Abu Dhabi TV
Abu Dhabi TV logo
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersToronto, Ontario
Picture format480i (SDTV)
OwnerEthnic Channels Group
(name licensed by Abu Dhabi Media)
Launched9 November 2005; 18 years ago (2005-11-09)
WebsiteAbu Dhabi TV

Abu Dhabi TV is a Canadian exempt Category B Arabic language specialty channel and is wholly owned by Ethnic Channels Group. The channel name is used under license from Abu Dhabi Media, the owners of the Emirati-based channel, Abu Dhabi TV.

Abu Dhabi TV broadcasts programming primarily from Abu Dhabi TV, in addition to Canadian content. It features a wide variety of programming including news, current affairs, sports, films, and more.


In September 2003, Ethnic Channels Group was granted approval from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to launch a television channel called Arabic TV, described as "a national ethnic Category 2 specialty television service providing a programming service primarily in the Arabic language."[1]

Original logo (2005–2012)

The channel launched on November 9, 2005 as Abu Dhabi TV on Rogers Cable.[2][3]

On August 30, 2013, the CRTC approved Ethnic Channels Group's request to convert Abu Dhabi TV from a licensed Category B specialty service to an exempted Cat. B third language service.[4]


  1. ^ Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2003-440 CRTC 2003-09-04
  2. ^ Abu Dhabi TV Canada homepage Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2011-12-04
  3. ^ New Channels on Rogers Archived May 27, 2012, at the Wayback Machine Channel Canada Retrieved 2011-12-04
  4. ^ Abu Dhabi TV– Revocation of licence