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Nickelodeon Arabia was a satellite, free-to-air channel for Arab children, teens and adults. It was the official Arab arm of Nickelodeon and the last remaining arm to retain the 'splat' logo that was used from 2003 to 2009 in the United States and 2002 to 2010 in Europe.
As of 2011, it was the only Nickelodeon channel worldwide that had not changed its logo from the orange splat to the orange text. Since late 2010, the channel had been suffering a frozen broadcast, broadcasting its usual programmes repetitively without any evidence of upcoming updates. Its official website went down, and there were no clear indications or citations for why the channel was being heavily neglected. Regardless, the channel remained live for many months into 2011.
On September 8, 2011, at one minute past midnight in U.A.E. time, and without a mainstream warning, the channel went on an indefinite hiatus without any explanation. The broadcast signal initially displayed nothing but a static message indicating Nickelodeon Arabia's viewers to continue watching Nickelodeon programmes via the Nickelodeon block on MBC 3. The signal then reverted to a casual test card a few days later[when?], and the channel was de-listed by various satellite television providers. As of 2011[update], the signal itself disappeared completely.
In January 2015 the channel returned on Orbit showtime network (OSN) As a part of their children/pre-teen PayTV channels
The animated shows featured on Nickelodeon Arabia are all dubbed into Arabic, and there had been no means of switching between audio languages. The live-action TeenNick shows aired in English with Arabic subtitles. However, original social shows produced by Nickelodeon Arabia's own studio, such as Shoof Kids and Jamaatna, were also in Arabic.
Most of the network shows were outdated, older series at the time that have already been cancelled or have ended before their debut, although they are considered fairly never-before-seen by most of the Arab audience at one time, in either their English or Arabic formats. There were even several series yet to debut on Nickelodeon Arabia, with exception of The Fairly OddParents, which apparently already settled on the Middle Eastern Disney Channel. Although Fairly OddParent characters did appear in activity segments from Nickelodeon Magazine cutouts.
Catch Match (كاتش ماتش) was an original programme for Nickelodeon Arabia that was renewed every holy month of Ramadan. It was a kids' game show that had two opposing teams compete in a variety of physical challenges to gain the most points. This show was hosted by the announcer Taj Aser, and was filmed on location in Jeddah.