Mohammed Saeed Harib is a well-known Emirati animation director and Chairman of Lammtara Art Production. He created the highly popular animated TV series FREEJ, which means neighborhood in the Emirati dialect. The first season aired in 2006 and received rave reviews from viewers and critics alike, with Mohammed and FREEJ becoming cultural icons recognized across the region. Mohammed studied General Arts and Animation at Northeastern University in Boston, before pursuing his dream to create the Middle East's pioneering 3D animated series. After establishing Lammtara in 2005, he announced his first animation project FREEJ. FREEJ was voted by viewers as the number one show of 2006, 2007 and 2008, and Mohammed won the Emerging UAE Talent Award at the Dubai International Film Festival in 2007. The first season of FREEJ also received the Special Country Award at the Hamburg Animation Awards in 2007 and Mohammed won the title of Young CEO of the Year in 2008 from CEO Middle East magazine. Mohammed has also been recognized as one of the World's Most Influential Arabs from 2008 to 2012 by Arabian Business magazine. In 2009, Mohammed directed the largest Arabic theatrical production in the Middle East, Freej Folklore, which celebrates Arab heritage, culture and traditions. The show was an official event of the Dubai Shopping Festival and ran in the Madinat Jumeirah Arena. The performance, comprised of seven acts, made reference to great historical figures such as Ibn Battuta and highlighted unique traditions such as pearl diving. Mohammed's was recently a creative consultant for Cruel Summer a project that featured Kanye West and Hayat Alfahad and which was launched in the Cannes Film Festival. He is currently working on the Animated Feature The Prophet with Roger Allers: the director of The Lion King and actress Salma Hayek who is acting as a producer on the project alongside The Doha Fillm Institute.
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