Founded in 1976 by the 21 member-states of the Arab League, Arabsat has been serving the growing needs of the Arab world for over 40 years, operating from its headquarter in Riyadh-KSA and two Satellite control stations in Riyadh and Tunis.
Now one of the world’s top satellite operators and by far the leading satellite services provider in the Arab world, it carries over 500 TV channels, 200 radio stations, pay-tv networks and wide variety of HD channels reaching tens of millions of homes in more than 80 countries across the Middle East, Africa and Europe—including an audience of over 170 million viewers in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region alone tuned into Arabsat’s video “hotspot” at 26° E.
  • 500+
    TV Channels
  • Over
    Radio Stations
  • Pay-TV Networks
  • 95+
    HD Channels

Operating a growing fleet of owned satellites at the 20°E, 26°E, 30.5°E, 39°E and 44.5°E, ARABSAT is the only satellite operator in the MENA region offering the full spectrum of Broadcast, Telecommunications and Broadband services. This capacity will continue to expand with the launching of new satellites, making ARABSAT satellites’ fleet the youngest in the region.
Arabsat also maintains strategic partnerships with most of the world's leading satellite companies and VAS integrators and with the acquisition of Hellas Sat, one of the leading telecom groups in southeastern Europe, These partnerships and acquisitions continue to expand Arabsat's reach with new orbital slots and frequency rights, allowing customers to reach farther than ever and deliver content and state-of-the-art solutions to any end-viewers audience or business partner around the world.


Connect Arab societies and the world by providing reliable telecommunications services in harmony with Arab values and culture


To be the regional and global leader in the field of space telecommunications


Arabsat is an Inter-Governmental Organization ("IGO") founded by the Arab League in 1976, with a paid capital of US$ 500Million, split among its member-states as per the following:
  • 36.6553%
    Saudi Arabia
  • 14.5885%
  • 11.2785%
  • 9.8074%
  • 4.6585%
    United Arab Emirates
  • 4.0455%
  • 3.8342%
  • 2.4518%
  • 2.0840%
  • 1.9001%
  • 1.7163%
  • 1.6549%
  • 1.5937%
  • 1.2259%
  • 0.7355%
  • 0.6129%
  • 0.2758%
  • 0.2678%
  • 0.2451%
  • 0.24465%
  • 0.1225%

board of directors

The Board of Directors holds meetings every three months to carry out its overall mission of driving the company global strategy and duties, and to exercise its power under Arabsat's constitutive agreement. The Arabsat board of directors secures, invests in, and maintains Arabsat space resources and implement the policies approved by the General Assembly.

The Board of Directors consists of 9 annually-elected members from Arabsat’s member-countries, as follows:
  • 5 members from the main shareholders;
  • 2 elected members from recommended users with the highest capacity usage; who have paid their financial obligations 100%.
  • 2 elected members from recommended users with the oldest membership record; who have paid their financial obligations 100%.

management committee

Arabsat currently employs elites within the industry as it highly believes in human capital. Working as a team, Arabsat’s management thrives to achieve one goal: The satisfaction of our valued customers under the mission assigned by our shareholders.


Arabsat’s 30 years journey as a satellite services provider has been marked with many successes and achievements. The below listed dates are the ones we consider as highly impactful, because, not only they were the fruits of perseverance and hard work of the Arabsat team, but also had a very positive impact on the Arab people’s lifestyle in terms of education and entertainment
  • 2010
    Successful launch of Arabsat BADR-5 @ 26°East and Arabsat-5A @ 30.5°East and BADR-7 @ 26°East
  • 2008
    Successful launch of BADR-6 @ 26°East. (Click here to view Arabsat's satellites)
  • 2006
    Start commercial operations of BADR-4 @ 26°East.
  • 2006
    Successful launch of BADR-4 @ 26°East.
  • 2011
    Successful launch of Arabsat Arabsat-5C @ 20°East
  • 2007
    Contract signature for the construction and launch of BADR-5 @ 26°E and Arabsat-5A @ 30.5°East.
  • 2006
    Contract signature for the construction and launch of BADR-6 @ 26°E, co-located with BADR-4.
  • 2003
    Contract signature for the construction and launch of Arabsat-4A and BADR-4 @ 26°East.
  • 1999
    Launch of BADR-3 to the 26°East orbital position, co-located with Arabsat-2A.
  • 1997
    Signature of the contract to sell Arabsat-1C to the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) on November 26, 1997.
  • 1997
    Signature of the consultation services contract with the Canadian firm TELESAT to supervise the manufacturing of the first third-generation satellite on April 1, 1996.
  • 1996
    Investment of 10% in the UAE’s Thuraya Project for Mobile Telephone Communications.
  • 1996
    Launch of the second of second-generation satellites, Arabsat-2B @ 30.5°E, on November 13, 1996.
  • 1996
    Signature of the contract for the manufacturing of the first of the third-generation satellites, BADR-3, on November 7, 1996.
  • 1996
    Launch of the first of the second-generation satellites, Arabsat-2A @ 26°E, on July 9, 1996.
  • 1993
    Signature of the contract with the French firm EADS-Astrium for the manufacturing of the second-generation satellites (Arabsat-2A and Arabsat-2B) on April 17, 1993.
  • 1992
    Launch of the third of first-generation satellites, Arabsat-1C, on February 26, 1992.
  • 1991
    Entering into a contract with the German firm Datacon to supervise and control the manufacturing of the second-generation of Arabsat satellites.
  • 1991
    Entering into a contract with the European firm Ariane for the launch of the third of first-generation satellites: Arabsat-1C.
  • 1988
    All of Arabsat’s facilities operated and maintained by Arab engineers and technicians since January 1, 1988.
  • 1985
    Launch of the second of first-generation satellites Arabsat-1B by the American space shuttle on June 18, 1985.
  • 1985
    Launch of the first of first-generation satellites Arabsat-1A, by an Ariane rocket on February 8, 1985.
  • 1983
    Entering into a contract with the Japanese firm, NEC, for the design and execution of the main and secondary control facilities.
  • 1982
    Entering into a contract with the American Space Agency NASA for the launch into orbit of the first Arab satellite: Arabsat-1A.
  • 1981
    Entering into a contract with French EADS-Astrium for the design and manufacture of the first-generation of Arab satellites (three satellites).
  • 1978
    Signature of the consultation services contract for the establishment of a regional Arab space system to be used by Arab administrations.
  • 1976
    Establishment of the Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) in order to design, execute and operate the first Arab space system of its kind.