Arabic-language broadcasts are increasingly diverse and readily available.
And they come from all over the region, from Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, touching on a variety of stories and tales worth watching. Whether it’s showcasing A-list actors, up-and-coming talent, or exploring new genres or familiar tropes in new ways, we’ve put together a list of must-see Arabic-language series you can watch online. burst on Netflix.
A supernatural coming-of-age story about a group of teenagers studying at a private school in Amman, this show features a talented cast of young actors from Jordan, where the series was filmed. Set in modern-day Amman, the story begins when a group of friends unknowingly invite the supernatural forces of jinn into their world during a school field trip to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Petra.
Friendships and budding romances are tested, and central character Mira and her friends must stop her from wreaking more havoc.
The Kuwaiti romantic drama tells the story of Juman and Hisham who, despite apprehensions and estrangement from their families, fall in love and marry.
However, their married life does not go exactly as planned. Soon, the couple discovers that their upbringing and differing outlooks on life aren’t the only causes of tension. With increasing pressure from their families and friends, Juman and Hisham must work even harder to prove that love is enough.
“Adel Karam: live from Beirut”
The famous Lebanese actor and comedian, known for his quick wit and dry humor, is the first Lebanese citizen to get a Netflix special.
Performing at Casino du Liban in Lebanon, Karam effortlessly tackles taboo Middle Eastern topics with down-to-earth, relatable humor through personal experiences and anecdotes.
Emirati entrepreneur Anas Bukhash’s hugely popular YouTube show #ABTalks is now available on Netflix.
In intimate one-on-one conversations with big-name actors, celebrities and thought leaders from across the region, Bukhash dives into the personal and private and shines a light on important and taboo topics affecting the Arab world. .
The dark and intense series starring Taim Hassan and Nadine Nassib Njeim is set on the Lebanese-Syrian border and follows the Sheikh Al Jabal family, who control the smuggling routes between the two countries, and their historic feud with another powerful family. .
The story takes a dramatic turn when Alia, played by Njeim, and her young son visit her recently deceased husband’s home village, and she is forced to marry her brother-in-law.
Netflix’s first Kuwaiti project is a comedy-drama that unveils the thorns and roses of married life. The series, which premiered in September, tells the story of a family counselor working with a couple to help them communicate better and empathize in an effort to save their marriage. The eight-episode show traces the evolution of their relationship over a decade. With its lighthearted tone, the series aims to offer a fresh look at how marital challenges are portrayed in Arab dramas.
The series features a cast of famous Kuwaiti actors including Khalid Ameen, Hussain AlMahdi, Rawan Mahdi, Lamya Tareq, and Hessah Al-Nabhan.
‘AlRawabi School for Girls’
AlRawabi School for Girls became a regional hit when it was released last August. The series is set in a fictional girls’ school and traces the swinging ups and downs of adolescence. Its honest portrayal of contemporary issues, from bullying to social alienation, has made it one of Netflix’s strongest Arabic offerings to date.
Netflix recently confirmed that a second season of the series is in the works. Tima Shomali and Shirin Kamal will return as creators and executive producers, working with writer and executive producer Islam Alshomali. Shomali will also reprise her role as the show’s director.
The First Features of Netflix’s Arabic Reality Series gears from the Arab world who go head-to-head in drag races across deserts, race tracks and cobblestone roads, competing for a cash prize.
The six-part series features pumped-up Ford Mustangs, modified Toyota Supras like greased lightning bolts, gleaming vintage Camaros and beefy trucks that go as fast as speedsters. He also brings several supercars to the fold, including a Dodge Viper and a Porsche 911 Turbo. Drivers compete in a series of drag races on the airstrip at Al Ain International Airport, as well as a number of side challenges such as a drift contest at Yas Marina Circuit.
“The contestants are all so different,” said show presenter Tareq Al-Harbi. The National in an interview ahead of its launch in November. “And we hear their stories, see their problem-solving skills and how they approach each race. There are no guessing who will win. I kept trying to predict races but couldn’t.
Netflix has picked up the third season of Takki and the much-loved Saudi series returned after a six-year hiatus in October last year. He debuted on YouTube in 2012 and was famous for boldly portraying the issues surrounding the kingdom’s youth on screen.
Takki tells the story of Bayan, a video blogger and Twitter personality, who finds himself embroiled in vicious drama after sharing a car ride with an aspiring filmmaker named Malek. The chance meeting then triggers a series of misunderstandings and betrayals. Set in Jeddah, the show tackles themes ranging from gender relations and domestic issues to drug use and racial tensions.
“Just how Jeddah has evolved, Takki evolved with it,” said series creator and director Mohammad Makki. The National Last year. “The opening of cinemas, women driving, changes that have happened in reality are paralleled in the show. Jeddah is beautiful and we wanted to show it.
A decade after portraying the popular character in Ayza Atgawez, Egyptian-Tunisian actress Hend Sabri reprized her role as young pharmacist Ola Abdelsabour in Looking for Ola.
As the 2010 show chronicled Ola’s romantic misadventures as she set out to marry before she turned 30, Looking for Ola pulls back the curtain on what married life has been like for the beloved pharmacist.
From the outside, she appears to have achieved the life she dreamed of in the original series, but as the cracks in her family’s relationship begin to show, Ola must consider how much of herself she has. abandoned.
As the title of the show Looking for Ola implies, the Arabic Netflix Original revolves around the character’s attempts to rediscover herself following a life-altering event she has so meticulously tried to build.
Updated: October 14, 2022, 04:03