Raya Abirached is one of the most important and successful TV personalities in the Arab world.
She is the only Arab TV presenter to interview weighty Hollywood stars. Raya is the producer,
writer, and researcher of her own TV programs, which makes her an inspiration to many women and
girls around the world with her successful career of more than 15 years.
Raya hosted several TV shows, including the weekly business show World Business, which aired on
CNBC Europe and Asia. She is also the researcher and presenter of her popular TV program Scoop
With Raya, which airs on MBC 2. She also co-hosts the hit TV talent show Arabs Got Talent. She
covers important film events like the Academy Awards, BAFTA, and Golden Globes ceremonies, along
with international film festivals, such as the Cannes Film Festival, Berlin International Film
Festival, and the Venice International Film Festival. Raya hosted the opening ceremony of the
2nd El Gouna Film Festival in 2018.
Abirached lent her voice to the Arabic versions of some of the most famous animation films, such
as The Angry Birds Movie and Smurfs: The Lost Village. In 2019, she joined the cast of the
animation film Angry Birds 2.
Moreover, Raya's charismatic presence and charm has made her one of the most sought after faces
in the Arab world to represent several brands. She has been the brand ambassador of several regional
and international brand names, such as Sony Mobile, Banana Republic, the American fashion house,
Himalaya, IWC Schaffhausen luxury watches, and the two prestigious brands Armani and Bvlgari.
In November 2019, Abirached won the Arab Women of the Year Award for Achievement in Television
at the 2019 Arab Women of the Year Awards in London.
In June 2020, Raya was the moderator of the Arab Cinema Center’s panel discussion on the future
of Arab Festivals during the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel was attended by presidents and
directors of Arab and international film festivals.
During the 42nd Cairo International Film Festival, Raya moderated an in-conversation session
with the acclaimed British actor Rufus Sewell and another one with Egypt’s sweetheart actress
In addition to that, Raya moderated Lagoonie Film Production’s roundtable discussions with
prominent cinema figures from the Arab world. Held on the sidelines of the 42nd Cairo
International Film Festival (CIFF), the roundtable featured three episodes with each of them
consisting of three parts.
In April 2021, Raya was appointed as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in the MENA Region making her
the first Arab female to be appointed as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.