National Geographic Abu Dhabi has on Aug 5, premiered the original content program ‘Weird but True’ on National Geographic Kids Abu Dhabi. An Arabic original content adaptation of National Geographic’s Weird but True franchise, the show covers science and general knowledge in a factual entertainment format, imparting children with mind-bending facts that are historically accurate.
Under the themes of science and exploration, ‘Weird but True’ will deliver interesting and relevant content to children between the ages of 7-14 who are at the peak age of curiosity. The show airs on Nat Geo Kids Abu Dhabi starting August 5th with episodes also airing simultaneously on the National Geographic Kids Abu Dhabi YouTube channel.
Speaking about the release of the show, H.E. Dr. Ali bin Tamim, General Manager, Abu Dhabi Media said: “As part of Abu Dhabi Media’s strategic goals, we have always been committed to offering a wide range of topics to all our viewers in the Middle East, offering diverse and unique content to the entire family through visual, written and digital content.”
“As part of the strategy of our partnership with National Geographic to offer a wide range of edutainment content for children in the region, ‘Weird but True’ will act as a unique platform for children giving them opportunity to learn and feed their curiosity and discover the world through fun facts and entertainment,” added Bin Tamim.
Weird but True will be hosted by two young talents: Hamdan Wasef Shahada Khalil Zoghbor a 14-year-old Emirati and Iman Tarek Doghoz, a 13-year-old Arab residing in the UAE. Together, Hamdan and Iman bring to life a mixture of live- action and animated episodes, interacting with the objects around them to connect with the young audience. Each episode will include 3-4 Weird but true facts presented in a 90 seconds fun and dynamic approach to appeal to young minds.
Commenting on the show's release Sanjay Raina, General Manager and Senior Vice-President of Fox Networks Groups (FNG), said, “With up to 95 million under the age of 14 in the region, Nat Geo Kids Abu Dhabi’s is a game changer, offering unique high-quality curated factual entertainment content custom-made by kids and for kids. Since the launch of National Geo Kids Abu Dhabi in November 2017, the channel has become one of the most popular channels amongst children in the region."
"Our goal is to guide children in finding answers to the World’s most challenging aspects in simple and fun ways. We want ‘exploration’ to become a mindset, sparking children and youth’s curiosity about every aspect of the world around them. The release of ‘Weird But True’ is in line with this, today, we are very proud today to be releasing ‘Weird but True,’ a first of its kind local Arabic original factual entertainment content. This is just the beginning,” continued Raina.