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Overview (2)

Born in Cairo, Egypt
Died in Cairo, Egypt  (heart failure)

Mini Bio (1)

Mohamed Abdel Wahab was born on March 13, 1901 in Cairo, Egypt. He was married to Nahla Al Qudsi and Iqbal. He died on May 3, 1991 in Cairo.

Spouse (3)

Nahla Al Qudsi (1958 - 3 May 1991) ( his death)
Iqbal (1944 - 1957) ( divorced) ( 5 children)
? (1933 - 1943) ( divorced)

Trivia (15)

Gifted composer and musician who was considered to be the Beethoven of the Arab world.
Composed Egypt's national anthem.
Abdel Halim Hafez was one of his close friends.
He had a phobia of flying.
In 1924 he was taken under the wing of Ahmed Shawky, then known as the Prince of Poets.
For his orchestration of the Egyptian national anthem, Anwar Sadat awarded him the rank of general.
Hybridized Western song forms such as the tango, samba, and rumba.
In 1964, Gamal Abdel-Nasser awarded Mohammed Abdel Wahab Egypt's highest honor, the Medal of Honor.
Father of five children from his second marriage to Iqbal and they are Ahmed, Mohamed, Esmat, Effat and Aysha.
Composed the United Arab Emirates' national anthem in 1971.
He was given a military funeral.
His first marriage was to an older woman whom as sources say produced his first film 'The White Rose' (1934). They divorced ten years later.
Grew up in Bab Al-Sha'ryia with his parents and two sisters.
Had an obsession with cleanliness.
Worked at a circus as a young boy so he could sing despite his family's objection.

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