About MBC Group
MBC Group (Middle East Broadcasting Center) is the largest and leading private media company in the Middle East & North Africa region that enriches people’s lives through information, interaction and entertainment. In 2002, nearly a decade after the launch of MBC1 in London, back in 1991, and as the 1st private free-to-air Arab satellite TV channel, MBC Group moved its headquarters to Dubai Media City, United Arab Emirates, where it remains.
Today, MBC Group includes 18 TV 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 a female-focus); MBC Action (an indigenous adrenaline-packed channel targeting young males with local and homegrown productions); MBC Variety (Western films and general entertainment with uninterrupted broadcasting); Al Arabiya News Channel (24-hour Arabic language news channel); Al Hadath (an extension of Al Arabiya News Channel with a specific focus on real events in the Arab world and beyond); Wanasah (24-hour Arabic music channel); MBC DRAMA (24/7 Arabic drama); MBC MASR (general family entertainment geared towards the Egyptian family); MBC + Drama (a joint paid-for channel between MBC and OSN); MBC Bollywood (delivering the freshest in Bollywood content geared towards the region via an Arabized interface); and most recently four sports channels, MBC PRO SPORTS (geared towards the “Saudi Football Premier League” fans in the Kingdom).
In July 2011, seven channels within MBC Group began to broadcast in HD across the MENA Region: MBC1 HD, MBC2 HD, MBC4 HD, MBC Action HD, MBC Drama HD, MBC Max HD and Al Arabiya HD. In 2013, MBC3 HD joined the bouquet of HD channels followed by MBC Variety HD in 2014.
MBC Group also includes two FM radio stations: MBC FM (Gulf music) and Panorama FM (contemporary Arabic hit music); as well as O3 Productions, a premium content drama production company. Furthermore, MBC 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.
MBC 1 was launched in 1991 as the first independent Pan Arab channel. As the first free-to-air private satellite channel, MBC1 quickly became trusted and respected go-to resource for all Arabs worldwide thanks to its fresh and contemporary entertainment programming. Today, the channel continues to be number one for family entertainment in the region. With a strong commitment to local programming, MBC1 hosts the top news service in the region as well as soap operas and hit reality TV shows. Of those shows, Arab Idol, in its third season, maintains one of the highest rated shows and continues to garner massive media attention around the world. Other prime time productions on MBC1 include Kalam Nawaem (weekly women’s talk show), Sada Al Malaeb (daily sports show), Green Apple (health show), Style (fashion show) and Al Thamina (a news show that tackles sensitive topics in KSA).
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. In 2012, in addition to airing the best in Hollywood movies, Scoop with Raya was launched. The show, which is presented by Raya Abirached, delivers the latest in Hollywood and celebrity gossip, premieres and insider stories.
MBC MAX was launched in 2008 as MBC Group’s second 24-hour movie channel, which caters to a younger audience. The channel delivers a family viewing experience and airs Western comedy, action, drama and romantic movies.
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 3 to 13 years. It also creates quality-viewing time for parents.
The channel focuses on local productions in Arabic, including edutainment, games 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 Eish Safari (children’s adventure program), Tasali Ahla Alam (live game show hosted by MBC3 presenters), Banat Wa Bass (young girls’ talk show) and Eish Tabkheen ya Dania (kids’ cooking show). The latest addition to the schedule is Al Tajroba which is presented by Dania Al Shafe’i and focuses on scientific experiments for kids, as well as Gentle Steps- a segment about motherhood that airs simultaneously on MBC1 once a week
MBC4 launched in 2005 and is the Arab world’s first channel exclusively geared towards young Arab families with women’s interests at its core. MBC4 prides itself on producing local flagship shows, namely Arabs Got Talent – which is based on the international franchise – as well as Your Face Sounds Familiar. The channel also broadcasts the latest top-rated Western entertainment shows.
Moreover, MBC4 focuses on acquiring A-list Turkish dramas, which are dubbed into Arabic, in addition to Korean content (also dubbed into Arabic).
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-packed 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. The channel is also currently airing 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. There’s also the highly-successful and popular live football show Action Ya Dawry, which airs seven times a week and is hosted by Saudi presenter Waleed Al Farraj. The show is built around highlights from the Saudi League and features a tabloid review of the happenings in the Saudi football world.
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 27, 2010 as a family entertainment channel dedicated to Arabic drama series 24/7.
The launch coincided with MBC Group’s 20th anniversary and marked the Group’s 10th channel launch. The channel proved to be a testament to the Group’s success in producing local productions; dramas in particular. MBC DRAMA has also been a catalyst in creating opportunities for local directors and producers to display their work and talent to millions of viewers. These locally produced shows run alongside a variety of top-rated Egyptian, Syrian and Turkish series. MBC DRAMA is distinguished by two additional repeats throughout the day, which offers its viewers the choice of time.
MBC MASR launched on November 9th, 2012. The channel provides Egyptian viewers with refined entrainment, which targets their diverse concerns and tastes through a careful selection of programs, dramas, series, movies and documentaries.
MBC FM and Panorama FM
MBC FM and Panorama FM are MBC Group’s Arabic radio stations that broadcast in KSA. Panorama FM was launched in 2004 while MBC FM originally went on air back in 1994.
Both stations deliver a powerful mix of music, talk shows, competitions and local coverage of news and events. MBC FM mainly delivers local and Khaleeji (Gulf) music, while Panorama FM delivers contemporary Arabic tunes.
AL Arabiya News Channel
Al Arabiya News Channel was launched in 2003 and soon became the source of choice for Arabs seeking credible news and information about the Middle East and the world beyond. The 24/7 free-to-air channel also upholds a reputation for sober and balanced reporting which now extends beyond the natural geographic and cultural domain of the region.
With an extensive global network of correspondents and reporters Al Arabiya News Channel provides its audiences with the latest updates, scoops, interviews and exclusives. And with nearly 30 offices around the world including a 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-the-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 a balanced analysis that is thoughtfully accurate, comprehensive and objective.
Al Arabiya Al Hadath
On January 12th, 2012, Al Hadath was launched as a free-to-air news and current affairs satellite channel, which operates as an extension of the long-standing Al Arabiya News Channel.
From an editorial perspective, Al Hadath focuses on extensive live coverage of events as they happen from across the Arab world and beyond. This focus includes reporting on politics, breaking news, sports, business and finance. This is coupled with an in-depth studio analysis featuring high profile guests with coverage by the channel’s correspondents in the field.
Al Hadath aims to reinvent the way networks operate within the restriction of conventional television programming. They do this with a capable team of reporters who ensure an uninterrupted news feed and truly impartial news coverage.
Al Arabiya and 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 and lifestyle programs as well as series. It’s also well known for hosting Jalsat Wanasah- a mega annual production between Wanasah and MBC1 that hosts Arab stars and singers.
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 a unique experience. 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 for the Al Arabiya News Channel, one of the most popular, interactive news portals in the Arab world. Alarabiya.net offers the latest news, views and in-depth features. The site can be browsed in Arabic, English, Urdu, and Persian.
Shahid.net was re-launched in July 2011, as the first free video-on-demand and leading TV catch-up service in the MENA region. The website serves to engage its users with MBC’s most exclusive content and broadcasts through the aggregation of different TV programs. Shahid.net’s users also have access to the archives of previous episodes and they can enjoy independence from broadcasting hours allowing them to watch TV content wherever and whenever.
Shahid.net boasts the biggest TV content library in the region because it’s not limited to a specific content mix or channel. Rather, the website hosts content from the majority of MBC on-air programs in addition to other networks.
O3 Productions is a subsidiary of MBC Group and specializes 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 the company’s most successful productions, aired during Ramadan 2012, was OMAR. To date it is 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, Rubi, an Arab adaptation of the famous telenovella, and more recently, Neeran Sadeeqa, a Syrian series, which aired in Ramadan 2013.
In 2014, O3 Productions was responsible for producing Saraya Abdeen- which aired on MBC1 & MBC MASR during Ramadan. Saraya Abdeen, or “The Palace” in English, represented the seat of power in Egypt for many decades from the 19th century onwards. The story is about the power struggle among the household of The Palace, namely between the Khedive wives and his mother to win the heart of the Khedive, the ruler of Egypt. It is a drama about how far one would go for love and power.
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, a record label company which operates under the umbrella of MBC Group, was launched in 2007. The company’s slogan ‘Creating Stars’ represents the objective of targeting new and upcoming talents from across the region, in addition to developing, promoting and managing their rights.
Platinum Records is a full-service entertainment company, inclusive of artist, producer and talent management; music publishing; branded content digital platform; touring & merchandising; film & television; new business ventures; and a music label.
It is home to a diverse roster comprised of critically acclaimed recording artists and music producers. Platinum Records represents talent from all the major TV formats: Arab Idol, The Voice Arabia, Arabs Got Talent and Coke Studio including: Mohammed Assaf, Hala Turk, Dounia Batma, Carmen Sleiman and many others.
EVENTIQUE was launched in May 2012 and is the exclusive all-service boutique agency and event management arm of MBC Group. The company’s vision is to create exclusive and personalized events including weddings at a luxurious caliber. Bringing boundless passion and a distinct style to each event, EVENTIQUE flawlessly transforms the dreams of clients into lavish celebrations, regardless of scale.
As the leading company of high profile events, EVENTIQUE offers a unique level of service to their clients, which is uncompromised. This is in part thanks to the talented stage designers, production specialists and experienced planners who specialize in everything from event management and consultancy down to event design and execution.