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The free-to-air news service broadcasts from Sky News Arabia's studios in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates.
The head of the new channel, Nart Bouran, said: "Sky News Arabia l offers the 'MENA' region a fresh approach to television news with an independent editorial mandate at the heart of everything we do.
"The Sky News Arabia idea was born more than two years ago. Our aim has been to create an impartial and independent breaking news channel for the Arab world across multiple platforms."
"It has been a huge collaborative team effort resulting in the most technically advanced news operation in the region."
Some 400 journalists, reporters, presenters, producers and broadcast technicians work on the new channel, covering politics, economics, business, sport, lifestyle, technology and cultural news.
Sky News Arabia is a joint venture between Admic, the Abu Dhabi Media Investment Corporation, and BSkyB, which also runs Sky News in the UK.
The Arabic website www.skynewsarabia.com covers breaking news and publishes news stories, picture galleries and videos produced by a dedicated team of multimedia journalists backed by a network of correspondents across the Middle East, North Africa and around the world. There are also news apps available for the iPad , the iPhone and other mobile devices.