NABIL ELOUAHABI plays HAMZA, Ibn Battuta's best friend who gives him a letter of introduction to Ibn Mustapha in Cairo.

Elouahabi most recently starred in The Path To 9/11 alongside Harvey Keital in the twopart drama which chronicles the work of the commission set up to investigate the events leading up to the devastating terrorist attacks. He also just completed The Boat People, a psychological thriller directed by Rob Curry, and Charlie Wilson's War, a drama based on Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, starring Tom Hanks, Amy Adams, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman, directed by Mike Nichols. He also has been seen in two Michael Winterbottom features, Code 46, a doomed love story with Tim Robbins and Togo Iquama; and In This World, about Afghan refugees who escape from Peshawar in a dangerous attempt to reach London. The picture won a 2004 Orange BAFTA for Best Film not in the English language and the Golden Bear at the 2003 Berlin Film Festival. Previously he starred in the Jack Ryan prequel The Sum of All Fears with Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman. Among his other feature film credits are two films directed by Nigel Barker: Asylum and Plato's Breaking Point; and Simon, directed by Martin Huberty.

Probably best known as Tariq in the UK's EastEnders, Elouhahabi left the long-running series in 2005 to pursue a more diversified repertoire. Also for television he has just completed the HBO series, Generation Kill and had roles in Paramount TV's Keen Eddie, BBC's Only Fools and Horses, Attachments II and Casualty, among others.

His theatre credits include "Prophet in Exile Oud," directed by Corin Redgrave, and written by Nadim Sawalha, who also appears in Journey to Mecca, and in real life, is a father figure to Elouahabi. He also performed in "Crossing Jerusalem," "Sparkleshart," on tour of the UK with the Royal National Theatre, "Balti Kings Shahbab," and toured with "Don't Look at My Sister Innit."

Born in London to parents from Tangier, Elouahabi obtained a BTEC in Performing Arts at vocational school followed by a stint in Theatre Studies and Drama at the Royal Holloway University. He resides in London.

Cast:

Ibn Battuta: Chems Eddine Zinoun
The Highwayman: Hassam Ghancy
Ibn Muzaffar: Nadim Sawalha
Hamza: Nabil Elouahabi

Crew:

Director/Co-Screenwriter: Bruce Neibaur
Executive Producer: Jake Eberts
Producer: Jonathan Barker
Producer: Dominic Cunningham-Reid
Producer: Taran Davies
Co-Producer: Dima Alansari
Co-Producer: Dounia Benjelloun
Co-Producer: Al-Zain Al-Sabah
Screenwriter: Tahir Shah
Screenwriter: Carl Knutson
Supervising: Producer Diane Roberts
Supervising: Producer Tony Thatcher
Line Producer: Daniel Ferguson
Director Of Photography: Matthew Williams
Production Designer: Mike Fowlie
Art Director: Philip Murphy
Editor: Jean-Marie Drot
Costume Designer: Emma Bellocq
Location Director - Mecca: Abdul Latif Salazar
Director Of Photography - Mecca: Afshin Javadi
Director Of Photography - Mecca: Ghasem Ebrahimian
Director of Photography – Mecca: Rafey Mahmood