Live from Abu Dhabi Connect the World takes you on a journey across continents, investigating the stories that are changing our world.
In the throes of packing for the UAE Wednesday, I hastily threw in a brolly at the last minute along with the bikinis. It seemed the rain gods had beaten me to it and the Gulf was awash in thunderstorms. But on arrival Friday morning, the sun is shining, the sky is clear and the welcoming Emirati smiles truly genuine – the perfect place to touch down for the next stage in my life.
Professionally, this is a fantastic opportunity. Bringing my prime time show – Connect the World with Becky Anderson – to Abu Dhabi makes sense for all sorts of reasons. Not least, this is an incredibly exciting global hub which sits at the very heart of a region gaining increasing resonance and influence on the geopolitical stage. We've had a fantastic TV news hub in Abu Dhabi for over 5 years – the next 5 should be even more exciting.
News, business, sports, entertainment, arts and culture – this is a region that has it all, and we'll be taking on the stories with the energy you'd expect from the CNN brand. Our move here will also give us access to a region humming with news – expect CTW to be out and about across the region and beyond right in the thick of it as we travel to the places and meet the people making headlines around the world.