OLINA ELHAGE - TV Personality, Presenter and Philanthropist 'Knowing that the smile on other people's faces is literally drawn by you - is just euphoric.'
Olina Elhage started her professional career at the young age of 17. After graduating with distinction from a reputable university in Lebanon with a BA degree in Political Science, Olina knew exactly what was next. She wanted to become a news presenter but a modern, young and trendy one; one that speaks the viewer’s language and whom they can relate to.
She began her TV career presenting the morning news on MTV Lebanon, Lebanon’s leading entertainment TV channel before moving to what she describes as the ‘City of Life’, Dubai, where she currently resides and is the lead presenter of the news segment on the region’s leading Arabic TV station, MBC TV.
Known for her persistence, Olina believes that ‘persistence’ – a word that is also tattooed on Angelina Jolie’s arm in Arabic calligraphy - is the most important characteristic to help one reach his or her goals and have a meaningful life.
Olina loves to involve herself in the production process of the news. She prepares, writes and edits stories keeping in mind the demographics of her audience. She also writes her own personal segment which she presents daily on MBC news. She selects a topic of interest, criticizes it or praises it in her very own purposeful way.
At heart, Olina is a true philanthropist. Every once in a while she packs her bags to turn the spotlight on a humanitarian story. This is where her true passion lies and what she loves the most about her job. She gets to experience, live, feel, and probably help heal other people's miseries. Most recently, Olina was the only Arabic TV presenter to visit the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Despite all the logistical challenges and security concerns, she visited the affected town for a few days and experienced the living conditions, talked to the families and children in an effort to draw a picture for and get the attention of the Arab world. Olina also enjoys being involved in and supporting education and development projects or anything that contributes to moving the society forward.
Olina fell for Dubai after visiting the city on numerous occasions prior to starting her career in TV. She felt that it was a land full of opportunities and at the same time an Arab city that carries a lot of her culture of origins, however; with a lot less of that chaos you find in the rest of the Arab world. She loves the multicultural aspect of the city and diversity which she believes teaches you tolerance.
In her free time, Olina enjoys good music, swimming, spending time in the gym and cooking! You can watch Olina on MBC1 TV daily from Sunday – Thursday at 10:00 PM Dubai.
Social Media: Twitter: @Oolinaa Instagram: @OlinaHajj