MBC Group is the first private free-to-air satellite broadcasting company in the Arab World which was launched in London in 1991 and later moved to its headquarters in Dubai in 2002. Over the past 23 years, MBC Group has grown to become a well-established media group that enriches people’s lives through information, interaction and entertainment. Based in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, MBC Group includes 18 television channels: MBC1 (general family entertainment); MBC2 and MBC MAX (24-hour western movies); MBC3 (children’s edutainment with a mix of both local productions and western acquisitions); MBC4 (entertainment for young families with women at its core while leaning more towards local content productions); MBC Action (an indigenous adrenaline-packed channel targeting young males with local and homegrown productions); MBC Variety (Western general entertainment and movie channel broadcasting uninterrupted premium western films and series); Al Arabiya (the 24-hour Arabic language news channel); Al Hadath (an extension of Al Arabiya News Channel with specific focus on actual happening events in the Arab world and beyond); Wanasah (24-hour Arabic music channel); MBC DRAMA (24/7 Arabic Drama); MBC MASR (general family entrainment channel geared towards the Egyptian family); MBC + Drama (paid channel on OSN and a joint channel between MBC & OSN); MBC Bollywood (delivering the freshest in Bollywood content geared towards the region via an Arabized interface); and most recently 4 sports channels- MBC PRO SPORTS (geared towards Saudi Football League fans in the Kingdom).The Group also includes two radio stations: MBC FM (Gulf music), and Panorama FM (contemporary Arabic hit music); as well as O3 productions, a specialized production unit. Furthermore, the Group includes online platforms: www.mbc.net, www.alarabiya.net, www.shahid.net (the first free VOD and catch up portal in the Arab world) and www.actionha.net, and www.mbcprosports.net among others. As of July 2011, seven of MBC Group’s channels began to air in HD across the MENA Region: MBC 1 HD, MBC 2 HD, MBC 4 HD, MBC Action HD, MBC Drama HD, MBC Max HD and Al Arabiya HD News Channel. In 2013, MBC 3 HD was added to this bouquet, and in 2014 MBC Variety was also added.
MBC 1 was launched in 1991 as the first independent Pan Arab channel. Being the first free-to-air private satellite channel, MBC1 became trusted and respected in the eyes of Arabs all over the world, bringing fresh and contemporary entertainment into Arab homes. Today, hosting the top news service in the region and with a strong commitment to local programming- from soap operas to hit reality TV shows, it continues to be the number one family entertainment channel in the region. One of the top rated shows on MBC 1 continues to be Arab Idol, which created a big buzz around the region when the first season was aired in 2011. The channel has just completed the airing of Season 2 of the show with the winning of Palestinian candidate, Mohamed Assaf; creating an even bigger momentum of when it was first launched. Other top prime time productions on MBC1 include Kalam Nawaem (a women talk show), Sada Al Malaeb (a sports show), Green Apple (a health show), Style (a fashion show), Joelle (a fashion and beauty makeover show) and Al Thamina (a news show that tackles sensitive topics in KSA) and Nawwaret Ma’a Arwa (entertainment talk show that brings together several celebrities). Last Ramadan, the channel aired OMAR, the largest production in modern TV history within the Middle East and a joint production between MBC Group and Qatar TV.
As of March 2013, the social media footprint for the channel has reached over 11 million users.
MBC2 was launched in 2002 as the first 24-hour free-to-air movie channel in the Arab World. The channel offers a wide variety of top international movies and the biggest Hollywood blockbusters twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Movie genres include drama, action, horror, crime, science fiction and comedy. MBC2 provides viewers in the region with an extensive and rich grid that captures the interest of movie buffs throughout the region. In 2012 “Scoop with Raya” was revamped featuring the latest in Hollywood and celebrity gossip, premiers and insider stories. The show is presented by Raya Abirached.
As of March 2013, the social media footprint of the channel has reached 4.4 million users.
MBC MAX was launched in 2008 as MBC Group’s second 24-hour movie channel which caters to a younger audience and delivers a family viewing experience. The channel airs Western comedy, action, romantic and drama movies as well as classic and new Bollywood movies.
As of March 2013, the social media footprint of the channel has reached over 2 million users.
MBC3 was launched in 2004 and is the kid’s entertainment channel. It delivers a programming mix of children's education and entertainment that connects with and stimulates the imagination of Arab kids aged between three and thirteen as well as creating the quality viewing time with their parents. The channel focuses on local production in Arabic, from edutainment, to game shows, and reality shows, while also continuing its various long standing international studio deals and partnerships. Some of the main primetime productions of the channel include “What’s Cooking Danyah”, which continues in its 2nd Season; “Dream Jobs”, with Azza; “Asia in 30 days”, with Mohammed Bakheet and “Banat Wa Bass”, with Azza.
As of March 2013, the social media footprint of the channel has reached 2.5 million users.
MBC4 launched back in 2005 and is the Arab world’s first exclusive tailored channel geared towards young Arab families with women at its core. It broadcasts the latest in top-rated Western content entertainment which airs the same time as in the US; in addition to locally produced flagship programming. The channel airs prime-time US shows such as The Doctors, Dr. Oz, Elementary, Pretty Little Liars, in addition to Top Chef, among many others. Today, the channel is keen on producing its own local flagship productions, namely “Arabs Got Talent”, which will air its Third Season on the Channel soon. Today, the Channel also focuses on acquiring A-list Turkish Drama, dubbed in Arabic, in addition to Korean content (also dubbed in Arabic), as its latest phenomenon. As of March 2013, the social media footprint for the channel has reached 7.5 million users.
MBC Action was launched in 2007 and is MBC Group’s action-packed channel that targets young Arab males. In addition to delivering the best in high- octane Western series, movies and action reality shows, the channel is now focusing more on home grown local productions, such as Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) with Desert Force- the first Arab Mixed Martial Arts Grand Prix, and which has currently aired its Semi-Finals phase of its 2012 Round that took place in Amman Jordan. Some of its prime time shows include C.S.I. New York, Human Target, Bones and Blue Blood, among many others. The channel is also airing Season 3 of its very first production, Driven, which is a weekly, cutting edge, credible “magazine” format car-show that satisfies the insatiable appetite of diehard car enthusiasts. It holds an editorially-strong package geared predominantly towards the ever-growing Saudi male youth who are fully engaged in the car-pimping culture in particular and those who are into the joy of driving in general.
Furthermore, and following the immense success of Season 1, the channel is currently airing Season 2 of its popular LIVE football show, Action Ya Dawry, which airs 5 times a week with renowned Saudi presenter Waleed Al Farraj, and is built around highlights from the Saudi League, and features a tabloid review of all that is happening in the Saudi football world.
The channel also recently introduced Action News, the all-new daily entertainment bulletin focusing on Global and Arab celebrity news and behind the scenes, presented by Hassan Al Mulla.
As of March 2013, the social media footprint for the channel has reached 3.5 million users.
MBC Persia was launched in 2008 and is a 24 hour entertainment channel that airs Western and Arabic content subtitled and/or dubbed into Farsi. One of the most popular dubbed series aired on the channel is Grey’s Anatomy which continues its success on the channel through Seasons 6 & 7.
As of March 2013, the social media footprint of the channel has reached 100,000 users.
MBC DRAMA was officially launched on November 27th 2010 as a family entertainment channel dedicated to 24/7 Arabic drama series.
The launch coincided with MBC Group’s 20th anniversary, and marked the Group’s 10th channel launch. The channel proved to be a testament of the Group’s faith in local production- Dramas in particular- to a wide range of viewers, therefore creating opportunities for directors and producers to display their work and talent in front of millions of viewers.
The channel runs a variety of different dramas: Egyptian and Syrian (such as Layali El Helmia, Serr Alani, Seedna Al Sayyed, Hajir Al Habib, etc...) of which some are 1st and exclusive runs, in addition to Turkish dramas dubbed into Arabic (such as Oghneyat Hob and Al Awraq Al Motasaqeta).
MBC DRAMA is distinguished by the two additional repeats throughout the day, offering its viewers the choice of time, based on their various lifestyles and viewership trends.
As of March 2013, the social media footprint of the channel has reached 1.1 million users.
MBC MASR is the most recent addition to the Group; launched during an official ceremony in Cairo on October 16th 2012, and on screen on November 9th 2012, the channel provides the Egyptian viewers with refined entrainment targeting their diverse concerns and tastes, through a careful selection of programs, dramas, series, movies and documentaries. One of the channel’s main programs include: a daily political talk show with renowned media figure Mona Al Shazli called “Gomla Mofida” in addition to some of the region’s popular shows such as “Green Apple”, “Joelle”, “Style”, “Impossible Duos” and “Hatha Ana”. The channel also features several new Egyptian Dramas such as Al Kabeer, Raqam Majhool, Keid Al Nesa, Ferqat Naji Atallah, among many others.
Moreover, the Channel has also acquired some of the best Indian content, dubbed in the Egyptian accent and is currently airing “Rishta”.
As of March 2013, the social media footprint of the channel has reached 600,000 since its launch.
MBC FM and Panorama FM
MBC FM and Panorama FM are MBC Group’s Arabic radio stations in KSA that broadcast music, talk shows, competitions and local coverage of events and news. MBC FM plays local and “Khaleeji” (Gulf) music while Panorama FM delivers contemporary Arabic tunes. As of March 2013, the social media footprint for both stations has exceeded 500,000 users.
Panorama FM was launched in 2004 while MBC FM originally went on air back in 1994.
AL Arabiya News Channel
Al Arabiya News Channel, a 24/7 free-to-air news and current affairs Channel, was launched in 2003 and soon became the news source of choice for Arabs seeking credible news and information about the Middle East and the world beyond. Al Arabiya’s reputation for sober and balanced reporting now extends beyond its natural geographic and cultural domain.
Al Arabiya runs an extensive global network of correspondents and reporters to provide its audiences with the latest updates, scoops, interviews, and exclusives. With nearly 30 offices around the world and large-scale presence in several key countries such as Iraq, Palestine, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and Yemen; Al Arabiya enjoys a competitive edge in providing on-ground, first hand coverage of major events of relevance to its audience and the world at large.
Al Arabiya’s charter embodies an independent editorial policy based on providing its viewers with speedy news service and balanced analysis that is thoughtfully accurate, comprehensive and objective.
As of March 2013, the total number of Facebook and Twitter followers of the Channel has exceeded 11 million users.
Al Arabiya Al Hadath
On January 12th 2012, Al Arabiya Al Hadath was launched as a free-to-air news and current affairs satellite channel and operates as an extension of Al Arabiya News Channel that was launched in 2003.
From an editorial perspective, Al Arabiya Al Hadath focuses on extensive live coverage of events as they happen, from across the Arab World and beyond, to include Politics, Breaking News, Sport, Business and Finance, local news and other types of news and information. This is coupled with in-depth studio analysis featuring high profile guests, in addition to the channel’s correspondents in the field.
The Channel aims to reinvent the way networks operate within the restriction of the conventional television programming. Al Arabiya Al Hadath’s capable team of reporters ensure an uninterrupted news feed to their viewers, in addition to allowing their guests and presenters quality time to deliver their analysis with the aim of providing truly impartial news coverage.
Al Arabiya and Al Arabiya Al Hadath news channels occasionally share key content, in addition to news bulletins.
Wanasah was launched in 2007 and is a 24-hour music channel that targets the Arab youth, mainly in the Gulf region. The channel offers a fresh selection of music videos, concerts, music & lifestyle programs as well as series, and is well known for hosting “Jalsat Wanasah”.
MBC.net is one of the leading Arabic entertainment web portals in the region. With an attractive mix of sports, entertainment, movies and music content, along with its user interactivity and social networking features MBC.net is establishing itself as a unique experience for its audience. The website provides its visitors with the ability to tune into MBC FM and Panorama FM through Live Streaming.
Alarabiya.net is the online website of Al Arabiya news channel, one of the most popular, interactive news portals in the Arab world, offering latest news, views and in-depth features. The site can be browsed in Arabic, English, Urdu, and Persian.
As of February 2013, traffic to the website has reached 22.3 million visits, with around 45.6 million page views from around the world.
As for the English version of Al Arabiya.net and as of February 2013, traffic to the website has reached 1.5 million visits with 2.3 million page views.
Shahid.net was re-launched in July 2011, as the first free “Video-On-Demand” and catch-up service in the region. Shahid.net is the leading TV catch-up service in the MENA region, serving to engage its users with MBC’s most exclusive content and broadcast, allowing the audience to watch TV content that they want, wherever and whenever. It is not limited to a specific content mix or channel, and includes the biggest TV content library in the region. Currently Shahid hosts content from the majority of MBC on-air programming, in addition to western programming, dubbed series, documentaries, reality shows, children’s shows etc…
The site includes content from other channels in the region such as Alhayat, Alqahira wal nas, DWTV, Al Soumariyya, Al Sharqiyya and Sada Al Balad. Dream channel will be added soon to the bouquet of channels on the site.
Apart from Shahid’s special benefits of an online video platform, Shahid’s users also enjoy independence from broadcasting hours, archive of previous episodes, and the aggregation of different TV channel programs.
In 2012 alone, the website encountered 2.7 million monthly visitors with a 97% year-on-year growth, in addition to witnessing over 180 million media views in the same year.
Ever since the launch of the Shahid iPad app mid-2012, it has enjoyed approximately 687,000 downloads to-date, enabling MBC viewers from around the region to enjoy content straight from the comfort of their iPads.
O3 productions is a subsidiary of MBC Group specializing in a variety of Productions. O3 is one of the regional market leaders in producing and distributing the best-of-content as well as providing inventive programming, documentaries, docu-dramas, factual entertainment, reality shows, Arabic drama, dubbed drama, and more. One of its most recent (Ramadan 2012) and successful productions was OMAR, the largest production in modern TV history within the Middle East region and a joint production between MBC Group and Qatar TV. Other productions include “04”, (a new transmedia experience in the region) and Rubi, an Arab adaptation of the famous telenovella, among many others.
In 2002, MBC Facilities was established to cater to the needs of the broadcast and production industry. The company has quickly evolved into a reliable source of equipment, televised events and productions, while also providing high-end technical equipment and support.
Platinum Records was launched in 2007 and is a record label company which operates under the umbrella of MBC Group. The company’s slogan, “Creating Stars” represents the company’s objective of targeting new and upcoming talents from across the region, in addition to developing, promoting and managing their rights. Platinum Records also sells and distributes music through existing partners, creating a solid network of distributors and licensees in the Arab world, and particularly in the GCC market. Latest artists include Carmen Suleiman, Arab Idol Season 1 winner, in addition to Dunia Batma and Youssef Arafat – Arab Idol contestants from S1. Recently, the company has just completed the production of Carmen’s first Music Video “Kalam Kalam”, Youssef Arafat’s first music video release “Wala Leila”, in addition to Dunia Batma’s Video “Badri”; which are all currently airing on Wanasah and several other music channels across the region.
With the completion of Season 2 of Arab Idol, Mohammed Assaf (Season 2 winner) and in addition to 8 others have all joined the Platinum Records family.
EVENTIQUE was launched in May 2012 and is the exclusive all-service boutique agency and event management arm of MBC Group that designs weddings and events of a luxurious caliber. The company’s vision is to create exclusive and personalized events. Bringing boundless passion and a distinct style to each event, EVENTIQUE flawlessly transforms the dreams of clients into lavish celebrations, regardless of scale.
Their mission is to be the trendsetter of high profile events by offering a unique level of services to their clients. EVENTIQUE is comprised of talented stage designers, production specialists and experienced planners, and specializes in everything from event management and consultancy down to event design and execution.