100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40
Qusai Khouli
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Qusai Khouli

Industry: Arts and entertainment

Designation: Actor

Country: Syria

Age: 39

Born in Tartous, Qusai Khouli studied at the Higher Institute for Dramatic Arts in Damascus. He graduated in 1999 and first appeared in TV show called ‘Orientals’. Ever since, Khouli has taken on a series of varied roles, from comedy to drama. Perhaps his most famous turn came in the historical drama Bab Al Hara (Neighbourhood’s Gate), a smash-hit production that followed the fortunes of a small Damascene suburb in the 1930s. More recently, Khouli played a blind man with a talent for playing the piano in the serial Al Ishq Al Haram.

Next up for the Syrian superstar is the second season of the MBC historical drama Saraya Abdeen, which will be shown during Ramadan. The show tells the story of the khedive (or viceroy) of Egypt and Sudan in the 19th century; Khouli plays the role of Ismail Pasha.