Starting a news channel out of the conflict ridden territory is always been a challenge. The Qatar based Al Jazeera faced that challenge and came out on top. Until Al Arabiya was launched, Al Jazeera was considered the only source of genuine, honest news out of Middle East. However, Al Jazeera had courted controversy by airing videos from terrorist groups and conducting open forums for discussion.
Al Arabiya then started to give the region another voice.
It started out with an investment of about $300 million in 30th March 2003 by Middle East Broadcasting Centre (MBC); the brand was created in response to Al Jazeera’s criticism of the Saudi royal family. A free-to-air channel, it’s headquartered in Dubai Media City in the UAE.