Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah and international actor Mena Massoud were recognized at the GQ Middle East Men of the Year Awards in a ceremony hosted by famed Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef in the UAE on Monday, October 7. Salah won the overall award for Man of the Year and Massoud won the award for Breakthrough Talent. The ceremony was attended by numerous public figures, among whom were several Egyptians artists including renowned actor Youssra and rising star Jamila Award.
The two Egyptian winners received the awards alongside several Middle Eastern artists from various industries including film, fashion, poetry, sports and more. The magazine celebrated the winners’ achievements, which have enriched the region and revived its culture. “Each time he steps on a pitch, Mohamed Salah balances the expectations of a nation and one of the world’s most famous football clubs. It’s the kind of pressure that can make or break a man…but this much we know: Salah won’t be stopped. That’s why he’s our Man of the Year,” The magazine said about Mo Salah, also underscoring his strong morals and constant desire to advance his career.
Furthermore, Egyptian-Canadian star of Disney’s Aladdin (2019) Mena Massoud won the Breakthrough Talent category at the GQ Middle East Men of the Year Awards. A feature on Massoud in GQ discussed Massoud’s performance in Aladdin as well as the film’s $1 billion earnings at the box office but also said, “Away from the big numbers and global worship, Massoud hasn’t lost sight of the bigger picture when it comes to actors of Arab heritage.”
In addition, Legendary Algerian singer Cheb Khaled, globally renowned Lebanese director Nadine Labaki, Iraqi-Australian surgeon and human rights activist Munjed Al Muderis, late Emirati fashion designer Khalid Al Qasimi and several others were among the winners.