MBC 1 (Middle East)

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Launched 18 September 1991
Owned by Middle East Broadcasting Center
Picture format 1080i HDTV - free[1] (requires activation)[2]
576i SDTV - free
Broadcast area MENA
Headquarters Dubai Media City
Sister channel(s) MBC 4 (2005-present)
MBC Action (2007-present)
Arabsat 11919 H - 27500 - 3/4
Yahsat 11900 H - 27500 - 5/6
Nilesat 11938 - V - 27500 - 3/4
OSN (Middle East
& North Africa)
Channel 730 (HD)
(Middle East & North Africa)
Channel 224 (SD) [1]
Mozaic TV Channel 401
Ziggo (Netherlands) Channel 781

MBC 1 is a free-to-air, pan-Arab general television channel. Satellite transmission started from London in September 1991, making MBC (Middle East Broadcasting Center) the first independent Arabic satellite TV station, with an estimated audience of more than 130 million Arabic-speaking people around the world. MBC has recently moved its headquarters to Dubai Media City, bringing the production process closer to its Arab viewers.

MBC 1 previously used to air cartoons, western movies and programs before launching MBC 2, MBC 3, and MBC 4.

One of its most popular, widely known and controversial shows, and the one generating the highest advertising rates, is Kalam Nawaem, a show that is led by four women and that addresses many types of (women's) issues and taboos, including terrorism, domestic violence, polygamy, divorce and women's suffrage.

MBC 1 HD launched on 1 July 2011.


MBC1 rebranded in 2012 to bring a new set of idents, idents are now 9 seconds long, unlike 2009's rebrand, which had 20 seconds long idents. In this rebrand, there are menus and bumpers (idents), the menus are used for next tags, which have continuity announcers, bumpers are used to "split" between breaks and programmes, and are used at the end of any programme. Focusing on a "cube-ish" theme, the channel has a simple look, but rather stylish.


Most Famous Programmes[edit]

  • Kalam Nawaem
  • Sada Al Malaeb
  • Nawaret with Arwa
  • Sabah El Kheir Ya Arab (Good Morning Arabs)
  • Arab Idol
  • MBC in a Week
  • Stars on Board

Turkish Drama[edit]

  • 20 Dakika
  • Ayna Ebnty

Pakistan Drama[edit]

Ramadan Programming[edit]

  • WiFi 2
  • Al Bait Bait Abona
  • Al Arraf
  • Khawater
  • Al Masakeel
  • Wa Mahyay
  • Al Haqiqa (The Truth)
  • Asia
  • Eter Al Janna
  • Tareq wa Hayouna
  • Huroof wa Uloof (Words and thousands)
  • Omar
  • Abu Al Malayeen (Mr. Million)
  • 180 Daraja
  • Qessat Al Andalus


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