Radio and television channels of Dubai

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Dubai is the media hub for the Middle East region and is home to many television and radio channels.

Dubai Television[edit]

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 Radio[edit]

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.[citation needed]

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.

Arabic radio[edit]

  • 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

English radio[edit]

  • 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.

Hindi/Urdu radio[edit]

Malayalam radio[edit]

Tamil radio[edit]

Filipino radio[edit]

Farsi radio[edit]

Radio Shoma 93.4 - Arabian Radio Network

All stations[edit]

Frequency Station Transmission Site Genre Language Operator
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 Telugu Hits Telugu 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
98.10 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
107.6 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

107.5 MHz||NU 107|| Dubai ||Filipino||Tagalog||ARN - Arabian Radio Network

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