Sheikh Waleed praises Abu Dhabi’s production infrastructure and the new MBC backlot

26 Apr 2016

Sheikh Waleed Al Ibrahim, MBC Group Chairman praised the production infrastructure available in Abu Dhabi while touring the newly opened backlot in Khalifa Industrial Zone (KIZAD), which was designed and built by O3 Productions in cooperation with twofour54. Organised by twofour54, MBC Group and Abu Dhabi Ports, the tour was attended by HE Noura Al Kaabi, Chairwoman of twofour54 and the Media Zone Authority Abu Dhabi and Minister of FNC Affairs.

twofour54 board members, H.E. Mohamed Nasser Al Ghanim, H.E. Reem Yousif Al Shemari, and H.E. Fahad Mattar Al Neyadi, Maryam Al Mheiri, Acting CEO of twofour54; Captain Mohamed Al Shamsi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports; and Fadi Ismail, General Manager of O3 Productions also attended the tour and witnessed some of the cast and crew shoot scenes for the Saudi drama. The crew included Director Al-Mothanna Sobh and cast members Mohammed Bakhsh, Khaled Al Harbi, Abdel Mohsin Nimr, Yousef Al Jarrah, Abdel Rahman Al Yamani, Moayed Al Thagafi, Ali Al Sharif among many others.

Sheikh Waleed Al Ibrahim, Chairman of MBC, commented: “Witnessing such a well-structured backlot with incredible attention to detail has really enhanced the look of this upcoming production. We are proud to join forces with twofour54 to create original content that targets the regional audience through world class production infrastructure and professional services. We are pleased with the way the production process has been so far and we look forward to finishing the drama series at twofour54 studios and post production facilities.” Al Ibrahim concluded: “This encouraging and successful experience is the prelude for other joint projects in the future. I’d like to thank HE Noura Al Kaabi for her continuous support and for accommodating our premium production requirements.”

HE Noura Al Kaabi, Chairwoman of twofour54 and the Media Zone Authority Abu Dhabi and Minister of FNC Affairs, said: “Our collaboration with the leading broadcasting corporation in the Middle East, MBC, is testament to our commitment to supporting content creation from Abu Dhabi, to the region. We are delighted to host the filming of Haret El Sheikh in Abu Dhabi in cooperation with O3 Productions and look forward to continued collaboration in the future.”

The 5,800 square-metre backlot was built to host filming the upcoming 30-episode MBC drama, Haret El Sheikh, was inaugurated by twofour54 and O3 Productions in Abu Dhabi last month as part of a three-year agreement signed in November 2015.

Haret El Sheikh is written by Bandar Bajbaa and has over 60 actors and elite stars from the Gulf including Jamil Ali, Talal El Harbi, Majdi ElKadi, Sanaa Baker Younes, Wajanat ElRihidi, Shirin Hattab, Shaima El Fadel, Meryam El Ghamedi and famous young stars Moaz Younes, Abdul Majid Rehedi,  among many more young Saudi Talents.

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