Netflix to debut its first Egyptian original series ‘Paranormal’

CAIOR – – Netflix Inc. will on Thursday debut its first Egyptian television series ‘Paranormal’, a major step in the streaming service’s Middle Eastern strategy.

The series is based on Egyptian  novelist Ahmed Khaled Tawfik’s book about a doctor whose lifelong scientific convictions are suddenly called into question. His critically acclaimed novels in Arabic have sold more than 15 million copies.

‘Our plan is: invest in Arab creators, in Arab production, in Arab content. We have announced for projects, plus ‘Paranormal’, said Ahmed Sharkawi, director of Arabic and African original series at Netflix.

Paranormal centres around Rafaat Ismail, a cynical doctor with a dark wit and whose convictions about the natural world are put to the test when he begins to experience paranormal activities.

‘This is one of my life’s projects. I loved (the novels) since I was a kid…We’ve been trying to get (a series) out since 2006, so finally it has been shown to the audience’, said Amr Salama, co-producer on the show along with Mohamed Hefzy.

Egypt was historical dubbed the ‘Hollywood of the Middle East’ and produces the most Arabic film and television series which are viewed across the region.

‘We are a global platform…so this is an opportunity that is different from any other opportunity we’ve worked. We can now have fans from other regions, other countries, who speak other language’, said Ahmed Amin who plays the show’s protagonist.

Netflix has said it expects to complete shooting over 150 productions by the end of the year and that it would release more original programming in each quarter of 2021 compared with 2020.

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Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Arrives In Egypt, Will Visit Jordan And Turkey Next

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Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Establishes National Media Office in UAE

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Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala And EQT Fund To Buy Sweden’s Envirotainer

PARIS, France – Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala and a fund managed by European buyout firm EQT have agreed to buy Envirotainer, a Swedish company which leases out cold containers for shipping temperature – sensitive healthcare products. Mubadala and the EQT X fund are buying the company from European buyout firm Cinven and Denmark life … More Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala And EQT Fund To Buy Sweden’s Envirotainer

Russia’s Lavrov To Meet With GCC Ministers In Riyadh On Wednesday – Officials

PARIS, France – Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Saudi Arabia on Wednesday where he will meet with the foreign ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries (GCC), two Gulf officials said on Tuesday. Lavrov is expected to meet with ministers of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar in … More Russia’s Lavrov To Meet With GCC Ministers In Riyadh On Wednesday – Officials

Dubai Cooling Firm Empower Invited Banks To Pitch For IPO – Sources

DUBAI – Dubai’s Emirates Central Cooling System Cooperation (Empower) has invited investment banks to pitch for roles in its planned initial public offering, which is slated for later this years, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Empower, which is part owned by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), has asked banks to … More Dubai Cooling Firm Empower Invited Banks To Pitch For IPO – Sources

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