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With Sesame Street Live playing Madison Square Garden in New
York, a temporary sign was put up briefly in 2010 renaming the corner
of 31st Street and Eighth Avenue to “123 Sesame Street. (Stan
Honda/AFP/Getty Images)

Abu Dhabi, London- “Iftah Ya Simsim”, a leading program in the Arab world that targets the educational needs of children between the ages of four and seven, won second prize in the 28th edition of the Arab Radio and TV Festival held in the Tunisian town of Hammamet.

Hundreds of Middle Eastern television and radio programs were submitted to a panel of media and cultural experts who assessed and watched those programs from across the Middle East. The annual event is organized by the Arab States Broadcasting Union.

Iftah Ya Simsim’s Back to School episode was among the nominations in the children’s section. The episode was available to watch across the region on YouTube and TV.

Iftah Ya Simsim is producing 52 episodes for its next season. Season two will have new storylines and educationally stimulating Arabic content that will be available on television stations across the GCC and Middle East.

A special 30-episode series has also been created for Ramadan, which will be aired daily.

Noteworthy, Iftah Ya Simsim, an Arabic adaptation of Sesame Street, is an educational program that sheds lights on special talents in the GCC, the Middle East, and North Africa.