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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 26 January 2021

‘Yalla Neta’asha’: UAE version of ‘Come Dine With Me’ begins filming in Dubai

The series will have 45 episodes and hit screens this autumn

OSN has started filming 'Yalla Neta’asha’, the UAE version of popular dinner party reality series, 'Come Dine With Me'. Courtesy OSN 
OSN has started filming 'Yalla Neta’asha’, the UAE version of popular dinner party reality series, 'Come Dine With Me'. Courtesy OSN 

It was announced in June that popular TV reality show Come Dine With Me was coming to the UAE, and now OSN has started filming the dinner party series.

Called Yalla Neta’asha, filming has begun in homes across Dubai, specifically in Dubai Marina, JBR, JVC and Warqaa.

The production company says that future episodes will be filmed in other emirates.

Arab culture is synonymous with hospitality

Rolla Karam, OSN

The show features four or five strangers who visit each other's homes for a dinner party, which they are in turn scored for. At the end of the process, the person with the highest score wins a cash prize. Each participant cooks a starter, main course and dessert.

A casting call was put out UAE-wide in June. Of the people taking part, OSN said in a statement: "shortlisted contestants have been selected to take part in the show based on their larger than life personalities, passion for hosting and cooking and on-screen charisma."

"Arab culture is synonymous with hospitality, with the concept of diyafa entrenched in Arab history. With Yalla Neta’asha we hope viewers will see a different kind of reality TV, something new and engaging and created right here in the region," said OSN's interim chief content officer, Rolla Karam.

"We want to showcase the region’s love and passion for food, cultural diversity and Arab hospitality in the show in a fun and entertaining way.

"Filming is underway for the first season and if the first few episodes are anything to go by, viewers are in for a treat."

The series will have 45 episodes, and will air on OSN and the OSN Streaming app weekly from Sunday to Thursday this autumn

Updated: August 6, 2020 12:53 PM

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