Ruby (Egyptian singer)

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Native name رانيا حسين محمد توفيق
Birth name Rania Hussein Muhammad Tawfiq
Born (1981-10-08) October 8, 1981 (age 37)
Origin Cairo, Egypt
Genres Arabic pop, Egyptian music,
Occupation(s) Singer, Actress
Years active 2001–present (actress)
2003–present (singer)
Labels Yellow / Delta Sound (2003–present)

Rania Hussein Muhammad Tawfiq[1] (Arabic: رانيا حسين محمد توفيق‎; born October 8, 1981), known as Ruby (Arabic: روبي‎, sometimes transliterated as Roubi), is an Egyptian singer, actress and occasional model who rose to fame with her debut single "Enta Aref Leih" ("Do You Know Why?") in 2003.[2]


Musical career[edit]

The first music video of her debut single "Enta Aref Leih" (2003), was directed by Sherif Sabri and was a hit on most satellite music stations in the Middle East during the summer of 2003. Ruby was criticized by the media for appearing in the provocative costume of a belly dancer in the song's music video. Despite this criticism, the successful single brought Ruby into the limelight.[3]

Ruby's second video was released in early 2004. The video was titled "Leih Beydary Kedah" (Why Is He Hiding His Feelings Like This?)[4] and directed by Sherif Sabri; the video again also featured provocative scenes. Her third music video "El Gharaam (Koll Amma A'ollo Ah)" was accompanied by clips from Ruby's movie, Saba' Wara'aat Kotcheena (7 Playing Cards). The film was banned by the governments of some Arabic countries due to its usage of erotic themes.

Ruby was questioned in numerous interviews about her provocative style and suggestive moves, to which she responded that she does not consider herself to be a sex symbol. She was also rumoured to be married to her manager, Sherif Sabri, but they have both denied the rumour.[5]

In 2008, she released a single Yal Ramoush (Wonderful Eyelashes). She is also the one who sang the theme song of Al Wa3d Movie Awwel Marra [6]



Year Film Translation Notes
2000 Film Saqafi Cultural Film
2001 Sokoot Hansawwar Silence, We're Rolling
2004 Sabaa' Waraqat Kotsheena 7 Cards
2008 Leilet El BabyDoll The BabyDoll Night
2008 Al Waad The Promise
2010 Al Shawq Longing Won—Golden Pyramid Award from the 34th Cairo International Film Festival[7]
2013 Al Harami Wal Abeet The Thief and the Idiot
2016 Al Hafla The party
2017 Al Kanz The Treasure: Truth and Imagination


  1. ^ "In the Arab World, Pop Stardom Can Be A Touchy Subject" By Y. Euny Hong, The Washington Post. June 5, 2005 Archived February 14, 2011, at WebCite
  2. ^ Adil M. Asgarov, 'Ruby (1981–)', Biographical Encyclopedia of the Modern Middle East and North Africa. Accessed 6 June 2012.  – via HighBeam (subscription required)
  3. ^ Brooke Comer. "Shaking Up the Airwaves". Carnival. Archived from the original on May 2, 2006.
  4. ^ Arabic Song Lyrics and Translation: Ruby Archived February 14, 2011, at WebCite
  5. ^ "Sherif Sabri denies intentions to marry Ruby". Al Bawaba. 2005-04-01. Retrieved 2008-10-26.
  6. ^ El Waad free – FreeArabicMovies Archived February 14, 2011, at WebCite
  7. ^ "Golden Pyramid goes to Al-Shawq". Egyptian Gazette. Archived from the original on 2011-02-14.

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