The creators of Iftah Ya Simsim and Sesame Street shows have partnered together to bring Ahlan Simsim, a children’s show which will be aired on MBC 3, YouTube and local broadcast channels across Middle East.
The new show, Ahlan Simsim will aim at children from 3 years to 8 years and will feature familiar Muppet friends Elmo, Cookie Monster and Grover and also two new characters will be added – Basma a 6-year-old purple Muppet and Jad, a yellow-furred Muppet.
Ahlan Simsim is designed in close collaboration with regional and international education experts and there is also emphasis on how children will manage their feelings.
The new show will be produced by Jordan pioneers and executive producer, Khaled Haddad who said: “From Iftah Ya Simsim to Alam Simsim to Hikayat Simsim, Sesame’s Muppet characters have entertained, educated, and inspired families in the Middle East for decades. We are excited to bring Ahlan Simsim to life and introduce this new Simsim for a new generation of children across the region.”
Sherrie Westin, president of social impact and philanthropy at Sesame Workshop commented: “We are proud to collaborate with regional experts to create Ahlan Simsim, which offers engaging, culturally relevant storylines and characters that children can relate to. At Sesame Workshop, we know the power of media and Muppets to transform lives, and we are honoured to share this new program that will provide playful learning to millions of children across the Middle East.”
As from the 2nd of February, Ahlan Simsim will be aired daily across 20 countries across MENA Episodes will air on MBC3 as well as on local stations across the region.