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Mohammed bin Rashid meets representatives of international media organisations
posted on 08/06/2013
Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has met with a host of professionals representing international media establishments operating in the UAE, at the headquarters of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO).
The meeting was held in the presence of Dubai Deputy Ruler and Chairman of Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI), Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), Mona Ghanim Al Marri, and Vice chairman and managing director of DMI Sami Al Qamzi.
The second meeting, held as part of the Mohammed bin Rashid Media Majlis, also tackled several important local issues, the most prominent achievements made by the UAE as well as other issues targeted during the next phase in order to achieve glory to Emirati citizens and progress to society in an attempt to take the country to No1 position in the various fields.
Delegates representing foreign newspapers and international news agencies operating in the country participated in the meeting which stems from Sheikh Mohammed's keenness to broaden the circle of constructive communication between the leadership and the media, and to organise a periodic informal gathering "Majlis" that acts as a platform of open and direct discussion and communication between members of the media and His Highness in a friendly atmosphere.
During the meeting, Sheikh Mohammed was keen to exchange views with foreign media representatives present at the meeting and he listened to opinions put forward concerning a number of issues, stressing the important role of media as a prime and positive partner of the society as a channel that reflects and resonates the aspirations of society and highlights the views of its members.
Sheikh Mohammed valued the contribution of the media as an important driver of progress of civilized societies, noting the significant role played by the international media institutions in building bridges of human communication between peoples through their achievements in the various forms of print, audio or visual media.
Sheikh Mohammed assured media professionals of the cooperation of government institutions. In this context, he said that he had given explicit and manifest directives to all officials at the levels of the federal government as well as the Dubai government to strengthen bridges of constructive and positive cooperation with various media entities, thus recognising the principle of full transparency and informing people about developments within the various sectors, affirming his approval with any effort that seeks to publish the truth, while inviting all the media, via the various media channels, to always seek to adopt the highest professional standards and to exercise best practices, particularly in terms of full accuracy when reporting any news story.
The meeting also touched on the UAE's contest to host "Expo 2020" in Dubai. In this regard, Sheikh Mohammed confirmed that the ingredients the UAE possesses and included in UAE file submitted to the International Exhibitions Bureau in Paris, the organiser of EXPO - enhance our confidence and increase our opportunities to win this global event which will have its great economic and cultural impact on the UAE and the Arab Region as a whole. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Writers in UAE enjoy freedom of expression and thought: Dr. Gargash
posted on 05/06/2013
Under the current challenging situation in the Arab World, intellectuals are obliged to conduct in-depth analysis of problems of their home countries in order to provide the best possible solutions that they can, availing their own talent and resources, according to Dr. Anwar bin Mohammed Gargash, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
He said that writers and authors are the vigilant conscience, conscious mind and far-sighted vision of the nation, and history witnessed that many intellectuals had led their countries to progress, serving as whistle-blowers, standing against tyranny and unveiling plots.
'Our Arab nation is in desperate need of such men today, Dr. Gargash told a meeting of the permanent office of the Arab Writers Union in Abu Dhabi yesterday.
He said the meeting was held at a time when some Arab countries were facing internal instability and foreign intervention.
Locally, Dr. Gargash said the cultural renaissance the UAE is currently witnessing was a culmination of the vision of the wise leadership guided by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan ,Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and other UAE leaders.
He said that the UAE leadership pays proper attention to innovators, writers and authors, in recognition of the vital role they play in supporting the development process.
The minister praised the UAE leadership as a model of freedom of creativity and openness to other cultures. The UAE, he noted, had become an incubator for culture, citing many prominent cultural events such as the Sheikh Zayed Book Award and Sultan Al Owais Award for Sciences and Arts, saying that these cultural events, hosted by the UAE, stood as a clear testimony to the freedom of expression and thought that writers as well as Emiratis and expatriate residents enjoy. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
UAE journalist elected member of IFJ panel on gender equality
posted on 05/06/2013
Secretary of the UAE Journalists Association Muna Bu Samra has been elected member of the executive committee of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Commission on Gender Equality at the federation's general conference, which kicked off in the Irish Capital of Dublin on Tuesday.
Chairman of the UAE Journalists Association Mohammed Yousouf said the election of Bu Samra was a result of her effective role over the last seven years on the commission, which is assigned with following up the issues of women working in media, especially in the Arab region.
Bu Samra said she would submit a proposal to the commission to organise workshops and training courses in the countries in the region in general and the UAE in particular. Studies will be carried out on the status of women working in journalism and the challenges they faced.
The commission selected Mania Bu El Afia from the Moroccan Syndicate as co-chairwoman along with the former chairwoman of the UK Syndicate, while Nigerian and Cameroonian representatives were selected two deputy chairpersons.
A number of media persons and representatives of journalist trade unions in the world spoke about the realities in their countries and the problems and difficulties they face while discharging their duty.
Marwan Al Damaj, member of the board of directors of the Journalist Syndicate in Yemen, said the situation of the Press in his country had deteriorated as there were attempts to gag them. – Khaleej Times
Twofour54 CEO Noura Al Kaabi highlights importance of Arabic Media Content Creation
posted on 20/05/2013
During a visit to Washington, D.C. last week, Noura Al Kaabi, Chief Executive Officer of twoFour54 Abu Dhabi, spoke at the Aspen Institute about ways to increase online Arabic media content, as well as the impact that the "content gap" has on the Arabic speaking community. The programme was organised with the assistance of the UAE Embassy in Washington, as part of the Emirates-Aspen Partnership.
The Aspen Institute briefing was attended by senior US government officials, business executives and other policy influencers and media industry representatives. Yousef Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the United States, and other UAE Embassy diplomats were also present, along with Walter Isaacson, Aspen Institute President.
At the briefing, Ms. Al Kaabi also discussed the role of twofour54, the commercial arm of the Media Zone Authority-Abu Dhabi, which has become the home of 200+ local, regional and international media and entertainment companies.
The Emirates-Aspen Partnership was established in 2010 to develop a dialogue that will cultivate relationships between civic, business, and government leaders in the US, the UAE, and the broader Middle East.
The Emirates-Aspen Partnership organises events, round-tables and exclusive discussions that explore issues and opportunities figuring prominently in US-UAE relationships. The Partnership addresses issues ranging from catalysing science and technology innovation, the role of women in civil society, to the UAE as a key patron of arts and culture. The Emirates-Aspen Partnership provides an opportunity for UAE and US leaders of all sectors to share and examine best practices, and develop new partnerships as the United Arab Emirates continues its rise in the region and in the world. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Mohammed bin Rashid honours winners of Arab Journalism Award 2013
posted on 16/05/2013
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Wednesday honoured the winners of the 12th edition of the Arab Journalism Award (AJA) at a grand ceremony held at the closing of the two-day Arab Media Forum.
The event was attended by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and a crowd of thought and opinion leaders, as well as prominent media cultural and personalities in the region.
The Arab Media Forum seeks to support the development of the Arab media sector through dialogue and exchange of opinion, while the Arab Journalism Awards recognises excellence and contribution to the development of the regional industry.
As patron of the award, Sheikh Mohammed recognised the following media persons: Special Award: Khalfan Al Roumi, Chairman of AJA Board, for his tireless efforts and contributions to propel the award to prominence. a well-known national figure, Al Roumi held several ministerial portfolios for education, health, labour and social, and information and culture.
Media Personality of the Year 2013: Hamdi Qandeel, a famous Egyptian media practitioner, author, lecturer, diplomat and political activist who dedicated his career for advancing Arab media and defending Arab causes.
Best Columnist: Hazen Sagheya of Lebanon Other winners are: Investigative Reporting : Abdul Wahab Aleiwa of Al Wafd, Egyptian newspaper Economic Journalism:Khalid Al Biheiri of Al Roya, Omani newspaper Political Journalism: Othman Lehyani of Al Khabar, Algerian newspaper Press Interviews Journalism: Nidal Hamdan of Al Bayan, UAE newspaper Humanitarian Journalism: Hanan Khunduqji of Al Ghad, Jordanian newspaper Specialised Journalism: Rasha Abu Zaki of Al Akhbar, Lebanese newspaper Sport Journalism: Amin Al Bobali of Al Ittihad, UAE newspaper Best Picture: Alaa Badarneh of EU Agency News Outstanding Cartoon Works: Raed Khalil of Syrian Cartoon, Syrian cartoon Young Journalist: Huda Baroud of Palestine, Palestinian newspaper, Haitham Mahjoub of Al Masry Al Youm, Egyptian newspaper, and Esmahan Al Ghamedi of Al Riyadh, Saudi newspaper Organisers Dubai Press Club said: "Competition was fierce in this year's edition of the award which received more than 4,000 quality submissions that reflected a high sense of professionalism, creativity and dedication. I believe that all shortlisted nominees are winners and well deserve appreciation for their efforts." – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Vice President lauds AMF and AJA as platform for creative media persons
posted on 16/05/2013
Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum received yesterday members of the board of the Arab Journalism Award (AJA).
The meeting, which took place on the sidelines of the 12th AJA's award-giving ceremony at Grand Hyatt hotel, was attended by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO) Mona Ghanem Al Marri.
Sheikh Mohammed commended the diligent efforts of the AJA board who served the award during their three-year term.
The Vice President hailed both the Arab Media Forum (AMF) and the AJA as a platform for innovators in journalism and media which enables them to exchange views on a variety of Arab causes and diagnose the Arab ill so as to find out the effective, applicable solutions to issues concerning the media and Arab citizen.
During his dialogue with the AJA board members, Sheikh Mohammed affirmed that consultations between leaders of the media and decision makers help to crystallise the sound opinion because the opinion of two minds is more sound than that of one and the opinion of three persons is better than that of two.
Sheikh Mohammed and the AJA board members discussed issues related to the current Arab political reality in light of what is called the 'Arab Spring'' and freedom of opinion in print media, TV and radio stations. He wished that welfare and stability would prevail in the Arab countries.
For their part, the AJA board members thanked Sheikh Mohammed for his patronage of the AJA and AMF and his unequivocal support for the freedom of the press. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
The 2013 Arab Media Forum opens under the patronage of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid
posted on 15/05/2013
The 2013 Arab Media Forum will run from 14th to15th May, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
In the presence of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Mona Ghanem Al Marri, AMF Organising Committee Chairperson and Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office opened the Forum in its 12th edition. The event is organised by the Dubai Press Club for media professionals.
H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Majed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, Sheikh Dr. Ahmed Al-Tayyib, The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, Dr. Nabil El Araby, Secretary-General of the Arab League, Dr. Abdul Latif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Secretary General of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf along with a number of media and press leaders, senior officials, editors, journalists and media professionals from the UAE and Arab countries.
In a speech, Al Marri welcomed guests to the forum, stressing that since its inception 12 years ago, the Arab Media Forum has kept a clear approach in its progression in order to ensure ways of development.
She noted that the programme of the current edition of the forum is characterised by depth and comprehensiveness and focuses on various phenomena to discuss their background and assess their impact on the profession and its ability to achieve its goal and mission.
Dr. Nabil El Araby, Secretary-General of the Arab League thanked Sheikh Mohammed and those who are involved in the forum for their invitation to this event which has an important role in enhancing the role and position of the Arab Media in this era of challenges and variables from the history of the Arab nation.
El Araby congratulated the Dubai Press Club on its distinguished achievements year after year for the advancement of the profession of journalism and the struggle to devote freedom and professionalism in the Arab media community.
The Dubai Press Club has taken up the initiative to play the lead role in the growth of regional media industry through the launch of unique initiatives like the Arab Media Forum and Arab Journalism Award.
Sheikh Mohammed commended the efforts of the AMF Organising Committee under the guidance of Al Marri and her assistants in the Dubai Press Club for media, who are making commendable efforts to unite the efforts of Arab journalists here in the UAE. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
UAE Government pursues transparency
posted on 14/05/2013
For the first time in the region, ministers and senior government officials will attend media briefings to explain policies and comment on current issues related to their institutions.
The move, which was ordered by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to enhance transparency and secure the flow of information, will become a regular feature from September this year,
Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, announced on Monday that the government briefing will offer first-hand information about issues relating to the daily lives of people in the UAE.
"The new channel of information aims to develop a clear periodical mechanism that allows direct and transparent dialogue between government and local media organisations,” he said.
There will be a concrete schedule for the media briefings sector by sector and on a weekly basis.
"The media plays a very important role in reflecting the social, political and economic situation of the country and we are seeking to create a distinguished relationship with media organisations,” said Al Gergawi.
He said Sheikh Mohammad believes in the media and its role as partners in success and building the future as well as enhancing the development process and social services.
The first media briefing was held on Monday at the General Secretariat of the Cabinet in Dubai and attended by representatives from different local media organisations in the UAE.
Through this new channel, journalists and government officials will discuss matters of public importance in a transparent and engaging way, he added.
According to Al Gergawi, ministers, undersecretaries and directors-general of different ministries will meet representatives from the local media to discuss the latest developments, projects and services taking place in the country as well as respond to all comments and inquiries raised by the public.
"Ministers and top government officials across all government entities will be meeting media professionals on a regular basis to strengthen the relationship between the two partners and eliminate all barriers and clarify vagueness by answering all questions,” Al Gergawi said.
Pointing to the significant role of the media in the UAE, Al Gergawi said that according to a recent survey 87 per cent of the UAE public said that their main sources of information were from the television and the newspaper.
The UAE has become an important country on a regional and global level and people from all over the world would like to learn more about it.
"We need to build strong partnerships with local media to convey the message of the government and highlight the development taking place in the UAE,” he said.
He added he wanted media institutions to play a role in listing the achievements of the UAE.
He said the new system was a development of the current media spokesperson system introduced in various ministries three years ago.
"It aims to give people fresh and credible news,” he said
Recently, the government trained almost 160 spokespeople to represent the government entities in the media.
He said Sheikh Mohammad, the chief government spokesperson, has always proved that he spares no efforts in letting people know about developments and decisions taking place in the country.
"Through a social media connection with more than 2.7 million people, Sheikh Mohammad is dispensing information to the public whenever he sees this is useful for the people and the work of the government.” – Gulf News
12th edition of Arab Media Forum to start today
posted on 14/05/2013
The 12th edition of the Arab Media Forum (AMF) will be launched on Tuesday under the patronage of His Highness Sheik
Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
The two-day event, running until May 15th, will be hosting over 3,500 Arab and foreign media representatives, analysts, experts, intellectuals, writers and journalists.
Organised by Dubai Press Club (DPC), the forum will tackle the most important issues of concern dominating the Arab region and discuss media phenomena that have resulted from the politically-charged environment as well as the increasingly rapid pace of security and social developments. It will also shed light on the controversial role played by the media and the extent to which it has contributed in determining the subsequent courses of events.
The official opening ceremony of AMF will see the participation of Grand Sheikh of Al Azhar, Dr. Ahmad Al Tayeb, who will give the inaugural speech at the event, as well as the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Dr. Nabil Al Araby, whose session will shed light on a number of significant issues related to the Arab nation. The second day's opening speech from the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Dr Abdul Latif Al Zayani will address the most important issues related to the affairs and deep strategies of the Arabian Gulf nations.
The forum will conclude on Wednesday with a special ceremony honouring winners of the Arab Journalism Award (AJA), out of 4,000 participants competing for 12 categories that include the Humanitarian Journalism Award, introduced for the first time in this year's edition. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Arab Media Forum to host over 3,500 specialists
posted on 11/05/2013
Held under the theme ‘Arab Media: Transitional Phase ... Transitional Media,' the 12th Arab Media Forum will host over 3,500 media specialists from across the region at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Dubai over two days, starting May 14.
Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Dr Nabil Al Araby, will be a keynote speaker at this year's forum. Al Araby will be a key speaker at a panel discussion, which will shed light on the reality and future of successive political and economic developments in the Arab world.
Senior media specialists, experts, writers, intellectuals, academics and scholars from around the world are expected to participate in this year's session.
The forum is held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Mona Al Marri, chairperson of the Organising Committee and Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office, said that the forum expands it circle of participation every year by hosting Arab figures in the various political, economic, cultural and social areas to reach a constructive and integrated dialogue that supports the media sector.
Al Marri also added that the Arab World is currently in the midst of a political movement,, imposing challenges that have been reflected on the Arab street which has gained the attention of various media outlets.
"The situation resulting from these developments has not only turned out to be the common denominator among the headlines of newspapers and news bulletins, but also extended to occupy a large area of interest in the international media,” Al Marri said.
As a result of the developments taking place in the region, Al Marri pointed out that it's necessary to include elite Arab figures at the forum who will share their perspectives about the role of the media at this stage of change.
Among the list of topics to be discussed at the forum, the session titled ‘Transitional Media: The Need for Development' will reflect the theme of this year's forum and will shed light on opportunities to develop the media landscape from the viewpoint of experts who play a vital part in this advancement.
Sessions will also tackle topics such as conventional media rus new media, the challenges of digital age deployment, and the Arab audience response to satirical media. – Gulf News
Over 130 Emirati volunteers will provide ground support at AMF 2013
posted on 04/05/2013
A team of more than 130 Emirati volunteers, including university media students, will provide on-ground support at the 12th Arab Media Forum (AMF).
As part of its efforts to promote the culture of volunteering and team work among the UAE youth, organisers Dubai Press Club has organised an orientation meeting to acquaint the young volunteers with their missions and roles during the AFM, which will be organised under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, from 14-15 May in Dubai. The preparatory workshop aimed to empower the UAE national volunteers with appropriate event management skills and offer a glimpse into the activities that go into the making of such a world-class event.
Last year, DPC engaged more than 100 volunteers in the 11th AMF.
The volunteers will play an active role in receiving local, regional and international guests to the event. The teams will also provide support to coordinate the forum's information desk. They will be divided into different groups for registration, protocol, transport, information, and photography.
The opportunity will also allow the youth, especially those pursuing media studies, to remain updated on the latest developments in the Arab and international media landscape. The forum will additionally provide students, particularly fresh graduates, with an excellent platform to commence their professional life and meet some of the most prominent media figures from across the world.
This year's Forum, held under the slogan "Arab Media in Transition', will host more than 3,500 prominent journalists, media experts, thought leaders, academics and decision-makers from the Arab region and the world. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Arab Media Forum launches "Digital Studio" initiative
posted on 01/05/2013
Dubai Press Club, organisers of the Arab Media Forum, yesterday announced the launch of the "Digital Studio" initiative at the 12th Arab Media Forum (AMF), running from 14th to 15th May, in participation of a multitude of young media persons.
Managers of key sessions at the "Digital Studio" will provide a platform of interaction for social media audience and sessions' speakers who will touch on important issues and debatable topics staged on social media.
Moderating discussions at the "Digital Studio", for the first time, will be Hamed bin Karam from Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI), Mahira Abdulaziz from Al Arabiya Channel and TV anchor Badr Alzidane.
The initiative aims to increase interaction and enrich dialogue amongst social media users at regional and international levels, giving the chance to interested but unable to attend to engage in discussions digitally; thus, reaching a greater number of audience participating and interacting live at this year's Forum, themed "Arab Media: Transitional Phase...Transitional Media".
This comes following the success of the "Digital Reporter" initiative launched for the first time at the 11th edition of the 2012 Arab Media Forum, where live sessions were broadcast on Dubai Press Club Official YouTube Channel; hence, enabling more than 40,000 viewers to follow-up the event. Moreover, the Arab Media Forum' and its hash tag #AMF' remained the top trending topics on Twitter across the UAE and the region during the two-day event last year.
Additionally, the hash tag #AMF', which generated 10,432 tweets over two days, reached an audience of more than 11 million users. Live Twitter coverage of the sessions and workshops enabled non-attendants to follow the proceedings in real time. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Arab Media Forum to discuss "Young Emirati talents: ambitions and challenges"
posted on 29/04/2013
Dubai Press Club, organisers of the Arab Media Forum, yesterday announced details of a key session that will be presented during the 12th Arab Media Forum, the region's largest media gathering.
The forum will run from 14-15 May in Dubai and it will be attended by representatives from prominent media outlets, thought leaders, academics, policy makers and students from both the Arab region and beyond.
The session titled "Young Emirati talents: ambitions and challenges" will address the most current challenges the Emirati youth within the media sector is facing, the opportunities available to them, and the issues of potential media competition in the future, as well as discussing young people's perspective on privacy and openness within the media sector in the UAE, the Arab media and the world.
The vibrant media industry makes it difficult for young Emirati media talents to keep pace with challenges and expectations. On top of the emerging social media challenges, a young journalist is facing severe competition to excel in traditional media.
To be challenged in your own home town by prominent Arab and international media organisations fostering in UAE specialised media cities and free zones is such a burden on young Emirati media talents. Working in such competitive and inductive environment, local media workers are threatened by a double-edged knife yet looking into very promising career.
This panel discusses the real scene forced on young Emirati Talents; most particularly, the promising apprentices who had proven competent throughout their short career. Moreover, the panel shall reflect their point of view and highlight their experiences.
The moderator for this session will be Ali Al Gofaily, an anchor at MBC Channel. The speakers will include Meera Al Muhairi, an anchor at Dubai Media Incorporated, Saoud Al Kaabi, also an anchor at Dubai Media Incorporated, Mohammed Al Suwaidi, an anchor at Sharjah Media Corporation and Osama Al Amiri, an anchor at Abu Dhabi Sport Channel. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Abu Dhabi Media completes digital archiving project-phase 1
posted on 15/04/2013
Abu Dhabi Media (ADM) has announced the successful completion of the first phase of its pioneering digital archiving initiative on Sunday. The project's first phase has seen the restoration and conversion of more than three million of the company's rare and historical media material into digital form, using the latest digital archiving technology.
ADM's digital archiving project is a nine-year programme that aims to restore and protect the company's historical videos, sound files and documents, by converting them into a secure digital format. Set for completion in 2020, the archiving project is divided into a number of stages, beginning with the foundation phase, which ADM has successfully completed on time over the past two years.
ADM will be engaging an international archiving firm, with expertise in this type of digital archiving, to partner with the company and oversee the remaining stages of the project, in order to ensure it is completed according to international best practice.
"Mohammed bin Rashid Media Majlis" to extend bridges between media '&' leadership
posted on 14/04/2013
Stemming from his keenness to broaden the circle of constructive communication between the leadership and the media, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has given directives to organise a periodic informal gathering "Majlis" that acts as a platform of open and direct discussion and communication between members of the media and His Highness in a friendly atmosphere.
Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO) Mona Al Marri noted that His Highness's directives to organise the "Mohammed bin Rashid Media Majlis" emanates from his strong belief in the importance of listening to views, thoughts and suggestions of media persons, whether from UAE or from other Arab and foreign countries; an interest that only reflects His Highness's appreciation of the media. Moreover, such initiative highlights Sheikh Mohammed's clear commitment to the media sector which mirrors the hopes, aspirations and requirements of the society and is regarded as a source of influence.
Al Marri went on to explain that the "Media Majlis" will be held on a quarterly basis and that the meeting will not be confined to media leaders and organisations but rather it will see other group of media persons convene in each time to provide equal opportunity for everybody.
Further, such gathering will allow media persons to express their ideas and opinions to His Highness and join their colleagues from other regional and international media organisations.
Sheikh Mohammed commenced this year with a media meeting that included media professionals and representatives of local news agencies. During the meeting which took place at the Government of Dubai Media Office headquarter a month earlier, Sheikh Mohammed listened to the ideas and suggestions, put forward by media experts, that tackled major internal media issues of concern to the community.
Sheikh Mohammed's directives only comes as a new addition to the many initiatives His Highness has launched under his auspicious patronage, and that included the establishment of "Dubai Press Club" in 1999, which serves as a platform providing professional and unparalleled services; the launch of "Arab Media Forum", which is one of the prestigious and specialised media gathering where media leaders meet and the "Arab Journalism Award" where thousands of media professionals from the Arab region compete yearly. Other initiatives launched by His Highness include "Dubai Media City", which has become one of the world's largest free zones dedicated to the media sectors and which hosts regional headquarters of the largest Arab and international media institutions as well as hundreds of companies specialising in various media fields.
Sheikh Mohammed's commitment and care for the Media sector was the direct cause of the success of UAE in anchoring a thriving and growing industry that constitute of distinguished national institutions that have left their marks on the gulf and Arab media landscapes as well as a number of media free zones that have developed as destinations for Arab and foreign media and a basin of attraction for the largest regional media organisations that have found a healthy environment provided by the UAE. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Arab Journalism Award announces 33 nominations for its 12th edition awards
posted on 11/04/2013
Dubai Press Club, the General Secretariat of the Arab Journalism Award, yesterday announced the names of the three journalists shortlisted for the 12th edition of the award. The list of nominees features 33 media-persons from around the Arab world.
Following the conclusion of the upcoming 12th edition of the Arab Media Forum, winners of the AJA 2013 will be announced during a special gala ceremony at the Grand Hyatt in Dubai on 15 May under the patronage of UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.
Muna Bu Samra, Director of the Arab Journalism Award, said: "Competition was fierce in this year's edition of the award which received more than 4,000 quality submissions that reflected a high sense of professionalism, creativity and dedication. I believe that all shortlisted nominees are winners and well deserve appreciation for their efforts." Humanitarian Journalism, which was added to this year's edition of the AJA award categories with special support from the International Humanitarian City (IHC) - Dubai, received the second highest rate of submissions after the Young Journalist category, noted Bu Samra. "The General Secretariat and the Arab Journalism Award constantly follow technology updates, trends and shifts that affect journalism as a profession. This is clearly visible in the noticeable increase of entries after adopting electronic submission," she added.
The Cultural Journalism category was excluded from this year's edition due to non-eligibility of submitted entries.
Tecom adds 160 new companies to ICT cluster
posted on 10/04/2013
Tecom added 160 new business partners into its Information and Communications Technology (ICT) cluster to take the total number to 1,520 companies last year.
Tecom's ICT cluster includes Dubai Internet City (DIC) and Dubai Outsource Zone (DOZ).
Key sectors that saw new additions within DIC include internet and multimedia software, telecommunications and IT services.
"2012 was a continuation of our growth. It was in line with our growth expectations. Expansion of business partners inside the community is another clear evidence for us for the industry growth. More than 60 companies expanded their presence and operation in the community,” Malek Al Malek, Managing Director of Dubai Internet City and Dubai Outsource Zone, told Gulf News.
Out of 160, he said that 156 new companies joined DIC and four joined DOZ. As of 2012, 1,400 companies operate at DIC and 120 at DOZ. The occupancy rate at DIC stands at around 98 per cent while it is 100 per cent at DOZ.
Throughout 2012, DIC has also increasingly turned its attention to supporting and nurturing small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and encouraging the development of innovative ideas.
"We see a recovery for many sectors in the economy this year and this will positively impact the industry growth. We will be servicing both local start-ups and MNCs, but local start-ups need more focus to grow to the next level. We continue to attract big multinationals but we are now also promoting start-ups and local technology companies from this region,” Malek said.
He said similar numbers of business partners are expected to join this year. "We are after bigger companies that do not have an operation here.”
Investing in innovation
"The UAE is one of the few countries that is truly investing in innovation through its various incubation programmes and funding tie-ups with international governments and private equity companies,” he said.
The year witnessed the development of the in5 innovation hub, a technology start-up incubator that aims to foster entrepreneurships and drive innovation. Hosted in DIC, In5 aims to foster and promote entrepreneurship and innovation in order to develop a technology start-up ecosystem in Dubai. The hub provides infrastructure, support and a dynamic and engaging working environment to entrepreneurs from the early stages of idea creation through to idea implementation and the commercial launch of a product or service.
He said DOZ also witnessed growth throughout last year. Dubai now counts for 90 per cent of the UAE's outsourcing industry, and unlike other outsourcing hubs around the world, DOZ is a cross-sector zone catering to all types of outsourcing processes.
According to a recent report by Gartner Inc, ICT expenditure in the Middle East is forecast to reach US$192 billion this year, a 5.5 per cent increase from 2012. – Gulf News
Ministry of Economy, National Media Council sign MoU
posted on 08/04/2013
The Ministry of Economy (MoE) is resolve to maintain its work relations with the media institutions including the National Media Council (NMC), the country's media regulator, based on honesty, transparency and mutual respect.
'Media has become a vital tool for developing economic sectors, promoting investment opportunities, supporting development plans and improving the competitive edge of the State and its entities,' said Mohammed Ahmed bin Abdul Aziz Al Shehi, MoE Undersecretary, following the signing yesterday of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Media Council (NMC).
The MoU provides for a general framework for regulating MoE-NMC work relations in technical, technological, legal, training and procedural fields and sharing knowledge and institutional experiments. Under the agreement, the two sides will establish a common easily access, reliable data base for information and documents regarding scopes of joint action.
Al Shehi said the two signatories had already maintained constructive partnership, especially in protection of intellectual property rights (IPR).
The MoE and NMC, he indicated, had joined forces in conducting a series of successful campaign against IPR offenders across the UAE markets.
He noted that the NMC had played an instrumental role in these inspection campaigns during which pirated products were seized before reaching to consumers.
'The MoU underlines the MoE's commitment to strengthening its partnership with the major national media actors out of its firm belief in the role and mission of the media in conveying to the public the accurate image about MoE's vision and message of building a diverse, competitive knowledge-based economy,' he said.
The agreement, he added, will provide the most proper framework for maintaining communication between the two sides and boosting mechanisms of cooperation in various avenues in a way that contributes to realising national priorities and goals, the top of which is the UAE Vision 2021.
The MoU, he said, will pave the way for implementing slew of joint initiatives.
According to him, the MoU will further joint coordination between the two sides in diverse areas of mutual interest like IPR, visits of foreign media persons to the UAE, and standardisation of licenses of media activities.
Al Shehi appreciated the role the NMC is playing in raising public awareness about major national issues.
Dr. Ali Al Hosani, MoE Assistant Undersecretary for IP, and a number of top officials attended from the MoE, Ibrahim Al Abed, NMC Director General, and a number of top officials from the MoE and NMC attended the MoU signing ceremony at the NMC headquarters in Abu Dhabi. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Emiratisation efforts in UAE media
posted on 07/04/2013
Mohammed Yousif, Chairman of the Journalistsâ€™ Association, stated that the upcoming joint project of training journalists and media persons is the most important of its kind.
He added that the association and the National Media Council (NMC) are working to develop ideas and concepts, which have been previously discussed, to launch an initiative in alignment with the general UAE Emiratisation policies.
Yousif noted that the NMC is the right entity to launch this project, being responsible for the media sector, adding that the NMC has already taken serious steps in this direction. He hoped that this futuristic vision includes taking into account the general public opinion, defining a mandatory percentage of Emiratisation, even as little as one per cent for each media institution.
This came during the ordinary General Assembly meeting of the Journalistsâ€™ Association last Thursday at Dubai Municipality Club. Yousif thanked the Ministry of Social Affairs for its constant cooperation and transparency with the association. The discussion of the General Assembly covered the audit report. â€" Khaleej Times
UAE media is a real gatekeeper
posted on 03/04/2013
The UAE media is playing a crucial role in enhancing national resilience, promoting State efforts to maintain political, social, economic, cultural and religious balance amid regional and international changes and shocks, a local daily newspaper commented.
'The UAE committed itself to the principle of balanced policy in terms of plans, programmes and visions, encouraging key sectors to work as a one coherent team guided by prudent policy towards development and progress,' wrote Al Watan in its daily editorial titled ' Role of Media in Preserving National Security'.
'Media is playing a positive role in promoting and fostering the spirit of inter-sectoral cooperation, solidarity and harmony,' the paper remarked, adding that UAE media had stayed on the course of its longstanding, authentic values, keeping itself away from changing values and casual exciting and seditious reporting.
This line, the Arabic daily paper added, had made the UAE media more credible and responsible.
'These two valuable values define the mission of media in any society and its contribution to efforts aimed at building that society on sound, firm and vibrant pillars. The UAE media has the insight to distinct between the good and bad, truth and falsehood and thrill and responsibility.' The paper noted that the UAE national media had stood firm and bravely to devastating ideas which seek to undermine security and stability, and twist and distort the facts.
'The UAE media rhetoric to allegations and plots against the country by few foreign illusionists was characterised with reason, logic and objectivity building on credible facts and bright achievements on the ground of reality,' Al Watan concluded. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Arab Media Forum unveils new theme: "Arab Media: Transitional Phase ... Transitional Media
posted on 02/04/2013
The Arab Media Forum (AMF) organising committee has announced that the 12th edition of its much-anticipated annual event will be held under the theme "Arab Media: Transitional Phase ... Transitional Media " on May 14-15, 2013 in Dubai.
This year's forum will discuss challenges facing the Arab media industry in light of momentous political and socio-economic changes in a number of Arab countries and how such changes catalysed noticeable transformation in the media landscape.
On this topic, Mona Ghanem Al Marri, AMF Organising Committee Chairperson '&' Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office, said: "Exceptional circumstances in the Arab world brought about a number of considerable challenges before the media industry. The 2013 Arab Media Forum aims to shed light on such challenges and carefully examine means of maintaining a sound approach by the media industry to carry out its role as an essential tool of enriching collective social consciousness. "Al Marri noted that the Arab Media Forum acts as an in-depth debate and discussion platform that brings together a host of influential opinion leaders, media experts and intellectuals to discuss the latest in challenges, innovations and shifts in the media perspective.
"The AMF adopts a clear methodology that aims to prompt the development of the Arab media industry through promoting high-standard ethics, integrity, credibility and neutrality," added Al Marri. "The media should realise its role as an indispensable tool to help build a healthy society and set an example for sound, professional and ethical conduct," added Al Marri.
The 12th edition of the forum will examine how media affects and is affected by the political scene. It will also review the latest in technological breakthroughs that directly affect the media industry and perhaps present alternatives that challenge traditional media.
As the Middle East's most prominent annual media event, the Arab Media Forum will expand participation in the discussion forums this year to include well-known social and intellectual figures who influence the creation of media content. This presents a valuable addition and an attempt to encompass the different factors that affect the media industry.
Last year, the Arab Media Forum 2012 themed 'Arab Media: Exposure and Transition' discussed the effect of political turmoil on the media industry in the Arab world highlighted by the outcomes of the fourth Arab Media Outlook (2011 - 2015) which overviewed changes in the media landscape in 17 Arab countries. The 11th edition of the Arab Media Forum discussion panels saw the participation of 70 experts and the attendance of over 3,800 media personnel from Arab and foreign countries. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
‘UAE Media has crucial role in nation’s identity’
posted on 28/03/2013
The media has a crucial role in fostering the UAE's national identity and social cohesion by inculcating pride in Emirati culture, loyalty and hard work in young citizens, a round table discussion was told yesterday (Wednesday).
Officials, academics and media professionals gathered to discuss issues related to the role and social responsibility of the media, other educational institutions and authorities in cementing national identity and social cohesion among citizens in the era of globalisation.
"Our goal should be to groom a generation that takes pride in national identity and works hard to preserve it,” Dr Maitha Al Shamsi, Minister of State, told the gathering organised by the National Media Council, in cooperation with the Journalists Association and the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies..
Stressing that social cohesion, family stability, and national identity are top priorities of the UAE Government, Dr Maitha said empowerment of Emiratis, especially in the media, was a great goal to achieve development in all spheres.
"We need a plan on which we all work to identify the role of the media in achieving goals on my agenda and see where is my agenda in the media content,” Dr Maitha said.
Dr Mariam Lootah, assistant professor of political science at UAE University, said cultural diversity of the UAE community should not adversely affect the Emirati culture – the foundation for security and stability.
"The UAE, like other nations, has concerns related to national identity. The French, German, Japanese and Indians all share these concerns over their national identities. But we can interact positively with other cultures and not surrender to them,” Dr Mariam said.
Dr Mariam urged concerted efforts by the media, educational and religious institutions to address challenges posed by globalisation, imbalance in the population structure and Arab uprisings. ‘We all share responsibility, including the school, scholars, media professionals, the families and the government to face up to these challenges,” Dr Mariam said.
Dr Mariam reminded Emirati intellectuals and media professionals of their responsibility towards their nation, urging them to promote community cohesion, preserve the UAE national identity, and encourage an inclusive environment that integrates all segments of society while upholding the unique culture, heritage and traditions of the UAE.
Dr Mariam called on the media to foster the national identity by preserving and propagating the use of the Arabic language, promoting the UAE's culture, heritage and tradition, embedding values of religious moderation, and encouraging and promoting authentic UAE principles.
Dr Hassan Qayed, professor of mass communication at UAE University, said television has the greatest influence on its audience in the UAE, urging authorities to focus on the instigators and the message they pass on to the audience.
Dr Qayed said : "We need a real Emiratisation in the media, not artificial like what is taking place in the banking sector. Our graduates are victims of injustice being practised by many organisations.”
Aisha Sultan, an Emirati columnist, said the culture of hard work must be instilled in young Emiratis. "They should be advised to take on small jobs and then move on to better openings and bigger salaries.” – Gulf News
257 new business partners added to TECOM Media Cluster's portfolio in 2012
posted on 27/03/2013
Over the course of 2012, TECOM's Media Cluster, which comprises some of the UAE's most well-known free zone business parks - Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, and International Media Production Zone (IMPZ), has enabled business partners to expand by over 230 thousand sq. ft. as well as welcoming 257 new business partners into its portfolio.
Notable expansions within the three business parks include global business information company, Thomson Reuters, which increased its footprint within Dubai Media City over the course of 2012. Broadcaster and broadcast service provider, View Mobile moved from Dubai Media City to Dubai Studio City, as a result of staggering growth. In IMPZ, Costra Group, a commercial retail design company, grew its operational space over the same period.
At an operational level, Dubai Studio City completed construction on the first of its three soundstages that are designed based on international standards and world class qualities. The 15,000 sq. ft. facility is a first of its kind in the region. Demonstrating the success of this development, DSC signed a strategic partnership with MBC Group which will strengthen the cooperation between the two, especially in the media content development and growth of cultural and creative industries in the region. In light of that, MBC Group has also recently established a groundbreaking partnership with Stargate Studios, the global award-winning production company specialising in virtual production and visual effects. The partnership entails the opening of Stargate Middle East.
This strategic partnership will attract and develop local competencies and expertise from various specialties of the production process, which will enable Dubai to become the perfect destination that meets the needs the TV and film production industry in the Middle East.
The major impact of this will be a strong business case for production support service companies to relocate to Dubai Studio City, as the increase in content creation taking place will provide a valuable source of demand for production services.
In addition, the news sector has shown strong growth potential for TECOM's Media focused business parks with three international news outlets entering the Cluster during 2012. These outlets include; Asahi Shimbun Japan's second largest newspaper with a circulation of over 10 million; Anba Moscow (Ria Nostovi) a Russian state owned multi-lingual news agency; Euronews a pan European multi lingual news TV channel.
Content creation and production is a core segment for the Gulf's media industry, which has been buoyed by three new additions - Deluxe an industry leader in digital content media; Prime Focus one of the largest film, advertising, television post-production and visual effects companies in the world, now adds Dubai to its list of locations which already include offices in Europe, India and North America; and Serena one of the largest production companies in Spain, which should serve as a magnet for other European production houses.
Commenting further on these new additions, Mohammad Abdullah, Managing Director, TECOM Media Cluster added: "We have licensed some 257 new companies across Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, and IMPZ over the course of 2012. Of these, most of them are streamed from the film and TV, new media, event management, as well as the services sectors. Reinforcing Dubai's global status and positive outlook; 233 licenses were from new entrants into the Emirate." – Emirates News Agency, WAM
NMC, DPC discuss Media cooperation
posted on 25/03/2013
Representatives from the National Media Council, (NMC) and the Emirates News Agency, (WAM) met yesterday with a delegation of the Dubai Press Club (DPC) as part of a round of local meetings organised by the club with the leading media organisations in the country.
Mona Abu Samra, Director of DPC, who was leading the delegation, discussed various areas of cooperation between the two sides, including cooperation at the media level to support the government's drive to choose 2013 as a year of nationalisation, the exchange of experiences, future projects of DPC and the Media office of the Government of Dubai as well as a series of activities and events organised by the club and the NMC throughout the year.
Jamal Naser Al Suwaider, Editor in Chief of WAM briefed the delegation on the national archives, which includes rich material dating back to more than 40 years.
He also provided detail about other projects submitted by WAM in favour of national institutions.
For his part, the DPC presented a shield to the NMC in recognition of its efforts in supporting local media initiatives. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
Abdullah bin Zayed issues resolution on forming NMC's consultative council
posted on 22/03/2013
H. H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister and Chairman of the National Media Council (NMC) has issued a resolution forming the consultative council of the NMC. The new body's membership includes officials from media institutions and academics.
In accordance with the decision, the consultative council will discuss, follow up, and coordinate joint initiatives between NMC and media sector, as well as form sub-committees to enable NMC explain the state's general media policy media to the media organisations. The new body will review topics referred to it so as to make recommendations ahead of submitting them to the chairman of NMC.
The consultative council will hold meetings at request of the chairman of NMC, or upon the request of the chairman's authorised representative whenever necessary.
According to the resolution, the term of membership is one year, subject to renewal upon the decision by the Chairman of NMC or authorised representative.
The consultative council membership includes: Dr Amina Al Rustamani, Khadija Al Marzouqi, Rashid Saleh Al Oraimi, Sultan Ali Al Omaimi, Saif Saeed Ghobash, Ayesha Abdullah Taryam, Abdul Hamid Juma, Abdul Latif Al Sayegh, Dr. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, Mohammed Saeed Al Dhanhani, Mohammed Al Hamadi, Mohamed Manea Al Otaiba, Muna Ghanem Al Marri and Nora Helal Al Kaabi. – Emirates News Agency, WAM