It's no surprise to any of us that celebrities often choose to go by a stage name rather than their real name. Arab celebrities aren't any different, considering some of the most prominent celebrities are more commonly known by a name other than the one they were born with.
These 9 Arab celebrities weren't born with the name we associate with them, and it's almost impossible to accept the fact that their stage name isn't their real name... because to us, it kinda is.
1. Mohammed El Helani as "Assi El Helani"
Assi El Helani is Lebanese singer whose musical career officially started at the age of 17 after winning Studio Al Fan, a TV program for young artists throughout the Arab world.
2. Civene Nassim as "Yousra"
3. Michel Emile Kfoury as "Wael Kfoury"
Wael Kfoury is a Lebanese singer, musician and songwriter with over 15 albums.
4. Fatima Ahmad Kamal as "Shadia"
Shadia is an Egyptian actress and singer famous for her roles in the 1950s and 1960s. Her first appearance was in the film "El-Aql Fi Agaza."
5. Nouhad Haddad as "Fairouz"
Fairouz is a legendary Lebanese singer who is one of the most widely admired and deeply respected living singers in the Arab world.
6. Amal Al Atrash as "Asmahan"
Asmahan was an Arab Druze singer and actress of Syrian origins whose voice was one of the few female voices to compete with that of Umm Kulthum.
7. Carla Nazih Berkachi as "Yara"
Lebanese pop singer Yara started her career with the song "Hob Kbeer" and joined Fadel Shaker in a duet called "Khedni Maak." which was a major hit back in the day.
8. Jeanette Gergis Al-Feghali as "Sabah"
Sabah was another widely known Lebanese singer and actress who released over 50 albums and acted in 98 movies as well as more than 20 Lebanese plays.
9. Zaynab Ibrahim Mahfuz as "Samia Gamal"
Samia Gamal was an Egyptian belly dancer and actress who incorporated techniques from ballet and Latin dance to making her solo performances unique. She was also the first to perform with high-heels on stage. She starred in many Egyptian films, including her amazing performance with the famous Farid Al Attrach on the silver screen.