Last update: 06.09.2023 - older versions

Bahrain officially launched DAB services on 31 August 2023. 

Dr. Ramzan bin Abdulla Al Noaimi, the Minister of Information, said that the launch of the DAB+ digital audio broadcasting service represented a unique leap forward for the radio industry in Bahrain, which has a history of over 80 years.


Prior to this, the Information Affairs Authority (IAA) started a DAB+ trial in cooperation with transmitter manufacturer, Rohde and Schwarz covering 40% of Bahrain. The DAB+ trial started on 15th December 2016 with low power 300 watts. The IAA broadcasted four programmes. As of 15 January 2017 the IAA had already started a field strength survey. The trial was on air until end February 2017. 

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Last update: 05.08.2015

Less than 1% of vehicles in Bahrain come with DAB/DAB+ digital radio as standard.

Last update: 15.08.2023

Bahrain has legislation regarding in-vehicle receivers. If the vehicle is provided with AM/FM/T-DAB+, it must comply with GSO 2693:2022, SASO 2938:2019 or UAE.S 5021: 2018.

Bahrain launches DAB+, "a unique leap forward for radio"
05.09.2023 - Bahrain Bahrain
Dr. Ramzan bin Abdulla Al Noaimi, Bahrain's Minister of Information said that the launch of the DAB+ digital audio broadcasting service represents a unique leap forward for the radio industry in Bahrain, which has a history of over 80 years. He explained that this project has been implemented in cooperation with leading companies specialised in radio technology, to provide the latest and best equipment and technologies for private radio stations. The minister said that one of the most prominent features of DAB+ is the significant saving in transmission costs and the improved quality of the signal, in addition to the easy access to receivers and easy search for radio stations by name rather than frequency.

(Bahrain News Agency) Read more

Preparing Bahrain's private radio studio building with international DAB+ equipment
04.09.2023 - DIGIDIA WorldDAB Member - Bahrain Bahrain
Engineer Abdullah Al Balushi, Assistant Undersecretary for Technical Affairs at the Ministry of Information, said that the transmitters were provided with the digital headend system from the French company Digidia, the radio broadcasting system from the German company Rohde & Schwarz, the antenna system from the German company Kathrein - all well-known companies internationally. He explained that the new studios feature DAB+ technology, which displays information on the screen of radio receivers’ devices, ensures exceptional sound quality, provides more opportunities to choose stations, creates revenue opportunities, and also has the feature of targeted advertisements.

(Bahrain News Agency) Read more

DAB+ launches in Bahrain alongside new studios opened by Deputy King
04.09.2023 - Bahrain Bahrain
The Deputy King, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, today inaugurated the main studio of the Bahrain TV News Centre and the private radio channels building at the Ministry of Information premises in Isa Town. The project's opening coincides with the launch of Digital Audio Broadcasting (DAB+) technology, considered the third and most modern generation of broadcasting systems.

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Launch of DAB in Bahrain a big leap for radio
04.09.2023 - Bahrain Bahrain
His Excellency Dr. Ramzan bin Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Minister of Information, said that the launch of DAB+ alongside the opening of private radio studios by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince, Prime Minister, represents a significant qualitative leap in radio work in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The new broadcasting system provides multiple capabilities to increase broadcasting horizons and the extent of radio coverage.

(Ministry of Information, Kingdom of Bahrain) Read more

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Status: regular
Population: 1.3 million
Population coverage: Sparkline Graph 80%
Services: 10 DAB+
Last update: 06.09.2023

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