Al Arabiya marks ten years with new website
Rebecca Hawkes | 02-12-2013
MBC's Al Arabiya is now providing a translation service for its television broadcasts, as part of a website upgrade to coincide with the news channel's tenth birthday.
Welcoming the move at a Dubai launch event, Princess Rym Ali, founder of the Jordan Media Institute, said the Al Arabiya online video service would help boost understanding of the Middle East.
"It should truly allow much better communication through the media. Its English website, launched five years ago and re-launching now... offers people around the world an opportunity to hear our [Arab] stories from our perspective and in a professional manner," said Princess Rym.
Abdulrahman al-Rashed, general manager of Al Arabiya News Channel, said the View More online video service would help "bridge the gap" in boosting understanding of the Arab world among Western audiences.
"Al Arabiya is not a station catered for Western audiences – this is what the Arabs see and watch," he said.
The new features of the website have been introduced by Faisal J Abbas, editor-in-chief of Al Arabiya News.
The View More video service section will broadcast regular news bulletins and programmes first aired by the Al Arabiya news channel.