Freej is an Arabic 3d animated television series for children and adults alike. The English tagline for the show is “The Fun Old Girls.”
The show was produced by Mohammed Saeed Harib, who also directed the fifteen standalone episodes of fifteen minutes each. It is the tale of four old Emirati women living in a secluded neighbourhood in modern day Dubai. The show’s main characters – Um Saeed, Um Saloom, Um Allawi and Um Khammas – try to live a peaceful life in the midst of the ever-expanding city around them, but the city’s boom unveils new social issues every day that they would have to tackle solve in their own simple way. For those four old women, there is no issue too hard to crack with a good cup of coffee at Um Saeed’s house.
The show’s title is a reference to “freej”, a term which means “neighbourhood” in Emirati Arabic, based on accent of the people of Dubai’s slums. Freej, originally produced in Arabic, has an English subtitled version available.
The show premiered on September 24, 2006 in during Ramadan in Sama Dubai, and ever since it returns with new episodes traditionally debuting every year during Ramadan.