Gigs In The UAE Have Been Cancelled So Here Are Five Great Shows To Watch On Netflix
The Middle East is under a coronavirus-induced entertainment lockdown, or at least that’s how it feels at the moment. The UAE cycling tour was abandoned last week after two team staffers tested positive for Covid-19, two-day dance music event Ultra Abu Dhabi has been called off due to travel restrictions, and now the third edition of Club Social festival – which featured Liam Gallagher, Kaiser Chiefs and Clean Bandit on the bill – is cancelled, too.
It’s all good though, because Netflix always has your back. From supernatural dramas to thought-provoking shorts, there’s no shortage of great TV to stream while the rest of the world panic-buys hand sanitiser. Chuck your trackies on, stock up on snacks, and prepare to binge-watch your way through our pick of original series, below:
Watch Çağatay Ulusoy button up Hakan Demir’s talismanic Ottoman shirt for the third series of Turkish supernatural drama The Protector. Istanbul shopkeeper Demir is connected to an ancient secret order whose duty is to kill an immortal enemy – known as The Immortal – and protect the city. Friday March 6 promises to be a big night for Ulusoy, who scooped Television Actor of the Year at the GQ Men of the Year awards for his portrayal of Demir.
Six Windows in the Desert
A collection of thought-provoking shorts from innovative Saudi filmmakers depicting the nuances of Saudi Arabian culture, from the prejudice faced by an ill-treated nanny to a terror attack at a theatre in Riyadh. You’ll recognise a few faces – influencer and actor Mohammed Alhamdan, best known as Warchieff, stars in the TV mini-series.
Formula 1: Drive to Survive
Building on the success of 2018, the cameras have gone behind the scenes once again for the 2019 Formula 1 season, which saw Lewis Hamilton claim his sixth drivers’ title, that dramatic German Grand Prix and a show-stopping end-of-season race in Abu Dhabi. There’s more to the show than memorable race moments, though – Drive to Survive is a no-holds-barred look at the reality of F1 for both the drivers and team personnel.
Starring Lebanese-Palestinian-Syrian-Italian-American writer and stand-up comedian Sammy Obeid, this science-based show takes 100 participants from different backgrounds through a series of social experiments to draw some pretty fascinating conclusions. Providing insight into frequently asked questions by ordinary people, 100 Humans explores age, happiness, memory and more in a bid to answer key questions about human nature.
The second installment of Netflix’s first Arabic original series, Jinn, is on the way this summer, so if you’re yet to watch the first series of the supernatural thriller drama, we’d recommend doing so now. A few scenes in the Jordanian production sparked an uproar when they first hit screens, casting doubt over the potential for a sequel – so we’re keen to see where Lebanese director Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya takes it.