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The Middle East is home to a number of talented entertainers who you might not have ever heard of before. These are some famous people of Syria from past and present. The list includes a number of popular musicians, actors and athletes who left their mark on the Arab world. Do you know of any other famous Syrians? We’d like to hear from you in the comments section below.

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1. Assala Nasri

Forty-six-year-old Assala Nasri is one of the most famous female Middle Eastern singers. Born in Damascus, Nasri is best known for her album Sawaha Galbi, which held the number one spot on the Syrian music charts for four weeks in 2007. She’s also been the host of the popular Syrian TV show Soula. Nasri was granted Bahraini citizenship by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa a few days after she gave a performance in the operetta “Love and Loyalty” in celebration of Bahrain’s Independence Day. Assala has four children, two from her first marriage to Ayman Al Dahabi, and twins from her second marriage to a Palestinian-American director, Tarek Al Eryan.

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