Quest Arabiya is to cease broadcasting from May 1. In an announcement made on Twitter, the channel said it will cease operations from May 1st with sources at the channel citing lack of viability as the reason for the decision to close the free-to-air channel. Most of the approximately 20 employees at the channel are likely to join production house Image Nation.
The channel is licensed by Quest TV’s global operator Discovery Networks to Abu Dhabi-based Channel Ventures/Image Nation. Launched in 2015, it offerred Arabic-dubbed versions of popular Discovery owned ineternational shows. The factual and educational channel had since expanded to offer a mix of international formats such as Wheeler Dealers and Ultimate Survival and home-grown Arabic content.
Flagship shows included the Image Nation produced show Pulse of Adventure (Nabd Al Moghamarah) which followed presenters Hussein Gazzaz and Ghida Aranout around the region as they experience adrenaline-fuelled activities. In addition the channel produced and broadcasted a number of local documentaries and was also well known for its Ramadan shows which will not be going on-air this year.
In the factual entertainment segment, the channel faced competition from Nat Geo Abu Dhabi and Discovery Network's Middle East channels.