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Mona Zaki Was a Modern Day Cleopatra in Her Gold Zuhair Murad Gown at 2021 Ball of Arabia


Mona Zaki wore a dress by Zuhair Murad. Her hair was styled by Rafi Fazaa, and her makeup was done by Olivia Jacob. Photo: Dazl Production

It’s never a surprise to see Mona Zaki, the internationally-acclaimed Egyptian actress, in head-turning ensembles by Lebanese designer Zuhair Murad. And last night, the on-screen icon, who is now gaining an international spotlight through her most recent Netflix success, Newton’s Cradle, made another appearance in her go-to couturier while playing co-chair for the second edition of the Ball of Arabia.

Wearing a cut-out sandy gold gown doused in intricate beadwork, Zaki sauntered around Raffles The Palm Dubai last evening like a modern Cleopatra, and also spoke about how proud she felt about taking part in Vogue Arabia’s special celebration, which celebrated 50 years of the UAE. “Because I respect the UAE and its people, and I’m always pleased with all their work and progress, I’m very proud to be here,” she said.


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The Egyptian star paired her intricate gown with jewelry from Bvlgari, and Rafi Fazaa sleeked her hair down into a glossy do, while Olivia Jacob completed her evening look with a bold smokey wing and nude lips. Zaki carried a bright gold clutch by Sandra J with her ensemble, revealing to Vogue Arabia that that the two essential items she always brings on a red carpet are lipstick and a credit card. Later that night, she also switched her extravagant gown for a shorter party-ready look in the same shade, proving that there’s no silhouette she can’t carry off.


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In her most recent Netflix show, Mona Zaki plays the role of Hana, a woman who sacrificed her life to leave Egypt and established a life in the United States. The subtitled series explores themes like mental health, desperation over the American Dream, the importance of communication, and the rocky path of marriage. Newton’s Cradle is now considered among the top 10 Netflix shows currently, and has attracted the international attention of an audience that relates to the real-life issues posed in this show.

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