National Geographic Abu Dhabi (Arabic: ناشيونال جيوغرافيك أبوظبي) is a free-to-air documentary channel that started broadcasting on 1 July 2009. It is the official Arabic language edition of the National Geographic Channel. The channel broadcasts via Arabsat Badr 6, Nilesat 102, and Nilesat 103. The channel is based in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., but is aimed to be broadcast for a pan-Arabian audience in the Middle East and North Africa.
The channel is solely available in Arabic, catering to the Arab world and audience. The channel features broadcasts of non-fictional, documentary series, all original National Geographic shows subtitled in Arabic including local productions specifically created for the region including: Mission Everest - The UAE Military Team, Megastructures: Louvre Abu Dhabi, Global Village, & Every Emirati's Son. National Geographic Abu Dhabi is considered as a free alternative to the subscription variants offered and available via OSN and beIN Network's pay TV services.
It is co-owned by the National Geographic Society/Fox Networks Group & Abu Dhabi Media Company. The latter is also responsible for launching the Arabic version of the National Geographic magazine.
Al Jazeera Documentary Channel (Arabic: الجزيرة الوثائقية) is a pan-Arab satellite Arabic language film and documentary channel and a branch of the Al Jazeera Media Network based in Doha, Qatar.
It was launched at 12:00 GMT on 1 January 2007. It aims to provide viewers an immense amount of high quality documentary films. These films cover and analyze a breadth of topics including historical, scientific, political, artistic, and travel issues.
The channel produces 15% of broadcast material in-house, while obtaining the rest from Arab and global producers. It also produces documentaries for Al Jazeera Arabic and assists in producing documentaries for other Al Jazeera channels like Al Jazeera English. The channel is housed in a separate building on the Al Jazeera Media Network campus in Doha, Qatar.
The channel was the first of its kind in the Arabic-speaking world. As the Al Jazeera Documentary Arabic-speaking, they pay attention primarily to Arab viewers wherever they are, and seek through the production of documentaries and various activities which serve recreational closely linked to human values and cultural respects the viewer, and abide by the Charter of the press. The channel is said to focus in four areas Informatics, Awareness, Technical and Interestingness.