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Bio: Al Arabiya is an international pan-Arab TV news channel, based in Dubai. Operated by the media conglomerate MBC, Al Arabiya launched in 2003 and has since been broadcasting standard newscasts every hour as well as talk shows and documentaries. Al Arabiya’s online news service (alarabiya.net) was launched in 2004, initially in Arabic, and was later joined by an English-language service in 2007 and then Persian and Urdu services in 2008. Al Arabiya’s programs include a wide range of interviews and talk shows, documentaries, investigative programs, art and cultural features.