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Netflix's Most Binged-Raced Shows in UAE and Saudi Arabia

Shocker! Stranger Things Is Not Netflix's Most Binged-Raced Show

Stranger Things 2 drops on Netflix October 27 and there's no doubt people all over the Middle East will be spending the first day of their weekend holed up to get through all of the new episodes. But according to new stats from the online streaming service, the show isn't the title most likely to be binge-raced in this region. Marvel's The Defenders is the no.1 program that people in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia get through in just 24 hours. In the UAE, Stranger Things ranks at no.12 and in KSA it's no.11, being beaten out by the likes of Narcos, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life (the global favorite) and Santa Clarita Diet.

The Dubai Fitness Challenge may be on but it seems the region's favorite kind of endurance sport is get through hours and hours of a series on the sofa.

"The beauty of Binge Racing is that while it can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone, it can be somewhat of an endurance sport and test mental and physical boundaries," Abeer Al Khaja, an Emirati coach at CrossFit Metalize Dubai, said about the findings. "With a few smart preparation tips and techniques, binge racers can optimize performance and enhance their entertainment experience with maximum alertness, energy and comfort."

As if we needed more encouragement to hit the "Still Watching" button, he also shared some tips for getting through a marathon screening. He recommends getting at least seven hours' sleep the night before and taking a 20 minute nap during the binge watching session. Of course, make sure you're well prepared with snacks and drinks (not too sugary or you'll crash and burn), watch a few episodes of the previous season to remind you where you left off and get your friends to watch at the same time to get competitive.

Want to feel less guilty about being glued to Netflix? Do some living room exercises while you binge. Check out the full lists below.

Saudi Arabia

  1. Marvel's The Defenders
  2. The Seven Deadly Sins
  3. Santa Clarita Diet
  4. The Ranch
  5. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
  6. Friends from College
  7. Atypical
  8. Narcos
  9. Fuller House
  10. GLOW
  11. Stranger Things
  12. The OA
  13. Anne with an E
  14. White Gold
  15. Marvel's Iron Fist
  16. Frontier
  17. Dear White People
  18. Chewing Gum
  19. You Me Her
  20. Disjointed


  1. Marvel's The Defenders
  2. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life
  3. Friends from College
  4. Santa Clarita Diet
  5. The Ranch
  6. The Seven Deadly Sins
  7. White Gold
  8. Atypical
  9. Narcos
  10. Chewing Gum
  11. Fuller House
  12. Stranger Things
  13. GLOW
  14. Dear White People
  15. Anne with an E
  16. Grace and Frankie
  17. Lovesick
  18. Frontier
  19. The OA
  20. You Me Her

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