Sunday 21 December 2014

Abu Dhabi F1 draws record 60,000-strong crowd

The 2014 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix was the most successful to date with the largest ever capacity at 60,000 people, marking an increase of 5,000 tickets over the 2013 edition, said event organisers. The weekend also saw the highest number of overseas visitors,


North Korea for joint US probe on Sony attack

North Korea said US accusations that it was involved in a cyberattack on Sony Pictures were "groundless slander" and that it was wanted a joint investigation into the incident with the United States. An unnamed spokesman of the North's foreign ministry said there wo


Abu Dhabi Media Zone takes over ImageNation

ImageNation, a subsidiary of Abu Dhabi Media (ADM) which was set up in 2008 to build the local Emirati film industry, will now officially be under the Abu Dhabi Media Zone (twofour54).   ADM, the official media organisation of Abu Dhabi, said its board has agreed to the tran


Obama vows response to N Korea over Sony attack

President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to respond to a devastating cyberattack on Sony Pictures that he blamed on North Korea, and scolded the Hollywood studio for caving in to what he described as a foreign dictator imposing censorship in America. Obama said the cyberattack caus


Fifa to settle Qatar World Cup dates in March

The long-running saga over the timing of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be settled in March, Fifa's executive committee decided on Friday. January/February, May and November/December have been put forward as alternatives for the traditional June/July slot, which is consider


OSN adds three new kids, youth channels in Mena

OSN, a leading pay-TV network in the Middle East and North Africa (Mena) region, has strengthened its portfolio of exclusive and premium content with the addition of three new 24-hour channels that appeal to youth and families, through its partnership with Viacom International Media Networks (V


Dubai signage show to feature giant robots

DigiMatrix Technologies, a leader in digital and 3D printing solutions, will be bring giant robotic machines to the Signage and Graphic Imaging (SGI) 2015 show in Dubai, UAE, said event organisers. The Dubai-based company has come on board as the gold sponsor for the 18th edition


New Arabic new channel to launch in February

A new Arabic news channel being set up in Bahrain to rival some of the region's biggest names in broadcasting will begin transmission on February 1. Al Arab News Channel was due to commence operations by the end of this year, but sources said the launch had been pushed back b


New Arab news channel to launch on February 1

Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, chairman of Kingdom Holding Company (KHC), and owner of Alarab News Channel, announced that the channel would begin transmission on February 1, 2015. Prince Alwaleed also announced the appointment of Fahad AlSukait as the chairman o


Du hosts ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ premiere

More than 600 cinema-lovers joined UAE-based telecommunication operator du for an exclusive premiere of the final film in Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy, ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’, at VOX Cinemas in Mall of the Emirates. As ma

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