It's almost that magical time of the year again; dining tables get decorated with the tastiest of finger-licking dishes, driving next to mosques (basically everywhere) becomes a Mission Impossible worthy of yet another overrated sequel, and, most importantly, our booming TV drama industry pins us down in front of our screens mesmerised by the intriguing unfolding events. This year is no different. In fact, Ramadan 2017 is witnessing an even bigger boom in production that will leave us with barely enough time to overeat properly.

Just to give you an idea of the time-management disaster it will be to balance work, life, and TV this Ramadan, here's a list of the ALL series set for release this season.

Afareet Adly Allam (Ghosts oF Adly Allam)

The events of the comedy drama series revolve around a journalist (Adel Imam) whose work stirs controversy and moves the public opinion. As the series progresses, a ghost manifests itself to Imam's character, and things get hilariously dramatic from that point on.

Cast: Adel Emam, Ghada Adel, Hala Sedky, Kamal Abou Rayya, Rashwan Tawfik
Director: Ramy Emam
Channel(s): MBC, MBC Masr
Timings:
8 PM, 1 AM, 2:30 PM on MBC Masr
7 PM, 6:45 AM on MBC

Ard Gaw (Ground Air)

The events and plot of this social drama thriller revolver around one eccentric flight attendant (portrayed by A-lister Ghada Abdel-Razek) who is planning a viscous revenge from someone who hurt her when she got arrested and accused of hijacking a commercial jetliner. Did she actually do it? Did she not? We'll soon be finding out.

Cast: Ghada Abdel-Razek, Ahmed Al-Awady, Mohamed Karim
Director: Mohamed Gomaa
Channel(s): ON Drama
Timings:
8 PM, 12 AM on ON Drama

Alahom Any Sa'em (May God Bless My Fasting)

It wouldn't truly be Ramadan if we didn't have a show where Moustafa Shaaban is a con-man married to more than one woman. This year isn't any different, Shaaban plays the character of a struggling businessman whose business relationships are deteriorating, so he resorts to conning. We can't wait for more Shabaan-swag in this comedy drama this Ramadan.

Cast: Moustafa Shabaan, Magda Zaki, Reem Moustafa
Director: Ahmed Abdel-Fattah
Channel(s): Comedy, Drama, MBC Masr
Timings:
9 PM, 1 AM on MBC Masr
7 PM, 11 PM, 2 PM on MBC MASR 2

Le A3la Se3r (For the Highest Price)

Two BFF ballerinas portrayed by Ramadan Drama Royalty Nelly Karim and star Zeina have their strong friendship strained when one particular man enters their lives. If Karim manages to live up to the bar she sat so high over the past 4 Ramadans, then we're in for a one-of-a-kind TV experience.

Cast: Nelly Karim, Zeina, Ahmed Magdy, Khaled Kamal, Zeina
Director: Mohamed Gamal El-Adl
Channel(s): DMC
Timing:
8 pm, 2 am, 3 pm on DMC

7alawet El Donia (The Sweetness of the World)

If we can judge by the plot and the exceptional cast, then the drama production, starring Tunisian acting genius Hend Sabry, will leave us in awe because of the heart-aching story of a woman who finds out that she has cancer right before her wedding in a routine check. The story develops into a battle for survival against the murderous disease while dealing with a long list of her own personal and social struggles. Make sure you stack up on tissues and empathy this Ramadan.

Cast: Hend Sabry, Dhafer El Abdein
Director: Hussien El Menyawy
Channel(s): CBC, MBC Drama
Timings:
11 PM, 5:30 AM, 6 PM on CBC
9 PM, 1 AM, 6:30 AM, 1 AM on CBC Drama
6 PM, 1 AM, 6 AM, 1 PM on MBC Drama

 

Phobia

Brace yourselves Ramadan binge-watchers, Khaled El-Sawy is embarking on yet another heavy drama thriller, in which he plays the character of a dealer of ancient artefacts who is married to a TV talk show host, which, for some reason, gets quite problematic.

Cast: Khaled El-Sawy, Ayten Amer, Tarek Abdel-Aziz
Director: Adel El-Aasar
Channel(s): CN

El Herbaya (The Chameleon)

Haifa Wehbe is making a comeback to Egyptian drama after proving her worth as a talented actress. Wehbe plays Assaliya, an all-Egyptian woman living in an impoverished neighbourhood. Assaliya's dad doesn't let her finish her education, sending her to work as a housemaid for a rich family, where the father is a drug dealer.

Cast: Haifa Wehbe, Khaled Kamal, Rehab El-Gamal, Dina
Director: Hossam Aly
Channel(s): AL-Nahar, MBC
Timings:
4 PM, 11 AM, 6 AM on Al-Nahar Drama
9 PM on MBC Masr

30 Youm (30 Days)

Yet another big budget drama thriller, only this one is starring Egypt's very own Lawrence of Arabia, Asser Yassin, who plays a charismatic (that's our guess) physicist who finds out something mysterious about himself and attempts to find someone who keeps evading him. Brace yourselves, ladies!

Cast: Asser Yassin, Bassel El-Khayat, Bassel El-Khayat, Walid Fowaz, Nourhan
Director: Hossam Aly
Channel(s): DMC
Timings:
11 pm, 3 am, 11 am on DMC

El Halal

This shaabi comedy drama stars Soumaya El Khashab in the role of a juggler living in a traditional alley in a local neighbourhood, who seeks protection from a powerful trader working nearby.

Cast: Soumaya El-Khashab, Bayoumi Fouad, Youssra El-Lozy
Director: Ahmed Shafik
Channel(s): MBC Masr
Timings:
8 PM, 12 AM, 7 AM, 5:30 PM on MBC Masr 2
5:30 PM, 6 AM on MBC Masr

El Gama'a II (The Muslim Brotherhood II)

A sequel to the controversial Waheed Hamed series about the Muslim Brotherhood, in which the history and ideology of the group is reviewed and analysed to the tiniest of details. Abdel-Aziz Makhyoun and Sabrine will be leading the cast in the thought-provoking drama.

Cast: Ahmed Azzmy, Abdel-Aziz Makhyoun, Sabrine
Director: Sherif El-Bendary
Channel(s): Abu Dhabi
Timings:
12 AM, 1:30 PM on Abu Dhabi Al Oula

Khalsana Be Sheyaka (It Has Ended in Style)

Comedian and rapper Ahmed Mekky departs from his El Keber Awy multi-sequel series and returns with a comedy about a group of 3 friends who fall in love with the same girl, which complicates things but also makes them specially humorous.

Cast: Ahmed Mekky, Chico, Hesham Maged, Dina El-Sherbini, Bayoumi Fouad
Director: Hisham Fathy
Channel(s): DMC
Timings:
7 PM, 1 AM, 2 PM on DMC

Al Za'baq (Mercury)

Karim Abdel-Aziz is upping his drama game with a series based on actual files from the Egyptian Intelligence's operations in the late 90s, playing the role of a heroic intelligence officer.

Cast: Karim Abdel-Aziz, Sherif Mounir, Reham Abdel-Ghafour, Talaat Zakariya
Direction: Wael Abdullah
Channel(s): ON, Abu Dhabi
Timings:
8 PM on ON E
10 PM on ON Drama

Kafr Delhab (The Town of Delhab)

The highly anticipated series is a historical horror fantasia straight out of One Thousand and One Nights-like story. The plot and story revolve around the town of Delhab, which lies within a haunted village. Need we say more? 

Cast: Youssif El Sherif, Rogina, Rania El-Khatib
Director: Ahmed Nader Galal
Channel(s):CN
Timing:
7 PM on ON Drama
9 PM on ON E
6 PM, 12 AM on ART Hekayat

El-Hesab Yegma' (Everyone pays their dues)

This year's Ramadan drama by Yousra will be centered on a financially challenged domestic worker, who coincidentally finds out through her job a number of cases of domestic abuse, robbery and blackmailing inside the home in which she works.

Cast: Yousra, Nada Mousa, Iman El-Assy, Karim Fahmy
Director: Hany Khalifa, Mohamed Aly
Channel(s): DMC
Timings:
10 PM, 4 AM, 7 AM on DMC
12 PM, 6 AM, 10 AM DMC Drama

El 7osan El Eswed (The Black Horse)

A drama action thriller centred on the character of a schizophrenic man suffering from intense hallucination, which is played by none other than movie mega star Ahmed EL Sakka.

Cast: Ahmed El Sakka, Engy Khattabl, Mohamed Aly Rizk, Mohamed Adel
Director: Ahmed Khaled Moussa
Channel(s): MBC Masr
Timing:
10 PM, 4 AM, 3:30 PM on MBC Masr

Taqet Noor (Halo of Light)

Another movie star invades this Ramadan season with his third TV appearance. The action series revolves around Leil Abdel-Salam, a professional hitman who goes through a lot of suffering that transforms him into a new person. The events cover all major stations of Abdel-Salam's life, with many people walking in and out of it.

Cast: Hany Salama, Ashraf Meselhy, Hannan Metawea
Director: Raouf Abdel-Aziz
Channel(s):Al Nahar
Timings:
9 PM, 1 PM, 5 PM on Al-Nahar Drama

 

'Asham Eblees (The Devil's Wish)

Ladies and gentle-ladies, he might have been snatched away by one Syrian starlet months ago, but that doesn't mean you won't get to enjoy another (hopefully) outstanding performance by Amr Youssef in his upcoming drama thriller this Ramadan. The plot centers on the character of a Doctor who suffers from memory loss after being in a violent accident. Some evidence suggest it wasn't purely accidental though, and that's when things get complicated.

Cast: Amr Youssef, Dina El-Sherbiny, Reem Moustafa, Dalal Abdel-Aziz, Ahmed Bedeir
Director: Islam Khairy
Channel(s): MBC Masr, MBC Masr 2
Timings:
12 AM, 12:30 PM on MBC Masr
6 PM, 9 PM, 1 AM on MBC Masr 2

Wahet El Ghoroub (Sunset Oasis)

Egyptian heartthrob Khaled El Nabaway takes a break from participating in big Hollywood productions and heads instead to the oasis of Siwa in Egypt's western desert to shoot his new drama series where he plays a police officer who gets exiled as punishment for resisting the British occupation in Egypt towards the end of the 19th century. Menna Shalaby co-stars in the historical drama alongside an assortment of talented Egyptian and Arab actors. 

Cast: Khaled El-Nabawy, Menna Shalaby, Mohamed Aly, Monzer Ryhana
Director: Kamla Abou Zekra
Channel(s): DMC, ART
Timings:
5 PM, 5 AM on DMC
1 PM, 4 PM on ART Hekayat

La La Land

Marking her latest solo lead in a Ramadan series, Donia Samir Ghanem embarks on yet another comedic journey which tells the story of a group of people whose plane to Thailand was forced to land in a remote Asian island. As they try to escape, hilarity supposedly ensues!

Cast: Donia Samir Ghanem, Samir Ghanem, Shayma' Seif, Hamdy Al-Mirghany
Director: Ahmed El-Gend
Channel(s): Al Nahar, CBC
Timings:
7 PM, 2 AM, 1 PM on CBC
6 PM on CBC Drama

Ramadan Karim

After proving her worth as a drama actress for setting her self on fire in her last series, Segn El Nessa (Women's Penitentiary), two years ago, Ruby bids to prove that her funny side is just as strong as her exquisite acting skills with a show that deals with rituals and vices of society like fasting, bribery, family relationships, and charity. 

Cast: Ruby, Sherif Salama, Sayed Ragab, Ayten Amer, Sabry Fawaz
Director: Sabeh Abdel-Aziz
Channel(s): DMC
Timings:
7 PM, 2 AM, 9 AM on DMC Drama
12 AM, 6 AM, 10 AM on DMC 

La Tatfyi Al Shams (Don't Turn off the Sun)

Ihsan Abdel-Qudous fans are in for a treat this Ramadan as a TV series based on his thrilling novel La Tatfy' El Shams is coming to light with an exceptional all-star cast that has at its forefront Egyptian cinema veteran Mervat Amin, who plays a woman from an aristocratic family that goes through a series of unfortunate incidents.

Cast: Mervat Amin, Sherine Reda, Amina Khalil, Ahmed Dawood
Director: Mohamed Shaker Khodeir
Channel(s): CBC, MBC Drama
Timings:
8:15 PM, 1 AM, 10:30 AM on CBC
4 PM on MBC Drama

 

El Hala Geim (Case C)

A high security officer investigates a case which proves to be more challenging that he initially thought until he arrests a thug involved in the case, which ushers in a series of unpredictable events.

Cast: Ahmed Zaher, Horreya Farghaly, Tarek Abdel Aziz, Aly El-Tayib
Director: Hussien Shawkat
Channel(s): Al Nahar, Al Hayah
Timings:

12 am, 2 am on Al Hayah

Sabaa Sanayea (Seven Crafts)

The plot and story of the family comedy starring Sherif Ramzy and May Selim are still being kept on the down low. What we do know is that this will be a light show addressing social issues in a humorous manner and that each episode has its own different plot.

Cast: Sherif Ramzy, May Selim, Shaima' Seif, Khaled Oleish
Director: Taghreid Al-Asfoury
Channel(s): MBC Masr

Harbana Menha (Not in Her Right Mind)

Egyptian comedienne Yasmin Abdel-Aziz plans an invasion of Egyptian television and drama this Ramadan with a brand new comedy, seeking to prove she's just as funny on the small screen. Plot details have not been made public yet.

Cast: Yasmine Abdel-Aziz, Moustafa Khater, Hassan Hosny, Fadya Abdel-Ghany
Director: Moataz Al-Tony
Channel(s): ON
Timings:
7 PM, 1 AM, 7 AM on ON E
11 PM, 3 AM, 9 AM on ON Drama

Qasr Al Oshaq (Lovers' Mansion)

In the role of a political prisoner, Farouk El Fishawy makes his return to the drama season with a twisted plot that sees his character face off with a strict prison's warden. 

Cast: Farouk El Fishawy, Ezzat El Alayly,Pousy, Wafaa' Amer
Director: Ahmed Saqr
Channel(s): Dream, Al Hayah
Timings:
10 PM, 4 AM, 4 PM on Al Hayah
8 PM, 2 AM, 9 AM on Dream 1

Lamei El Ott

A school-bus driver carries on his routine daily activities of picking students up and dropping them off home after school. One day, a number of kids get kidnapped from his bus by one of the parents who asks for a hefty ransom. The huge production features renowned actr Mohamed Emam alongside starlet Tara Emad.

Cast: Mohamed Emam, Tara Emad, Hassan Hosny, Amr Moustafa Metwally, Ragaa' Al-Gedawy
Director: Amr Arafa
Channel(s): MBC Masr, MBC Masr 2
Timings:
9 PM, 4:30 PM on MBC Masr
10 PM, 10 AM, 2:30 AM on MBC Masr 2

Wad' Amny (Security Situation)

A poor guy works in a bureaucratic sector of Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities, where he gets entrapped in a big bribery scandal that reveals shocking facts about the illegal trade of Egyptian artefacts.

Cast: Amr Saad, Rania Mansour, Riyad El-Khouly
Director: Magdy Ahmed Ali
Channel(s): ON, Orbit Mosalsalat
Timings:
8 PM on ON Drama
11 PM on ON E
7:30 PM, 3:30 AM, 11:30 AM on Orbit Mosalsalat

 

Kalbash (Handcuffs)

A member of a terrorist organisation is gradually promoted until he gets to the point where he takes charge and he's being mentored by a Sheikh, who reveals to him the reality of how terrorist and extremists group operate in Egypt.

Cast: Amir Karara, Reem Moustafa, Hala Fakher, Ahmed Salama
Director: Peter Mimi
Channel(s): Al Hayah, CBC
Timings:
12 AM, 6 AM , 11:30 AM on CBC
5 PM, 11 PM, 11 AM on Al Hayah

Ta'et Adr (Fortune Smiles)

In a romantic drama, Hamada Helal makes a return as a hardworking, straightforward, and moralistic guy who climbs the ladder of success in his career, while keeping his vices in check. He falls in love with a girl and things begin to change.

Cast: Hamada Helal, May Al-Kady, Haggad Abdel-Azim, Edward
Director: Mohamed Moustafa
Channel(s): Al Nahar
Timings:
10 PM, 4 AM on Al Nahar
6 PM, 9 PM, 5 AM, 9 AM on Al Nahar Drama

Al Toufan (The Flood)

The morals of society and people's increasing materialism and desire for money and power constitute the main axis around which this drama thriller revolves. We hope this one will hold some answers for us as to how the world really is.

Cast: Wafaa' Amer, Ayten Amer, Maged El-Masry, Ayda Riyad
Director: Khairy Beshara
Channel(s): Al Nahar, CBC

Haza Al Masaa' (This Evening)

In this drama thriller, two entirely different worlds are examined through the lens of marital relationships and how they deteriorate over time and the effect of that on life in both worlds. 

Cast: Eyad Nassar, Arwa Gouda, Mohamed Farrag
Director: Tamer Mohsen
Channel(s): CBC, CN
Timings:
10 pm, 3:30 am, 5 pm on CBC

Noah

Amy Samir Ghanem departs from comedy with a drama thriller alongside her husband, actor Hassan Raddad. Plot has yet to revealed, however.

Cast: Amy Samir Ghanem, Hassan Raddad,Rania Mansour, Heidi Karam
Director: Mohamed Aly
Channel(s): Al Hayah

El Dawly (The International)

Truck driver travels between cities and countries carrying goods. In his travels, he's exposed to many threats, dangers and unique experiences. The drama stars the alluring Rania Youssef and actor Bassem Samra.

Cast: Rania Youssef, Bassem Samra,Zaki Fatein Abdel-Wahab, Sahar Al-Sayegh
Director: Mohamed El-Nokaly
Channel(s): Al Hayah

Ezay El Sehha (How've you been?)

A comedy starring Ayten Amer, Salwa El Khatib, and Ahmed Rizk. The plot hasn't been revealed yet, but we trust Salwa El Khatib's choices.

Cast: Aytem Amer, Salwa El Khatib, Ahmed Rizk, Bayoumy Fouad
Director: Ibrahim Fakhr
Channel(s): DMC
Timings
8 PM, 3 AM, 10 AM on DMC Drama

Bayn Alamein (Between Two World)

Egyptian drama star Tarek Lotfy makes a return with a thriller on the choices we make in life (knowingly and unknowingly) and how each of them takes our lives in a completely different direction.

Cast :Tarek Lotfy, Leqaa' El-Khamisy, Leqaa' Al-Khamisy, Mohamed Yosry
Director: Ahmed Medhat
Channel(s): CBC

Thil Al Ra'eeis (In The President's Shadow)

Another drama thriller starring handsome star Yasser Galal alongside star Hannah Shiha. No plot details available, but we know this is going be depicting the chaotic political scene in Egypt before and after January 25th revolution. 

Cast: Hannah Shiha, Yasser Galal, Mahmoud Abdel-Moghni, Dina Fouad
Director: Ahmed Samir Farag
Channel(s): Al-Nahar, Sada El Balad
Timings:
9 PM, 2 AM on Al Nahar
11 PM, 2 PM on Sada El Balad

 

Howa w Heya w Howa (Him and Her and Him)

A huge comedy production starring a specially talented cast of singer-turned-actor Ahmed Fahmy and upcoming actress Mai Omar. 

Cast: Ahmed Fahmy, Mai Omar, Akram Hosny, Islam Ibrahim
Director: Karim Al-Adl
Channel(s): Al-Nahar

Yawmyat Zawga Mafrousa Awy (The Diary of an Angry Wife)

The third part of the comedy, starring Egyptian star and former beauty queen Dalia El Beheiry, revolves around a traditional Egyptian wife in a series of comedic situations while trying to maintain balance in her chaotic life.

Cast: Dalia El Beheiry, Khaled Sarhan, Samir Ghanem, Ragaa' El Gedawy
Director: Ahmed Nour
Channel(s): Al Nahar