "How Can I Forget You," "The Street of Love," "Al Layaly Al Dafiaa," and "Layla Baka Fiha El Kamar."

"For more than six decades, Sabah has inspired generations to aim high and break new ground," said Abdulhamid Juma, Chairman of the Dubai International Film Festival in a statement. "She is one of the hardest-working entertainers of our time, and continues to give of herself even today. She is an icon for the Arab world, a trailblazing and enduring achiever who carved a niche in a challenging industry. By honouring her, we celebrate women in Arab film and music everywhere."

On receiving the award, Sabah said in a statement: "I have won plenty of awards, but this one means the most to me. I am very honored to be part of the Dubai International Film Festival, and I know that audiences all over the Arab world support DIFF. DIFF has boosted my confidence, especially for an artist of my age to be honoured at such a prestigious festival."

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