Season 3 expands on Ahlan Simsim’s social-emotional learning focus to help children navigate life’s challenges and will be aired on MBC3.
Ahlan Simsim, the award-winning children’s show from the creators of Iftah Ya Simsim and Sesame Street shows around the world, returns to screens for a third season for children across the Middle East.
Premiering on February 28, the new season follows Basma, Jad, and Ma’zooza who, along with familiar friends Elmo, Cookie Monster, and Grover, share relatable stories with children. The show will air daily on MBC3 from Sunday to Thursday at 1:00 PM KSA.
Season 3 expands on Ahlan Simsim’s social-emotional learning focus to help children navigate life’s challenges. Characters use new strategies like “Stop, Notice, Think” to pause and manage their initial impulses when faced with an obstacle. The show’s curriculum and storylines are designed in close collaboration with local early childhood specialists, psychologists, and creatives.
Speaking about the third season, Khaled Haddad, Executive Producer of Ahlan Simsim, said: “It’s more important than ever to help children and families embrace playful learning and adaptability to overcome the challenges of today and those of the future. The new season puts children’s feelings and long-term wellbeing in focus, with lessons designed to build crucial skills for school and life, all with the humour and joy that Ahlan Simsim is known for.”
René Celaya, Managing Director of Ahlan Simsim, added: “Ahlan Simsim was created in the region for today’s children. As with every season of Ahlan Simsim, our show responds to their current needs and experiences, providing the skills they need to grow smarter, stronger, and kinder in a changing world. We are so proud to share this locally grounded, socially relevant show that encourages children to be enthusiastic and adaptable learners.”
New to this season is a Do It Yourself (DIY) segment, featuring tutorials for creative activities and educational experiments that children can easily follow at home. The new DIY segment features Salma, a brand-new friend in the neighbourhood who helps Basma and Jad develop their creativity and confidence as they build toy boats, make-believe binoculars, and more. This season also features Playful Problem Solving and Number of the Day segments to encourage critical thinking and promote numeracy.
Produced in Amman with Jordan Pioneers, Ahlan Simsim is brought to life by a team of writers, producers, and performers from across the Middle East and North Africa.
Ahlan Simsim episodes will also be available on regional and national TV stations, including Rotana Kids, Roya TV and Jordan TV in Jordan, Sat 7 Kids, Nour Sat and Tele Liban in Lebanon, Al Sumaria and UTV in Iraq, and NRT 3 in the Kurdish Region of Iraq (in Kurdish).