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Abu Dhabi TV (Arabic: قناة أبوظبي‎) is an Emirati television channel that was originally launched in 1969. It broadcasts from Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates and is owned by Abu Dhabi Media. Although it is a generic channel and not a 24-hour news network, Abu Dhabi TV is famous for its coverage of the 2003 Iraq War broadcast on Western news channels at the time.

Abu Dhabi TV
Abu Dhabi Al Oula logo.png
LaunchedAugust 4, 1969; 50 years ago (1969-08-04)
Owned byAbu Dhabi Media
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
Broadcast areaArab World
North America
Sister channel(s)Drama TV
Digital terrestrial television
(United Arab Emirates)
Channel 62 (Abu Dhabi)
Dish Network
(United States)
Channel 768
(United Kingdom and Ireland)
Channel 786
Astra 2G11627 V 22000 5/6
Yahsat (HD)12090 H 27500 8/9 (DVB-S2/QPSK)
Nilesat (HD)12467 H 27500 2/3 (DVB-S2/8PSK)
Arabsat11804 H 27500 3/4
Nilesat11938 V 27500 3/4
Rogers Cable (Canada)Channel 873 (SD)
Freebox TV (France)Channel 645 (SD)
Streaming media
ADTV Catch-UpWatch online (HD)
YouTubeWatch online (SD)

Abu Dhabi TV is managed by the United Arab Emirates' largest media group, Abu Dhabi Media Company.[1] ADMC, the largest and most diversified media corporation in the Arab world, enjoys editorial and administrative independence while somewhat dependent on government and federal funding through its previous attachment to the Ministry of Information and Culture since 1999 and current attachment to Abu Dhabi Media Company in which the ministry was scrapped in Feb. 2006. EMI operations currently include 3 satellite television channels, 7 radio channels and 3 press publications.

Abu Dhabi TV presents news bulletins every three hours. It produces nearly 60% of the programs that it broadcasts, including political, current affairs, cultural, entertainment, drama, and documentary features. Abu Dhabi TV is broadcast throughout the Arab World, North America, Europe, South America, and Australia.

The network is known throughout the Arab World for the popular show of Million's Poet.


Abu Dhabi Television started black and white broadcasts in August 1969 and adopted the PAL format for color broadcasting on 4 December 1974; the station was only carried terrestrially in the United Arab Emirates for its first 23 years on the air.

The Abu Dhabi TV satellite channel began regular broadcasts on 15 November 1992 on Arabsat A1; broadcasts were later transferred to Arabsat A2. The network also began to be carried through the entire Arabian Peninsula at that time.

The channel was relaunched on 30 January 2000 as a service aimed at the Arabic-speaking diaspora. Under this format, the channel began carrying a wide range of news programmes, as well as entertainment programs catered to the Arabic world; as a result, it began to become competitive against rival networks MBC and Dubai TV.

One of the network's most popular programmes was the game show Waznak Dahab; the programme premiered on 16 September 2002 and was canceled in early 2003 due to an invasion of Iraq by the United States, which resulted in the beginning of the Iraq War.

In 2008, President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan issued a decree ordering Abu Dhabi TV to be established as a public joint-stock company that is wholly owned by the government of Abu Dhabi.

On 13 February 2012, Abu Dhabi TV shut down its analogue broadcasts on terrestrial television; the network began broadcasting in the 1080i high definition format on 3 December 2013.


News and current affairsEdit

  • ‘Ulūm ad-Dār

Soap operasEdit


On Air identityEdit

1969-2000 - Abu Dhabi's original logo was launched in 1969.

2000-2008 - Abu Dhabi Al Oula got a new logo and idents.

2008-2015 - Abu Dhabi Al Oula went online with a new identity, logo, and programs. The new look was produced by Lambie Nairn graphic designers and the soundtrack was made by David Lowe [2] who produced the famous BBC News music.

2015-present - Abu Dhabi Al Oula is rebranded back to Abu Dhabi TV.

Sister channelsEdit

Unlike Abu Dhabi TV, is also offer the sister channels like Abu Dhabi Al Emarat (Emirates TV), Abu Dhabi Al Riyadiya (Abu Dhabi Sports TV), "Abu Dhabi Drama" (Abu Dhabi Drama TV) and Abu Dhabi Al Oula +1.


  1. ^ "أبوظبي للإعلام : الصفحة الرئيسية" (in Arabic). Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  2. ^ "Projects Archive". David Lowe Music. Retrieved 2019-02-02.