The creator of "Arab Idol" is Simon Fuller. Through his company, 19 Entertainment, Simon Fuller created the show based on the format of Britain's "Pop Idol." MBC1, the pan-Arab television channel, premiered the show in December 2011.
Freemantle Media is the show's developer, and Beirut, Lebanon, is the shooting location for live shows. The show has completed its third season as of 2015, and no details have been released about a fourth season. "Arab Idol" is the successor to "Super Star." "Super Star" aired for five seasons. MBC1 originally expressed interest in reviving the Arabic series and following the same format.