The partnership between Etisalat and i24NEWS comes after the UAE signed a peace agreement to normalise ties with Israel in September.
Etisalat has announced the launch of the Israel-based network i24NEWS on eLife and its digital platform Switch TV.
eLife customers may now watch i24NEWS (English) on channel 537 and i24NEWS (Arabic) on channel 520 for free. Switch TV users may watch TV i24NEWS (English) on channel 264 and i24NEWS (Arabic) on channel 265 at no extra cost.
Launched in 2013, i24NEWS is an international news network based in Israel that broadcasts in Arabic, English and French from studios in Jaffa Port, the US and Europe. In addition to up-to-the-minute news, the channel also features a wide variety of current affairs shows and reports on such subjects as economy, defense, sport, hi-tech, and culture.
i24NEWS is part of the Altice Group, owned by businessman Patrick Drahi and since its inception has been led by CEO Frank Melloul. In 2017, i24NEWS expanded into the North American market and opened bureaus in the United States. Today, the channel has studios in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Paris, New York, Washington and Los Angeles and deploys correspondents all over the world.