Peace TV network crosses 200 million viewership

Updated 21 July 2013
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Peace TV network crosses 200 million viewership

Peace TV, a major Islamic satellite television network, has crossed the 200-million viewership mark, with a record global viewership exceeding more than 100 million for Peace TV English, 80 million for Peace TV Urdu and more than 20 million for the newly launched Peace TV Bangla.
Zakir Naik, Peace TV founder president and a scholar who has delivered public lectures across the world, including Saudi Arabia, on Islam and comparative religion, told a public meeting organized by India Islamic Cultural Center (IICC) in Riyadh recently that the network’s viewership is growing considerably.
Beginning in January 2006, Peace TV (English) has been telecast to more than 150 countries around the world, including in Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia and North America recording more than 100 million viewership.
He added that Peace TV Urdu, which was launched in 2009, has 80 million viewership.
Peace TV Bangla, which was launched on April 22, 2011, has crossed 20 million mark, he said, adding that the Bangla channel has reached its popularity in a short span of time.
Naik said that the launch of Peace TV Arabic is on the cards. The Islamic Research Foundation (IRF), which owns Peace TV, has finalized plans to launch a 24-hour Arabic-language Islamic channel.
There are several Arabic channels today, but Peace TV Arabic will be different and unique in content and technology, he added.
A nonprofit network, Peace TV broadcasts programs around the clock and also provides free-to-air telecasts.


Saudi Arabia ‘racing into the future’ with Formula E

Updated 15 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia ‘racing into the future’ with Formula E

  • A first for Saudi Arabia and the region, the event’s magnitude reflects the Kingdom’s goal of hosting major events and promoting them domestically and globally
  • “This is unprecedented and fabulous,” one concert-goer said. Another said: “I can’t believe I’m in Saudi Arabia.” 

RIYADH: Formula E is one for the books. Attracting fans from all over the world, the mega event — held in the historic Saudi town of Ad Diriyah, a UNESCO World Heritage Site — is set to revolutionize motorsports by using only electric race cars. 

Officially known as the ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the race expects to draw 40,000 attendees, with access not only to the race but also to the Kingdom’s largest ever festival for music, entertainment and cultural activities.

A first for Saudi Arabia and the region, the event’s magnitude reflects the Kingdom’s goal of hosting major events and promoting them domestically and globally.

A milestone was marked as Bandar Alesayi and Ahmed bin Khanen became the first Saudi I-Pace eTrophy racers, sponsored by the General Sports Authority (GSA). 

Both drivers predict increased grassroots support in the Kingdom for youths to train in carting and race-car driving.  

At 1.76 miles long with 21 corners, the track is somewhat tricky for first-time Formula E drivers.

“The system is like Mario Bros when they get the little star and go faster,” said Formula E founder and CEO Alejandro Agag. The new electric circuit in Saudi Arabia has been hailed as one of the best Formula E tracks.

The three-day event is hosting some of the world’s top singers, including Jason Derulo, Enrique Iglesias, Amr Diab, Black Eyed Peas, David Guetta and One Republic, along with DJ EJ. 

“This is unprecedented and fabulous,” one concert-goer said. Another said: “I can’t believe I’m in Saudi Arabia.” 

Outside the venue, Al-Bujairy, one of Ad Diriyah’s historic areas, hosts high-end restaurants, cafes and local designer outlets overlooking the historic district of At-Turaif, which was once home to the Saudi royal family and has newly opened for visitors.

Another area of interest is the Family Zone, with many events and activities to entertain all age groups. Men, women and children are given different driving experiences.

In Ad Diriyah’s Formula E, only one car is allowed per driver instead of two, making pit stops more crucial in terms of timing.  

“Attack mode” gives cars a temporary power boost from 200 to 225 kilowatts, equivalent to 268-302 horsepower. Drivers need to move to a certain area on the track to activate this mode.

“Saudi Arabia is racing into the future with Formula E, as we open the Kingdom to the world in a transformation that’s being supercharged by the Vision 2030 plan, driven forward by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” Prince Abdul Aziz bin Turki Al-Faisal Al-Saud, vice-chair of the Saudi Arabian General Sports Authority, told Arab News.