A look at three shows on our screens on first night of Ra­madan

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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

Cour­tesy MBC

Ac­tress Mer­vat Amin, right, in the Egyp­tian soap opera La Tot­fea’ Al Shams.

Cour­tesy MBC; Christo­pher Pike / The Na­tional

From left, Emi­rati chef Khu­lood Atiq and Egyp­tian co­me­dian Ramez Galal.

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