By Courtney Trenwith
Former legal adviser to Bahraini king & UN Special Envoy on Syria set to marry American actor
A Lebanese-born, former legal adviser to the Bahraini government is engaged to Hollywood actor George Clooney, her law firm has confirmed.
Amal Alamuddin, a highly successful international and human rights lawyer, has famously taken the heart of the actor often referred to as Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor.
Alamuddin is a former legal adviser to Bahrain’s King Hamad and worked with the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (BICI) during investigations into political unrest in 2011, according to Gulf Daily News.
She also helped train Bahraini lawyers in human rights law international standards as recently as January, GDN added.
She has advised former United Nations general secretary and Special Envoy on Syria, Kofi Annan and been appointed to numerous UN committees.
The 36-year-old is based in London, where she works on the international team for law firm Doughty Street Chambers.
"The barristers and staff of Doughty Street Chambers offer their best wishes and congratulations to Ms. Amal Alamuddin, a member of Chambers, and Mr. George Clooney on their engagement to be married," the firm said in a statement on Monday.
Chief executive Robin Jackson added his personal congratulations: "She brings a bright light to everything she is involved in," People magazine quoted him as saying.
"And I am so delighted at her happy news."
Celebrity magazines also reported Alamuddin was seen wearing a "massive ring" on her wedding finger last week, while dining with Clooney in a Californian restaurant.
Clooney has been famously single since he split from his first wife, Talia Balsam, who he was married to between 1989 and 1993.
She's Lebanese and Not ARAB
Wish you both all the Best.
We hope that both of you keep on with the good humanitarian work and acting.
Congratulations for what we hope is a match made in Heaven.
We are proud of you.
Have George Clooney converted to Islam? I am curious to know
@J&B, are you joking? Then please tell the leaders of your country to remove your country as member of the ARAB LEAGUE since you are not an ARAB country.
It is amazing how some people manage to turn practically every discussion into a racial or religious debate. Get a life guys ...
@Telcoguy, assuming shes a muslim, she cant marry but a Muslim as per Islam:) Hope that help clarify Kabou Q!
@MoO, as a moslem and as a Lebanese, she can marry whoever she wishes, of whatever religion that person is, and she can convert to any religion of her choice, without any interference from the Lebanese government; modernity and free choice is alive and well and practiced without prejudice, at least according to the legal system in Lebanon.
@ J&B. Oh....so you're one of those "we're not Arabs we're Phoenicians" tribe. Still harbouring some of the seventies ridiculous ideologies??
In case you missed the history lesson, the Phoenicians are long gone and Lebanon has been an Arab nation since the seventh century AD. Like it or not, Lebanon is an Arab country, not Canaanite, not Phoenician, not Greek, not Roman...oh and not French either...