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Al Hayba
Created by
  • Sabbah Brothers
  • Cedars Art Production
Developed by Samer Al Barkawi
Written by
  • Hozan Akko
  • Basem Al Salka
Directed by Samer Al Barkawi
Country of originLebanon
Original languageArabic
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes120 ( list of episodes)
Executive producersAli and Sadek Sabbah Ziad El Khatib
ProducerSabbah Brothers
Production location Lebanese village near the Lebanese Mountain
Running time45 minutes
Original network MBC and MTV Lebanon
Original release27 May 2017 (2017-05-27) –

Al Hayba ( Arabic: الهيبة) is an Arabic drama television series directed by Samer Al Barkawi and produced by Ziad El Khatib It has 5 seasons; and Taim Hasan, named "Jabal Sheikh Al Jabal" is the lead character in all 5 seasons. The series first aired on Middle East Broadcasting Center (MBC) to the Arab world on 27 May 2017. As an Arab Ramadan series, the drama is released during the month of Ramadan. Season 2 was released on MBC in May 2018. Netflix picked up season 1 and provided English, Chinese, Hebrew, French, Spanish, Turkish and Greek dubbing.

The series is set in a fictional village of "Hayba" which is the origin place of the Sheikh Al Jabal Clan.


The story follows the members of a fictional Arab family, Sheikh Al Jabal, that controls all the smuggling routes between Lebanon and Syria. The family has an ongoing historic feud with another powerful family, the Saeed clan in the village of Hayba. The two families constantly struggle against one another, along with internal strife. However, with stories that never end and wounds that never heal, how this family will survive in this lawless village? The story develops over the 5 seasons with new characters and enemies entering the line.


Character Actor Actor's name in Arabic script
Jabal Taim Hasan تيم حسن
Nahed Emran Muna Wassef منى واصف
Sakhar Oweiss Mkhallalati أويس مخللاتي
Muna Rouzaina Lazkani روزينا لاذقاني
Chahine Abdo Chahine عبدو شاهين
Alia (Season 1) Nadine Nassib Njeim نادين نسيب نجيم
Maryam (Season 2) Valerie Abou Chacra فاليري أبو شقرا
Sumaya (Season 2) Nicole saba نيكول سابا
Nour Rahma (Season 3) Cyrine Abdelnour سيرين عبد النور
Ali (Season 3) Said Serhan سعيد سرحان
Al Shayeb Mohamad Akil محمد عقيل
Majdi Michael Hourani ميشال حوراني
Dr. Ghada Carla Boutros كارلا بطرس
Chahine's Mother Kitam Alaham ختام اللحام
Rima Zeinab Hind Khadra زينب هند خضرة
Ali's Mother Layla Qamri ليلى قمري
Jamal Emran (Maternal Uncle of Jabal) Najah Safkouni نجاح سفكوني
Ghazi (Jabal's paternal uncle, & father of Shaheen) Khalid Alsayed خالد السيد
Namr (Season 4) Adel Karam عادل كرم
Essa "the attorney" Patrick باتريك
Dr. Hans Nieltsen (Season 5) Khalil Sehnaoui خليل صحناوي
Marwa Walaa Alazzam ولاء العزام
Rania Emran (Daughter of Jamal Emran) Dima Kandalaft ديمة قندلفت


In 2017, Sabbah Brothers announced that the 1st season of Al Hayba was successfully received in the MENA region, reaching 116.7 million viewers. [1] Fadi Ismail, MBC group drama director, comments "The plot was also tied to a feudal culture, which has emotional resonance throughout the region." [2]


In 2018, a lawsuit was filed against the show, alleging that it promoted stereotypes of Baalbek as criminal, including widespread drug use and violence. [3] In response, Cedars Art Production referenced the show's disclaimer that all details are fictional. Viewers have linked the show's fictional setting to Baalbeck due to proximity to the Syrian border, use of regional dialect, [4] and history of familial conflicts. [3]

Lead actress in season 3, Cyrine Abdelnour's character Noor Rahme is a TV presenter with a politically powerful friend of benefit who helped her gain publicity and this created controversy as the public where saying that this promotes the idea that Lebanese TV presenters all use powerful figures to get publicity. Cyrine Abdelnour later said that this isn't the case.

Lead actress in season 1, Nadine Nassib Njeim turned down the season 2 contract due to lack of her role's prominence and described the show as a predominantly male story. [5]

Critics claim that an episode in which actor Taim Hasan's character beats his wife Sumaya, played by Nicole Saba, normalizes domestic violence. [6]

Season 1

The events of season 1 take place after the second season chronologically. Season 1 follows the story of Alia (played by Nadine Nassib Njeim), an Arab woman that lives in Canada with her son Joe (Jabal Jr), and her husband Adel. Adel was born to the infamous crime family of Sheikh Al Jabal. Adel passes away in Canada and based on his wishes is brought to Hayba for burial. Adel's family are of the prominent Sheikh Al Jabal clan located in Hayba. When Alia meets her deceased husband's family they want to keep her child with them. Her mother-in-law stipulates that she can only stay with her son if she marries her eldest son, Jabal Sr (played by Taim Hasan), Alia's deceased husband's brother. Alia lodges a complaint against the family at the Canadian embassy. Through a series of events, Alia falls in love with Jabal Senior who has many enemies that he, Alia, and his family must face. The season ends with Jabal publicly executing the eldest son of the rival family (Saeed clan) after causing trouble and leading the police to the village of Hayba, all leading up to the events of the third season.

Season 2

This season is set a year before Season 1. Jabal's father (Sultan Sheikh Al Jabal) and his brother (Adel Sheikh Al Jabal - Alia's husband) are still alive. His paternal uncle Ghazi Sheikh Al Jabal (Schahin's father) is not imprisoned. The season provides context for the feudal and interfamilial strife in season 1. After the assassination of Sultan Sheikh Al Jabal on Jabal's wedding day to Maryam ( Valerie Abou Chacra) Jabal thinks that the Saeeds set the assassination plan so his brother Adel assassinated Suleiman Saeed, the head of the Saeed clan. The families ignite a bloody war against each other, which ended with a truce on the condition that Jabal marries Suleiman Saeed's daughter, Sumaya ( Nicole Saba). Maryam is devastated and decides to go abroad. Jabal got caught on smuggling and served 2 years in prison. After escaping from prison and returning to Hayba, the village is controlled by Nazem Aali that controls all rackets, arms smuggling, and prostitution in Hayba. Jabal tries to bring Hayba back to the old happy village and he succeeded for most parties. Schahin discovers the identity of Sultan's hitman and discovers that Nazem was behind the conspiracy not Suleiman. Haulo, Nazem's man that is in charge of the criminal activities of the Aali clan is killed by Jabal after lots of struggle. With Nazem's Empire collapsed, Hayba gets back to the hands of Jabal.

Season 3

This season is set after season 1, after Schahin is shot and everyone thinks he is dead however Asaad realises he is alive and takes him to a hospital in Beirut with Jabal in secrecy. Jabal then spends his time in Beirut and he meets Noor, (played by Cyrine Abdelnour) a well known presenter. They both live on the same floor of the apartment building and they begin to fall deeply in love with each other. Ali (played by Said Serhan), who is the son of Asaad comes back to Hayba as a part of the Sheik Al Jabals and he falls in love with the new maid, Marwa, who had previously came to Jabals house after her husband had died (as Marwa's husband was one of Jabal's men). Ghazi Sheikh Al Jabal is released from prison and vet himself as the head of the Sheikh Al Jabal Clan and also as the head of the Hayba Mafia. Ghazi attempts to kill Sekher, Jabal's brother, as he thinks that Schahin (who is his son) has died. Then, Schahin appears and the whole Hayba knows that he has survived. Schahin marries Muna, Jabals sister. Tharwat, Noor's friend of benefit was a barrier to Jabal to get to Noor, and Ghazi was more like an enemy than an uncle. Then Zaidan's right-hand man that wants to control Hayba with Jabal's uncle, Jamal Emran. With Jabal surrounded by traitors and enemies, Jabal attempts to kill them all, and he does. Jabal marries Noor after a lot of obstacles tried to stop them. In the final episode of the series Jabal is shot inside Asaad's car with Noor and his son, Sultan. Jabal survives but Noor and his son die.

Season 4

In 2019, Season 4 (The Response) of Al Hayba was announced, starring Taim Hassan as Jabal Sheikh al Jabal, Dima Kandalaft, [7] as Rania Emran and Adel Karam as Nemr Saeed.

Season 5

In 2020, Season 5 was announced to be the final season of Al Hayba, starring Taim Hassan as Jabal Sheikh al Jabal and Aimée Sayah as Sara.


Country Channel Series premiere Language Title Seasons released
Middle East Middle East Broadcasting Center and MTV Lebanon May 2017 Arabic Al Hayba Season 1
Middle East Middle East Broadcasting Center and MTV Lebanon May 2018 Arabic Al Hayba Season 2
Middle East Middle East Broadcasting Center and MTV Lebanon May 2019 Arabic Al Hayba Season 3
Middle East Middle East Broadcasting Center and MTV Lebanon November 2020 Arabic Al Hayba Season 4
Internationally Shahid (streaming platform) October 2021 Arabic Al Hayba Season 5
Iran MBC Persia June 2020 Persian اعتبار Season 1
Iran MBC Persia July 2020 Persian اعتبار Season 2
Internationally Netflix September 2018 Arabic (English, French, Spanish, Chinese dubbed) Al Hayba Season 1, 2, 3, 4, 5


  1. ^ "Sabbah: Al Hayba, a sensation across the MENA region". Prensario Internacional. Archived from the original on 8 August 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  2. ^ Goodfellow, Melanie (10 December 2017). "How the high-end TV boom has reached the Middle East". Screen. Archived from the original on 10 December 2017. Retrieved 21 July 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Lawyers seek to block popular TV show 'Al Hayba El Awda' - Annahar Staff". An-Nahar. 28 May 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  4. ^ "The controversy over Al Hayba-El Awda: Why now? - Sally Farhat". An-Nahar. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  5. ^ "'Al Hayba' director Samer Al Barkawi says the third season is well under way with Cyrine Abdelnour in the lead". The National. Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  6. ^ Itani, Amani (12 June 2018). "This Ramadan series encourages domestic abuse, and people are furious". StepFeed. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  7. ^ "هذا هو دور ديما قندلفت في "الهيبة 4"". (in Arabic). 24 December 2019.