Updated 16 November 2019
Arab News

Muppet mania: Sesame Street’s most-loved characters

As Sesame Street turns 50, we take a look at the American and Arab versions of the world's favorite muppets.

  • Elmo/ Elmo

    Elmo, who had the same name in “Iftah Ya Simsim,” is the sweet red monster who hosts the last segment of the show.

  • Cookie Monster/ Kaaky

    He was best known for his voracious appetite and his famous phrases: “Me want cookie!” and “Om nom nom nom.” “Iftah Ya Simsim’s” Cookie Monster was Kaaky.

  • Grover/ Gargur

    The blue monster is cute, lovable and furry. Gargur was Grover’s Arabic counterpart.

  • Big Bird/ Melsoon

    The tall bright yellow canary, named Melsoon in “Iftah Ya Simsim,” can roller skate, ice skate, dance, swim, sing and write poetry!

  • Abby Cadabby/ Shabra Qamra

    The 4-year-old character was added to the show in 2006 when she moved into the neighborhood. Abby is Shabra Qamra in the Arabic show.

  • Count Von Count/ Mohsy Al-Addad

    Count von Count, or Mohsy Al-Addad, is a mysterious but friendly vampire-like muppet.

  • Bert and Ernie/ Badr and Anees

    Bert is the short-tempered muppet who always tries to talk Ernie out of his hare-brained ideas. The pair were Badr and Anees in “Iftah Ya Simsim.”