Infobox musical artist

Name = Ahlam
Background = solo_singer
Birth_name = Ahlam Ali Al Shāmsi
Alias =
Born = birth date and age|1969|2|13
Died =
Origin = Bahrain, United Arab Emirates
Instrument =
Genre = Arabic Music
Occupation = Singer
Years_active = 1994 - present
Label =
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URL = http://www.ahlamvoice.ws/
Current_members =
Past_members =

Ahlam Ali Al Shāmsi ( _ar. أحلام علي الشامسي) (born February 13, 1969), commonly known as Ahlam ( _ar. أحلام) is a leading female singer from Bahrain who became a UAE citizen in 1996. She has 9 albums to her name, and is popular throughout the Middle East, particularly in the Gulf region.


Ahlam started her singing career when she was a little child. She used to sing in weddings and ceremonies, and through this she was noticed by the Kuwaiti music composer, Anwar Abdullah. This recognition lead Ahlam to sign a contract with "Funoon Al Emarat", a local Gulf-Music production company. The composer Anwar Abdullah also assisted her through the release of her debut self-titled album, "(Ahlam)". Ahlam received a personal testimonial from the Saudi artist, Mohammed Abdu (nicknamed "Artist Of The Arabs") stating that Ahlam's voice is a Gulf voice by 100%.

Ahlam is also one of the richest Arab singersFact|date=June 2008. She is believed to be one of the most highly paid singers in Rotana. Ahlam is married to a famous Qatari rally champion, Mubarak Al-Hajiri. They had together a baby boy named Fahed and a baby girl named Fatima.

Ahlam lives between Doha and Dubai. she owns two houses in each city. In addition to both houses in Gulf, she also own a flat in Cairo.

Character and Originality

Ahlam is so popular in the Gulf, which led a journalist to say "if you want to be famous just publicly insult or offense Ahlam".

There was a concurrency between Ahlam and Nawal El Kuwaiti, and a race to win the title of the Gulf first female artist. Ahlam repeatedly declared that she and Nawal El Kuwaiti are sisters, but still insits that she is the first. The two met on a Rotana tv concert in 2006 and sang a lot of duets. where finally Nawal El Kuwaiti put an end to this issue saying that it is not this important.

Ahlam is famous for her outspoken behavior, outburst of anger and lack of control (some may even say terre à terre or lack of chic and class), which had earned her too many enemies and feuds in the artistic milieu. Soon after her marriage she was publicly accused by a fashion designer of not reimbursing money she owed her for wedding clothing and celebration. She once said that Thekra sings out of tune, which she definitely regretted after her colleague's brutal death in 2003. She repeatedly criticized Assalah for singing in the Khalijee dialect that she ought sing first in her native syrian dialect. But one can't deny her humor after saying that Tarek el Aryan (Assalah's husband) is a very good director and that she will be glad to collaborate wit him in the future, "of course if the Foreign Affairs Ministry allowed so" (sure she meant by Foreign Affairs Ministry: Assalah)

Following Elissa's wining for two consecutive years a worldwide music award, she was among the first to accuse Elissa of buying the award.

Among Ahlam's enemies is the controversial Lebanese journalist Nidal el Ahmadia that criticized her for classifying Haifa's singing under heavenly and poetic Fairouz's category and asked her for a public apology after her fans compared Fairouz's voice to a chicken singing for cocks and drunkards . So Ahlam responded with what reassembles to the typical Arab proverb:"The dogs may bark; the caravan goes on!" or " Dogs bark but the caravan moves on", infuriated Nidal el Ahmadia declared she will sue Ahlam for public swearing and defamation in the UK, The Emirates, Lebanon and Bahrain tribunals.

But her most recent war is against Chams whom she described as incompetent to be even an "artist's tail" , She even went far of criticizing her singing saying she can't sing and accused her of buying magazines covers with the condition to attack Ahlam in the headlines.


* Motheer (1995, Funoon Al Emarat)
* Ma'aa Al Salamah (1996, Funoon Al Emarat)
* Kaif Artha (1997, Funoon Al Emarat)
* Ma yeseh Ela El Saheeh (1998, Funoon Al Emarat)
* Tabee'ee (1999, Funoon Al Emarat)
* Mekhtlef (2000, Funoon Al Emarat)
* Le Elmak Bas (2001, Funnon Al Emarat)
* Ahsan (2003, Alam El Phan)
* El Thokol Sana'a (2006, Rotana Records)

External links

* [http://www.filfilah.com/2007/07/ahlam-photos.html Ahlam Photos]
* [http://www.ahlamvoice.ws/ Ahlam's official website]

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