Es’hailSat aims to be a world-class satellite operator and service provider who effectively contributes to the success of Qatar's National Vision 2030 by adding a new dimension to the diversifying economy.


Es'hailSat will provide advanced satellite services to strategic stakeholders and commercial customers, who value broadcasting and communications independence, quality service and wide geographical coverage.

About Us


Es’hailSat operates the Es’hail-1 and Es’hail-2 communications satellites that are currently providing high quality, premium Direct-To-Home (DTH) television, mobility, and telecommunication services to enterprises, institutions, and governments across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

Building A Satellite Industry For Qatar

The story of Es’hailSat and our journey into the satellite industry.

Take me to the journey
    • ictQatar and Eutelsat enter into a strategic partnership to invest in and operate a high-capacity satellite at 25.5° East, providing the State of Qatar with independent satellite coverage and connectivity for the Middle East and North Africa
    • The Satellite is named “Es’hail-1” – the name of a star announcing clement and a joyful season in the Middle East region
    • SSL is selected to build the high-performance satellite based on the company’s 1300 satellite bus, a decades-proven, modular platform with high power capability and flexibility for a broad range of applications
    • SSL provides Es’hailSat with an intensive two-year satellite engineering program to help train four engineers to become the country’s first satellite operations engineers
    • Es’hailSat Engineers commence internship program at SSL
    • SSL commences manufacture of Es’hail-1
    • Es’hailSat enters into a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Al Jazeera Networks regarding the provision of strategic satellite infrastructure
    • Arianespace is selected to launch Es’hail-1 from the French Guiana Spaceport in South America
    • Es’hailSat Engineers graduate from SSL internship program to become the country’s first satellite operations engineers
    • Es’hailSat opens Capacity Management Center in Doha to monitor TV channels, business, and data services. The Centre provide 24/7 optimized services to customers, especially interference and protection of customer signals.
    • Es’hailSat and Arabsat sign a strategic agreement to expand opportunities at 26° East TV hotspot neighborhood for TV broadcasting
    • Es’hail-1 satellite is launched successfully from French Guiana on 29th August 2013
    • ictQatar grants a Public Satellite Telecommunications Networks and Services License to Es’hailSat
    • Es’hail-1 enters service on Qatar National Day, 18th December 2013, broadcasting beIN Sports and Al Jazeera channels
    • Es’hailSat selects MELCO (Mitsubishi Electric Company) to build the company’s second satellite – Es’hail-2
    • Es’hailSat wins Newcomer Satellite Operator of the Year Award at the Euroconsult World Satellite Business Week 2014
    • Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) is selected to launch Es’hail-2 from Cape Canaveral
    • Es’hailSat wins ASBU/Broadcast Pro Middle East’s Satellite Operator of the Year 2014 award
    • iSat Networks delivers VSAT terminals to begin commercializing Ka-band payload on Es’hail-1
    • New Channel Al Araby TV, launch on Es’hail-1
    • Es’hailSat develops new Ka-band hub for data communications services
    • New state-of-the-art teleport facility development commences in Doha providing TT&C support, up-linking and reception facilities
    • Es’hailSat and Ooredoo sign an agreement to develop a wide range of new VSAT services
    • Es’hail-2 completes Critical Design Review
    • Es’hailSat launches Satellite and Space Educational Outreach Program for Schools in Qatar
    • Es’hailSat enters into a Memorandum of Understanding with Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for satellite services
    • beIN chooses Es’hailSat to transmit live coverage of UEFA Euro 2016 in 4K on Es’hail-1
    • New HD channels from beIN launch on Es’hail-1
    • New channels Al Rayyan2, Al Bawadi and Mekamleen launch on Es’hail-1
    • Es’hailSat receives the Satellite Operator of the Year Award during Global SatShow
    • Qatar TV channels and Al Kass channels launch on Es’hail-1
    • Al Rayyan add new channels on to their existing bouquet of channels on Es’hail-1
    • Signed partnership agreement with Inmarsat for satellite voice and data connectivity services in the region
    • New channel Al Rafidain, launch on Es’hail-1
    • Signed framework agreement with Total TR Medya to sell Es’hailSat products and services
    • Entered into agreement with O3b for HTS capacity for IP over satellite services
    • Signed framework agreement with Al Andalus to sell Es’hailSat products and services in Sudan
    • Signed agreement with Jordan Media City to provide uplink services for broadcast customers in MENA
    • Es’hailSat receives the Satellite Operator of the Year Award during Global SatShow
    • Signed agreement with Satellite Telecommunications Network in Slovenia for connectivity and uplink services
    • Signed framework agreement with DiTVe to sell Es’hailSat products and services
    • Signed reseller agreement with Citrus TV to sell Es’hailSat services in Algeria
    • Signed reseller agreement with Al Awsat to sell Es’hailSat services in Iraq
    • Es’hailSat receives the Growth Strategy of the Year award during Broadcast Eurasia & 4th Global Satellite Show 2018
    • Es’hail-2 successfully launched onboard SpaceX Falcon9 rocket on November 15, 2018
    • Signed mutual agreement with Katara for planetarium to promote education in science
    • Es’hailSat signed agreement with BridgeSat to bring laser-based satellite communications services to governments and businesses in the Middle East
    • Es’hailSat’s state-of-the-art teleport officially opened
    • Es’hail-2 enters into commercial service
    • Signed partnership agreement with Intellian for maritime terminals
    • Signed partnership agreement with Cobham for mobility terminals
    • Signed partnership agreement with Zener Marine for VSAT Support Services
    • Signed partnership agreement with Gravity Media for SNG services
    • Commissioned iDirect Hub Service from its Teleport in Doha, offering fully managed service packages to end users
    • Successfully conducted Proof of Concept tests using low profile flat panel VSAT terminals for maritime environment on Es’hail-1
    • Awarded the ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018 certification by Intertek in co-operation with OISSG Consultancy for IT service management system
    • Al Huda TV launch on Es’hail-2
    • Al Araby 2 TV launch on Es’hail-2
    • Al Mamlakah Channel launched on Es’hail-2
    • Salam TV launched on Es’hail-2
    • Es’hailSat Teleport becomes the main service provider for Fadaat Media TV services
    • QNexus expands VSAT Connectivity from Qatar on Es’hail-1
    • Partnership with Axess Networks
    • Majan TV launch on Es’hail-2
    • Bedaya TV launch on Es’hail-2
    • Partnership with RigNet (ViaSat)
    • IT Certification ISO 27001-2013
    • GDI Offshore Connectivity Services enabled.
    • Launching of Playout Services.
    • Sada Al Malaeb launch on Es’hail-2.
    • Awarded the Satellite Solution Provider of the Year at the 13th Satellite PRO awards.
    • Rotana’s Nine High-Definition Channels launch on Es’hail-2.