Saudi News Channels Move out of Dubai

Al-Arabiya and Al-Hadath, two Saudi news channels, are relocating their headquarters from Dubai to Riyadh, according to reports.

The staff of both channels was told about plans for Riyadh move on Monday, sources told Al Jazeera.  Staff refused to be identified as they aren’t authorized to speak about that matter. 

According to the sources, the goal is to produce 12 hours of news programming from the Saudi capital by early January. 

The sources added that the rest of the staff would be given assistance as the facilities are completed, and management has assured employees that there will be no layoffs.

Saudi Arabia has been pressuring multinational corporations to establish Middle East hubs in the kingdom by the beginning of 2024 or risk losing business in the region’s largest economy. 

For more than a decade, Dubai Media City has been home to some of the region’s most prominent news organizations. 

Al Arabiya did not respond to an email or phone call seeking comment.

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