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Fig. 1. Happy Oasis. Courtesy of Aranim Media Factory, 2011.

A new social media game Happy Oasis has been launched on Facebook. The FarmVille-like game is situated in the Arab environment and tasks players to create their own oasis in the desert. Besides the fun, it conveys a social message fighting the extremism and prejudices. The game was developed by Jordan-based Aranim Media Factory and has Arabic and English versions.

Suleiman Bakhit, the Aranim’s CEO, talked about the game's specifics with Mashable:

“[You use] traditional farming techniques, there are different kinds of buildings and markets you can build. You can build an Islamic garden block by block... We’re taking some of the Arab habits and traditions and turning them into social gaming mechanics.”

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“There are serious cultural issues that are extremely sensitive … most western companies won’t know how to deal with these issues.”

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Fig. 2. Happy Oasis. Courtesy of Aranim Media Factory, 2011.

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Fig. 3. Happy Oasis. Courtesy of Aranim Media Factory, 2011.

As Aranim Media Factory also publishes comic books for the Middle Eastern market, read Suleiman Bakhit's interview for Ode Magazine on cartoons.