Radio and television channels of Dubai
Dubai is the media hub for the Middle East region and is home to many television and radio channels.
There are a few terrestrial television channels but most people choose from the hundreds of regional channels on offer via satellite or cable.
Pay or subscription television in Dubai is available on cable via E-Vision (a division of Etisalat) or via satellite directly from the providers; OSN (Orbit Showtime Network), Star TV and ART. OSN provides a wide selection of English (primarily US, but also UK, Canadian and Australian) programming, subtitled in Arabic. Leading English shows and movies are primarily shown first and exclusively on OSN. Star TV also has some first-run programmes.
The main free to air English television channels are Dubai One, MBC 4, MBC Action, MBC 2, Physique TV and City 7 TV. Most shows are broadcast in English, with Arabic subtitles, with the exception of City 7 that does not subtitle their programming. Dubai One, MBC 4 and MBC Action show mostly well known US, and some UK series but will generally be six months or more behind the pay or subscription channels.
- Abu Dhabi TV, Arabic and in particular local series.
- Dubai TV, a channel by the Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI). Arabic local and regional programming.
- Dubai One, a channel by Dubai Media Incorporated. 24-hour free-to-air English language entertainment channel with primarily US series, available in the Middle East and North Africa.
- Physique TV, Physique TV is the first and only 24 hour HD television channel in English & Arabic dedicated to fitness, healthy living, nutrition and action sport.
- City 7 TV, an independent Dubai based, free-to-air, 100% English-language channel. Providing locally produced English News, Business and lifestyle programmes combined with International lifestyle, drama and comedy programmes. Available via satellite in the Middle East and North Africa.
- MBC, a network of free-to-air English and Arabic stations broadcasting 24-hours from Dubai Media City and available via satellite across the Middle East and North Africa.
- MBC Max is a channel for the latest Hollywood films, still new.
- MBC 4 is an English channel with primarily US series targeted to women.
- MBC Action is an English channel with primarily US action series, targeted to men.
- MBC 2 is an English channel showing Western movies.
- MBC 3 is a children's channel that is primarily Arabic with some limited English programming.
- MBC 1 is an Arabic channel showcasing local and regional Arabic series and entertainment programmes.
- Al-Arabiya is an Arabic-language news channel.
Dubai is well served by terrestrial radio (AM & FM) with a huge variety of stations broadcasting in the languages commonly spoken in the city; Arabic, English, Hindi, Urdu, Malayalam and Filipino. The FM band is particularly crowded, with a new station every 2 or 3 MHz apart, some from neighbouring Emirates and countries in the Persian Gulf.
General standards have improved greatly in the past few years and many stations are now at par with leading stations in major metropolitan cities in the world. However, the media in Dubai and the UAE is still heavily government regulated. Most stations, even those privately owned, are often still government controlled. In particular, all radio stations must cease normal broadcasting in the event of the death of a Sheikh or close relative of a Sheikh. This normally happens for a period of 3 days to a week, or more, depending on the standing of the deceased.
Dubai radio is the essential guide to surviving Dubai's hectic traffic with most stations placing importance on frequent traffic updates during the day, mostly from listeners.
- Abu Dhabi Radio (AM/FM)
- Al Emarat
- Hayat 95.6 "Gulf News Broadcasting"
- Quran Kareem
- Al Arabiya 99.0FM - Arabian Radio Network
- Al Khaleejia 100.9FM - Arabian Radio Network
- Al Rabia FM 107.8FM
- Noor Dubai 93.9FM
- Sawa 90.5FM
- Star 92.4/99.9FM
- Radio 1 - Top 40/Dance/R&B; 104.1 FM (Dubai), 100.5 FM (Abu Dhabi) Gulf News Broadcasting
- Radio 2 - Classic Hits; 99.3 FM (Dubai) 106.0 FM (Abu Dhabi) Gulf News Broadcasting
- Channel 4 FM - Top 40; 104.8 FM Channel 4 Radio Network
- Coast 103.2 - Rhythmic Adult Contemporary; 103.2 FM Channel 4 Media/Fujairah Media Network
- Dubai 92 - Adult Contemporary; 92.0 FM Arabian Radio Network
- Dubai Eye 103.8 - News, Talk & Sport; 103.8 FM Arabian Radio Network
- Virgin Radio Dubai - Top 40; 104.4 FM Arabian Radio Network
- Rock Radio 90.7 - The First Rock Radio station in the Gulf.
- Josh 97.8 Gulf News Broadcasting
- City 101.6 - Arabian Radio Network
- Radio Mirchi 88.8
- 102.4 Suno FM
- Hum FM 106.2 Gulf News Broadcasting
- Radio 4 - 89.1 FM
- 105.4 Spice FM
- Hit FM 96.7 FM - Arabian Radio Network
- Gold FM 101.3 FM - Channel 4 Network
- Super 94.7 FM
- Radio Me 100.3 FM
- Asianet Radio 657 AM
- Radio Asia 1269 AM
- Red94.7FM - Radio Asia Network
- Voice of kerala 1152am
- shakthi FM
- Radio Mango 96.2 FM
- Tag 91.1 - Arabian Radio Network
Radio Shoma 93.4 - Arabian Radio Network
|87.9 MHz||Classical music||Abu Dhabi||Music||English||Abu Dhabi Media Company|
|88.2 MHz||Quran Al Kareem||Abu Dhabi||Quran/Religious||Arabic||Abu Dhabi Media Company|
|88.8 MHz||Radio Mirchi||Dubai||Music||Hindi||Entertainment Network India Limited|
|89.1 MHz||Radio 4||Ajman||Indian Hits||Hindi/Urdu||Channel 4 Media|
|89.5 MHz||Hello FM||Fujairah||Tamil Hits||Tamil||Fujairah Media Network|
|90.0 MHz||Abu Dhabi FM||Abu Dhabi||Talk/Classic Arabic hits||Arabic||Abu Dhabi Media Company|
|90.5 MHz||Radio Sawa||Abu Dhabi||Arabic & English Top 40||Arabic||Middle East Broadcasting Networks|
|90.7 MHz||Rock Radio||Fujairah||Rock||English||Fujairah Media Network|
|91.1 MHz||Tag 91.1||Dubai||Filipino||Tagalog||ARN - Arabian Radio Network|
|91.6 MHz||Classic FM||Abu Dhabi||Arabic & English||Arabic||Abu Dhabi Media Company|
|92.0 MHz||Dubai 92||Dubai||Rock/Adult Contemporary||English||ARN - Arabian Radio Network|
|92.4 MHz||Star FM||Abu Dhabi||Arabic & English Top 40||Arabic||Abu Dhabi Media Company|
|92.6 MHz||Fujairah FM 92.6||Fujairah||News||Arabic||Fujairah Media Network|
|93.0 MHz||Dubai FM Radio 93||Dubai||Music||Arabic||Dubai Media Incorporated|
|93.4 MHz||Radio Shoma 93.4 FM||Dubai||Music||Persian||ARN - Arabian Radio Network|
|93.9 MHz||Noor Dubai FM||Dubai||Arabic Classic Hits||Arabic||Dubai Media Incorporated|
|94.4 MHz||Sharjah FM||Sharjah||Religious/Talk||Arabic||Sharjah Media Cooperation|
|94.7 MHz||Radio RED||Music||Malayalam||[www.red947.fm/ Radio Asia Network]|
|95.3 MHz||Radio Monte Carlo||Ras al-Khaimah||News, Music||Arabic||France 24 International|
|95.6 MHz||Radio Mirchi||Al Ain||Music||Hindi||Entertainment Network India Limited|
|95.8 MHz||Al Emarat FM (AD)||Abu Dhabi||Arabic/Emarati Hits||Arabic||Abu Dhabi Media Company|
|96.2 MHz||Radio Mango||Music||Malayalam||Malayala Manorama|
|96.3 MHz||Europa Plus 96.3 FM||Russian & World Music||Russian||Russian Radio World|
|96.5 MHz||Radio Bahrain (Bh)||Rock/Pop/Variety||English||Bahrain Broadcasting|
|96.7 MHz||Hit 96.7||Dubai||Malayalam Hits||Malayalam||ARN - Arabian Radio Network|
|97.1 MHz||Al Emarat FM||Abu Dhabi||Arabic/Emarati Hits||Arabic||Abu Dhabi Media Company|
|97.3 MHz||Radio Mirchi||Abu Dhabi||Music||Hindi||Entertainment Network India Limited|
|97.5 MHz||QBS Radio 4 (Qa)||Variety||English/French||Qatar Broadcasting Service|
|97.8 MHz||jOSH 97.8||Umm-Al Quwain||Arabic Classic Hits||Arabic||Gulf News Broadcasting|
|98.1 MHz||Quran Al Kareem (AD)||Abu Dhabi||Quran/Religious||Arabic||Abu Dhabi Media Company|
|98.4 MHz||Abu Dhabi FM||Abu Dhabi||Talk/Classic Arabic hits||Arabic||Abu Dhabi Media Company|
|99.0 MHz||Al Arabiya||Dubai||Contemporary Arabic||Arabic||ARN - Arabian Radio Network|
|99.3 MHz||Radio 2||Classic Hits||English||Gulf News Broadcasting|
|99.9 MHz||Star FM||Abu Dhabi||Arabic & English Top 40||Arabic||Abu Dhabi Media Company|
|100.3 MHz||Radio ME||Umm-Al Quwain||Malayalam Hits||Malayalam||RadioMe Network|
|100.5 MHz||Radio 1 (AD)||Top 40/Dance/R&B||English||Gulf News Broadcasting|
|100.9 MHz||Al Khaleejia||Dubai||Khaleeji Music||Arabic||ARN - Arabian Radio Network|
|101.3 MHz||Gold FM||Ajman||Malayalam Hits||Malayalam||Channel 4 Media|
|101.6 MHz||City FM||Dubai||Contemporary Hits||Hindi||ARN - Arabian Radio Network|
|102.4 MHz||Suno FM||Music||Hindi||Radio Asia Network|
|103.2 MHz||Coast 103.2||Ajman||Rhythmic Adult Contemporary||English||Channel 4 Media|
|103.8 MHz||Dubai Eye||Dubai||News, Talk & Sport||English||ARN - Arabian Radio Network|
|104.1 MHz||Radio 1||Top 40/Dance/R&B||English||Gulf News Broadcasting|
|104.4 MHz||Virgin Radio||Dubai||Top 40||English||ARN - Arabian Radio Network|
|104.8 MHz||Channel 4 FM||Ajamn||Top 40||English||Channel 4 Media|
|105.2 MHz||Classic FM||Al Ain||Arabic & English||Arabic||Abu Dhabi Media Company|
|105.4 MHz||Radio Spice||Fujairah||South Asian Hits||Hindi, English, Spanish & Tamil||Fujairah Media Network|
|106.0 MHz||Radio 2 (AD)||Classic Hits||English||Gulf News Broadcasting|
|106.2 MHz||Hum FM||Sharjah||Indian Classic Hits||Hindi/Urdu||Shamal Media|
|106.5 MHz||Radio Salaam||Umm al quwain||Tamil Hits||Tamil||Malar Global Media Fz LLC|
|107.5 MHz||NU 107||Dubai||Filipino||Tagalog||ARN - Arabian Radio Network|
|107.6 MHz||Sharjah FM||KhorFakkan&Dibba||Religious/Talk||Arabic||Sharjah Media Cooperation|
|107.7 MHz||Sharjah FM||Kalba||Religious/Talk||Arabic||Sharjah Media Cooperation|
|107.8 MHz||Al Rabea FM||Ajman||v Arabic Hits||Arabic||Channel107.5|
- Dubai Media City
- Dubai Studio City
- Physique TV
- Dubai 33
- Dubai Media Incorporated
- Dubai TV
- Dubai One
- Arab Media Group
- Gulf News
- Radio 1
- Arabian Radio Network