"Mabrouk!" To celebrate the one year anniversary of SBS Arabic24, SBS today announces that the service will be available on digital TV from 3 April 2017.
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7 Mar 2017 - 11:20 AM  UPDATED 7 Mar 2017 - 1:17 PM

Since its launch on 7 March 2016, SBS Arabic24 has drawn significant audience growth on radio and online, offering Arabic speaking Australians and communities an impartial destination focusing on life in Australia, with global and local perspectives on world news. 

SBS Director of Audio and Language Content, Mandi Wicks, said: "SBS Radio continues to play a vital role for Australia’s multicultural communities and we’re thrilled with SBS Arabic24’s growth and achievements across the last twelve months.

“We continue to explore new ways to connect diverse audiences with our distinctive multiplatform services and look forward to reaching more Arabic speaking Australians through the digital TV platform from April.”

To mark today’s anniversary, SBS Arabic24 is celebrating with a special day of programming in the community and in studio and kicked off the celebrations at 6am with breakfast show hosts Ghassan Nakhoul and Sylva Mezher live from Centenary Square in Parramatta in Sydney.

See all the pictures from the event below:


SBS Radio Director Mandi Wicks spoke about the crowd that were in attendance "There were Christians, there were Muslims, but everyone showed up for the same purpose."

"It was such a strong representation of what Arabic 24 stands for and what were trying to achieve."

SBS's Managing Director Mike Ebeid marked the occasion by wishing the program "Mabrouk!"

"As I move around the community and attend various functions throughout the year, all I've ever received is incredibly positive feedback," he said at the program's birthday celebrations in Sydney. 

Throughout the day presenters are taking a nostalgic trip, revisiting the launch of the service and also some of the biggest news stories from across the year. Coverage of the Yazidi refugees’ arrival in Wagga Wagga, an interview with Dr Anne Aly, MP and many other memorable interviews also feature as part of the anniversary programming.

'I have nothing against Lebanese people' Sally Faulkner speaks to Arabic24

Australian mum of 'kidnapped' children explains her reasons for the Lebanon recovery operation.

Today from 5pm, the evening show welcomes a live session from the strumming harmonious melodies of the Mesopotamian Trio, three Iraqi musicians who shed light on the musical essence of their homeland.

Stay tuned to SBS Arabic24 via live streaming or catch up On Digital Radio: simply search for the station name SBS Arabic24; via the SBS Radio App available on the App Store or Google Play.

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Win an SBS Arabic24 Boarding Pass!
To celebrate SBS Arabic24’s first birthday on March 7, we are giving away return tickets for two from Melbourne to Dubai thanks to Royal Brunei Airlines valued at $1950. All you have to do to get your personal boarding pass is tell us, which SBS Arabic24 program would you like to listen to on a flight to Dubai and why?
Join in the first birthday celebrations for SBS Arabic24!
SBS Arabic24 hosts Ghassan Nakhoul and Sylva Mezher to present a live breakfast show from Centenary Square, Parramatta on 7 March.