CNN opens new multi-million dollar Middle East headquarters

ABU DHABI, UAE — CNN opened a new broadcast facility in Abu Dhabi on Monday.

The new bureau, situated in twofour54’s Yas Creative Hub, is expected to increase the scale and scope of CNN’s operations in the UAE and is one of the network’s key international production hubs, alongside Atlanta, New York, London, and Hong Kong.

The new multi-million-dollar Abu Dhabi hub is equipped with the latest broadcast technology, including an 80 square metre studio. The studio boasts 10 million pixels of video wall and a suite of fully robotic cameras, while the facility also has four dedicated craft edit suites and utilizes hybrid digital and IP video/audio workflows to enable the highest quality, fully integrated production.

Abu Dhabi has been a key hub in CNN’s global operation since 2009, and the network’s decision to open a new bureau at twofour54’s Yas Creative Hub is seen as a significant investment in the region. The new facility is expected to supercharge CNN’s operation in Abu Dhabi.

The new bureau will be home to some of CNN’s best-known feature programming, including Decoded, and Marketplace Middle East, as well as key CNN Digital properties, such as the network’s Meanwhile in the Middle East newsletter. It will also be the base for Connect the World with Becky Anderson, which has been operating from Abu Dhabi since 2014.

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Anderson, Anchor & Managing Editor, CNN Abu Dhabi, said the new facility would enhance the network’s ability to tell stories from the region and beyond. She added that everything they have built in Abu Dhabi, from the state-of-the-art studio and production facilities to the workspace itself, is geared towards collaborative, multi-platform content creation.

Mike McCarthy, EVP and General Manager, CNN International, said Monday, CNN Abu Dhabi is a vital part of the network’s global newsgathering and programming operation. He added that this new investment underscores that importance.

CNN Academy Abu Dhabi, which recently welcomed its second cohort of academicians, is also situated in Abu Dhabi. The academy provides a grounding in a range of newsgathering techniques and principles and challenges students to investigate and report on a fictional breaking news story in a realistic, fast-paced setting via a hi-tech newsroom simulation.

The new Abu Dhabi bureau is the latest new facility for CNN in recent years, following the network’s move to new studios in New York in 2019, and London in 2020. CNN will also soon begin broadcasting from brand-new studios in Atlanta.