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THE MEDIA - RADIO & TELEVISION

UAE production studio Blink Studios has sights set on developing an international hit

Posted on 15/07/2016

The award-winning UAE production studio best known for its part in the successful revival of Iftah Ya Simsim, the Arabic version of Sesame Street, has launched its latest show across the region – and has its sights set on developing it into an international hit. Blink Studios, which has offices in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, debuted the animated Karim and Noor on the Spacetoon TV channel, and on its own YouTube channel. The first season consists of 15 dialogue-free two-minute episodes that explore ...  >>MORE

TV series 'Betrayal of Homeland' tops viewership in UAE during Ramadan month

Posted on 09/07/2016

The TV series "Betrayal of Homeland," which was aired on Abu Dhabi TV during the holy month of Ramadan, has been ranked first in television viewership ratings by the Annual Gulf Ramadan Drama Poll. According to the poll, 72 per cent of Emiratis watched this televised drama. With this TV series, the UAE drama ushered in a new historic turning point to address the national policy issue. It is the first national political work of drama in the history of the UAE television. It deals with genuine ...  >>MORE

Emirati TV producer in 1,200km rickshaw journey across India

Posted on 19/06/2016

Driving 1,200 kilometres across India would be quite a challenge for anyone – but even more so for Peyman Al Awadhi, who is attempting the journey in a rickshaw. The 39-year-old Emirati TV producer and co-founder of the hugely successful TV series ¬Peeta Planet is nearing the end of his journey from Goa to ¬Mumbai. He is filming his trip for his travel show Makshaat – or "excursion" – in the Arabian Gulf, which aims to provide a glimpse into the personal lives of ordinary people living in ...  >>MORE

Maktoum bin Mohammed officially opens CNN’s new hi-tech studio in Dubai

Posted on 20/01/2016

Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Creative Clusters Authority, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, today officially inaugurated CNN's new hi-tech studio in Dubai. The inauguration took place on the 14th anniversary of the launch of "CNN Arabic" from Dubai. Speaking on the occasion, Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed said, "Dubai has steadily been enhancing its position as a unique and strategic hub for Arab and international media organisations and raising its profile ...  >>MORE

Good morning Dubai! Region’s first child-only radio station set for Arabic launch

Posted on 10/01/2016

The Middle East's first radio station aimed at a child audience is to launch a kids' news segment and an Arabic sister station this year. Based at the Al Jalila Culture Centre for Children, Pearl FM is going into its second year. It was founded in 2014 by Briton Jeff Price, 43, who was inspired to establish a radio station for children after working with young people with special needs, and in radio. "If you want be an adult guest to chat on the radio, you can only come between 10 and 1pm, ...  >>MORE

Netflix launches in UAE, and 130 other new countries

Posted on 07/01/2016

United States-based web streaming TV network Netflix has launched in the United Arab Emirates and other regional countries as part of a major worldwide rollout, it announced on Wednesday. Netflix said it had significantly expanded its global footprint to 190 countries, making its Internet TV service available in 130 new markets including UAE - but not China. California-based Netflix, which began as a mail-order DVD service but is now producing award-winning original content alongside its ...  >>MORE

Quest Arabiya TV channel goes live with ground-breaking shows in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 09/12/2015

Arabic TV channel Quest Arabiya began broadcasting on Monday exciting factual entertainment shows to 45 million homes in 22 countries across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). The channel, a partnership between Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Discovery Communications, fills a gap in the Arabic TV market by providing factual entertainment content of a quality and breadth that has never been seen before in the region. Mohamed Al-Mubarak, Chairman of Image Nation Abu Dhabi, said, "There is a ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Media’s Majid TV channel goes live

Posted on 28/09/2015

Abu Dhabi Media's newest initiative, the much awaited Majid TV channel dedicated to providing entertainment and education for Arab children, officially began airing shows and programmes on Friday, 25th September, during the EID break. Based on the popular Majid magazine which has established its presence in the region for 37 years, the new channel was created to provide young audiences with rich content showcasing the UAE and the region's authentic tradition. Majid TV officially aired a bevy ...  >>MORE

Casting call for Image Nation's new TV drama

Posted on 28/09/2015

Image Nation Abu Dhabi has announced it was looking for actors for its new social Arabic-language television series in the UAE later this year. Michael Garin, CEO of Image Nation, said, "Providing both established and aspiring actors with the opportunity for so many juicy roles should help them enormously to both develop their craft and gain wider public recognition. It's a unique chance to bring compelling entertainment to audiences around the world, while providing a host of opportunities ...  >>MORE

Now, Arabic-speaking Majid will enchant through TV

Posted on 20/09/2015

Majid, the 11-year-old Emirati boy who has endeared both children and adults alike, will soon come into the living rooms with the launch of a new TV channel. Majid Channel is inspired by the magazine and comic book with the same name, which was established 37 years ago and has become a cultural phenomenon not just in the UAE, but throughout the Arabic speaking world. Abu Dhabi Media company (ADM) announced Majid Channel in March this year and now, after creating 150 hours' worth of content, ...  >>MORE

Iftah ya Simsim relaunched

Posted on 02/09/2015

The relaunched Iftah Ya Simsim will tackle other issues faced by Arab children in keeping with the fundamental principles and traditions of the region, officials in the capital said. With a keen focus on Arabic language, mathematics and other subjects that are relevant and pertinent to the Arab children of today, the relaunched television show will begin broadcasting its first episode on September 4 and 5 on 10 different television channels. The Arabic version of Sesame Street was kicked off ...  >>MORE

New radio broadcasting service launched to cover latest UAE, international news

Posted on 02/08/2015

Sky News Arabia has announced the launch of its radio broadcasting service in the UAE via 90.3 FM as of July 30. The move is in line with the network's vision to emerge as an integrated news platform that offers accurate and unbiased reporting through television, radio, digital applications and social media. Through this new service, Sky News Arabia looks to cut across channels and media outlets in a bid to reach diverse audience segments that use varied media platforms to get the latest ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Classic FM honoured in New York

Posted on 05/07/2015

Abu Dhabi Classic FM was acknowledged in New York Festival's International Radio Program Awards. The station, owned by Abu Dhabi Media, which publishes The National, received a Finals Certificate in the Children/Young Adult category for its hour-long morning programme Kids' Classics. Broadcasting at 6.30am from Sunday to Thursday, the show is led by host Damian Watson, who teams up with his fictitious sidekick, the bumbling producer Ludvig, as they play popular orchestral pieces, including ...  >>MORE

Sky News Arabia to showcase network's digital competencies at inaugural North African Media Summit in Cairo

Posted on 05/06/2015

In the run up to the debut edition of the North African Media Summit to be held in Cairo between 9-10 June, Sky News Arabia has announced a series of activities at the event that reiterate its status as a leading news channel dedicated to providing objective and dynamic coverage across broadcast and digital media platforms. The 2015 edition of the North African Media Summit is set to convene industry experts, media personnel, and producers from across the Arab world to examine how latest ...  >>MORE

Discovery Communications, Image Nation to launch Quest Arabiya FTA channel in Q4

Posted on 03/06/2015

Abu Dhabi's Image Nation, a leading content creator in the Middle East, has partnered with Discovery Communications, the world's number one pay TV programmer, to create and launch a new Arabic language TV channel for the Middle East and North Africa. ‘Quest Arabiya' will be free-to-air and will go live in the final quarter of 2015. The channel, whose focus is male-oriented factual and reality programmes, will be a combination of locally-produced original material and Arabised content from ...  >>MORE

Another addition to Abu Dhabi Television Network: The launch of EDGE HD Sports Channel

Posted on 05/05/2015

Abu Dhabi Media, one of the fastest growing, multi-platform media and entertainment organisations in the Middle East, launches a 24/7 HD action sports channel focused on live broadcast. In collaboration with IMG, Abu Dhabi Media welcomes EDGE Sport HD to the Abu Dhabi Television network making it the first English Channel in the group transforming the UAE sporting sector. Commenting on the launch, Abdul Hadi Al Sheikh, Executive Director of Television of Abu Dhabi Media, said: "We are working ...  >>MORE

Fujairah Media chief announces opening of Radio and TV Stations in new African State

Posted on 05/04/2015

FUJAIRAH: Mekki Abdulla, Chief Executive Officer of Fujairah Media Group, has welcomed the Governor of Central Equatorial State (CES), the Republic of South Sudan, General Clement Wani Konga. Speaking at the Group's headquarters in Fujairah, Abdulla said that Fujairah Media Group had been actively working with CES since the birth of the world's newest country in 2011, the Republic of South Sudan. "We have overcome great challenges in establishing these radio and television stations for our ...  >>MORE

Live expands its broadcast fleet for wider sports coverage in UAE

Posted on 24/03/2015

An Abu Dhabi-based provider of facilities and production services to broadcasters and television production houses plans to boost its coverage of live events in the UAE this year. Live, a unit of Abu Dhabi Media set up in 2008, has increased its fleet of outside broadcasting vans to 10, which it hopes will enhance its offering to clients including Yas Marina Circuit, Red Bull and the Dubai World Cup. "The 10th van is not the biggest we have, but it is the smartest outside broadcast van. It ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Media’s TV Network announces new channels, content strategy and branding

Posted on 23/03/2015

Abu Dhabi Media has taken a significant step forward in developing the media industry in the UAE with the re-launch of its television network. A new, integrated strategy has been adopted to reflect the UAE's national identity and promote it as a key destination, with programmes and content that is in line with the UAE's Vision 2021 and Abu Dhabi Vision 2030. The newly adopted strategy will focus on showcasing the nation's history and identity, and reinforce its long-standing position by ...  >>MORE

Fujairah Media Group radio station wins top German Business Awards

Posted on 10/03/2015

A Berlin radio station owned by Fujairah Media Group has swept the board with three silver Awards in the annual German Business Awards. Fujairah Media Group is the broadcasting arm of the Emirate of Fujairah. JazzRadio Berlin, Germany's only FM jazz radio station, won Silver Awards for: Management Team of the Year, Business of the Year – Services, and Client Service Executive of the Year. Other companies honoured in the awards, part of the international "Stevie Awards", included Coca-Cola, ...  >>MORE

'Yas' channel brings the France Galop Grand Prix 2015 to the region

Posted on 26/02/2015

‘Yas' channel announced yesterday its partnership with IMG on the France Galop Grand Prix Races 2015, bringing the best group races to the GCC and Arab region. ‘Yas', whose name traces back to the UAE ‘Bani Yas' tribe, is the latest addition to the Abu Dhabi Sports TV channels targeting competitive race enthusiasts in the UAE and the broader Arab World. The France Galop, created in 1995, is the premier ruling body of French horse races bringing to the world some of the best and most ...  >>MORE

Writers Association: Cyber-attack on Al Ittihad, ADTV websites proves UAE's stance against terror is right

Posted on 16/02/2015

The UAE Writers Association has said that the recent hacking of the websites of Abu Dhabi TV (ADTV) and Abu-based Al Ittihad newspaper on by ISIL (Daesh) proves once again that the UAE's official and popular stance against terrorist organisations is right. In a statement, the Association described Friday's cyber-attack on the two websites as "just another barbaric reaction by the obscurantist, extremist and terrorist organisations" in the context of their "repeated and failing attempts to ...  >>MORE

Hazza bin Zayed, Mansour bin Zayed launch Yas TV Channel

Posted on 15/02/2015

H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed Al Nahyan, National Security Advisor and Deputy Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, and H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, on Saturday officially launched the Yas TV, a new channel of Abu Dhabi TV network, and the first Emirati channel to be dedicated to live airing of endurance races and traditional sports for local and Arab viewership. In a statement to Yas TV, H.H. Sheikh Hazza bin Zayed said ...  >>MORE

Direct from farm to fork for celebrity Chefs

Posted on 11/02/2015

ABU DHABI, 10th February, 2015 (WAM) -- Two home-grown celebrity chefs dug deep to source their produce fresh from the farm in Abu Dhabi ahead of their appearance at Street Feast this week, which is being held in the Garden City of Al Ain as part of the inaugural Abu Dhabi Food Festival. Mohammed Orfali and Houria Zanoun, chefs with Fatafeat, a free-to-air UAE-based food TV channel broadcasting to 21 Arabic countries, spent time carefully selecting a variety of vegetables at the farm in Al ...  >>MORE

Dubai Customs presents Al-Furdah TV programme on Sama Dubai

Posted on 08/02/2015

DUBAI, 8th February, 2015 (WAM)--"Al-Furdah: From the Berth to the Screen" is a new television programme sponsored and presented by Dubai Customs in partnership with Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI). The first episode of this programme kicks off tomorrow on Sama Dubai TV channel. Prepared and presented by Dubai Customs' Corporate Communication Department, the 13-episode TV program airs weekly every Sunday at 9pm, and repeats through Mondays at 5am and 11am and Tuesdays at 2pm. The broadcast ...  >>MORE

Dubai Media Incorporated launches subscription OTT-TV service

Posted on 28/11/2014

Dubai Media Incorporated, DMI, Middle East and North Africa's leading media organisation and TV broadcaster, has announced the launch of its new subscription OTT service for registered users to access its Dubai Sports Premium TV channel. Ahmed Saeed Al Mansouri, Director-General of TV and Radio Channels at DMI, spoke about the company's success through the implementation of best practices and digital applications to create media content that respects the Arab and Emirati social and cultural ...  >>MORE

Mansour cartoon prepares for Season Two

Posted on 30/10/2014

The popular Emirati cartoon, Mansour, is back for a second season. The unique show blends comedy, multi-national characters and meaningful storylines revolving around the heritage and values of the U.A.E.. Mansour was conceptualised in an effort to connect with young Emiratis about having healthy lifestyles, pursuing careers in knowledge-intensive industries and reinforcing cultural identity. The success of the first season in the U.A.E., supported by Mubadala Development Company, will be ...  >>MORE

New radio station promotes U.A.E. heritage

Posted on 21/09/2014

The Hamdan bin Mohammad Heritage Centre (HHC) has officially launched a radio station dedicated to promoting national cultural values and the U.A.E.'s heritage among young people. The Al Oula radio station is available on the 107.4 FM frequency. Al Oula, which is Arabic for "The First”, is the first radio station in the GCC to broadcast programmes aimed at strengthening the U.A.E. national identity by centering its discussions on the country's rich heritage. Abdullah Hamdan bin Dalmouk, CEO ...  >>MORE

Sharjah TV launches 7th edition of Munshid Al Sharjah

Posted on 08/09/2014

Sharjah TV, a subsidiary of Sharjah Media Corporation, launched the new season of Munshid Al Sharjah, one of the region's most popular TV programmes dedicated to meaningful chanting. The programme team will be heading to nine countries to select the best aspiring vocal talents for participation in the 7th edition of the programme. The team will visit the Kingdom Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Morocco, Egypt, Jordan, Malaysia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chad and the U.A.E.. Those who would like to enter ...  >>MORE

Emmy awards meeting in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 07/09/2014

A jury meeting for the International Emmy Awards will be hosted by Abu Dhabi on Monday, organised by the international academy of television arts and sciences. This year's edition will include TV series participation from Latin American countries in addition to the Best Actor Award for TV serials from European countries. There will also be a jury meeting to assess presented TV serials. Pyramedia company has also invited a number of U.A.E. and European movie makers and producers to join the ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi chosen for TV series on health and sport

Posted on 13/06/2014

The U.A.E.'s capital has been chosen by a leading French television channel as the location for a new series of programmes on health and fitness. The channel, "Ma Chaine Sport", selected Abu Dhabi as the location for the series following an invitation from the National Media Council. During filming over a three-day period, the channel's production team succeeded in completing 13 episodes of the series, each of 26 minutes in length. They were largely filmed at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, making ...  >>MORE

Sharjah TV and radio Ramadan programmes announced

Posted on 10/06/2014

The Sharjah Media Corporation (SMC) has announced its line-up of programmes that will air on its TV and radio channels. The programmes that will be shown on Sharjah TV, Sharqiya from Kalba, and Sharjah Radio will be in line with Sharjah's position as the Islamic Cultural Capital for 2014, announced Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmad Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Corporation, at a press conference. Keeping a special focus on enhancing public awareness on the significance of Ramadan, SMC will also ...  >>MORE

UAE holds meeting to coordinate terrestrial television channels

Posted on 20/05/2014

The UAE Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, TRA, in Dubai is hosting the first Arab meeting and regional forum to coordinate terrestrial television channels from 17th to 20th May, in collaboration with the International Telecommunication Union, ITU, the Arab League and the Arab States Broadcasting Union. Majed Al Mesmar, Deputy General Manager of the telecommunications sector in TRA, welcomed broadcasting operators and official state representatives in the presence of Ibrahim Al Abed, ...  >>MORE

Sharjah 2 Channel launches religious awareness programmes

Posted on 13/04/2014

Sharjah 2 Channel, one of Sharjah Media Corporation's channels, has launched a range of religious awareness programmes as part of its new season line-up. The new programmes address important aspects of the lenient Sharia'a that educate a large audience of non-Arabic speaking people in the country and abroad. The new line-up is in line with the development series adopted by the channel in introducing programmes that are in compliance with the spirit of Islam as well as the requirements of ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi Media brings interactive TV to Middle East

Posted on 27/03/2014

A recent deal between Abu Dhabi Media and major interactive television technology provider, Youtoo Technologies Middle East, will introduce a new platform to its audience allowing them to encounter a new interactive experience to television. Youtoo Technologies Middle East is the Dubai based joint venture between regional investors and Youtoo Technologies, the US firm specialising in integrating social media, voting, videos, and custom mobile apps into television broadcasts. More details ...  >>MORE

Connect the World, now from Abu Dhabi

Posted on 26/03/2014

CNN International announced yesterday that its anchor Becky Anderson is relocating from London to the UAE, in a move that will see her prime time show, Connect the World with Becky Anderson, anchored from CNN Abu Dhabi, the network's Middle East broadcasting hub. As part of the relocation, Connect the World will move to a new time slot and its format will evolve. Airing at 7pm UAE time from April 6, 2014, the show will form the backbone of the network's prime time coverage in the Middle ...  >>MORE

‘Bold and Beautiful’ to film across the UAE

Posted on 17/03/2014

After 27 years, 27 seasons and more than 7,000 episodes, long-running American soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful will be set in the UAE. And in true Forrester style, the family the show centres around, it's going to be big and loud. With three main locations covering Dubai's Atlantis, The Palm, and the Burj Khalifa and Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, filming will spread across three days starting Monday, said the show's executive producer and head writer, Bradley P. Bell, at a press ...  >>MORE

BBC benefits from twofour54 Intaj's support to film Top Gear in UAE

Posted on 10/03/2014

Top Gear, the world's most popular television programme for motor enthusiasts, recently selected the UAE to film segments of the show with host Richard Hammond test driving cars for the show's twenty-first season. twofour54 intaj, Abu Dhabi's film and television services provider, supported the British Broadcasting Corporation by producing the segments filmed in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. "We are delighted that the BBC selected us as their trusted partner in the production of Top Gear which has ...  >>MORE

New documentary to chronicle lives of UAE military personnel

Posted on 05/03/2014

A documentary series focusing on the UAE Armed Forces will air on Abu Dhabi Al Emarat TV beginning on Wednesday. Hayati Walaskariya, which means "My military, my life”, will chronicle the lives of UAE military personnel. "It's a good idea to show the people in the UAE what it's like to live that life,” said Col Sultan al Hageri, a retired officer. "I learnt a lot when I was in the police force and there are a lot more people now in the UAE so they can have a good insight into that life.” The ...  >>MORE

Hamdan visits Al Bait TV program studio

Posted on 04/03/2014

Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince, yesterday inspected the studio of the Al Bait TV programme prior to the show's first episode. The programme is being produced by the Hamdan bin Mohammad Heritage centre in cooperation with Dubai Media Incorporated, and is in line with Shaikh Hamdan's keenness to preserve key elements of Emirati heritage in particular, and Gulf culture in general. The programme centres on Nabati poetry, a key part of Emirati heritage. Shaikh ...  >>MORE

Sharjah Ruler launches Al-Sharqiya Channel

Posted on 17/02/2014

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah has affirmed that the foundation of eastern region of the Emirate of Sharjah is based on strong footing and clear vision, according to the studies and a comprehensive development strategies that committed us to establish a private television channel in the region which serves the needs of its residents, and is not limited to the city of Kalba, but it includes Khor Fakkan and Dibba Al Hisn cities. Dr. ...  >>MORE

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UAE production studio Blink Studios has sights set on developing an international hit


TV series 'Betrayal of Homeland' tops viewership in UAE during Ramadan month


Emirati TV producer in 1,200km rickshaw journey across India


Maktoum bin Mohammed officially opens CNN’s new hi-tech studio in Dubai


Good morning Dubai! Region’s first child-only radio station set for Arabic launch


Netflix launches in UAE, and 130 other new countries


Quest Arabiya TV channel goes live with ground-breaking shows in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi Media’s Majid TV channel goes live


Casting call for Image Nation's new TV drama


Now, Arabic-speaking Majid will enchant through TV


Iftah ya Simsim relaunched


New radio broadcasting service launched to cover latest UAE, international news


Abu Dhabi Classic FM honoured in New York


Sky News Arabia to showcase network's digital competencies at inaugural North African Media Summit in Cairo


Discovery Communications, Image Nation to launch Quest Arabiya FTA channel in Q4


Another addition to Abu Dhabi Television Network: The launch of EDGE HD Sports Channel


Fujairah Media chief announces opening of Radio and TV Stations in new African State


Live expands its broadcast fleet for wider sports coverage in UAE


Abu Dhabi Media’s TV Network announces new channels, content strategy and branding


Fujairah Media Group radio station wins top German Business Awards


'Yas' channel brings the France Galop Grand Prix 2015 to the region


Writers Association: Cyber-attack on Al Ittihad, ADTV websites proves UAE's stance against terror is right


Hazza bin Zayed, Mansour bin Zayed launch Yas TV Channel


Direct from farm to fork for celebrity Chefs


Dubai Customs presents Al-Furdah TV programme on Sama Dubai


Dubai Media Incorporated launches subscription OTT-TV service


Mansour cartoon prepares for Season Two


New radio station promotes U.A.E. heritage


Sharjah TV launches 7th edition of Munshid Al Sharjah


Emmy awards meeting in Abu Dhabi


Abu Dhabi chosen for TV series on health and sport


Sharjah TV and radio Ramadan programmes announced


UAE holds meeting to coordinate terrestrial television channels


Sharjah 2 Channel launches religious awareness programmes


Abu Dhabi Media brings interactive TV to Middle East


Connect the World, now from Abu Dhabi


‘Bold and Beautiful’ to film across the UAE


BBC benefits from twofour54 Intaj's support to film Top Gear in UAE


New documentary to chronicle lives of UAE military personnel


Hamdan visits Al Bait TV program studio


Sharjah Ruler launches Al-Sharqiya Channel