United Arab Emirates

Last update: 24-10-2018 - older versions

TRA (Telecoms Regulation Authority) is working in partnership with other stakeholders to select a DAB+ operator.

In April 2018, the Emirates Authority For Standardization and Metrology (ESMA) published the standard specifications for AM/FM/DAB+ radio receivers, available at http://www.esma.gov.ae/en-us/Services/Pages/Purchase-Standards.aspx.

Following a trial, the TRA is working towards a commercial launch of DAB+ in 2018.

The Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (TRA) of the United Arab Emirates is working to introduce a DAB+ based commercial digital radio multiplex in the UAE and to improve the overall radio listening experience as soon as possible. As part of these efforts the TRA prepared receiver specifications to cover all radio receivers including AM/FM/DAB+. The draft of these specifications was circulated to the industry and other stakeholders for consultation.

During the trial, four DAB+ channels were broadcast across Abu Dhabi as part of the trials GatesAir ran with Abu Dhabi Media. The official start date for the DAB+ Trial in Abu Dhabi was 1st July 2015. The trial period was for 90 days to start then it was expected to be extended. As per the TRA Regulations, the trial could be a maximum of 180 days. The trial covered the entire population of Abu Dhabi, 1.8 million people.

Two Broadcasting Operators of the United Arab Emirates, Arabian Radio Network Dubai and UAE Radio & TV Ajman successfully completed test / trials for T-DAB+ technology in cities of Dubai and Ajman during March 2014 - February 2015. The main purpose was to test the technology for coverage and reception quality. 

First DAB+ station in UAE
27.08.2018 - United Arab Emirates - United Arab Emirates
Iconic radio station Capital Radio is set to become the first DAB+ station in the United Arab Emirates. The station was on air in Abu Dhabi for 20 years from 1979 before closing. The station will first run on online radio from 2 September, before DAB+ and FM services follow after a few months.
From The National:

Tivoli's Model One Digital
04.04.2017 - United Arab Emirates - United Arab Emirates
Tivoli’s Model One Digital is a retro radio with Sonos-like smarts, featuring FM and DAB radio, as well as bluetooth connecting you to Deezer, TuneIn, Tidal and Spotify – the latter via Spotify Connect.
From Stuff Middle East:

Volvo Uses Car Technology to Make Trucks Safer
WorldDAB Members News - 28.03.2017 - Volvo Car Corporation - United Arab Emirates - United Arab Emirates
When it comes to entertainment, the system integrates streaming services like TuneIn, Deezer and Spotify as well as DAB+ digital radio. All inputs can be controlled using the push-to-talk button on the steering wheel, in order to minimize driver distraction.
From Tires and Parts News:

Paneda providing DAB+ to United Arab Emirates
WorldDAB Members News - 02.05.2016 - Paneda - United Arab Emirates - United Arab Emirates
Paneda has provided a complete DAB+ head-end system to a major media group in United Arab Emirates. The system has recently been turned on and is on-air with 12 DAB+ services. The system provided by Paneda includes multiplexers, audio encoders as well as content management system and RF monitoring equipment.
From Paneda:

Sharaf tunes in for Pure sales
WorldDAB Members News - 06.07.2012 - Pure - United Arab Emirates - United Arab Emirates
Wireless music and digital radio systems vendor Pure has launched its products in the UAE, signing up Sharaf Electronics to serve as its in-country distribution partner. Pure products will initially be sold through Sharaf DG retail outlets in the UAE.
From Channel EMEA:

Aiming to make a big noise in the Emirates
WorldDAB Members News - 05.07.2012 - Pure - United Arab Emirates - United Arab Emirates
The Life: made its name producing digital radios, last month announced that it is also launching its products here in the UAE. The company's director of sales, Peter Blampied, explains why.
From The National:

Eros Group has been signed as a distributor for digital radio products from Revo for the Gulf.
06.02.2012 - United Arab Emirates - United Arab Emirates
The digital radio products, which are aimed at consumers, allow users to access FM, Internet and DAB radio stations, as well as streaming audio files from iPods and connected PCs, to give flexibility and access to a wide range of music services.

Du expands broadcast services through partnership with Abu Dhabi Media
04.01.2010 - United Arab Emirates - United Arab Emirates
Among Du's many firsts is its historic Number Booking Campaign for both individuals and business, Pay by the Second billing system, Mobile TV, Mobile ...
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Status: trial and/or regulation
Population: 9.3 million
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Last update: 30.05.2018

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