A look at three shows on our screens on first night of Ramadan
This is the fifth year running for chef Khulood Atiq to bring her particular brand of Emirati cuisine to screens during Ramadan.
With Emirati dishes about to become a standard fixture in the buffet spreads at high-end hotels across the UAE, there’s no better time to learn more about the cuisine of the UAE.
In her first episode, chef Atiq tackled one of the most important Ramadan dishes for Emiratis. Harees is a Ramadan staple, and makes an almost daily appearance on tables across the UAE during the holy month.
A whipped wheat dish traditionally made using meat and similar in consistency to porridge, chef Khulood presented a chicken-based version, after poaching chicken with cardamom pods to make a fragrant broth.
She also used the resulting harees as a base for a vegetable soup. Elaborating on Emirati customs – such as the importance of harees as a filling, comfort food for suhoor and how a particular type of immersion blender is required to reach the right consistency – is an essential part of the programme and an appreciated insight into the traditions of Emirati cooking. Additionally, an impressive lineup of Arab chefs will be joining her in future episodes. Foodies, keep an eye on this one.
Airs at 2.30pm daily on Abu Dhabi TV
The Sun Never Qudous’s acclaimed novel has been dramatised. It was previously adapted into a popular 1961 Egyptian romance movie starring Faten Hamama and Imad Hamdi, and presented at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 1962.
The film was also voted one of the best Egyptian film productions among 150 in 1996, and has always been an audience favourite – so it will be interesting to see how the story unfolds over 30 episodes and set in the modern day, 50 years after the story was originally conceived.
Airs at 10pm on CBC and 11pm daily on CBC Drama
from the capital of dreams, from Abu Dhabi,” announces Galal, before introducing his unsuspecting guest – Egyptian dancer and actress Fifi Abdo.
Galal provides a running commentary of mockery behind the scenes, while Abdo is led to believe she is being interviewed for a Ramadan talk-show.
As she leaves, the vehicle she is in begins dune bashing in the desert in what appears to be the Empty Quarter, before the driver loses control of the 4x4 and lands in a swampy area full of quicksand.
The vehicle sinks, the driver appears to suffocate and die and mayhem ensues. Abdo is unable to stop screaming and slapping her face, repeatedly saying: “I don’t want to die, I don’t want to die ... I’m gonna get swallowed in the desert.”
Suddenly, a human-sized lizard appears, wandering out of the cave – it is Galal in a full-body suit. It is a wonder she doesn’t give herself an aneurysm.
Expect more of the same for the next 29 days of Ramadan, with confirmed guests including Shah Rukh Khan and Wael Kfoury.
Airs at 9pm on MBC Masr and at 9.30pm daily on MBC
Actress Mervat Amin, right, in the Egyptian soap opera La Totfea’ Al Shams.
From left, Emirati chef Khulood Atiq and Egyptian comedian Ramez Galal.