Netflix Middle East launches: 5 shows to watch

Time Out Dubai has information on Netflix Middle East launching. Plus get information on the five shows we can't wait to watch on the video streaming website Discuss this article

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That was quick. It was only in October that Time Out told you Netflix was coming to the Middle East, after stumbling upon a job ad on their website.

Now just three months later the video streaming website has rolled out their service in the region.

That means the likes of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Bahrain and Doha can finally watch exclusive shows on any device, just as long as it can access the Internet.

As other regions such as the UK and US have experienced, film and TV fans over here can enjoy the first month free. After the free trial, viewers can get a subscription that works out at cheap and cheerful as less than Dhs1 per day.

All was revealed on Wednesday when Netflix CEO Reed Hastings delivered a keynote address at CES 2016.


The event at The Venetian Las Vegas holds the world's largest annual consumer technology trade show, and is expected to feature 3,600 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to more than 150,000 people.

Netflix’s announcement saw stars including Chelsea Handler and Will Arnett jump on stage to support the big news. So what do we have to look forward to with spending more time in?

Check out the top 5 shows we’re dying to chill out with:

House Of Cards

Kevin Spacey, Kate Mara and Robin Wright help make up the cast of this programme about corruption in American politics. Three seasons in it still manages to grip the audience with its tale of a politician seeking revenge on the man who promised him a job promotion in exchange for help in his climb to the top. But when he achieves success and backs at of the original plan, Spacey’s character – along with the help of his wife – seek revenge and vow to destroy him.

Orange is the New Black

The show about women behind bars in the United States has launched the career of some of these actors to new heights. While Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Laura Prepon and Taryn Manning are just a few bigger names returning to the screen for this addictive drama. The show's official Twitter page gave the @Netflix_ME account a special welcome on Thursday morning.

Chelsea Does

Comedy genius Chelsea Handler like you’ve never seen her before. The 40-year-old star is ditching her usual talk show act on E!’s Chelsea Lately and is finding out about all things tech. The California girl heads to Silicon Valley to dabble with virtual reality and hoverboards in the four-part docuseries. Plus there appearances from her celebrity friends Khloe Kardashian and Leah Remini.

Making A Murderer

Riveting stuff which has got the world vowing to to stay in until their binge watch is done. The docu-series tells the real life story of Steven Avery who was imprisoned in 1985 only to be released 18 years later when DNA evidence cleared him. However two years later he was back behind bars being accused of killing a photographer. 10 episodes make up the series which has viewers split over whether he's innocent or guilty. Even stars including Ricky Gervais, Alec Baldwin and Rosie O'Donnell are going crazy over it.

Arrested Development

Think your family is eccentric? Try living with these guys. Will Arnett and a star-studded cast (Jason Bateman, Portia Di Rossi and Michael Cera) bring plenty of laughs in the series which first launched on 2003 and ran for 10 years. If you think the narrator’s voice sounds very familiar, that’s because Ron Howard (Richie Cunningham in Happy Days and big-time director) did the voiceover for all 68 episodes that have been reprised for Netflix.

By Leah Simpson
Time Out Doha,

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