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RAMADAN DRAMA SERIES. (From left to right) Syrian Series, Egyptian Series, Kuwaiti Series.

TV broadcasting during Ramadan is changing particularly in the Middle East. While there are uncertainties as the industry moves forward, clear trends are emerging:

1. Large TV channels are providing their audience with high- quality drama series to differentiate their offerings and stay relevant in the market during the holy month of Ramadan.
2. Major broadcasters have been responding to rising Arabic TV series prices and the need for quality productions by commissioning their own TV series or entering into joint productions with producers and/ or other TV channels.
3. The increasing involvement of TV broadcasters in series production, even if primarily as financiers, is likely to improve overall production quality. Not only are TV broadcasters able to vigorously market the new programming, but also being in a better position to understand the needs and preferences of viewers, broadcasters can tailor productions toward more contemporary topics of interest to their audience.
4. Large TV groups with generalist channels, such as MBC, are launching thematic channels in order to maintain viewership across multiple segments. These channels tend to be clearly identified and positioned, with the identity made obvious to viewers in both content and promotion.

➢ Advertising Revenue During Ramadan

1. TV series are among the most popular types of programming during Ramadan especially in the Middle East followed by variety/entertainment shows, films, and news. As such, TV series, especially dramatic TV series in Arabic, are becoming dynamic sources of advertising revenues.
2. Regional TV stations spend the whole year preparing for Ramadan month, as it has become the single most important time of the year for them. The leading broadcasters typically earn about 30% of their annual advertising income during the Holy Month.
3. Exclusive rights to air a TV series during Ramadan cover approximately three quarters of production costs, with Dubai TV, MBC, LBC, Al-Rai, Abu Dhabi, and Melody Drama TV competing to be the first in line.
4. Statistics from the Pan Arab Research Centre (PARC) show that Ramadan is the advertising high season in Egypt, with $146 million spent during the holy month last year, a remarkable 62% increase over any other time of the year.

➢ Facts About Drama Production in Ramadan

1. The master of the game is Egypt in terms of TV drama production and TV broadcast services, followed by Syria, GCC countries and then the rest of the Arab world.
2. The number of Syrian soap operas available in Ramadan since 2006 has fallen because of a reduction in the availability of funding from other countries in the region, a consequence of the country’s forced isolation following the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri in 2005, which Syria was widely blamed for, though has always dined.
3. Since the mid-1990s, Syria has been at the forefront of television drama productions, eclipsing Egypt’s traditional cultural hegemony.
4. Limited supply and strong demand for high-quality Arabic TV series, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan, when viewership is high, is resulting in large increase in prices, especially for first-run exclusive.

By Weam Al Dakheel

How do Arabs deal with their required spatial use?

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Edward Hall demonstrates in “The Arab World” a detailed evolution of the use of space, the correlated relationship between culture and perceptive of space. Additionally, he explains how Americans are experiencing the lack of understanding of what space, spatial needs and requirements means to cultural differences in the Arab region. Additionally, Hall combined the terms “proximity” and “paradox” in his analysis to mean a study of man’s use of space as a part of his culture. As he explained how Arabs are not experiencing any kind of outside ego and self-permission in which they evaporate their own ego down inside the body while interacting with the external world. He gave an example while referring to self-permission referring to the Arabic equivalent word to rape. Surprisingly, he was out of parallel terms in which I absolute disagree with him. Rape is listed in the prohibited agenda in the Arab world that calls for death penalty in some cases, and it is a major subject matter in customary humanitarian law.

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Further more, Edward turned to explain how Arab live in a wide-open private sphere that made them more liberated in the public sphere in a way, distracting and eliminating others from their own security and privacy. He described the space inside the Arab homes as a huge structure comparing to the American standers with no partition to produce a sense of intimacy and family relationship. On the contrary, most of the Arab families are considered conservative, the concept of gender mixing is unacceptable from a very young age especially inside the house, for example, sharing the bedrooms and sleeping in same beds, showering or using the same bathroom. Therefore, houses in the Arab world are well known with their separation and disconnecting formation to avoid any interaction between males and females especially in the private gender sector.

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Overall, I disagree in many personal concepts the author has demonstrated in this article especially after conceiving lots of personal comment and subjective perspectives that are sprinkled throughout the text. As a result, Edward hall seemed totally prejudiced, biased, subjective, one-sided, insufficient that lacked the well-built foundation to prove his claims right to different sides of readers with uncorrupted examination.

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I believe that Arabism is a conceptual ideology that will only reflect societal perception on how Arabs answer the question of their own existence, and then believe why they actually survived as Arabs!!

Hunger with no submission
Palestine will knock you down perpetually

New MEA
The new but not new Middle East!

a story
A story with no Romance!

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Political humor and cartoons might have an extra dimension of relevance and reality in the Arab world, and if that is the case, why not to use sense of humor about us ‘ARABS’ and other powerful patriarchs?

It is just all perfect satire that reflects a flawless satire in itself!