Abu Dabi Bans Series Depicting Beduin Tribe Leader

An ambitious 30-episode drama series portraying the life of an 18th century tribal leader has been canceled after the tribe complained to the Saudi King that it distorted history.
President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan on Monday issued orders to suspend airing of the Arabic serial Sa'adoun Al Awaji on Abu Dhabi TV.

The order came after calls from many Arab tribes, whose history is portrayed in the serial, according to WAM.

The multi-million dirham serial tells the story of a well-known tribal leader and poet, Shaikh Sa'adoun Al Awaji of the Inezza tribe, who was born in the north of the Arab Peninsula around 1750, and portrays Bedouin life at that time.

The 30-episode serial, which was shot in the Syrian city of Palmyra, stars Syrian actor Rashid Assaf and other Syrian, Jordanian, Saudi and Qatari actors. It was being aired exclusively on Abu Dhabi TV and re-aired on Emirates TV