ABU DHABI - CNN will go live from its new state-of-the-art broadcast facility in Abu Dhabi on Monday, marking a new chapter in the network's commitment to the Middle East.

Situated in twofour54's Yas Creative Hub, the new CNN bureau increases the scale and scope of its operation in the UAE. As one of the network's key international production hubs, alongside Atlanta, New York, London, and Hong Kong, it also marks the latest of several major investments in technology and editorial production for CNN.

Mike McCarthy, EVP and General Manager of CNN International, commented, “CNN Abu Dhabi is a vital part of our global news-gathering and programming operation. This new investment underscores that importance, and we are excited to share what it will bring to our audiences worldwide.”

The new multi-million-dollar Abu Dhabi hub incorporates the latest broadcast technology. Its 80 square metre studio, which will be home to CNN International's flagship current affairs programme, Connect the World with Becky Anderson, incorporates 10 million pixels of video wall and a suite of fully robotic cameras.

The facility also has four dedicated craft edit suites and utilises hybrid digital and IP video/audio workflows to enable the highest quality, fully integrated production.

Becky Anderson, Anchor and Managing Editor of CNN Abu Dhabi, said, “This new facility really supercharges our operation in Abu Dhabi. Everything we have built here enhances our ability to tell stories from this region and beyond, from the state-of-the-art studio and production facilities, to the workspace itself, which is geared towards collaborative, multi-platform content creation. We're also delighted to be part of the new creative community developing here in the Yas Creative Hub.”

Abu Dhabi has been a key hub in CNN's global operation since 2009 when the network first opened its bureau in the Emirate at twofour54's previous campus. It is also home to CNN Academy Abu Dhabi, which recently welcomed its second cohort of academicians.