Cartoon Network Arabic (Arabic: كرتون نتورك بالعربية) is a free-to-air children's channel that is broadcast for a pan-Arab audience in the Arab World, and it is one of two Arabic-language versions of Cartoon Network, the other being an English/Arabic HD pay TV channel on beIN called Cartoon Network MENA. The channel was launched on October 10, 2010 at 10:10 AM GST, with the channel's launch coinciding with the opening of Turner Broadcasting System's offices in Dubai United Arab Emirates, the channel's local owner.
The standard channel broadcasts via Arabsat Badr 6 and Nilesat. Cartoon Network Arabic is considered a free alternative to Cartoon Network MENA and Boomerang MENA, two pay TV channels offered in the Arab League in HD (defunct) and in both English and Arabic exclusively on beIN Network since July 1, 2016, despite the varying differences in programming, schedules, and available languages.
Cartoon Network Arabic was launched on October 10, 2010 at 10:10 AM GST. The channel's launch coincided with the opening of Turner Broadcasting System's offices in Dubai Media City, U.A.E., the channel's local owner.
The channel changed its aspect ratio from 4:3 to 16:9 on October 6, 2014; it also began using the Check It 3.0 package that day.
In December 2015, Turner Broadcasting System entered an exclusivity deal with the Qatar-based beIN Media Group. This deal led to Cartoon Network Africa, Boomerang Africa, and TCM moving from OSN to the latter's beIN Network service, and also caused the HD feed on YahLive to shut down; the actual channel, however, is unaffected due to being a free-to-air channel on Nilesat and Arabsat/Badr. Cartoon Network Arabic was added to beIN as channel 138 as an HD channel, although the HD version was later replaced with the SD version on Arabsat/Badr. CNN International HD was removed from MyHD's channel list and moved to beIN as an encrypted HD channel along with the pay-only HLN which is in letterboxed SD, but CNN continues to remain available as a free-to-air channel on Nilesat and Arabsat/Badr in SD. However, subscribers to Etisalat and du's IPTV services in the UAE were virtually unaffected at the time. However, due to their direct relations with Turner, Emirati telecoms Etisalat and du continue to offer these channels to IPTV subscribers.
Animated programs aired include original Cartoon Network Studios productions like the Ben 10 reboot, Regular Show, Powerpuff Girls reboot, Uncle Grandpa, Clarence, Adventure Time, and We Bare Bears, as well as programs produced by other studios (such as Hasbro Studios' Transformers: Robots in Disguise, Warner Bros. Animation's Teen Titans Go!, etc.). The channel mainly airs animated cartoons from Cartoon Network Studios. Local productions like Mansour are produced and aired along with movies, shorts, live-action series, and shows from various other studios.
As the channel's he channel is only available in Arabic, with no choice to switch to English or any other languages. This is due to the fact that the channel was . The channel broadcasts a line of Cartoon Network's own shows dubbed from English. Cartoon Network Arabic also offers other localized shows, such as the Arabic version of Ben 10: Ultimate Challenge, which are the result of various partnership deals with Arab production companies, including the Dubai-based Lammtara Pictures (Freej) or the Jordan-based Rubicon Group Holding (Ben wa Izzy, Tareq wa Shireen). The channel often edits certain programs for content, cutting out certain scenes from them.
Beginning on November 5, 2011, Cartoon Network Arabic began to occasionally air a selection of dubbed Cartoon Network made-for-TV films and specials at random dates. However, it was not until January 2013 that the channel initiated the signature Cartoon Network Cinema block to represent its films, albeit during weekends (as per the UAE) on an occasional basis. The following had aired so far as of early January 2012:Ben 10: Alien Swarm - premiered November 7, 2011
Ben 10: Race Against Time - premiered November 5, 2011
Firebreather - premiered December 22, 2011
Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends - Destination: Imagination - premiered November 6, 2011
Lego Star Wars: The Padawan Menace - premiered December 12, 2011
In 2011, Turner Broadcasting System Europe had announced it would roll out its UK-based preschoolers' channel Cartoonito across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, increasing the brand's distribution to 125 million homes in 112 territories. On Cartoon Network Arabic, Cartoonito was launched as a morning block broadcast every day starting from September 4, 2011, however, the block was phased out in early 2014.
On March 2012, Cartoon Network Arabic became available in true high-definition via the YahLive service. The channel was eventually moved under beIN Network's service after the exclusivity deal was in effect in January 2016, and in May 2016 the channel was superseded in favor of Cartoon Network MENA and Boomerang MENA that were later launched in July that year, as the latter two both feature an Arabic audio track.
A two-hour timeshift channel variant launched on June 30, 2014 via the My HD pay TV network. It was terminated on January 2016 as a consequence of Turner Broadcasting System's deal with beIN Media Group.
On April 1, 2016, Qatar-based beIN Media Group, in association with Turner Broadcasting System Europe, launched Cartoon Network Hindi exclusively via beIN. Cartoon Network Hindi is aimed to provide programming to most Indian expatriates in the Arab World countries outside of India. As the name implies, the channel is only available in Hindi, which is akin to the Arab World's own pan-aired channel.
On January 12, 2017, the channel was converted to HD and widescreen, in addition to rebranding to the Dimensional package, as seen on the U.S. channel since 2016.