History and profile
The WAM was launched in November 1976. It started Arabic broadcast on 18 June 1977 and English broadcast in December 1978. The agency which is headquartered in Abu Dhabi is part of National Media Council.
The agency has Arabic and English news services and has a website in both languages. In addition to its national offices, it has offices in Cairo, Beirut, Washington, Sanaa, Brussels and Islamabad. It is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council news agencies, the Federation of Arab News Agencies, the International Islamic News Agency, the Pool of Non-Aligned News agencies and of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA).
The agency has cooperation and news exchange agreements with various news agencies, including the Sudan News Agency, the Malaysian National News Agency, the Russian News Agency, the Chinese News Agency, Xinhua, the Kuwait News Agency, the Jordanian News Agency, the Indonesian News Agency, and the Yemeni News Agency. Since 2012 the agency has also been in cooperation with the official Turkish news agency, Anadolu Agency.