Insight Magazine
January ‘17
There’s no better way to start the year than to hear the amazing success stories of two icons that have skyrocketed in celebrity status in their fields. Our one and only Hana Shiha tells us about how she went from being stuck in roles of the cute girl next door to manifesting far more complex personalities: from Nousa in Moga Harra (Hot Wave) to Hala in Before the Summer Crowds.
Dr. Majd: Hana is very loyal and funny and that’s what I like most about her.

Dr. Majd, What can you tell us about yourself?

I’m a father of the most beautiful children, Talia, Karam and Rayan. My wife, best friend and love of my life is Doctor Dima Bassem, and she works with me in my business. My clinic chain, Liberty Dental Clinic is known to constitute the biggest and best dental clinics in the Middle East. Our labs use top notch technology alongside our effective training that teaches a whopping number of doctors in the region, and internationally, to use the highest dental technology and carry out research professionally. Lately, we have established a charity under our name that aims to donate an annual million AED to treat and teach children around the world. We believe that a sound society is one with healthy, educated children.

Dr. Majd, What are the obstacles that you face as a celebrity dentist?

I don’t face any obstacles when I treat celebrities, but it’s sometimes challenging to guarantee our patients the privacy they deserve. We also do our best to treat them within a small time-frame, as swiftly as possible. Another thing we have to do is study the actor well before choosing his/her smile; you must create a smile that suits all of their roles. When we work with hosts and TV presenters for instance, we always choose a smile that would make them look more preppy and glowing.

Dr. Majd, Talk to us about your friendship with Hana Shiha?

Hana is a very dear friend of mine. She visited me like any other actress would, just to get her smile done, but we had so many things in common and she and my wife eventually became friends. When I visited Egypt recently, she invited me to her home and I must say, in all honesty, that she’s a tender and kind lady and I’m very proud of our friendship. Hana is very loyal and funny and that’s what I like most about her. Whenever I’m around her, she creates a most fun atmosphere that would cheer up anyone.

Dr. Majd, Tell us about your role as a brand ambassador for Zenith?

Zenith watches are one of the oldest and renowned Swiss watch companies. This year we’re celebrating its 150th birthday; the brand appointed five ambassadors around the world including myself. I am their ambassador in the Middle East and North Africa. I’m so proud of this title and how the brand did not choose to pick famous actors or athletes to represent them, instead, they chose people who are special in their field.

Hana, | How do you recap 2016?

It’s been a very strong year, and not just for me. Personally, there was a lot of sadness of course. I lost the legend Mohamed Khan, but the year has eventually done me good personally and professionally as the events helped me get a better look at the big picture. I worked on myself more, I took acting classes, and I took the break that I needed. However, I wasn’t entirely away from the screen as I starred in Khan’s Before the Summer Crowds, and I did attend two festivals with Khan and two by myself. I’ve recently gone to Notre Dame after Khan passed away to attend his memorial tribute. In Jordan, they hosted a tribute for the film as well and I was one to present it. So overall, it was a huge year cinema wise and it was an important step for me to work with such a renowned director as Mohamed Khan.

Hana, Given your celebrity status, how do you deal with rumours?

I usually brush them all off completely, but some issues have to be tackled when they concern integrity. Like Magda Khairallah’s claims on my behalf. Even though it’s not something I do, it’s simply ABC  of journalism to refrain from accusing someone of something without listening to both sides of the story.

Hana, What’s the effect of social media on you and your work?

Social media has recently become a very powerful tool for everyone. I like the good side of it, I try to avoid the bad side. I like to promote what I like and find interesting, and I try to disregard what I don’t like seeing. Generally speaking, social media is an effective tool for me to promote what interests me, so I’m all for it.

Hana, Talk to us about your friendship with Dr. Majd.

On the professional level, he’s one of the best doctors I’ve ever dealt with in my life. He would always tell me there’s absolutely nothing wrong with my teeth, but he brought them out brilliantly in less than ten days. On the personal level, we’ve become very good friends along with his kids and wife; we all have a very loving relationship. He’s always there for me and I get along great with his family as well, which is a very rare kind of friendship to find these days.

By Rania Ihab