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Rola Mahmoud

* 1977, Egyptian, Actress and Singer

Rola works in Egypt. Her husband, a British journalist lives in Dubai. She likes the town because there are always so many new opportunities, especially culturally. Many Egyptians still think the Gulf has no culture. They have not noticed what had been emerging here in recent years. Rola wanted to be photographed in front of Arab carvings. We met her in front of the Royal Mirage Hotel. One of the Emirs had the Moroccan palace built for his beloved wife. When she divorced him the palace became a hotel.

My name is Rola Mahmoud. I am an actress and a singer. I live in Cairo most of the time and I come here to Dubai to work and of course to stay with my husband who works here.

I like the West. I don’t find any difficulties or even major differences. Its just the way how live is going on in Europe is a little faster then in the East. People in the East are just so much more relaxed. Things regarding what should be done or not is not religious. As so many people think. It’s social. In Egypt for exemple you find so many copts, Egyptian christians that are even much less liberal than any muslim family so its not the religion at all. Its just some social traditions which should not be used againts the rights of women for example. One of the differences actually ist how the women are treated in the East. That’s something I really do not like. Some man in the East respect women. They respect their humanity. Some of them or let’s say the majority have taught women from a very young age to be scared. And I am totally against that. For example I don’t find any freedom to go and walk along the Corniche in Cairo, for example, because I would be taken as a bad women. My curly hair is causing me a problem in Egypt. Because it is this kind of hair people don’t want to see. Because it is free, its big, its….Especially if my hair is wet after a shower they are giving me a hard time. You know what I mean. It has some connotations.

American people are very sweet. You know. As nationals they are very sweet and they start to understand what is going on in the world now. It’s because, you know, there is globalism now. There is the internet there are so many satellite channels and - thank god - there are so many Arab satellite channels now as well. But the thing is, the American government is not so fair. So unless the American government stops and thinks what to do in order to apologize to the Arabs and stops humiliating them in their media a lot of disputes will take place, more disputes will take place.

Do you think the Arabs back Usama Bin Laden? It would be out of ignorance that they back Usama Bin Laden. Because any kind of fanatism leads to a lot of destruction and the results in the end are never positive. So how can people back Usama Bin Laden. He is not a popular figure even in Egypt. You see.



Rola Mahmoud
* 1977, Egyptian, Actress and Singer


 

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