Twofour54 has announced the completion of the third season of Iftah Ya Simsim, an Arabic language show for children, in partnership with Bidaya, an Arabic content developer with a focus on creating educational content for children.
Season 3 of the show recently received the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Arabic Language Award for the best Arabic media initiative. The series will feature 52 episodes of fans’ favourite characters – No’man, Shams, Melsoon, Elmo, Kaaki, Gargur and their friends – in new engaging story lines with the educational theme ‘The New 3Rs – Relationships, Respect and Resilience’.
Speaking about the show, H.E. Maryam Eid AlMheiri, CEO of Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi and twofour54, said: “We are delighted that our partnership with Bidaya is proving so successful and is creating entertaining and educational content in Arabic that is loved by so many children around the Arab world. Our partnership with Bidaya demonstrates the power and value of twofour54’s ecosystem. I’m delighted that a third season of the show will be hitting TV screens to convey these values to children growing up today.”
Iftah Ya Simsim is based on the iconic children’s series Sesame Street created by Sesame Workshop and is an extension of their work in the Gulf region. Today, the show airs on more than 32 television and digital platforms within MENA. The show is an example of twofour54’s support to developing quality Arabic content in the region and nurturing young Arab talent, both of which are key priorities for the zone.
Dr. Cairo Arafat, Managing Director of Bidaya, added: “It has been wonderful to be back at twofour54’s studios to produce our third series. Iftah Ya Simsim is a flagship project for Bidaya and I cannot think of anywhere better to film it. The facilities and support we received from the team at twofour54 are second to none.”
Season 3 of Iftah Ya Simsim will include a variety of different formats, characters and celebrities to support children’s Arabic language development, school preparedness and learning and acquiring the social and emotional skills needed to be outstanding local and global citizens. This show and spin-offs are now available and entertaining millions of viewers not only on television, but across digital and social media as well.
twofour54 provided full production and post-production services for season 3, including editing suites as well as use of its studios. The crew also included homegrown professionals sourced via twofour54’s freelance programme and Media Mania Production House, a partner at twofour54.
Season 3 of Iftah Ya Simsim will be broadcast in early 2019 and is supported by the UAE’s Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood, Abu Dhabi Department of Health, Abu Dhabi Education and Knowledge, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Healthpoint, the Imperial College London Diabetes Center, YouTube and Mubadala Investment Company.