Shining among the Stars: Celebrity interviewer and seasoned journalist Adnan Al Kateb ranked first in global electronic media

Sunday 5 Jun 2022

Accomplishing an unprecedented achievement for an Arab journalist, British Syrian editor, writer and social media star Adnan Al Kateb topped the list of most important and popular international figures in electronic media, published by global digital platform StarCount.



The international website, which is known for evaluating media outlets and social network accounts, ranked Al Kateb number 1 globally, recognizing his strong presence and active engagement on social media platforms where he attracts millions of followers looking for latest news, exclusive celebrity images and inspiring content.

During his career that has spanned more than 30 years, Adnan Al Kateb built long-lasting friendships with celebrities from the worlds of art and filmmaking to business and finance. Earning him the title of “interviewer of the stars”, these relationships yielded hundreds of exclusive interviews with Arab and international personalities, mostly published in the leading Arab luxury lifestyle magazine “Hia”, where he works as Managing Editor.

Social Media Stardom

Not only was Adnan Al Kateb first on the global list of famous figures with the most reach on social media channels according to StarCount, but he was also the only Arab personality in the chart’s top 100. Surpassing famous celebrities and multinational brands, his ranking was based on his wide fanbase across the world’s biggest social networks, including Instagram, where he has 3.5 million followers, and Facebook where his official page has 8.2 million “likes” with a reach of 18 to 20 million per week and an engagement of 2 to 4 million people a week. Within a month of its launch, his Facebook page had gained over 2 million “likes”- a record number that has not been achieved by any other Arab journalist.

When asked about his social media activity, Al Kateb notes that Facebook is his favourite platform, and the one he allocates the most time to and feels he excels the most on: “I am surprised by the sudden success and humbled by the love shown by the public towards my page. More than the success factor, I enjoy interacting with my friends who in turn respond & engage with me.”

Interviewer of the Stars

From actresses and fashion models, to designers, royals and leaders from across the globe, Al Kateb has interviewed some of the world’s biggest stars, including Monica Bellucci, Julia Roberts, Gisele Bundchen, Blake Lively, Jennifer Lopez, Amy Adams, Selena Gomez, Beyonce, Diane Kruger, Laetitia Casta, Angelina Jolie, Kate Bosworth, Amanda Seyfried, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Miranda Kerr, and Emilia Clarke. With his eloquent writing, immaculate professionalism and relentless dedication to his work, he has also become known for providing a significant platform for up-and-coming entrepreneurial and creative talents, stemming from his firm belief in the importance of empowering future generations.

An Inspirational Journey

His journey was anything but easy, struggling with poverty during his childhood and working during school years to help his family. In his native Syria, he began his journalism career as a sports editor, before being promoted to editorial manager for a local political newspaper. In the early nineties, he moved to the United Kingdom where he was appointed editorial manager of Sayidaty magazine, and also hosted a radio program titled “Midnight with Adnan”. He later relocated to the UAE in 2006, where he currently resides and works as editorial manager for industry leader Hia magazine. One of the few British journalists of Arab origin that have the support and immunity of the National Union of Journalists, Adnan has been an active member of the NUJ for decades.

For more information about him, please visit his website



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