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Five Arabic Netflix shows that are a must-watch

As if we didn’t already have enough reasons to ignore our responsibilities, we now have a whole category of TV shows that we will gladly slack off for and of course, will get you to as well, because let’s be honest, it’s never as much fun alone.

Underrated to a criminal degree, Arabic language series are in the plenty on Netflix. They come in all genres, shapes and sizes, owing to the dominance of the Arabic language TV industry in this region. 

It’s a melting pot of talent and great stories that are worth watching, and so we’ve rounded up five of the best Arabic language shows on Netflix that you should definitely add to your list. 

Al Rawabi School for Girls

This high-school drama follows a group of outcasts at the prestigious Al Rawabi School for Girls as they hatch a series of risky plots to get back at their bullies. The Jordanian show is a quick watch, wrapping up in six episodes, and will have you cheering for the underdogs as they extract sweet, sweet revenge. 

Not only is it mad entertaining, but it also features the wider themes of bullying and its negative impact on the victims. An open dialogue about class politics, peer pressure, transitioning into adulthood and coming of age in a toxic environment that should otherwise be nurturing and safe will make you sit up and think. 

Newton’s Cradle

For this Egyptian couple, one way to secure a green card to the US is to have their first child there but they don’t know what’s coming their way. Risks and unforeseen consequences- that will change the fabric of their marriage – will stand in the way of their quest for naturalisation in a country that may not be as welcoming as they think. The show is long and engaging, with 30 episodes to keep you hooked for a while. 

Valentino

An Egyptian family comedy through and through, this show follows a businessman in the education sector. The owner of a group of international schools, he gets caught up in a series of scams. But that isn’t the only problem he has in life, for his wife, a principal, dictates it with an iron fist. 

Another long watch to sort your Netflix nights for a good month or two, it’ll take you through 30 episodes of drama. Grab your popcorn! 

Jinn

This one’s for all the supernatural fans out there. It’s a party with the demons during this high-school trip to Petra. 

For some context, a jinn is a spirit from the unseen supernatural realm that exists alongside us on Earth, as per Arabic and Islamic theology. Two of them, one good and one evil, escape their plane and turn the playground into a pit of horrors in this 5-episode long series. 

A few girlish screams might escape you during the course of the show, but that’s okay. 

Justice

A fierce feminist queen defies odds to ditch her father’s law firm and paves her own path while fighting to stay afloat in the justice system of Abu Dhabi. This courtroom drama is Netflix’s first local release, and is a refreshing take on a female lawyer making headway in a male-dominated system.

It may be a man’s world, but she’s here to make it her own. Spanning 18 episodes and featuring the diversity that is so visible here in the UAE, it’s a thrilling drama that is a play of your wits. 

An avid reader and writer, Manaal is known for her passion for telling stories. This passion results in her reading everywhere, on the metro, bus, and even in her dreams. In the rare instance, she isn't absorbed in a book, she can be found cuddling with cats, sleeping, and collecting an obscene amount of shoes.

anythingthatschocolate@buzzzing.ae

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