Amr Diab was born in Port Said, Egypt into an artistic family headed by his
father who possessed a fine singing voice. Amr was encouraged to sing and showed
remarkable promise at an early age. One evening, when Amr was just 6 years old,
his father took him to the July 23rd Festival at Port Said where he made his
first singing appearance on Egyptian Radio performing the National Anthem
?Biladi, Biladi?. The governor took note, and awarded him with a guitar as a
Amr continued to pursue his dream and began his musical studies at the music faculty of the Cairo Academy of Art, from which he graduated in 1986. His first album Ya Tareeq followed shortly after graduation and was an instant success. He followed this early success with 16 other hit albums, making him the most famous Arabic singing star of his generation.
He was the first Arab artist to make a video clip and in a parallel career,
has acted in several films including Dhahk We Laiab (Laughter & Fun), in which he plays opposite the world famous
Egyptian actor Omar Sharif and 'Ice Cream' , in which he played the lead.
In 1997 Amr Diab won three Awards at the Annual Arabic Festival (for Best
Video, Best Song and Artist of the Year). In the following year, he received a
Triple Platinum Award for the sales of
Nour El Ain, and received the Worldwide Music Award in Monaco on 6
May 1998. This award was the first of its kind for an Arabic artist,
illustrating the international nature of his appeal, unlike the majority of his
On Amarain he performed two duets with with the France based international Rai superstar, Khaled of 'Didi' fame, and with the Greek diva, Angela Dimitrou, whose crossover smash 'Marguerites' was a huge hit across the Middle East in 1998.