National Geographic Channel and Abu Dhabi Media Company have officially launched the “first Arabic-language international factual entertainment channel” in the UAE capital yesterday.
National Geographic Channel Abu Dhabi will air internationally-produced content, including: Incredible Human Machine, World’s Most Bizarre Dinosaurs, Dangerous Encounters, Air Crash and Disastertainment, with all programmes dubbed in Arabic.
“The launch of the channel in Arabic marks the first time in the Middle East that high quality National Geographic content will be delivered to the region’s viewers dubbed into their native language, and also the first time that a National Geographic Channel will be available free-to-air,” said Ward Platt, president, Asia Pacific & Middle East, National Geographic Channels International.
As previously reported on DPME.com, the channel will be broadcast via Arabsat Badr 6 at a frequency of 11804 MHz. However, the station will also be available on Nilesat at 12.226 GHz.
National Geographic has been operating English-language services in the Middle East for over a decade, beginning with the launch of National Geographic Channel in 1998, National Geographic Adventure in 2007 and National Geographic Wild in 2008.