Arabian Business Power 500 2013
Thu 21 Mar 2013 10:28 AM
Walid Al Ibrahim
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Walid Al Ibrahim

Industry: Media

Company: MBC

Country: Saudi Arabia

Often cited as the man who changed the face of Arab media, Sheikh Waleed Al Ibrahim is a familiar face in the Arabian Business Power List.

In 1991, MBC Group’s chairman and CEO launched the first independent Arabic satellite TV station in association with Saleh Kamel.

Over the past 20 years, MBC Group has grown to become a well-established media group Based in Dubai, MBC Group includes 10 television channels: MBC1 (general family entertainment), MBC2 and MBC MAX (24-hour movies), MBC3 (children’s entertainment), MBC4 (entertainment for new Arab women), MBC Action (action series and movies), MBC Persia (24-hour movie channel dubbed in Farsi), Al Arabiya (the 24-hour Arabic language news channel); Al Arabiya Al Hadath (an extension of Al Arabiya News Channel); Wanasah (24-hour Arabic music channel) and MBC DRAMA coinciding with the Group’s 20th anniversary, and offers 24/7 Arabic Drama; the Group also includes two radio stations: MBC FM (Gulf music), and Panorama FM (contemporary Arabic hit music); as well as O3 productions, a specialised documentary production unit.

Al Ibrahim is a member of the advisory board at the Mohammed Bin Rashid School for Communication in Dubai.