One of Egypt’s bestselling novelists, Ahmed has also stamped himself on the local filmmaking industry as one
of its most successful screenwriters. BLUE ELEPHANT 2, a sequel that he wrote to one of his own books, broke
box office records in 2019. He has since teamed up with that film’s director Marwan Hamed, to
adapt another novel of his, 1919, into KIRA & EL GIN, which is said to be Egypt’s most expensive film
production ever at a cost of $10 million. With particular resonance for today’s pandemic, the 1919 Spanish
Flu plays a significant role in that story that takes place when demonstrations occurred against of British
occupation. This year, Ahmed published his new novel and presented a radio show. He is still the most active
writer in Egypt and the Arab world.