Being the largest Arabic-speaking country, Modern Egypt is somewhat understandably a major center of modern Arab culture. The fact that it has historically been one of the most powerful countries in the region and was once the region's leading economic power also helps. For these reasons and others, Egypt—and particularly Cairo—is noted as being the number one center for Arabic culture today, despite Egypt's complex relationship with the rest of the Arab World.
Creators (includes foreign people of Egyptian descent)
- Youssef Chahine (director), a very prolific director.
- Omar Sharif, an actor best known for his work in 1960s Hollywood films such as Lawrence of Arabia. Born Michael Chalhoub, he was of Lebanese Melkite Catholic descent but converted to Islam and legally changed his name.
- Wendie Malick, American actress, is of Coptic descent on her father's side (her surname is Arabic).
- Rami Malek, American actor of Coptic background. Though born in the US, Arabic is his first language.
- Mena Massoud, Canadian actor of Coptic background. He moved to Canada when he was three.
- Zeeko Zaki, American actor, was born in Egypt but moved to the United States when he was a month old.
- Ahmed Helmy, a famous Egyptian actor and a big name in the Arab world, and was born in Banha.
- Never Say No to Panda, an ad campaign for Panda Cheese that had gone viral worldwide.
- Cairo Station
- I Am Afraid To Forget Your Face, 2020 Short Film Palme d'Or winner
- Mako (2021)
- Cairokee, an Egyptian rock band that gained prominence during the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.
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