List of FM radio stations in Qatar. All radio programs from Qatar are state-owned and are amalgamated as the Qatar Broadcasting Service. Since 2017, there had been four new radio stations that had been launched. Radio broadcasting in the country began from 25 June 1968 on Qatar Radio. English transmissions started in December 1971, first appearing on Qatar Radio for roughly an hour a day started in December 1971 in an effort to accommodate the increasing non-Arabic speaking expat community. Qatar Radio currently features radio stations in English, Arabic, French and Urdu. According to the Director of broadcasting, the aim of having radio stations in different languages is to try and diversify the media content aimed at the residents in Qatar.
Qatar Media Corporation (QMC)
Qatar Media Corporation (QMC) is the official broadcasting authority for the State of Qatar. As a corporation, QMC was established in 2009 to oversee media services in numerous TV and Radio channels that include: Qatar TV Channel, Alkass Sports Channels, Qatar Radio, Quraan Kareem Radio, QBS Radio, Oryx FM Radio, Urdu Radio, and Sout Al Khaleej Radio. Equipped with the slogan “keeping up with what’s new and to our values we commit” and a media orientation that serves the ends of Qatar National Vision 2030, QMC vigorously pursues the latest developments in media updates & technologies in the third millennium with media content that accommodates development and preserves the culture and identity of the state and its community
List of FM radio stations in Qatar
97.5 FM QBS
The QBS English Service Radio launched at the end of 1971 with an aim to cater to the English-speaking communities in Qatar.
During that time, QBS Radio broadcasted daily for one hour but eventually moved up to include three live shows.
Gradually, those early beginnings turned into a variety of programs and segments that touch upon several topics. Accordingly, as of 2019 and the years to come, a combination of hard-work, perseverance and professionalism will continue to be poured into QBS Radio allowing it to grow exponentially providing its listeners with compelling content and a broad range of music adhering to an array of preferences.
QBS English Service Radio started broadcasting in 1971 for only an hour. Now the station has a variety of programs which includes Top 40, the new ‘Kim Wilde 80’s Show’, Alternative Top 10, and In Focus.
Qabayan Radio is the first and the only Filipino radio station in Qatar with commercial broadcast license under Tagalog Channel W.L.L. which was granted on the 4th of December 2018.
It went on air on 25th March 2019 – a considered milestone for the entire Filipino expatriates community in Qatar. It was established to engage and entertain Filipinos, local residents and other nationals in the country. Moreover, it is established to promote music and entertainment with a Filipino touch that is always on trend, timely and relevant, a hybrid of western and oriental influence.
The radio’s name ‘Qabayan Radio’ exudes the fashion and adaptability of Filipino culture to the rest of the world and to its terrestrial area of operations. Qabayan Radio is spelled in a way to exhibit both Qatar and “Kabayan” – a term commonly used by Filipino expats to affectionately call each fellow countrymen in the Philippines and abroad.
The first & only Pinoy radio station in the country, Qabayan Radio 94.3 FM started airing from Qatar in 2019. The radio station caters to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) as well as non-Filipino listeners by providing popular and throwback music and balanced programming.
Since 2011, ORYX FM has been providing entertainment and information to its Qatar listeners in French. The radio station’s objective is to build a bridge between French-speaking and Arab cultures, in all their diversity.
Radio Suno 91.7 FM has created a milestone in the history by being the first Malayalam FM channel to be aired from the State of Qatar. With the best of on-air talent and production teams, 91.7 FM Radio Suno aims to provide to best of information, entertainment and music to the South-Indian diaspora.
Part of the Olive Suno Radio Network, 91.7 FM is the “first Malayalam FM radio station to be aired from Qatar.” Some of its shows include Wake Up Doha, Suno Melodies, 917 Evenings, Big Show, Matinee Mashup, and Suno Weekender.
Radio Suno also includes Radio Suno Lanka, Radio Suno Tamil, and Radio Suno Melody.
Qatar’s “first round-the-clock Malayalam FM radio station”, 98.6 FM caters to the Malayalee expats in the country by keeping them abreast of the latest music and updates. The radio station is part of the QFM Media Network. 98.6 Malayalam FM will reward its community with all things native besides lots of music, fun, humor, updates, and more while keeping abreast with ethical broadcasting.
Some of the station’s shows include Good Morning Qatar, Khalbile Paattu, Subha Dinam, and Radio Rewind.
First ever Hindi radio station, Radio Olive 106.3 FM launches in the State of Qatar. The channel purely focuses on infotainment.
Radio Olive, “Jiyo Bindaas”, took 4 years before it finally went live on-air. According to its website, it’s the “first private Hindi FM station to be aired from the State of Qatar.”
Aside from playing Hindi songs, the radio station also provides information and entertainment to the Indian community in the country. Some of its shows include Zabardast Evenings, Bindass Mornings, Life Mast Hai, The Bollywood Show, Friday Bazaar, and Bindass Weekend.
Radio Olive also has Radio Olive Kids, Radio Olive Retro, and Radio Olive Nepal.
Mirchi, in partnership with One FM, brings the hottest Bollywood music straight from India. Mirchi One brings to Qatar its popular shows like Mirchi Murga, Club Mirchi, and What the Farhan. Mirchi, a leading music and entertainment company in India, aims to entertain not only the Indian community in Qatar but also the other South Asian communities not just through music but through the latest Bollywood updates as well. 76 Stations across 63 cities. Largest Radio Network from India. 12 cities with dual frequencies
The first Spanish and Portuguese radio station in Qatar and the Middle East, Golfo Radio 98.3 FM started broadcasting in 2019 in Doha. The station caters to the Ibero-American community in the country while also promoting the “cultural diversity of Spain, Portugal and the Latin American and Caribbean countries through its diversity of entertainment, educational and informative programs and its musical programs.”
Golfo Radio emite por primera vez en marzo de 2019, es la primera radio en español y portugués del Medio Oriente. Nace por el interés de su fundador Abdulla Albinali en abrir un espacio de encuentro para la comunidad iberoamericana en el país árabe.
Golfo Radio es un sitio de encuentro para la comunidad Iberoamericana, pero además, es un medio difusión de la diversidad cultural de España, Portugal y los países América Latina, CARIBE a través de su diversidad de programas de entretenimiento, educativos e informativos y su programación musical.
Los estudios de Golfo Radio están ubicados en Doha, capital de Catar. Posee una red de productores ubicados en Doha y otras latitudes del mundo, así mismo una red de corresponsales informativos ubicados estratégicamente en distintos países iberoamericanos.
Broadcasting in Sinhalese and Tamil respectively, the two radio stations give a dose of Sri Lanka to the Qatar community. The two infotainment radio stations use Qatar Media Corporation’s transmission facilities.
Sithula Radio has been online since 2019 and on-air since 2020.
We are Qatar’s first round the clock Malayalam FM radio station. Ear-filling the wishes of Malayalee expats that live in Qatar. We set out to reward every listener with a free doze of entertainment twenty-four seven. From now on, you won’t hear a malayalee say the word homesick. For them we have realized their homecoming in the land of Qatar itself!
98.6 Malayalam FM will reward its community with all things native besides lots of music, fun, humor, updates, and more while keeping abreast with ethical broadcasting.