Screencap from the series trailer, April 23, 2018 –YouTube/Fatima S
CAIRO – 23 April 2018: The Egyptian series "Grand Hotel" has just become the first Arabic series to ever be featured on Netflix.
This series is based on a Spanish show of the same name, thus prompting the Egyptian version’s name to be changed to "The Secret of the Nile" on Netflix. Netflix has become a global monster, bringing together audiences worldwide to enjoy series from all across the world. And now, with Egypt at the forefront, the world will get a taste of Arab talent with the wildly popular "Grand Hotel" series. English and Greek subtitles ensure the show will reach an even wider audience as well.
Written by Tamer Habib, the series stars Amr Youssef, Ahmed Dawoud, Anoshka, Amina Khalil, Dina Elsherbiny and Mohamed Mahmdouh. First premiering in Ramadan 2016, "Grand Hotel" became a smash hit success. The drama follows a young man named Ali in the 1950s who visits a prestigious hotel in the beautiful city of Aswan to search for his missing sister, who had been employed there as a maid. As he gets a job as a waiter to find out more, his journey takes him into the secret world of the hotel's rich patrons, who live a life of passion and intrigue, as Ali finds love in the walls of the Grand Hotel.
Other Arabic language series on Netflix include its first Middle Eastern production, a stand-up comedy show by Lebanese comedian Adel Karam. The first Netflix original Arabic series, titled "Jinn", is currently in production.