Rio 2016 TV: How to watch the Olympics in the UAE + schedules

A guide to when and how to watch the 2016 Rio Olympics in the UAE.

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• Schedule: When to watch the UAE Olympic athletes

If you are in the UAE, you can watch all the Summer Olympics action on Abu Dhabi Sports and BeIn Sports, a result of the International Olympic Committee’s rights deal with the Arab States Broadcasting Union.

The 2016 Games start August 5 in Rio de Janeiro. Abu Dhabi Sports 1HD will be running Olympic features and documentary programmes from August 1, with news and preview programmes slated to begin on Wednesday August 3 at 3pm on AD Sports 2HD. BeIn will begin running retrospectives and preview programming as well from August 1 on their flagship station. BeIN's programming guide can be found here.

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The first event programming will be matches from the women’s football tournament, starting on Wednesday August 3 at 8.30pm on Abu Dhabi Sports 1HD and 3HD. BeIN will begin their women’s football coverage at 8pm on beIN Sports2HD that same day.

Abu Dhabi Sports 4HD will begin to include Olympic programming on Thursday August 4, at 7.45pm with men’s football. BeIn Sports 13HD will carry the first men’s match.

The opening ceremony will be carried on AD Sports 1, 3 and 4HD beginning at 2.45am on Saturday, August 6 (7.45pm in Rio). BeIn's Saturday morning programming info is as yet unavailable.

Viewers are advised to then check Olympic schedules with TV guides throughout the Games, as both Abu Dhabi Sports and beIN Sports fluctuate the channels carrying their coverage by day and event.

• Below, find select disciplines and their compiled schedules in UAE time:

Gymnastics: 2016 Olympics Gymnastics schedule in UAE time

Swimming and Diving: 2016 Olympics Swimming and Diving schedule in UAE time

Athletics: 2016 Olympics Athletics schedule in UAE time

Football: 2016 Olympics Football schedule in UAE time

Basketball: 2016 Olympics Basketball schedule in UAE time

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