Line Investments & Star Cinemas join hands To open 22 new screens in 4 malls in Abu Dhabi & Al Ain

Line Investments & Star Cinemas join hands To open 22 new screens in 4 malls in Abu Dhabi & Al Ain

8th August 2023, Dubai, UAE: As prominent leaders in their respective industries, Line Investments & Property, the shopping mall development, and management arm of Lulu Group International and Star Cinemas have announced their Joint Venture at a signing ceremony held at the Lulu Regional Office, Al Qusais of an exciting journey ahead towards a shared vision. Through this dynamic partnership, these two trailblazing entities are set to revolutionize the entertainment landscape by introducing a new line of cinema screens that will captivate audiences like never before. This strategic expansion will contribute 22 additional screens to the existing 76 screens currently operated by Star Cinemas. The event was attended by many dignitaries, MA Ashraf Ali, Executive Director of Lulu Group International, Ahmad Golchin, the Founder and Chairman of Phars Film & Star Cinemas, Satyajit Pendharkar, Chief Operating Officer of Star Cinemas, and Wajeb al Khoury the Director of Line Investment & Property and Biju George  General Manager Abu Dhabi region.

The additional screens with the joint venture will be at the following locations: –

– Al Wahda Mall, Abu Dhabi: 9 screens

– Al Foah Mall, Al Ain: 6 screens

– Barari Outlet Mall, Al Ain: 4 screens

– Al Raha Mall, Abu Dhabi: 3 screens

In its relentless pursuit of enhancing customer experience, Line Investments & Property LLC firmly believes that convenience and comfort are paramount when moviegoers select their preferred cinema. Another integral part of the agreement is also opening of Star Cinemas in Dubai Silicon Oasis Mall, Sharjah Central Mall, and RAK Mall. This signing of JV has put Star Cinemas as the second largest cinema operator in the UAE, based on screen count.


“At Line Investments, we believe in delivering exceptional customer experiences and providing a diverse range of shopping experience. We are delighted to partner with Star Cinemas to lead the entertainment facilities in our malls. Their commitment to excellence aligns perfectly with our vision, promising an immersive and captivating movie-going experience that sets new standards of entertainment for our patrons.”, commented MA Ashraf Ali, Executive Director of Lulu Group International.


“We are truly thrilled and honored to partner with Line Investments & Property LLC in this exciting venture. The journey commences soon with the opening of 22 screens & commencement of work at Dubai Silicon Oasis, followed by Sharjah Central and RAK Mall in Ras Al Khaimah. Besides being the largest movie distributor in the Middle East we will also now be the second largest cinema operator in the UAE ” said Ahmad Golchin, Chairman Phars Film and Star Cinemas.


Anticipating an enthralling cinematic experience, Star Cinemas extends a warm invitation to patrons, eagerly awaiting the release of ‘Jawan,’ set to captivate audiences launching on September 7, 2023.


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Abbey’s Productions Continues its Success Streak with best Series and Films

Abbey’s Productions Continues its Success Streak with best Series and Films


Kuwait, Kuwait 1 June  2023
Abbey’s Productions continues to achieve consecutive successes by producing television series admired and watched by millions of viewers in the Arab world. During the holy month of Ramadan this year, the company topped the Ramadan race through the much-loved series “Manzel 12″ and “Saqata Sahwan” series.
Garnering premium and advanced position on global digital platforms and on GCC and Arab TV stations via broadcast, “Manzel 12” starred by many popular regional actors and presented a dramatised social concern within an exciting storyline. “Saqata Sahwan” also achieved a notable position among the most watched series on social media, dealing with societal realities in light-hearted, comic context via another stellar performance by its cast.

Sheikha Abrar Khaled Al-Sabah.


Abbey’s Productions was established in 2019 in Kuwait, by Sheikha Abrar Khaled Al-Sabah. The company aims to produce works for television that achieve a positive impact on viewers by presenting realistic content reflecting life in the Arabian Gulf and formulating it in a thoughtful outline using innovative technology and tools in television production. Despite the recent founding of Abbey’s Productions, in less than three years the company has managed to produce some of the most important and widely acclaimed drama series in Gulf region and Arab world at large, broadcast on screens by mbc channels group, Rotana channels group, streaming platform, Dubai TV, Kuwait TV, along with other esteemed TV stations, achieving record breaking viewership numbers.

Sheikha Abrar Khaled Al-Sabah, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Abbey’s Productions, commented: “I personally supervise all details in every production we present, and I am keen to reach viewers from different segments of society and age groups by working closely with renowned directors and writers. We work diligently to research our content and scripts that simulate our reality and our lives in the Arab Gulf region. The Arab viewers are notable by their awareness and ability to consume unique productions, and we are happy with the success of our work and achievements. We will continue to work to provide the best for the Arab viewers and to raise the level of the dramatic and entertainment production content in the Arab world.”
Since its inception, Abbey’s Productions has presented a myriad of television productions that have achieved great public success and the admiration of critics and recognized TV stations leadership. These include the company’s first production, a series called “Bi Tawqeet Mecca”, the first drama to be filmed in the Holy Kaaba which also went on to rank number one in terms of viewership in the Gulf countries, the series “Zawaj Ella Roba’ ”, broadcasted during Ramadan 2022 on mbc channels group, atv Kuwait, and the Saudi Radio and Television Corporation “sba” channels; and the series “Hadrat Al Mawqef”, which was also shown by the mbc channels group, Sama Dubai TV, Sharjah TV, osn Network, atv Kuwait as well as many social media platforms thanks to its distinctive story and the innovative technologies used during production.
Abbey’s Productions is keen to diversify its projects to include drama, comedy, family and social content, which it showcased in its series “Mama Amina” and “End Share’ 9” in their first and second seasons, achieving the highest number of views on the platform, in addition to “Maashar Al Oshag” video clip. The company aims to consistently realise Sheikha Abrar Khaled Al-Sabah’s belief in the importance of these experiences, talents and unlimited creativity

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Mohamed Saad Returns to Ramadan Screens in Viu Original “X-Lance”

Mohamed Saad Returns to Ramadan Screens in Viu Original “X-Lance”

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – 25 March 2023: Viu, the OTT video streaming service operating in 16 markets across Asia, MENA, and South Africa, owned and operated by the PCCW Group, today announced legendary comedian Mohamed Saad’s return to Ramadan television.


In the Viu Original X-Lance, he plays the role of Hajj Hennawi, an intolerable man who lives in a tower block and causes the other unfortunate residents daily distress. He is soon entangled in a web of intrigue with a local gang, with hilarious results. Viewers can enjoy 30 exclusive episodes on Viu featuring Ahmad Fathi, Sherine, Weezo and Omar Mustafa Metwaly in supporting roles.


Rohit D’silva, Chief Business Officer, Middle East and South Africa at Viu said: “We are delighted to introduce X-Lance, which promises to be a rollercoaster ride of laughter and suspense with a talented cast that brings the characters to life. With its unique blend of comedy and drama, it is sure to keep audiences hooked from start to finish. Viu has a goal to become the go-to destination for Egyptian entertainment, catering to a growing audience of young and diverse viewers. We also plan to collaborate with local talent and production companies to bring fresh and innovative content for our audiences throughout the year.”


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Dubai Comedy Festival Announces the First Names on the Star-Studded Line-up of Headliners for 2023

Dubai Comedy Festival Announces the First Names on the Star-Studded Line-up of Headliners for 2023

Dubai, UAE (15 March 2023): Get ready for side-splitting laughter and endless hysterics as the Dubai Comedy Festival returns for its 2023 edition, and it’s bigger and better than ever before! This year’s festival promises to be a laugh riot with an incredible line-up of headliners, including the likes of Jimmy Carr, Dara Ó Briain, Zakir Khan, and the rib-tickling duo Joanne McNally and Vogue Williams from the much-loved podcast My Therapist Ghosted Me.


Produced by BRAG, Live Nation, and DXB Live and presented by Dubai Calendar, Dubai Comedy Festival will take place across multiple hotspots across the city, including Dubai Opera, The Theatre Mall of the Emirates, Coca-Cola Arena, and more. From the 12th to the 21st of May, the Dubai Comedy Festival will host some of the funniest and most sought-after comedians from around the world for what is always one of the most popular events in the city’s cultural calendar.


With a mix of stand-up shows, live podcasts, other comedy events, and, of course, non-stop laughs, there’s something for everyone at the festival. For tickets and more information click here.


Check out some of the acts that have already been announced below:


Dara Ó Briain – English language show

Monday, May 15th at Dubai Opera


One of Ireland’s funniest funny-men, Dara Ó Briain, known for his quick wit and razor-sharp observations, is bringing his unique brand of comedy to the Dubai Opera on May 15th. Beginning With a career spanning over two decades, Ó Briain has become a household name in the entertainment industry, with numerous sold-out shows across the globe. In 2003, Ó Briain also became a regular host of the BBC’s satirical news quiz show “Mock the Week,” which quickly became one of the most popular comedy shows on British television.


His ability to blend topical humour with his own personal experiences, his intelligence, and his warming personality, have all made him a fan-favourite, and his live performances have been described as a masterclass in observational comedy. Known for his multiple appearances on panel shows across the UK and Ireland, along with his range of stand-up shows across the globe, the well-versed comedian promises to give guests a night to remember.



Jimmy Carr – English language show

Tuesday, May 16th at Dubai Opera


Jimmy Carr, one of the UK’s most renowned comedians, is preparing to descend on the Dubai Opera on May 16th, bringing with him his trademark acerbic wit and humour. Carr has been praised by critics for his ability to improvise and engage with audiences and he has a reputation as a likeable and engaging performer who is always willing to take risks and push the boundaries of what is considered acceptable in comedy.


Known for his quick-fire one-liners and hilarious observations on modern life, Jimmy Carr has become a household name in the comedy world. With numerous sold-out shows across the globe, he has cemented his place as one of the most popular comedians on the circuit today. Whether you’re a fan of his stand-up comedy, his work on television including on shows like “8 Out Of 10 Cats” and “The Big Fat Quiz of the Year”, or his impeccable comedic timing, this show promises to be an unforgettable experience.


My Therapist Ghosted Me – English language show

Wednesday, May 17th at Dubai Opera


Get ready to laugh until it hurts as the hilarious comedy duo, My Therapist Ghosted Me, takes the stage at the Dubai Opera on May 17th! The dynamic comedy duo, comprising of Joanne McNally and Vogue Williams, is bringing their unique blend of humour and storytelling to Dubai. With a style that is both relatable and irreverent, their show promises to be a night of non-stop laughs.


From navigating the challenges of dating in the digital age to dealing with the pressures of social media, My Therapist Ghosted Me brings a fresh perspective to some of life’s most complicated issues. With their sharp wit and quick banter, Joanne and Vogue are sure to have audiences of all ages in stitches. Together they will give 100% unqualified, unsubstantiated but up front and honest advice on the plethora of issues they and many others continue to grapple with.


Zakir Khan – Hindi language show

Sunday, May 14th at Dubai Opera


Zakir Khan, the popular Indian comedian, is all set to tickle the funny bones of Dubai audiences with his latest 150-minute Hindi language show on May 14th at the iconic Dubai Opera. Rising to prominence in 2012 when he won Comedy Central India’s Best Stand Up Comedian competition, he has since gone from strength to strength and released three hour-long stand-up specials. Known for his anecdotal style of comedy along with his punchline “Sakht Launda”, Khan has amassed over 7 million subscribers on YouTube, clearly showing his immense popularity on the Indian comedy circuit. Guaranteed to be a hilarious and entertaining experience for all those in attendance, don’t miss out and get your tickets today.


Tickets for the Dubai Comedy Festival are available now, and they’re selling fast. Don’t miss your chance to see some of the world’s funniest comedians live on stage and stay tuned to and check out Dubai Comedy Festival’s social media channels for additional line-up details which will be revealed soon.


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