Thomson Reuters executive Nart Bouran has been appointed as director of news at the yet-to-launch 24-hour Arabic news services from Sky News.
Sky is set to launch a Sky News-branded Arabic-language channel at some stage this year, and has brought in Bouran, director of television for the Reuters News Agency, to take responsibility.
Bouran commented: "I'm incredibly excited to be joining Sky News Arabia and am looking forward to the challenge ahead.
"Our aim is to offer a fresh and exciting channel with a new approach to covering news and analysis which will make Sky News Arabia the must-view channel across the MENA region."
John Ryley, head of Sky News, added: "I'm delighted Nart has come on board as our new director of news. Sky News Arabia promises to deliver news to the MENA region in a fresh and modern way.
"Nart's huge experience in working on major stories around the world, and particularly in the Middle East, will ensure we do just that," continued Ryley.
Over 180 multimedia journalists are expected to work at Sky News Arabia, the headquarters for which will be based in Abu Dhabi.