Rotana Khalijia wins big in Sayidaty’s Ramadan survey

A scene from ‘Shabab Al-Bomb,’ which was declared the best comedy series.
Updated 03 October 2019

Rotana Khalijia wins big in Sayidaty’s Ramadan survey

Rotana Khalijia has won several laurels in an annual Ramadan survey conducted by Sayidaty magazine — the most popular publication in the Arab world. 

This survey, considered the largest and most trustworthy in the region, covers top Ramadan TV series, programs, hosts and stars. 

What adds to the credibility of this survey is the fact that 50 professionals — critics, TV writers, producers and media figures — joined forces to conduct it. A public vote on Sayidaty’s online platforms also helped the popular women’s magazine compile the survey results.

Abdallah Al-Mudefeir, host of “Al-Liwan,” produced and aired on Rotana Khalijia, was acclaimed as the best Khaliji variety host for Ramadan 2019. Al-Mudefeir hosted a number of eminent guests that received high rankings and increased the channel’s viewership.

Rotana Khalijia’s “Shabab Al-Bomb” — ranked first —  was declared the best comedy series. It came as no surprise as the hit show continues to attract a record number of TV and online viewers.

Renowned Kuwaiti actress Hayat Al-Fahad was voted as the best Khaliji actress for her role in “Hodoud Al-Char” — a hit drama series that ran on Rotana Khalijia during Ramadan 2019.

These annual wins strengthen Rotana Khalijia’s position as a favorite destination for Khaliji audience in general and Saudis in particular, as the channel makes it a point to offer them a diversified grid to fit their likings.

The entertainment channel, which was originally launched as a music channel, now airs cultural, folkloric, musical and sports programming, talk shows as well as exclusive premium series.


MBRSC & Nat Geo air film on UAE astronauts

Updated 27 May 2020

MBRSC & Nat Geo air film on UAE astronauts

National Geographic, in partnership with Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Center (MBRSC), has aired a new film documenting the UAE’s extraordinary journey into space. The 22-minute eye-gripping documentary, the second in a four-part film series, premiered on May 25 on National Geographic and National Geographic Abu Dhabi.

Capturing the journey of UAE Astronauts Hazzaa Al-Mansoori and Sultan Al-Neyadi, the documentary highlights their dreams and aspirations, which inspired them to follow their ambitions to become astronauts. The film also highlights the hundreds of hours of mental and physical training that enabled them to successfully complete the UAE’s historic mission to reach the International Space Station (ISS).

Celebrating the first Emirati astronaut mission, the National Geographic film depicts Al-Mansoori’s experience of arriving at the ISS and sheds light on his emotional journey back to Earth.

Showcasing how the dreams of a young boy growing up in a small desert town in Liwa turned to reality, the documentary narrates the personal story of Al-Mansoori, who achieved his long-cherished goal of space travel, with sheer grit and determination.

“I have grown up with this dream of reaching the stars and I believe that everyone should look outside at night and dream about space. 

HIGHLIGHT

The documentary charts the journey of UAE Astronauts Hazzaa Al-Mansoori and Sultan Al-Neyadi as they prepare for their iconic mission, fine-tuning their bodies mentally and physically and learning to adapt to microgravity in space.

“The night before the launch, I was really busy and could not sleep as I was really excited that I was going to space. Reaching the ISS was the proudest moment of my life and I am extremely proud that I accomplished the mission,” said Al-Mansoori.

Moreover, the film gives unique insights into how the UAE astronaut Al-Neyadi’s experience and special expertise in dealing with cutting-edge technology at the UAE military prepared him toward solving some of the most challenging and complex problems related to space.

“Space is really tough on humans and so I had to undergo a lot of physical training exercises, strengthening my muscles and being well equipped to handle everything as a backup flight crew. The specialized training really helped me in adapting myself to all kinds of environments expected in space,” said Al-Neyadi.

In a riveting and compelling style, the documentary charts the journey of Al-Mansoori and Al-Neyadi as they prepare for their iconic mission, fine-tuning their bodies mentally and physically and learning to adapt to microgravity in space. The film also depicts how the Emirati astronauts trained for emergencies that could potentially endanger their lives and the safety of their mission in space.