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The show must go on: Egypt's Ramadan soap operas defy COVID-19

Egyptian production teams are racing against time to complete the TV shows they hope will bring some Ramadan cheer to Egyptian and Arab audiences during the crisis.

With Ramadan around the corner, TV production companies are racing to complete the much-anticipated Ramadan soaps in time for the Muslim fasting month. But for the cast and crew members, keeping the cameras rolling has been particularly challenging this year due to the restrictions in place to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

In much of the Arab World, the popular Ramadan soap operas have become a staple of the fasting month. Families and friends gather around televisions at home or in coffee shops to watch the post-Iftar soaps.

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