MBC launches Bollywood channel

Updated 29 January 2014

MBC launches Bollywood channel

The first live episode of the Arab world’s number one talent show, Arabs Got Talent, kicked off its third season on the same night as the official launch of the new MBC Bollywood Channel.
Karina Kapoor, one of India’s most loved and multi-talented actresses, performed during the opening, supported by her artistic group of dancers.
Karina performed dance and theatrical performances well-known to Indian culture.
MBC Bollywood is the 14th channel to be added to the MBC Group’s rich array of channels.
A total of 8 exceptional acts performed on stage in front of the Arabs Got Talent jury and millions of viewers hoping to qualify for the finals. However, only the first act, “The Sheyyab” group from Kuwait, acquired the most audience and viewers’ votes at the end of the evening and was automatically qualified to the finals.
Moreover, all four members of the jury unanimously agreed to choose “Mohamed Al-Diri” from Palestine to qualify to the finals, based on his exceptional wall carving act, which resulted in a beautiful piece of art dedicated to the memory of the late legendary Lebanese singer, Wadih Al-Safi.
The show witnessed two acts going through to the finals at the end of the show and the other six were sent home.

Hugh Jackman reveals Global Teacher Prize finalists ahead of Dubai ceremony

Updated 21 February 2019

Hugh Jackman reveals Global Teacher Prize finalists ahead of Dubai ceremony

  • The awards ceremony will take place on March 24
  • Out of 10,000 nominations from 39 countries, 10 finalists were chosen

DUBAI: Hollywood A-lister Hugh Jackman has lauded teachers as the “real superheroes” ahead of the  million-dollar Global Teacher Prize ceremony to be held in Dubai next month.

Speaking in a four-minute long video message, the actor revealed the 10 finalists who will be up for the prize on March 24.

Recalling his own experience, Wolverine star Jackman spoke of his “transformative” experience with his acting teacher.

Hugh Jackman and his acting teacher. (Supplied)

And he described the teaching profession as “the most important job in the world.”

“My favorite uncle was a teacher, my sister’s a teacher, my brother’s a teacher… My hope for every single person on the planet is that you have at least one,” he said.

“All of us go through insecurity and doubt, trepidation, along this journey of life, and those teachers that see the best in us and are patient enough to allow us to grow into that, they are like gold,” he added.

Out of 10,000 nominations from 39 countries, 10 finalists were chosen, including teachers from the UK, India, Japan, and Kenya.

The Dubai-based Global Teacher Prize was set up by global education charity Varkey Foundation to recognize one teacher “who made an outstanding contribution to the profession as well as to shine a spotlight on the important role teachers play in society.”

“I hope their stories will inspire those looking to enter the teaching profession and also shine a powerful spotlight on the incredible work teachers do all over the world every day,” said Sunny Varkey, the founder of the Varkey Foundation.

The winner will be announced at the “Global Education & Skills Forum” on March 24.

On the eve of the forum, chart toppers Little Mix, Liam Payne, and Rita Ora will perform at the Dubai Media City Amphitheater in a tribute concert organized by the foundation.

Here's the video announcement: