Born and raised in Kuwait, Omar Al Dakheel moved to the US at 17 after receiving a full merit scholarship to the University of Miami. After graduating with a BA in Theatre Arts and a BS in Broadcast Journalism, he went on to earn his MFA at the USC School of Cinematic Arts where he focused on Writing and Directing.
Omar directed "Jihad in Hollywood", featuring Werner Herzog, which won the Grand Jury Prize at Kuwait Film Festival and is now available on Al Jazeera. He also directed "al imam", which premiered at the Hot Springs Doc Film Festival and is now on National Geographic. His latest narrative film "Ablution" premiered at Austin Film Festival and has gone to over 60 festivals so far.
Omar is based in Hollywood. His goal is to tell diverse stories with universal values that can bridge the gap between the East and the West.