The podcast is available exclusively on Deezer throughout the month of Ramadan, after which it will be rolled out on other podcast platforms.
Regional podcast network Finyal Media has launched a sequel to the classic Arabic fable Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves. Entitled The 40 Thieves, it’s a spin on the classic tale that revolves around a new female lead called Shaden, the daughter of Ali Baba.
The contemporary take on the folk tale features a female protagonist in a conscious effort to add a modern twist to traditional stories in the Arab world by highlighting strong and independent women.
The 15-episode series is available exclusively on Deezer throughout the month of Ramadan, after which it will be rolled out on other podcast platforms. New episodes are released every other day in the lead-up to Eid.
The 40 Thieves is the first serialised show where the story stretches across multiple episodes, unlike previous productions that featured standalone episodes.
Speaking about the new series, Mshari Alonaizy, Co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Finyal Media, said: “Telling stories with a modern take on classic tales that our listeners know and love is something we love to do. Bringing these characters and folklores into the 21st century gives them a new lease of life while still keeping them authentic and true to the originals.”