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Opinion: 25 Years of Enlightenment

Opinion: 25 Years of Enlightenment

The years have passed by quickly since MBC TV was launched but the journey has not been a smooth one. It was not just an ordinary TV station and it was not established just to fill the gap for entertainment channels or make a profit. When Sheikh Waleed founded it, he...
Opinion: Sheikh Ghamdi’s Victory

Opinion: Sheikh Ghamdi’s Victory

The size of recent stock market losses, a fall in oil prices for the first time in years, Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) massacres, terrorist attacks in Riyadh and its suburbs, and football fever have all faded in Saudi Arabia this week, overshadowed by a...
In Conversation with Sheikh Waleed

In Conversation with Sheikh Waleed

Dubai, Asharq Al-Awsat—From its beginnings in London in the early 1990s, the MBC Group has grown into the preeminent media conglomerate in the Middle East. Now based in Dubai, it is known for its mix of popular Middle Eastern and international programming, as well as...
MBC: ‘Arab Idol’ finale watched by 100 million

MBC: ‘Arab Idol’ finale watched by 100 million

Beirut/London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Despite the fact that this is only its second year on the air, the series finale of Arab Idol received 100 million viewers, according to estimates by broadcaster MBC, propelling its winner, 23-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Assaf, to...