Two of the region’s most dedicated extreme sports enthusiasts have been chosen to host Quest Arabiya’s new flagship adventure-travel show, Nabd Al Moghamara, now being shot in locations across the region from the Maghreb to the Levant.
Hussein Gazzazz, a 30-year-old Saudi Egyptian skydiving fanatic, will be joined by 29-year-old Lebanese rock climbing enthusiast Ghida Arnaout as they co-host the nine-episode series, scheduled to air for the first time on March 13, 2016.
Nabd Al Moghamara, Arabic for “Pulse of Adventure”, will follow Hussein and Ghida’s journey through stunning landscapes as they experience the most daring pursuits the region has to offer. Production has already started on episodes that will include deep water solo climbing in Oman, white water rafting in Morocco, snow-paragliding in Lebanon and dune-bashing in the UAE.
Carl von Doussa, General Manager of Quest Arabiya, said: “The launch of Nabd Al Moghamara, our first of many regionally-produced, long-form flagship series, will take the channel – that has already been embraced by viewers in 22 countries – to an exciting new level and demonstrates our commitment to creating original Arabic content.
“We are looking forward to highlighting the incredible, natural landscapes throughout the Middle East and North Africa and showcasing the region’s diversity and talent.”
Mr von Doussa added: “This regional content will sit perfectly alongside the world-class programs we access through our partner Discovery Communications, which are fully dubbed in Arabic and with Arabic graphics that make the content relevant and relatable to the MENA audience.”
Quest Arabiya has commissioned the UAE-based production company Saluki Media to deliver Nabd Al Moghamara.
Shereen El Meligi, Quest Arabiya’s Programming Director, said: “Nabd Al Moghamara is set to showcase some great stories of personal endeavour and achievement, but it is also an example of our commitment to providing opportunities for the production industry in the region. We are happy to be working with regional producers, crew and talent on this exciting show.”
Ms El Meligi said she believes the choice of co-hosts was critical to ensuring the show will appeal to the 340 million people, in 45 million households across 22 MENA countries, which Quest Arabiya reaches.
Over the course of each 30-minute episode, the two presenters will train with professional extreme sport athletes to master a specific pursuit. They will get a taste of the local culture and community at each country they visit, taking in the most impressive sights and attractions.
Hussein is a sky diving fanatic with 118 solo jumps under his belt and has a YouTube channel where he posts pulse-racing videos.
He said: “Being chosen as the presenter of Nabd Al Moghamara is a dream job for me as I love trying new extreme stunts and my aim has always been to encourage others to do the same.
“I love going to new countries or regions to find out about the local sports as well as the disciplines and cultures involved. I find it fascinating and I think it’s really important to learn sports the way the locals do it.”
Ghida, who works as social media manager, runs her own blog charting her outdoor pursuits and is passionate about helping other young Arabic women discover a love of the outdoors. She believes Nabd Al Moghamara will do exactly that.
She said: “I was so excited when I found out I had got the presenter job. Not only do I get to be on TV doing cool things, but I will meet lots of like-minded outdoor lovers and reach lots more people, which will help encourage them to get out there and do more. If I can enjoy what I’m doing and meet that personal objective I will be thrilled.”
Quest Arabiya, a division of Image Nation Abu Dhabi, is a free-to-air, factual entertainment Arabic TV channel, is which was launched in December 2015 in association with Discovery Communications.
The channel covers the key genres of Extreme Outdoor, Turbo, Engineering, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Space, and People & Places.
List of episodes:
Desert Quad-Biking/Dune Bashing (UAE)
Snow Paragliding (Lebanon)
Deep Water Soloing (Oman)
White Water Rafting (Morocco)
Kite Surfing (Morocco)
Snow Trekking / Mountain climbing (Morocco)
Special Final Episode – to be revealed
About Quest Arabiya
Quest Arabiya, an exciting partnership between Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Discovery Communications, is a new Arabic language, free-to-air, pan-Arab channel launched on the 7th December, 2015 across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Focusing primarily on factual and reality based programming, Quest Arabiya will broadcast 24 hours a day, accessible to 340 million people in 45 million households across 22 countries. The channel will have a broad appeal to a wide demographic of Arabic-speaking males and females while specifically targeting males 16+ at key times in the schedule.
Content from Discovery’s extensive library of internationally acclaimed factual entertainment shows will be fully Arabized to ensure the channel appeals to as wide an audience as possible. Alongside this, Quest Arabiya will broadcast regionally produced, world-class original material focusing on stories relevant to the region.
Quest Arabiya aims to become the go-to platform for showcasing talent from across the region. The channel is committed to creating regionally produced original programming, fronted by regional talent. It will cover the following genres from launch: Extreme Outdoor, Turbo, Engineering, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Space and People & Places. There will also be programming focusing on crime and illusions.
The launch of Quest Arabiya underpins Image Nation’s ambition to build a sustainable film and television industry in the region, the new station will create exciting opportunities for regional production companies, champion new talent and produce world-class original content that can be sold internationally.