Imran TV, a UAE-based TV provider, said on Thursday it had been awarded a contract to launch a service in the UAE and Dubai next month.
The new service, which has yet to be named, will offer free and low-cost access to popular Emirati TV channels such as Al Jazeera and Al Jazeera English.
The service is expected to launch in early March.
The deal is expected be worth UAE$250 million (US$260 million) for the service, according to the UAE Ministry of Industry and Information Technology.
The Emirates will also become the first Gulf state to offer a full-fledged Internet service with an official domain name.
The UAE’s Ministry of Communications has also approved the creation of an Internet provider called Al Jazeera Al-Muhammad Al-Sharif Al-Jazeera (AKA Al Jazeera TV), a UAE branch of Al Jazeera, that will provide a “full service” of Internet access to the country’s citizens.
The announcement comes on the heels of a $10 billion investment announced last month by the UAE government to boost the UAE’s digital infrastructure.