A group of authors and filmmakers recently released Hi Dubai series to celebrate the love of the UAE through the eyes of Emirati and expat women. Dedicated to the memory of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, the series celebrates achievements of 12 local and 12 expat women living in the UAE.
The original English-spoken series, subtitled in six languages, addresses women in youth, tolerance, happiness, sports and future, with the first episode dedicated to Sheikh Zayed and the Spirit of the Union.
Benedetta Paravia, Italian producer of the series, said in each of the seven episodes, four women share their inspirational and motivational stories and their love for the UAE.
The series, she said, aims to reflect the city's soul, unveiling characters, opportunities, ways of living, social events, sites and amusements of the 'City of Future'. "All protagonists share how Dubai enriched them, through their culture, traditions, experiences, engagement and lifestyles," she said.
The pre-production of Hi Dubai started in the 'Year of Giving' as a way to give back to the community and to the wise leadership. The production has been completed in the 'Year of Zayed'. It went live on Dubai One channel from November 30. Viewers can also watch it online and on the Dubai Media Incorporated channels.
Paravia said the series plans to give enough empowerment and information for those who want to move to Dubai, as women are a pillar of empowerment and enrichment for the whole community. "Though I travel continuously outside the UAE, I consider myself a 'Dubaiite' since I moved to the city in 2002. I am often faced with misconceptions and rhetoric around Arab culture in general and Islam in particular. With this series I hope to present instances of Islamic hospitality, generosity and inclusiveness starting from the UAE, my beloved home," she said.
Viewers can expect to see women speaking of tolerance, addressing four different religions living in the UAE including Islam, Buddhism, Christianity and Hinduism. Among the participants in the 'happiness' episode is Italian expat Simona Briggiotta, mother of a triplet among which two are special needs. "(Briggiotta) tells the story of how Dubai is inclusive, and how she's happy with her children here," said Paravia.
The series is endorsed by the Ministry of Culture and Knowledge Development, General Authority of Sports and Zayed University.
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