Alarab, a Bahrain-based 24-hour news channel, is set to launch by the end of this year, with the news channel set to target Arabic speaking viewers across the Arab region and extending globally. First announced by Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud in 2011, Alarab is an independent venture from Kingdom Holding Company and Rotana Group, and is expected to compete with Al Jazeera, Al Arabiya and Sky News Arabia.
The channel’s launch has been announced by Prince Alwaleed after visiting the headquarters of the news channel at Bahrain World Trade Centre to oversee progression of the channel, with Systems integrator Qvest Media having designed and built the complete production and broadcasting infrastructure for the Alarab News Channel.
Earlier this year, Alarab News Channel announced a deal with Riyadh-based media company, DurAlpha Group, and has also signed a partnership agreement with Bloomberg to include Bloomberg-branded business reports in its daily coverage, as well as supporting five hours of financial and economic news programming throughout the day. Alarab has also recently appointed a number of well-known broadcast journalists from Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and neighbouring countries to join its news programming team.