TV and radio
TV channels, radio stations and print and online publications are amongst the popular media. These are owned by the government and private companies; both local and international. They offer content mainly in Arabic, English, Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam, Tagalog and Farsi.
The UAE is home to the main headquarters of several TV channels, with at least 72 free-to-air stations operating from the country in 2011. One notable addition came in May 2012, with the launch of the Arabic-language Sky News Arabia, a 24-hour news station that started beaming live to more than 50 million homes across the Middle East and North Africa.
Following are some of the government media companies that own TV channels, radio stations and print and online publications:
TV channels include:
Al Emarat channel
It is the official channel of the United Arab Emirates and works under the slogan ‘Al Bayt Mitwahid’. It provides a variety of programmes that appeal to viewers of all ages. Other channels transmitted from Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Northern Emirates are:
Radio channels include:
The UAE Government is taking special interest in promoting the production of films in the UAE. Efforts are being directed towards the production of both: indigenous and foreign films. Abu Dhabi Film Commission and Dubai Film and TV Commission offer attractive cash rebates to production houses shooting in the emirates.
Abu Dhabi Film Commission also offers production and broadcasting services apart from providing a talent directory. Refer to the production guide for more services.
The annual Dubai International Film Festival further boosts the UAE's position in the global media industry and underline her commitment towards nurturing the industry.
Updated on 05 May 2021