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Abu Dhabi focuses on 1930s Emirati

'Doroub Al-Mataya' explores world of the desert

BAGHDAD — The Emirati way of life in the 1930s, long before society-altering oil was discovered, is the focus of Abu Dhabi TV’s program schedule for 2009.

Epic series “Doroub Al-Mataya” explores the struggle between good and evil, patience and impetuousness and honesty vs. betrayal.

Produced by Dhabian Art Prods. and sponsored by Abu Dhabi Media Co., series was scripted by Sultan Al Neyadi and helmed by Arif Al Taweel.

The 30-part series, filmed in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Oman, explores the songs and poetry of the desert and tells the stories of an era of camel trains and seafarers.

“The series presents human and emotional issues along with the customs and traditions of the Emirati people and focuses on the themes of magnanimity, honor and the spirit of group cooperation,” according to Middle Eastern news website Al-Shorfa.com.

Filming lasted more than six months and involved a cast of more than 150. Many of the location shots took place Ras Ghurab Island, about 30 minutes from Abu Dhabi. But because transportation to the island was difficult, some actors and crew lived there for the duration of the shoot.

Forty of the most popular Emirati and Gulf actors were cast in the series, including Huda Al Khateeb, Ahmed Al Jasmi, Abdul-Muhsin Al Nimr, Asmahan Tawfiq, Shamaa Mohammed, Shahd Al Yasin, Mohammed Al-Amri and Bilal Abdullah.

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