Arab Reading Challenge TV show’s judging panel revealed

  • Barween Habib, Dr. Layla Al Obaidi and Jamal Suleiman challenge the 16 semi-finalists as they race up to be this year’s Arab Reading Champion.
  • Academic and literary expertise and strong command of the Arabic language were among the main criteria of selecting the judging panel.

The first episode of the Arab Reading Challenge TV revealed the judging panel whose members will evaluate the semi-finalists as they fiercely compete for the grand title: the Arab Reading Champion.

Millions of viewers across the Arab world will see Bahraini poet and TV presenter Dr Barween Habib, Tunisian author Dr. Layla Al Obaidi and Syrian actor and director Jamal Suleiman as they challenge the 16 semi-finalists, who come from 14 Arab countries, through questions and activities to evaluate their comprehension of texts, critical thinking and analytical skills, teamwork spirit, creative expression and Arabic articulation of ideas through a different set of tests and activities.

The three judges were selected based on their literary expertise and strong command of the Arabic language, in line with the goals of the Arab Reading Challenge.

Through different elimination stages, the panel will select five finalists through seven episodes, leading up to the final episode that will broadcast the winner announcement live from Dubai Opera.

The weekly show started airing on Friday, September 27 at 9pm on MBC1, documenting the journey of contestants as they partake edutainment challenges.

Dr. Al Obaidi’s academic and linguistic expertise and immense knowledge got her on board in this year’s Arab Reading Challenge, while Dr. Habib’s academic and technical language expertise, besides her media expertise, have added value to the show.

Meanwhile, Suleiman harnessed his artistic and vast literary expertise to guide and evaluate contestants’ use of body language, voice and movement to deliver a message.

The three-member judging panel follows rigorous evaluation tools and mechanisms to assess contestants on the academic and technical fronts, besides adopting careful personality evaluation measures.

The Arab Reading Challenge TV show aims to highlight young readers to inspire Arab youth to follow suit and turn reading into a lifestyle. The show seeks to raise the importance of reading in developing young personalities who will be tomorrow’s leader, while highlighting the persistence that distinguished the contestants across the Arab world and got them to the semi-finals.

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