MBC Group Chairman announces the largest historical TV drama production to-date featuring the Biography of the second Muslim Caliph Farooq the Great Umar Ibn Al-Khattab

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Dubai, September 30, 2010 - "MBC Group" Chairman Sheikh Waleed Al Ibrahim announced the co-production of the largest historical TV drama to-date, featuring the Biography of the second Muslim Caliph Farooq the Great Umar Ibn Al-Khattab (MGBH). The announcement was made public in a joint-press conference attended by Sheikh Waleed Al Ibrahim himself, in addition to Qatar Media Corporation's Sheikh Faisal Bin Jassim Al Thani, Qatar TV's Director Mohammad Abdulrahman Al-Kuwari and MBC Group's Director General Ali Al-Hedeithy.

The importance of this grand TV drama production lies primarily in the personality of Al-Farooq Umar Ibn Al-Khattab himself, his enriching life, his extraordinary role in the history of advocacy and in the establishment of the state of Islam, as well as the merits of those enduring personal virtues he embodied as the "Separator of Truth from False" -  a frame of reference for Muslims until our present time.

The strong commitment to go-ahead with this grand TV drama production lies in several factors, paramount of which is the quest to re-display history, correct it and preserve it as much as possible through TV drama, based on the most accurate and verifiable historical facts - thus refuting the multiple theories which offended or are still offensive to the Islamic history. The intended TV drama production will highlight the exceptional era and the message of the founding figure Umar Ibn Al-Khattab, and will showcase a lasting reference, as well as a role model of humbleness, good governance, justice, social welfare, citizenship and moderation in Islam, without extremism or violence.

This grand TV drama production featuring the Biography of the second Muslim Caliph Umar Ibn Al-Khattab will bear the signature of renowned historical drama writer Dr. Walid Saif, coupled with the proven experience of TV Director Hatem Ali. The text validation and fact review committee will consist of prominent members, namely: Dr. Sheikh Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, Sheikh Salman Al Odah; and Dr. Abdul Wahab Al Terrery, Dr. Ali Al-Sallaby, Dr. Saad Matar Al-Otaibi, and Dr. Akram Diya Al Omari.

It's worth noting that the preliminary screening date of this grand historical TV drama is set for the upcoming month of Ramadan 2011 - thus allowing time yet, giving priority to the superior quality and extreme accuracy factors, knowing that it will be dubbed &/or subtitled into many languages, including Turkish, Urdu, Malay, Persian, in addition to other living languages such as English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and others. 


About MBC Group
MBC Group is the first private free-to-air satellite broadcasting company in the Arab World. It was launched in London in 1991 and later moved to its headquarters in Dubai in 2002. Over the past 19 years, MBC Group has grown to become a well-established media group that enriches people's lives through information, interaction and entertainment.  Based in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, MBC Group includes 10 television channels: MBC1 (general family entertainment), MBC2 and MBC MAX (24-hour movies), MBC3 (children's entertainment), MBC4 (entertainment for new Arab women), MBC Action (action series and movies), MBC Persia (24-hour movie channel subtitled and/ or dubbed in Farsi), Al Arabiya (the 24-hour Arabic language news channel); Wanasah (24-hour Arabic music channel) and MBC Drama (24 hour Arabic drama on Paid TV) and two radio stations: MBC FM (Gulf music), and Panorama FM (contemporary Arabic hit music); as well as O3 productions, a specialized documentary production unit. It has also several online platforms:,, and

For further information, please contact:
Ruba Al Ayed
Group PR Manager
MBC Group
Tel: + 971 4 391 9999 ext 9825

© Press Release 2010


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