The best Arabic drama production to air on Dubai Media Inc.’s (DMI) Dubai TV and Sama Dubai channels this Ramadan will win a cash award of US$1 million from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Besides this, DMI has launched a separate competition to award a prize to the best local, GCC, or Arab drama production that is aired on its channels.
Special telephone numbers have been set up for viewers from around the Arab world to participate in the voting process via text messages. 10 luxury cars will be given away as the grand prize during the month. A draw for two cars will take place on a weekly basis, airing live each Sunday on Sama Dubai through the programme ‘Layali Ramadan’ (Ramadan Nights), while the draw on the last two cars will take place upon conclusion of the competition.
HE Ahmed Abdulla Al Sheikh, managing director of DMI commented that the award “serves as an incentive for all drama producers and creative artists to improve their works and develop widely acclaimed quality programmes for the Arab audience”.
Al Sheikh added: “This is an open invitation to all audiences to actively contribute to the selection process. DMI remains committed to enhancing the viewing preferences of Arab families through offering the best and the most unique works on all our channels. Our programming effectively complements the status of Dubai as one of the most important media centres in the Middle East.”
Twelve series will be competing for the Best Arab Drama award this year, of which eight will air on Dubai TV and four on Sama Dubai TV.