Netflix have started focusing on the MENA region recently, starting from the series ‘Justice’, where the shooting took place in Abu Dhabi and featured an Emirati heroine as the lead. Next was the documentary series ‘Follow this‘ which featured in one of its episodes, a fashion modest one.
Now, Netflix is turning their attention towards Jordan, as they have announced recently their very first Arab Netflix original series ‘Jinn‘, coming to the streaming website this summer.
The series is set in Jordan, and the ancient city of Petra is getting a starring role in this original drama. The story follows a young group of Jordanian teenagers whose lives turn into a complete chaos, after a Jinn appears to them in Petra.
“Set in modern Amman and ancient Petra, Jinn follows a group of Arab teenagers as their friendships and budding romances are tested when they unknowingly invite the supernatural forces of jinn into their world,” Netflix says.
“As the lines between good and evil blur, can the friends find the answers needed in order to save everything?”
Lebanese director Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya said in a statement, “this is a great opportunity to portray Arab youth in a very unique way. The level of authenticity Netflix is trying to achieve with this show is definitely what attracted me the most to be part of this project.”
“We are really excited about this. It is very common in Middle East that people know someone who has a Jinn story, so it’s nice to take that and turn it into a fun and mysterious teen adventure that everyone can enjoy,” adds Jordanian screenwriter Bassel Ghandour. “On a broader note, I love that Netflix is investing a lot in the region, it’s a real turning point. We have such a rich storytelling culture, and we’ll finally be able to enjoy Arabic content with Netflix quality.”
Jinn is featuring a number of up-and-coming young talented cast, including Salma Malhas as Mira, a girl who turns rebellious in the aftermath of losing her mother, Mira then falls in love with Keras, played by Hamza Abu Eqab.
The Jinn who is tasked with guarding vigilante Jinns. Sultan Alkhalil stars as Yassin, who struggles with a world that seems to be against him all the time.
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Being stubborn isn’t bad after all when one has big dreams in life. Acting has always been my biggest passion no matter where life took me. After years of auditioning and learning, I can proudly say that I am an Official Cast Member on one of the biggest acting platforms out there: @netflix @netflixmena , In it’s First Original Arabic Series “JINN”. So grateful and excited for this opportunity 🙏 Can’t wait for you’ll to see this🤩
The series is to be released this summer, on June 13th.
Messi Thanks Turki Al-Sheikh For His Wonderful Hospitality
Turki Al-Sheikh, owner of Almeria invited Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi over the weekend to watch Almeria’s game against Elche, in an attempt to strength his relationship with the star.
Messi released a video on his official Instagram page last Saturday, the video highlighted the moment of his entrance where he shook hands with Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority of Entertainment, and owner of the Spanish club Almeria.
“I am happy to be back in Riyadh and I look forward to returning again. Thank you Turki Al-Sheikh and the Riyadh season for the great evening.” Messi wrote.
Messi also accepted Al-Sheikh invitation to watch the game at his house, along with international teammates Dybala, De Paul, Agüero and former Real Betis man Lo Celso. All of whom enjoyed Al-Sheikh’s hospitality as they watched the Spanish second division game, which ended 1-1.
On his behalf, Al Sheikh posted a video of the evening he had Messi over at his place, “First of all happy to see you here and to be in Saudi Arabia, and I hope to meet you next year in La Liga between Barcelona and Almeria.” Al-Sheikh said in the video.
Another video was posted of Al-Sheikh showing Messi around Riyadh.
The Kingdom is Getting Its Very Own Version of Coachella!
Leave everything that you’re doing because this is news you don’t want to skip! The Kingdom has announced that AlUla Desert will host its very own version of Coachella.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual music and arts festival held in California’s Coachella Valley, and now this major event is coming your way to the Arabian desert, AlUla.
Desert X is collaborating with the Royal Commission for AlUla to present Desert X AlUla, which will take place in the historically significant place AlUla and with its stunning beauty and cultural heritage, the event will certainly captivate visitors.
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As we plan for Desert X 2021 in the Coachella Valley, we wanted to share the news with you that Desert X is expanding beyond the borders of the California desert and going international. Furthering our mission to connect desert communities and cultures around the world through contemporary art, Desert X is collaborating with the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) to present Desert X AlUla, which will take place in the desert of AlUla in northwest Saudi Arabia, a historically significant place of outstanding beauty and cultural heritage, and home to the country’s first UNESCO world heritage site, Hegra. #desertx #desertxalula
“Desert X is expanding beyond the borders of the California desert and going international,” the organizers announced on Instagram. “Furthering our mission to connect desert communities and cultures around the world through contemporary art, Desert X is collaborating with the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU) to present Desert X AlUla, which will take place in the desert of AlUla in northwest Saudi Arabia, a historically significant place of outstanding beauty and cultural heritage, and home to the country’s first UNESCO world heritage site, Hegra.”
The event is coming faster than you might think, as it scheduled for next year in January.
International Celebrities Rock the Red Carpet During the Joy Forum19
The Joy Forum19 is a major industry event organized by the General Entertainment Authority (GEA), the event plays a huge role in placing the Kingdom on the global entertainment map.
Yesterday, the event witnessed a number of mega stars and entertainment pioneers from across the world, such as Indian actor and film producer Shah Rukh Khan; Hong Kong martial artist, actor, film director Jackie Chan and Belgian actor and martial artist Jean-Claude Van Damme.
More celebrities from the across the world walked the red carpet, including American actor Jason Momoa, star of Aquaman; Amr Adeeb, Balqis Fathi, Yusra, Boosy Shalabi, Lojien, Aseel Omran, Mohammed Hamaki, Nawal AlZoghbi, Talal Salama, Ahlam Al-Shamsi, Hussain AlJismi, Suad Abdulla, Ibrahem Alharbi, Tariq Alali and Abdulnaser Darweesh.
During yesterday’s event, the GEA took the opportunity and signed a number of important agreements that included a financing guarantee program for small and medium-sized enterprises.
“Our message is for both, locally and internationally. Me and my generation suffered a lot, we had lots of time on our hands,” GEA chairman Turki Al-Sheikh stated at the event.
“Today you are witnessing things we have never had in Saudi Arabia. We have 300,000 visitors to our events, and our sales have hit 80 percent.” Al-Sheikh added.
During the event, co-founder and CEO of the Saudi Arabian Myrkott Animation Studio, Abdulaziz AlMuzaini expressed his gratitude to King Salman and the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
“If it wasn’t for them, I wouldn’t have dreamed of this moment or this panel.” He said.
The private gala dinner hosted 500 guests while the red carpet elegantly showcased where Saudi Arabia is heading in terms of the entertainment industry.