Industry: Arts & Entertainment
Elissar Zakaria Khoury, known to millions across the Arab world simply as Elissa, is one of the region’s biggest stars.
Born to a Lebanese mother and Syrian father, Elissa made her debut in 1992 in Studio El Fan, a popular music competition, where she won a silver medal. Her debut album, Baddi Doub, on EMI followed in 1999 and since then she has released seven more studio albums. She is the recipient of the World Music Award for best-selling artist in the Middle East and has won the World Music Award accolade three times, an achievement yet to be matched by any other Lebanese performer.