Red Sea Global Launches New Water Sports & Diving Brands to Deliver Above & Below Water Experiences at The Red Sea and Amaala

WAMA and Galaxea will lead exclusive water sports and diving activities for guests at The Red Sea and Amaala

A series of conservation-based experiences will be available for adults and children to discover one of the world’s least explored coral reefs

Red Sea Global (RSG), the multi-project developer behind the world’s most ambitious regenerative tourism destinations, The Red Sea and Amaala, has revealed two new water sports and diving brands, WAMA and Galaxea, set to deliver incredible guest experiences at RSG destinations.

WAMA will be responsible for creating exclusive water sports experiences such as kayaking, SUP, and sailing, while Galaxea will deliver unique diving adventures which will offer guests the chance to discover one of the world’s largest and least explored coral reefs.

“Whether it’s kayaking, canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, foiling, kite surfing, sailing, or exploring the Red Sea’s incredible submarine world, WAMA, and Galaxea will create extraordinary moments and beautiful memories that last a lifetime,” said John Pagano, Group CEO of Red Sea Global.

“What’s more, these brands have been created with sustainability at their core and will continue to build on our ambition to deliver a regenerative approach to tourism development and operations. It is our hope that eventually, they will become standalone brands operating at destinations around the world.”

In line with this approach, Galaxea is working closely with Saudi Water Sports & Diving Federation, alongside PADI International to ensure that all diving facilities operated by Galaxea lead in regenerative tourism standards and set the blueprint for future diving development around the world.

All guest experiences will be in line with the Red Sea Adventure Program, an initiative that is being developed to preserve places of great natural beauty within The Red Sea and Amaala. Led by Red Sea Global’s scientists, guests will be able to explore and learn about the diverse ecosystems and how they are impacted by light, sound, and climate change.

Last year, an eleven-month-long research study of the Al Wajh lagoon revealed an exceptionally rich diversity of habitats, flora, and fauna. These include a significant number of endangered and critically endangered species such as the Halavi Guitarfish, Hawksbill Sea Turtle, and Sooty Falcon, as well as a thriving, eight-meter-high single coral colony estimated to be around 600 years old. The Red Sea is home to 280 species of fish, hawksbill turtles, dugongs, dolphins, and sharks as well as numerous sea birds and 314 species of coral.

It is hoped that future divers will also be able to explore an 18th-century ‘merchantman’ shipwreck which is currently the most intact and best-preserved wooden shipwreck in the Red Sea. The site boasts a spectacular cargo of jars, porcelain, and spices, a testament to the history of trading activities in the region.

Other guest experiences focused on nature will include astrophotography, full moon hiking, bird counting, seeding the mangroves, and monitoring turtle hatching will also be available.

Three resorts at The Red Sea will open this year along with the first phase of the Red Sea International airport. A further 13 hotels will open in 2024, and upon full completion in 2030, the destination will comprise 50 resorts, offering up to 8,000 hotel rooms and more than 1,000 residential properties across 22 islands and six inland sites. The destination will also include luxury marinas, golf courses, entertainment, F&B, and leisure facilities.


Top 10 things to do in AlUla on the Saudi Founding Day weekend

Saudi “Founding Day” this year coincides with AlUla Arts Festival 2023, themed ‘Living in Color’

As the Kingdom prepares to commemorate its Founding Day, audiences in Saudi Arabia will be treated to a weekend full of activities engaging the community with their heritage in which everyone can meet ancient art that has been kept for thousands of years alongside new and contemporary art that reflects our current time, presenting a rich program of special exhibitions on contemporary art and design with the agricultural events. 

Saudi “Founding Day” this year coincides with AlUla Arts Festival 2023, themed ‘Living in Color’ which explores art that revels in the polychromatic, imbuing the environment of AlUla’s stunning landscape with dazzling hues through curated public art installations and shows.  

During this weekend all visitors will experience different activities across AlUla showcasing traditional Saudi garments and costumes, street musician performances, Saudi soldiers’ parade, roving actors, and more.

With an expansive array of programs, these are the 10 highlights of the Saudi “Founding Day” weekend that visitors should not miss. 

Cultural Oasis, Old Town and AlJadidah

Aimed at engaging the local community with their cultural heritage and for families to enjoy the weekend, AlUla welcomes visitors from all ages on an agricultural tour in the eco-gardening farm in the Cultural Oasis to relax under the date palm trees while sampling a variety of traditional local foods, including the must-try Saudi Coffee in the farmers’ market. In addition, the streets of Old Town will be filled with the aroma of Bakhour, which represents Saudi culture and hospitality, while one can immerse oneself in the sounds of various instruments played by street musicians portraying local music. And in the streets of AlJadidah immersive and interactive theatre will represent times gone by.

FAME: Andy Warhol in AlUla

Produced in collaboration with The Andy Warhol Museum, which holds the largest collection of the artist’s work and archive, FAME: Andy Warhol in AlUla brings together some of Warhol’s most recognizable artworks in an exhibition curated especially for the mirrored building of Maraya, AlUla’s premier arts and cultural venue. 

Curated by Patrick Moore, Director of The Andy Warhol Museum, the exhibition explores the concept of fame through the lens of Warhol’s life and work, from his childhood in industrial Pittsburgh to his career as a celebrated artist who depicted Hollywood glamor and celebrity in distinct, unforgettable ways. FAME presents Warhol’s paintings and prints alongside his “screen tests” of 1960’s counter-culture icons, as well his groundbreaking sculptural and interactive work Silver Clouds. 

FAME: Andy Warhol in AlUla, February 16-May 16, 2023, Maraya. Free entry with registration on

Cinema AlJadidah & AlUla Cinema Week

As part of the festival, Arts AlUla welcomes a new permanent activation aimed at celebrating film – Cinema AlJadidah is the city’s premier outdoor theatre that will showcase arthouse films, blockbusters, Arabic movies, and more. A film program by Cinema Akil launches Cinema AlJadidah, featuring titles that delve into land art, specifically relevant to AlUla with its various site-responsive art projects, including Desert X AlUla and the upcoming Wadi Al Fann.

From February 23 to March 4, Cinema AlJadidah will present AlUla Cinema Week in partnership with the Red Sea International Film Festival, showcasing a series of impressive local and international films, starting with a mini red carpet event and screening of Sattar by Saudi filmmaker Abdullah Alarak. The week also includes days dedicated to Arab, international, and Saudi short films. 

AlUla Cinema Week in partnership with the Red Sea International Film Festival runs from February 23-March 4, 2023. Tickets can be purchased for SAR 35 on

Alicia Keys in Concert

The much-lauded Grammy Award-winning singer Alicia Keys returns to AlUla for her second concert in the historic city. With her distinct voice and uplifting messages, the singer, songwriter, and producer will perform at Maraya on February 24, building on her close engagement with AlUla’s culture and heritage. 

Her presence sends a strong message about the role of history and art when it comes to empowering people, especially women, toward successful creative journeys. Her return is accompanied by Good Intentions, a Saudi-based creative consultancy that will accompany the weekend with events and special experiences, including a private dialogue at Madrasat Addeera entitled “Women to Women” on February 25.

Prices for concert tickets start at SAR1,200, February 24, Maraya, AlUla. Tickets are available on


Wadi AlFann Guided Tours and Hikes

An extraordinary new hiking journey is now available at Wadi AlFann, ‘Valley of the Arts’, a spectacular 65 sq. km. valley that will soon be a new global destination for contemporary art, design, and culture. The site will feature art commissions by world-renowned artists James Turrell, Agnes Denes, Michael Heizer, Manal AlDowayan, and Ahmed Mater. Although the first works are yet to be ready by 2024, visitors in the meantime can take this five to seven-hour guided hike through the valley, navigating the canyons and dunes while learning about the Wadi AlFann vision and each artist’s narrative and monumental work. 

The tour includes transport from the Winter Park meeting point to the hiking route, after which an experienced tour guide will lead people through the Wadi AlFann journey. The tour includes a stop at Art in the Landscape visitor center, where the permanent works from previous Desert X AlUla editions are installed. Refreshments will be provided before the tour, followed by return transport to the Winter Park meeting point. 

The Wadi AlFann Guided Hikes are taking place every Friday and Saturday until 18 March 2023. Tickets for SAR350 at


100 Best Arabic Posters

100 Best Arabic Posters presents imaginative and eye-catching graphic designs from the Arab world. Launched in 2015 at the German University of Cairo, the unique platform showcases the creations made between 2020 and 2022  within the region’s contemporary visual culture. Held biennially, the initiative highlights graphic design’s versatility – its aesthetic value and its functionality as a tool of communication and expression. 

The open-air exhibition, located within the town of AlJadidah, includes posters created for the Cairo Jazz Festival, Palestine Cinema Days, and Cairo Video Festival, as well as posters for local initiatives and creative projects. 100 Best Arabic serves as a reference for graphic designers, visual artists, and scholars within the Arab world and beyond. 

100 Best Arabic Posters, on view April 30, 2023, AlJadidah. Entry is free for guests. 

Of Myrrh and Silver Walking Scent Tours

Of Myrrh and Silver Scent, Walking Tours will evoke the rich history of the Incense Road through a sensory performative walk, leading visitors through an immersive journey of scents, from myrrh to botanicals to roasted Arabic coffee. Inspired by AlUla’s legacy as the heart of the Incense Road, the tour will have visitors weave through the oasis, AlJadidah, and Old Town, bridging performance, bespoke scent design, sound, and poetry. The ticketed tour will also offer encounters with sound and music related to the ancient trading route in a unique stroll through the atmospheric environs of AlUla. 

Of Myrrh and Silver Walking Scent Tours, 75 minutes, every Friday and Saturday until March 25, 2023, at AlUla Oasis (meeting point). Tickets for SAR50 at

Living in Colour Guided Tours

Led by Hukat AlFann, the Living in Colour Guided Tours will take visitors through the Community Square in the Arts District and AlUla Oasis to see newly commissioned and temporary public art, including community artworks and murals by artist eL Seed, as well as the unique community hand-painted urban carpet in AlJadidah. The duration of the ticketed tour is 75 minutes, though visitors can also conduct a self-guided tour with the help of AlUla Art’s print and digital guides. 

Tours take place on Thursdays at 9:30 pm, Fridays at 4 pm, Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 10 am. Tickets for SAR50 at

The Resonant Shell

Commissioned by AlUla Arts for the AlUla Oasis, this compelling and immersive installation considers how architectural design can offer an experience centered around mindfulness and wellness. Titled Resonant Shell, the site-specific artwork is by Nathalie Harb and Youmna Saba and takes the shape of a tower with mudbrick and fabric as its material. 

Set within the Oasis, Resonant Shell will provide a meditative experience as visitors enter an architectural structure that acoustically isolates external sounds, bringing to focus a sound work drawn from AlUla’s desert and geology.

The Resonant Shell, on view until March 18, 2023, daily from 6 pm to 11 pm, AlUla Oasis, near Oasis Square, AlJadidah. Free entry

AlUla Artist Residency Program

On view until March 18, the AlUla Artist Residency exhibition Palimpsest of Time: Explorations in Creative Practice brings together artists from the current and previous residency programs to present their works in Mabiti, a guest house and palm grove that is home to the artist residency, and in Madrasat. Palimpsest of Time celebrates the 25 creatives who have participated in the residency program so far, creating a dialogue between present and previous cycles. The artists for the most recent edition are Daniah Al Saleh, Mohammed Al Faraj, Afra Atiq, M’hammed Klito, Sabine Mirlesse, and Augustine Paredes. 

Palimpsest of Time: Explorations in Creative Practice is on view until the 18th of March at Mabiti. Free entry. 

Arts AlUla Festival will run until February 28, with some programs extending through May. For more information, visit



Love is in the Air at Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences

Nestled in the heart of Saudi Arabia, Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences celebrates Valentine’s Day with curated offers on room stays, spa days, and dinner dates.

Located only a kilometre from the upscale shopping, dining, and entertainment area of Granada Mall, the hotel promises a unique experience that blends romance with the buzz of one of the region’s most up-and-coming cities.

This Valentine’s Day, couples visiting the Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences can take advantage of an exclusive ‘Romantic Package,’ which covers a one-night stay paired with select food and beverage experiences, personalised room furnishings, and the option of a later check-out time. For an extra cost of SAR 1250 (plus 15 per cent VAT) on top of the package, depending on the price of the room, guests can enjoy:

  • A 750g honeymoon cake – two choices available
  • Dinner for two is served in the room
  • Breakfast for two is served in the room
  • Personalised room decorations, including a flower bouquet, flower petals on the bed, and flowers in the bathroom
  • Sparkling Saudi champagne or juice
  • Five helium balloons
  • A check-out time of 3.00 pm

The hotel has also created special spa packages that cater to couples and larger groups looking to spend the day together. Valid on February 14th, patrons can enjoy a massage for two – valued at SAR 690 – or buy five massages and get one free, for a total of SAR 1955.

To round off the festivities, four of Hilton Riyadh Hotel and Residences’ on-site restaurants – Lotus, Ambar, Mayrig, and Teatro – will have seasonally customised dining options for visitors to choose from.

Lotus at Hilton Riyadh is an elegant, Asian-inspired speciality restaurant. With an open-air terrace overlooking the landscape, the stylish eatery boasts culinary masterpieces crafted with the tangy, spicy, sweet, and savoury flavours known to Asian cuisine. For SAR 285 per person – and valid only on February 14th – guests can enjoy a Life is Sweet welcome cocktail and dine on an exclusive, Valentine’s Day-themed Asian buffet.

A sophisticated lounge boasting city views, Ambar at Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences is conveniently located in the hotel lobby and doubles up as the perfect spot for a cup of freshly brewed coffee or tea. From February 1st to 28th, the eatery will have a month-long ‘Paint it Red for Valentine’s’ rotation of themed desserts.

Mayrig, an authentic Armenian restaurant and a local favourite, will also embrace Valentine’s Day celebrations with a SAR 285 per person set-menu dinner on February 14th, including a Life is Sweet welcome cocktail and a heart-shaped Lahmajun. The eatery’s dishes capture history and tradition with a generous selection of Armenian delicacies, promising guests an unforgettable cultural dining experience.

As the family-friendly, foodie hub of Hilton Riyadh Hotel & Residences, Teatro will be offering guests a romantic dining experience with a choice of scenic terrace seating or an indoor table, finished with petals and mood lighting. On February 14th, diners can enjoy a Life is Sweet welcome cocktail, premium appetisers, full buffet access, and Valentine’s Day-themed dessert for SAR 285 per person.

Select in-room dining will also be available on February 14th, presenting a romantic set-menu dinner for couples or friends to enjoy at SAR 285 per person.



Bentley’s Ultimate Grand Tourer Making its Debut in Saudi Arabia

There will be just 18 examples of Bentley’s Ultimate Grand Tourer available, with several reservations coming from the Middle East

  • The Middle East is Bentley’s most successful market anywhere in the world for bespoke vehicles, and the customers are particularly known for their appreciation of Mulliner’s craftsmanship
  • The Batur is more than just a car – it is a vision of Bentley’s future that meets the needs of customers and car collectors in the Kingdom

The Bentley Batur has made its first public appearance in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. On display at Bentley Saudi Arabia’s showrooms in Riyadh, and Jeddah, it was also displayed at the Riyadh Car Show, one of the major events during the Riyadh Season.

There will be just 18 examples of Bentley’s Ultimate Grand Tourer available, with several reservations coming from the Middle East, while deliveries are expected to begin in mid-2023.

The Middle East is Bentley’s most successful market in the world for bespoke vehicles, with its customers particularly appreciating Mulliner’s craftsmanship. Mulliner’s design team guides each client through the design process, leading to a truly unique vehicle.

The Batur is the most powerful Bentley yet, with a 729+ Bhp (740+ PS) version of the iconic, hand-assembled 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged W12 engine that has metaphorically and literally powered Bentley’s success for the last two decades.

As the engine enters its twilight years as part of Bentley’s Beyond100 transformation journey to being fully electrified, the Batur forms the first part of a celebration of the W12’s extraordinary power, torque, and refinement. Engine performance will be matched to the most advanced Bentley chassis ever, with Speed-tuned air suspension, electric active anti-roll control, eLSD, four-wheel steering, and torque vectoring.

Customers will be able to specify the color and finish of practically every surface of the Batur, to create a car as individual as they are. From the main exterior paint to the surface finish of the air vents, and literally everything in between, each customer will specify even the tiniest of details.

Commenting on the news, Peter Smith, General Manager of Bentley Saudi Arabia, said: “We are pleased to introduce the ultimate Grand Tourer from Bentley to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With a veritable display of cutting-edge techniques and materials, the Batur offers a level of luxury only Mulliner can offer. This Batur is more than just a car – it is a vision of Bentley’s future that meets the needs of customers and car collectors in the Kingdom.”

The Mulliner Bacalar was the first coach-built project in recent years, which gave significant insight into Bentley’s customers and customer choices. For Batur, an even greater selection of options has been developed, not only including colors, materials, and finishes, but also new technology such as the Mulliner by Naim Audio system. This takes the Naim Audio system from the Continental GT and transforms it with 20 new Focal speakers, exclusively configured for Batur and custom tuned into a truly immersive class-leading Audio experience.

For further information, or to arrange a viewing of the car, customers can contact their local Bentley retailer, or call the toll-free number 8002460066.



The Fridge Entertainment is Captivating the Kingdom

Captivating the Kingdom: The Fridge Entertainment Curates Dazzling Performances for Diriyah Season, providing a platform for emerging Saudi talent

  • Diriyah Nights’ live performances, as part of Diriyah Season, are creating a magical atmosphere for music and culture fans alike, shining a spotlight on Saudi artists
  • The daily shows form part of The Fridge’s mission to support Saudi Arabia’s thriving music scene and nurture fresh talent, as the company ramps up its presence across the Kingdom
  • The Fridge’s wider KSA portfolio also includes the entertainment for the Michelin star dining experience Awna at Hegra, a curated music program for Ithra in Dhahran, and a series of orchestral events in Neom

As this year’s edition of Diriyah Nights, as part of Diriyah Season,  enters its second month, daily live performances curated by The Fridge are continuing to mesmerize attendees from across the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and beyond.

The diverse and culturally rooted program that The Fridge has curated for Diriyah Night tells the inspiring story of Diriyah and Najd cultural connections, traditional values, and interwoven communities through a series of beautiful and immersive live performances. The event represents a platform for Saudi and regional artists, both emerging and established, challenging them to reimagine Saudi Arabia’s heritage and redefine its cultural events space.

The event, which began on 1 January and continues until 22 February, features a diverse showcase of the region’s most talented vocalists, instrumentalists, and performers, with the historic city of Diriyah providing a stunning backdrop. Ticket holders will be treated to the hypnotic rhythms of Diriyah Heartbeat; spellbinding melodies of Arabic music from the professional Nay player, the reverberating beat of the gong and crystal bowls, as well as the sounds of singers and poets, blissful compositions of harpists, and nature-inspired percussive melodies.

Shelley Frost, Founder and Director of The Fridge, commented: “It has been such a privilege to produce these bespoke gems of performances, each tailored to suit the peaceful and organic space.  Working with artists underneath 200-year-old palm trees in an oasis of over 20,000 lights, and giving voice to the Najd stories from past generations that walked in this very space as children. We are working closely with the Ministry of Sport to bring their ideas to life, as we link past and present in a very unique way that is heard only in Diriyah.

Outside the walls of Diriyah, our team has worked tirelessly to create a diverse selection of breath-taking live events and unforgettable experiences for communities across Saudi Arabia, and we couldn’t be happier with the results,” Frost added. The Fridge is fully committed to supporting the development of Saudi Arabia’s thriving events and entertainment ecosystem in line with Saudi Vision 2030, offering multiple platforms for Saudi and regional artists to showcase their work and grow their audiences.”

What makes this even more special is that these events are providing opportunities for Saudi musicians, artisans, and performers to showcase their talents in front of a wider audience,said Frost. “And this is only the beginning! The Kingdom’s entertainment sector is growing rapidly, so we cannot wait to see what the future holds for the many gifted Saudi artists.”

Developed by The Fridge’s experienced team of event organizers and curators, Diriyah Nights’ extensive program changes on a weekly basis, providing a platform for unique and experimental acts spanning the fields of music, dance, poetry, and more. From veiled performances to immersive Ardah artists, the range of acts on offer means that there is something to suit every taste. Tickets are available for SAR 138 per person.

In addition to Diriyah Nights, The Fridge is also playing a key role in delivering an array of events and experiences for communities in Riyadh, Jeddah, AlUla, Neom, and Dhahran. This includes the development of an esoteric, powerful, and enigmatic soundscape to accompany diners at Awna, a Michelin-star culinary experience located in Hegra, AlUla, as well as a series of orchestral performances for the city of Neom. The Fridge has also developed a curated music program for the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), commencing this weekend, which will promote local and emerging artists, attract established stars, and further strengthen Ithra’s status as a key destination for Arab music.

To learn more about The Fridge, visit, and for Diriyah Nights at Diriyah Season, please visit:




TV shows & movies coming to Prime Video in February 2023

Coming to Prime Video in February 2023 are TV series and movies.

Harlem S2
February 3rd, 2023

From writer Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip), our beloved comedy Harlem is back. We continue our journey with our four stylish & ambitious best girlfriends in Harlem NYC, the mecca of Black culture in America. After blowing up her career and disrupting her love life, Camille (Meagan Good) has to figure out how to put the pieces back together; Tye (Jerrie Johnson) considers her future; Quinn (Grace Byers) goes on a journey of self-discovery; and Angie’s (Shoniqua Shandai) career takes a promising turn. Together, they level up into the next phase of their careers, relationships, and big-city dreams.

Somebody I Used to Know
February 10th, 2023

Workaholic TV producer Ally (Alison Brie) faces a major professional setback, which sends her running to the comforts of her hometown. She spends a whirlwind evening reminiscing with her first love Sean (Jay Ellis) and starts to question everything about the person she’s become. Things only get more confusing when she discovers Sean is getting married to Cassidy (Kiersey Clemons), whose confidence and creative convictions remind Ally of who she used to be.

Directed by Dave Franco, and written by Franco & Brie, Somebody I Used to Know is an unconventional love story about three people who unexpectedly help each other re-discover who they really are, where they came from, and where they’re going.

Clarkson’s Farm S2
February 10th, 2023

Jeremy Clarkson, Britain’s best-known but least-qualified amateur farmer is back! Another year in the life of Diddly Squat farm begins, and all the regular characters are still here, helping Jeremy as much as they can: Kaleb’s on hand to show him How to Actually Run a Farm, Lisa’s running the shop, Charlie’s always ready to deliver more brutal home truths, and Gerald’s still Head of Security, with his own unique way of expressing himself. With farmers across the country facing the impact of Brexit and the impending loss of subsidies, all are forced to diversify and Jeremy’s got big plans: he wants a herd of cows, he wants a load more chickens, and he wants his own restaurant where he can serve up a menu entirely made up of Diddly Squat produce, with the ambition of increasing his annual profit from last year (£144). All farms are active, but this one is set to become even more active.

Carnival Row S2
February 17th, 2023

In a fantasy world where humans and creatures clash, Season Two of Carnival Row picks up with former inspector Rycroft Philostrate a.k.a. Philo (Orlando Bloom) investigating a series of gruesome murders stoking social tension. Vignette Stonemoss (Cara Delevingne) and the Black Raven plot payback for the unjust oppression inflicted by The Burgue’s human leaders, Jonah Breakspear (Arty Froushan) and Sophie Longerbane (Caroline Ford). Tourmaline (Karla Crome) inherits supernatural powers that threaten her fate and the future of The Row. And, after escaping The Burgue and her vengeful brother Ezra (Andrew Gower), Imogen Spurnrose (Tamzin Merchant) and her partner Agreus Astrayon (David Gyasi) encounter a radically new society which upends their plans. With humans and fae folk divided and freedom on the line, each hero will face impossible dilemmas and soul-defining tests in the epic conclusion of Carnival Row.

Star Trek Picard S3
February 17th, 2023

STAR TREK: PICARD features Patrick Stewart reprising his iconic role as Jean-Luc Picard, which he played for seven series on “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and follows this iconic character into the next chapter of his life. LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis, Brent Spiner, Jeri Ryan, and Michelle Hurd star alongside Patrick Stewart in the third and final series of the hit show.

Tony Award winner Amanda Plummer (“The Fisher King,” “Pulp Fiction”) has also joined the cast in a recurring role as Vadic, the mysterious alien captain of the Shrike, a warship that has set its sights on Jean-Luc Picard and his old crewmates from his days on the Enterprise. Mica Burton (“Critical Role,” “Vampire: The Masquerade: L.A. by Night”) and Ashlei Sharpe Chestnut (“Cruel Summer”) join in recurring roles. Ensign Sidney La Forge is played by Sharpe Chestnut and is the eldest daughter of Geordi La Forge and helmsman of the U.S.S. Titan. Ensign Alandra La Forge is played by Mica Burton, Geordi La Forge’s youngest daughter who works alongside her father. Daniel Davis will also take up the role again as Professor Moriarty from “Star Trek: The Next Generation.”

Die Hart
February 24th, 2023

Die Hart sees Hart playing a fictionalized version of himself, as he sets out to pivot away from being pigeonholed as a comedy wingman to being taken seriously as an action movie star. Kevin Hart attends ‘action hero school’ run by Ron Wilcox, played by John Travolta (Paradise City, Eye for an Eye), where he attempts to learn the ropes on how to become one of the industry’s most coveted action stars.

Kevin Hart and John Travolta are joined by Nathalie Emmanuel (Game of Thrones, Fast & Furious franchise), Josh Hartnett (Wrath of Man, Paradise Lost), and Jean Reno (Call My Agent!, 22 Bullets). The movie is directed by Eric Appel (Brooklyn Nine-Nine) and written by Derek Kolstad (John Wick: Chapters 1, 2 & 3).

Die Hart the movie features the original ten-episode series, reimagined into a feature film format. Originally launched on Quibi in the US, the series scored an impressive Rotten Tomatoes score of 80%. Prime Video will now become the exclusive home of Die Hart the movie, bringing the hilarious and iconic comedy performance of Hart and his co-stars to a worldwide audience.

The Consultant
February 24th, 2023

The Consultant is a twisted, comedic-thriller series that explores the sinister relationship between boss and employee. When a new consultant, Regus Patoff (Christoph Waltz), is hired to improve the business at the App-based gaming company CompWare, employees experience new demands and challenges that put everything into question… including their lives.

Creator, showrunner, and executive producer Tony Basgallop is joined by executive producer and pilot director Matt Shakman, and executive producers Christoph Waltz, Steve Stark, and Andrew Mittman, alongside producer Kai Dolbashian.



STARZPLAY launches its first Arabic original series, Kaboos, in collaboration with Image Nation Abu Dhabi

Ground-breaking series will feature five standalone episodes inspired by Arab folklore from the UAE, KSA, Kuwait, and Egypt

·       The horror anthology is produced by Yasir Al Yasiri and features a host of different Emirati and Arab directors and cast for each episode
·        STARZPLAY’s first Arabic language original series will be available for subscribers across the MENA region in February

STARZPLAY, the platform ranked consistently among the region’s top three subscription video-on-demand services, and Image Nation Abu Dhabi, the Academy Award-winning media and entertainment studio, have announced the launch of STARZPLAY’s first Arabic language original, Kaboos. The series is set to stream on the platform starting on Thursday, February 9.

Set in different eras and across countries in the MENA region, Kaboos is a modern-day retelling of Arab folklore. The series takes viewers on a journey through frightening urban legends from Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, and the UAE, with five standalone episodes depicting a spine-chilling modern retelling of a story inspired by regional mythology.

Spanning different genres of horror, from supernatural and classic horror stories to noir psychological thrillers, every episode of Kaboos is a uniquely eerie exploration of terrifying tales that have withstood the test of time. From ghouls that dwell in the isolated desert of Saudi Arabia, to a half-human, half-donkey hybrid that snatches children in Kuwait, and a mysterious, shape-shifting jackal in Egypt, Kaboos celebrates the supernatural and the sinister side of urban myths.

Filmed across the UAE, KSA, Kuwait, and Egypt, each episode is directed by leading directors from across the region, including Majid Al Ansari (Zinzana, Paranormal), Hana Kazim (Makr), Yasir Al Yasiri (122), Ahmed Khaled (30 March) and Hala Matar (Streetcar).  The horror anthology series is produced by Yasir Al Yasiri’s and Mansoor Al Feeli’s production company, Starship Entertainment.

The launch of Kaboos is a testament to STARZPLAY’s commitment to diversifying its content to meet the needs of its audiences. The platform saw a unique opportunity to create Arabic content in a niche category such as the thriller genre with stories from the region which will resonate with MENA viewers.

Nadim Dada, VP of Programming and Content Acquisition, STARZPLAY, said: “Kaboos is our biggest content asset this year, our very first Arabic language original and we are very excited to roll out the production across the Middle East. Our goal at STARZPLAY has been to invest in content that is regionally relevant and as a homegrown platform, we continuously strive to bring in content that our MENA audiences can relate to. We are confident that our subscribers will be immersed in the gripping tales of local and regional Arab mythology that will capture the Middle East’s penchant for storytelling, but with a modern twist.”

Kaboos features local and regional talent including Passant Shawky, Khaled Anward, Abrar Al Hamad, Rakeen Saad, Kady Al Qaisy, and Ahmad Al Saeed. The TV series will be available to stream on STARZPLAY, with the first two episodes being released on February 9, with the remaining episodes released weekly.

Commenting on the production, Ben Ross, Chief Content Officer, Image Nation, said: “Image Nation Abu Dhabi constantly looks for challenging new projects that enable regional filmmakers to share the region’s contemporary heritage and culture with the world through Arabic-language content, and what better way to do so than through Arab myths and legends that embodies the regions love for storytelling. Kaboos balances terrifying horror scenes with storylines that explore human nature, offering nostalgic tales to Arab audiences while introducing global watchers to the complex and eerie world of Arab folklore through this inventive original series.”
With thousands of hours of premium content including blockbuster movies, exclusive TV shows, kids’ content, Arabic series, as well as varied content via add-on channels, STARZPLAY is the number one player in the MENA region. The service is available in 19 countries across the Middle East and North Africa for fans to enjoy quality content anytime, anywhere, and from any device.