'AlRawabi School for Girls': Netflix announces second original Arabic-language drama series

The new high-school drama will launch later this year

'AlRawabi School for Girls' co-writer Shirin Kamal, left, and writer-director Tima Shomali. Courtesy Netflix
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Netflix has announced a new locally produced, Arabic original, AlRawabi School for Girls, which will launch later this year.

The show, which will be produced in collaboration with Jordanian media company Filmizion, tells the story of a girl who gets revenge on her bullies, only to find out that no one is all that bad in the first place.

It's been written and directed by Jordanian director, writer and actress Tima Shomali, who previously took part in Netflix’s 2017 Ramadan “She Rules” campaign, along with 30 other female content creators and social media influencers, as it celebrated strong female leads, both on and off the screen.

Shirin Kamal will co-write the new series.

Shomali said in a statement: "AlRawabi School for Girls is a very dear project to my heart. It depicts the stories and struggles of young Arab women in a light that we hadn't yet seen before in the region, particularly with this age group.

"It's a show that stems from the eyes of women about women and I am really pleased to collaborate with Netflix and have the opportunity to tell the stories of young women in our region on such a global platform.”

Netflix's director of international originals, Simran Sethi, added: "We are extremely proud to partner with Tima again to produce what is essentially the first Middle Eastern young adult series that celebrates the role of women, not only on screen, but behind the scenes as well. The story brings a fresh perspective to Middle Eastern content, and we are absolutely excited to share AlRawabi School for Girls with our global audiences in over 190 countries."

It's the second Arabic-language original from the streaming service, following the announcement of supernatural drama Jinn, which will launch in the summer.