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Observatory of Geopolitical Studies at French Senate presents Geopolitical Studies Award 2015 to Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi
posted on 30/01/2016

PARIS: Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), has received the 2015 Geopolitical Studies Award from the Observatory of Geopolitical Studies (OEG) at the French Senate.
The OEG also granted him Membership to its Scientific Council. This came during a ceremony organised by the Observatory, on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, as part of the visit made by Dr. Al-Suwaidi to the French capital, Paris. The ceremony was attended by a large number of French, European and Arab parliamentarians, academics and diplomats.
Dr. Al-Suwaidi received the 2015 Geopolitical Studies Award in recognition of his intellectual efforts and his numerous and rich research works, and for being one of the thinkers who have enriched the intellectual and research life in the Arab and international arenas. Dr. Al-Suwaidi was praised for his unconventional method in tackling pivotal issues and for his serious writing on the dangers and escalating threats of terrorism and extremism.
Dr. Al-Suwaidi expressed his happiness for receiving this award, praised the special relations between the UAE and France and thanked the French Senate and OEG. He said that this recognition will encourage him to work harder and exert more efforts to counter terrorism and extremism with enlightened thought.
"This recognition is not for me only," he said, "but is a recognition to the UAE, its wise leadership, its enlightened and tolerant approach, and its efforts to create an environment that encourages thinkers and researchers to perform their roles along the path towards progress and prosperity. My achievements at the personal levels and my achievements in the capacity as Director General of the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research would not have been possible without the big support of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and President of the ECSSR."
In his remarks on this occasion, Dr. Charles Saint-Prot, Director of the OEG said that Dr. Al-Suwaidi is a prominent thinker and a visionary when it comes to dealing with important international issues. He praised the works of Dr. Al-Suwaidi, referring in particular to The Mirage, which is considered an encyclopaedia on political Islam, and has contributed significantly to shedding light on political religious groups. He explained that Dr. Al-Suwaidi is a strong defender of moderate Islamic values against extremism and an open thinker who calls for dialogue between cultures, which makes his ideas especially valuable in our age of instability and prejudices.
Dr. Saint-Prot reviewed the most important topics in The Mirage, and noted that it contains a comprehensive study of the political religious groups, refuting their false grounds, and clarifying the vast difference between the misguided ideas promoted by such groups and the real Islam and its values of moderation. He added that such a book is an important intellectual contribution in the light of the chaos in the Middle East due to these groups and their harmful practices. He suggested that The Mirage provides a plan to trap such groups, block their ways, and rid the world of their dangers.
He added that OEG is particularly proud that Dr. Al-Suwaidi is a member of its scientific council, and wishes to benefit from Dr. Al-Suwaidi's long scientific and research expertise that has contributed to making the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research one of the most prestigious think tanks in the Arab world and highly respected globally. He said that the Centre enjoys a wide network of partnerships and collaborations with other think tanks around the world, which has consolidated its position and strengthened its role in the promotion of fruitful dialogue between cultures.
Dr. Saint-Prot concluded by stressing that Dr. Al-Suwaidi is a clear example for the important role a researcher and thinker can play at critical moments in history. He said that Dr. Al-Suwaidi plays a constructive role in the society in which he lives and in the process of human development in general, by adopting positions that defend human and civilized values against any extremism that is anti- civilization and anti-progress. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi receives the Award of European Press for the Arab World 2015
posted on 29/01/2016

PARIS: Dr. Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi, Director General of the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), received the Award of European Press for the Arab World 2015, which is awarded by the Association of European Press for the Arab World (APEMA) in collaboration with the Institute of Prospects and Security in Europe (IPSE).
The Award was handed out at a ceremony held on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 on the sidelines of a symposium on political Islam organised and hosted by the French Parliament to discuss Dr. Al Suwaidi's book The Mirage.
Dr. Al Suwaidi expressed his gratitude for this recognition, stressing that it encourages him to work harder and exert more efforts to counter terrorism and extremism with enlightened thoughts.
Nidal Choukair, President of APEMA, stressed that Dr. Al Suwaidi was honoured in recognition of his high intellectual status and because he was the first to promote the modern concept of think tanks in the Arab world. He added that APEMA is pleased to confer this Award on Dr. Al Suwaidi in appreciation of his efforts to serve society and decision makers. MP Philippe Folliot, Secretary of the French Parliament's Defence Committee and President of the Egyptian-French Friendship Group stated that the award was conferred on Dr. Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi in recognition of his efforts over the years in the field of research, culminating with writing The Mirage-- an encyclopaedia on political Islam.
Dr. Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi and Mr Nidal Choukair were the two main speakers of the "Political Islam" symposium, which addressed the threats of terrorism and extremism around the world and ways to counter them. The Symposium was attended by several French MPs, including MP Philippe Folliot, and MP Jacques Myard, Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, along with other French and European politicians, scholars, experts and Arab and French journalists.
Speaking at the symposium, Dr. Jamal Sanad Al Suwaidi thanked the French parliament for the invitation and praised the special relations between the UAE and France. He stressed that such intellectual forums help bridge the gap between nations and cultures, explaining that the message he is sending to the world through The Mirage is the importance of raising awareness about the dangers of political religious groups. He pointed out that the book deals with a very important topic for the international community, namely the danger of political religious groups and their use of religion to mask their real intentions.
Dr. Al Suwaidi explained that the practices of these groups are destroying the ideological and intellectual heritage of the whole world. Hence, an immediate action is required at intellectual, academic, economic and media levels, along with military efforts. He emphasised the importance of focusing on the role of thoughts in countering terrorism and fighting extremism, calling on the elites in the Arab and Muslim world and other countries to raise people's awareness, confront these groups intellectually and deprive them of any opportunity to promote their ideology.
On his part, Nidal Choukair, talked about political Islam, the extremist and jihadi groups, their practices that threaten not only the Arab and Muslim worlds, but the rest of the world as well as their distortion of Islam's image. Choukair reiterated the importance of distinguishing between Islam's true nature which promotes tolerance and compassion and the flawed ideology disseminated by those groups in the name of Islam.
Choukair underscored the need for the international community to work together to counter such groups, eradicate their extreme ideas, and eliminate them altogether; in this regard, he lauded the role of the United Arab Emirates that adopts, under its wise leadership and enlightened thinking, an integrated, comprehensive strategy to counter terrorism and extremism.
Choukair described Le Mirage as "a rare intellectual experience;" he reiterated that "this book, with its regional and international dimensions, can be regarded a message from the United Arab Emirates to the world warning against the scourge of political religious groups. He commended the effort made by Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi in writing the book and his keenness to ensure his ideas reach different nations, peoples and communities.
At the end of the seminar, Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi signed copies of Le Mirage and gave them to the parliamentarians, politicians, academics, intellectuals and journalists that were in attendance.
Following the seminar, Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi met with the MP Jacques Myard, and Enrico Letta, former Italian Prime Minister, Dean of the Paris School of International relations at the University of Political Science in Paris.
Dr. Al-Suwaidi discussed the latest developments in the Middle East and the world, the dangers and threats that are related to the rising of political religious groups. All attendees reiterated the need to exert more international efforts to promote different narrative to counter terrorism and extremism. Attendees also highlighted the importance of the intellectual discourse to Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi's book Le Mirage, which addresses this issue in depth. It is considered an important reference to all researchers and academics interested in these issues and a road map for world leaders and decision-makers on how to deal with political religious groups.
Later, Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi took a tour of the French Senate, guided by His Excellency Jean-Marie Bockel, a member of the French senate for the Union of Democrats and Independents party.
Dr. Al-Suwaidi visited the main hall of the Senate, its library and historical features. Bockel lauded Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi's effort in promoting enlightened political thoughts in the fight against extremist religious groups and their practices. At the end of the tour, Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi gave H.E. Jean-Marie Bockel a copy of Le Mirage and a memento.
Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi concluded the second day of his visit to France with a meeting with Arab and foreign journalists, who belong to a number of widespread French and Arabic newspapers, namely "La Croix" and "L'opinion" French newspapers, and the Arabic ones "Al-Ahram" and "Akhabr Al Yawm". They discussed the ongoing developments in the Middle East and the world.
At the end of the meeting, Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi gifted copies of Le Mirage to the journalists and the audience. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Sharjah Media City Free Zone established
posted on 27/01/2016

His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, on Tuesday issued an Emiri Decree setting up the Sharjah Media City (SMC) Free Zone.
The location of the city will be determined by a resolution to be issued by the Sharjah Ruler.
The decree stipulates that the SMC will be an independent corporate body with financial and administrative independence.
The objectives of the SMC will be to develop and house human resources that operate in the field of media and innovation.
The SMC will also aim to be a regional leader in the field of education, media training, creativity and in the development of high quality innovative content.
The decree stipulates the specialisations of the SMC, while taking into consideration the relevant federal and local legislation.
The city will offer management support services and any other services that help achieve its goals. It will set up companies, institutions and projects in the SMC, in addition to specifying and regulating licensed operations and activities within free zone.
Its specialisations include the purchase, lease or ownership of transferrable or non-transferrable assets that are required in the carrying out its duties. It will also set up agreements with other free zones to allow companies and institutions in the SMC to practice their activities in them.
The decree stipulates that SMC will be managed by an executive body that will consist of a chairman appointed through an Emiri Decree. The chairman will be responsible for generally supervising the SMC, as well as proposing policies, projects and programmes for the free zone and following up on their implementation after they are approved by the Ruler of Sharjah.
The free zone's financial resources include funds granted to it by the government, self-generated revenue — including operating profits and gains from investments it has made — as well as loans that have been approved by the Sharjah Ruler.
The decree also exempts companies and institutions, as well as individuals and employees in the SMC, from paying any taxes imposed in the emirate, including income tax related to their work in the SMC for a period of 50 years, which can be renewed through a decision issued by the SMC Chairman.
SMC will also be exempted from any form of taxes or local fees. The decree comes into effect from the date of its issuance, and annuls any other laws that contradicts its bylaws. The decree will be published in the official gazette. – Gulf News -


Media participates in Urban Journalism Workshop as part of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week
posted on 22/01/2016

The Urban Journalism Academy, a pioneering initiative to train journalists and media professionals with an interest in sustainable, urban development, yesterday held a workshop for media on the sidelines of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2016.
Organised by United Nations Habitat III Secretariat and hosted by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), the UAE Government and Masdar, the workshop convened over 30 representatives of local, regional and international media.
Half the world's population – or 3.5 billion people – now live in cities. This is forecasted to reach 60% by 2030 and 75% by 2050. Addressing the complex challenges of rapid urbanisation is one of the key thematic issues addressed through various events and conferences at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week 2016.
"Efforts to mitigate climate change and de-carbonise our energy system must focus heavily on cities as the largest consumers," said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin.
"The media is the most effective channel to communicate this imperative and the opportunities inherent in a transition to renewable energy."
Speaking on the importance of the workshop, Dr. Nawal Al-Hosany, Director of Sustainability at Masdar, the host of ADSW, said, "Awareness is one of the four core pillars of Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. This event represented an important opportunity to increase the level of knowledge on urban development issues among journalists, who in turn play a critical role in expanding the level of consciousness to the wider audience in the UAE, the region and the world."
UN Habitat's representative, Faraj El-Awar, said: "The Urban Journalism Academies are designed to make urban development issues and challenges clear and accessible to the general public, beyond the professionals, researchers and public authorities, bringing the urban debate closer to the average citizen. Media has a key role in disseminating and following up the global discussions towards the New Urban Agenda." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Sharjah Government Communication Award enhances communication between government and public, says top UAE editors
posted on 09/12/2015

Editors-in-chief of leading UAE newspapers have commended the role played by the Sharjah Government Communication Award, GCA, in strengthening communication channels between the government and the public while encouraging healthy competition between various government entities towards delivering best-in-class services to all members of the community.
The UAE media leaders concurred that the GCA, organised by Sharjah Media Centre, creditably supports the vision of the UAE government in achieving sustainable development across diverse operational areas.
Expressing their optimism at the GCA's ability to steer the future of government communication in the UAE and the wider GCC region, the top editors said the award categories inspire excellence and innovation in unifying government messages. More importantly, the award establishes the emirate of Sharjah, and the UAE, as a frontrunner in promoting healthy and effective government communication practices that keep pace with the rapid socio-political changes.
Mohamed Al Hammadi, Editor-in-Chief of Al Ittihad newspaper, said the GCA has achieved tremendous success within just three years of its inception. Besides motivating employees in government entities to become more responsive towards the media, the award has firmly established the media as a collaborative partner of the government in its efforts to drive the development agenda of the country.
Raed Barqawi, Executive Editor-in-Chief of Al Khaleej newspaper, applauded the GCA's role in achieving effective and transparent communication between the government and the public. The initiative has enhanced the competitiveness of the emirate of Sharjah and enabled it to position itself as an attractive destination for tourism, trade and investment while improving the quality of life in the emirate as whole, he added.
Ali Shahdour, Editor-in-Chief of Al Bayan newspaper, said, "The Government Communication Award is one of Sharjah's most pioneering initiatives. The award underlines the importance of communicating with the public to measure their levels of satisfaction with various government projects and initiatives."
He added, "GCA is an ideal platform to share best practices in the field of government communication with other government bodies within and beyond the UAE."
Sami Al Riyami, Editor-in-Chief of Emarat Al Youm newspaper and member of the GCA Jury Panel, stressed that the award is both innovative and creative as it is the first of its kind in the Arab world, and is also a tool to encourage and motivate government agencies to strengthen their partnership with the media. He added that the directives of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to create the award three years ago, reinforce the UAE leadership's commitment to establishing constructive communication with the public and consolidating best practices in government communication towards improving the efficiency of governmental performance as a whole.
Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Shamiri, Director General and Editor-in-Chief of Al Watan newspaper, said, "Under the directives of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi and the close follow up of Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Corporation and Chairman of Sharjah Media Centre, the GCA is making significant headway in improving standards and establishing best practices in government communication in the Gulf region."
Abdul Hamid Ahmad, Editor-in-Chief of Gulf News, said, "The Government Communication Award was born in an environment that encourages innovation and creativity in all fields. The UAE is one of the most crowned Arab countries in terms of awards related to encouraging creativity and research."
Abdul Hamid expressed his confidence that the award would further encourage and support the distinguished relationship between the country's government entities and the media.
Aysha Taryam, Editor-in-Chief of The Gulf Today, said, "The GCA plays a distinct role in the promotion and development of the government communication platform and in implementing best professional practices in the field. More specifically, the award categories generate a healthy competition between the various government entities and promote the culture of innovation and creativity." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


NMC Media Innovation Forum launched
posted on 25/11/2015

As part of the UAE Innovation Week, the National Media Council (NMC), has organised the Media Innovation Forum, attended by a number of media persons and specialists in social media.
The move also comes within the framework of spreading the innovation culture and the latest innovative developments.
The event included lectures, visual presentations and discussion panels, which focussed on the importance of innovation in the media in light of the rapid developments that require creativity and innovation as a method and work style.
Dr. Ammar Bakar, CEO of Y2D opened the forum with the lecture that dealt with the media strategies and touched on incentives to innovation, which lie in technology, market opportunities, established strategy, leadership and vision, organisational structure, human resources and general culture of the institution.
He referred to the digital media revolution and the challenges that followed the diversity of digital communication modes which have changed the nature of the competition among the media institutions.
Dr. Ammar noted that the positive environment in the institutions, is one of the key factors for innovation and creativity.
For his part, Mohammed Saud Jamal, the founder of "I sea App" at Arabia TV Channel, spoke about the App, which was launched officially in mid-2015. Through the App public can send motion video on any new event or an important issue.
Hiba Al Samit, Digital Media Director at Dubai Media Incorporation, spoke of the innovative programme launched by Dubai TV channels such as hologram or 3 dimensional graphics used in the coverage of main events such the UAE's winning to host Expo 2020 Dubai and the Dubai Airshow.
Maqsoud Kruse, Executive Director of the Hedaya International Centre of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), spoke about the media psychology and its role in innovation, citing the UAE hosting of the Hedayah centre, the first world establishment that includes all expertise in combating the extreme violence. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


GDMO’s Media Innovation Lab kicks off with workshop on production of extreme sports films
posted on 23/11/2015

The Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO) yesterday launched the Media Innovation Lab with a specialised workshop on the production of extreme sports films.
The Media Innovation Lab is a quarterly event that aims to promote a culture of innovation and creativity in media. The initiative seeks to share knowledge on media-related innovation among corporate communication and media professionals and media students. It is also in line with the UAE leadership's directives to promote innovation in all sectors.
Joel Schaeffer from XDubai presented an overview of production techniques of extreme sports films. Media students from various UAE universities attended the workshop that was held at the Government of Dubai Media Office.
Senior Manager of Strategic Communication at GDMO Noora Al Mansoori said, "Innovation and creativity are an integral part of the activities of the Government of Dubai Media Office. We are keen to engage with professionals from the fields of corporate communication, media and academia in our Media Innovation Lab. The initiative responds to the leadership's call to promote innovation among media professionals. The Media Innovation Lab will feature quarterly events that will bring experts from various media disciplines to share their knowledge and experiences with the UAE media community and media students."
During the workshop, Schaeffer talked about the production of the ‘Jetman' movie. He said the movie promotes Dubai as the land of dreams and showcases the enormous development of the emirate over the past few years. He said the originality and creativity of the production team helped in creating an outstanding film that attracted millions of views and likes on social media. Schaeffer said that innovation and creativity are essential for movie production and Dubai offers extraordinary opportunities for making creative films.
The initial series of Media Innovation Lab events feature workshops by Michael Wu, Chief Scientist at Lithium Technologies; Joyce Baz, Regional Communications Manager for Google in the Middle East; apart from Joel Schaeffer. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Sharjah Media Centre launches weekly column for communication students in cooperation with local dailies
posted on 11/11/2015

Sharjah Media Centre, organiser of the International Government Communication Forum, has unveiled a new initiative to empower young national talents in government communication and enhance their capacities and skills in tune with the aspirations of the UAE government. The move is designed to strengthen government communication systems with skilled nationals capable of handling communication operations.
The announcement was made by Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Centre, during his meeting with editors in chief of UAE daily newspapers. The meeting saw the launch of the new initiative, which is titled ‘The Green Chair: Students communicate', to be part of the "Green Chair" Initiative adopted by the International Government Communication Forum to allow university students to take part in the discussions on stage and express their thoughts and views.
Under this initiative, a weekly space will be allocated in all local dailies for communication students to air their views on the progress of government communication.
The meeting was attended by Mohammed Al-Hammadi, Editor-in-Chief of Al Ittihad newspaper, Raed Berqawi, Executive Editor-in-Chief of Al Khaleej newspaper, Ali Shahdour, Editor-in-Chief of Al Bayan newspaper, Sami Al Reyami, Editor-in-Chief of Emarat AL Youm newspaper, Aisha Taryam, Editor-in-Chief of The Gulf Today newspaper, Marwan Bourjas, Deputy Editor-in-Chief of Al Roya newspaper, Dr. Abdul Rahman Azzi, Dean of the Communications College, University of Sharjah, and Osama Samra, Advisor to Chairman of Sharjah Media Centre.
The initiative, which is aligned with the UAE strategy to empower youth and prepare them to lead the communication operations in the future, is part of the activities linked to the fifth International Government Communication Forum, which is scheduled to be held in March 2016 at the Expo Centre Sharjah. More than 2,500 local and regional leaders and experts, as well as communication students from across the country will attend the event, which will also draw the attendance of distinguished heads of states, government officials and media leaders.
Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi said: "Not giving enough space to the youth is one of the hurdles of our times, especially in building their own professional future. The student columns in newspapers will help address the professional concerns of our youth and enable them to knock at the doors of the job market, besides sharpening their occupational skills."
He added: "Through this initiative, the students will gain a platform to express their views about media and communication. This will undoubtedly enrich the knowledge corpus available on communication systems in the country. At the same time, it will also bring out the talents among the youth in this sphere, which is of utmost importance to the country. The centre will follow the participation of the students in the initiative and try to identify talented youths to take on future responsibilities."
The chairman explained that the media and communication sector is crucial to building ideas and culture in the society. "The initiative of the student column in local newspapers will help develop the skills of our youth and prepare them for the future. I commend the cooperation of media organisations with the centre on this initiative. The success of this initiative is integrally linked to the sensitivity on the part of the media to the aspirations of the youth. The media has been immensely cooperative with us," he added.
Al Qasimi said that the core message to be transmitted from all platforms was that of comprehensive development as it alone guaranteed an end to various economic, social and cultural crises and conflicts.
Editors praised the new initiative of Sharjah Media Centre and stressed on the importance of preparing and nurturing talents in the domain of journalism in UAE. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Need for nationally responsible media: Mona Ghanem Al Marri
posted on 06/11/2015

Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Director-General of Dubai Government Media Office and Chairperson of Dubai Press Club, noted that the exceptional developments in the region have produced great challenges.
In the course of her speech at the third Emirati Media Forum, organised by the Dubai Press Club, in the presence of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Mona Ghanem Al Marri also noted that the UAE declared its firm backing of victims of injustice and the Yemeni people's defence of their country where Emiratis sacrificed their lives to defend what is just and right.
She underscored the importance of standarising local media discourse based on the forum's focus on the need for a media agenda that is nationally responsible.
The forum, Al Marri noted, reflects solidarity between the leadership and people of the UAE.
She recalled that His Highness Sheikh Mohammed previously stressed the need for constructive media that helps people and boost growth and development. – Emirates 24/7 -


Mohamed bin Rashid honours 22 local media organisations
posted on 05/11/2015

His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, affirmed the important role played by the media in shaping the present and the future of the region, and in strengthening determination, mobilising energies and supporting builders, innovators and those who give reason for hope.
H.H. also pointed out the media's responsibility in dealing with the challenges that this region is facing.
Sheikh Mohammad was speaking while honouring 22 local media organisations during the third Emirati Media Forum in the presence of an elite group of editors-in-chief, media leaders and prominent intellectuals, journalists, writers and academics.
He emphasised the UAE's stand in favour of the legitimate government in Yemen, and said the nation will continue to support the oppressed people and provide aid to the needy all across the world.
Addressing the local media at the third edition of the Emirati Media Forum (EMF), H.H. said, 'Adhere, as you have always done, to professionalism and honesty because these are the foundations for the media work that the UAE needs in its society. You have our full support; our doors are always open to interact with you and all segments of society. I closely follow the media to learn about issues that affect people's lives."
"There is nothing more important than disclosing the truth to debunk lies. The UAE, its leadership and courageous soldiers will continue to support the legitimate government and defending those who have been aggrieved, under the banner of right and justice. Our youth are well and always ready to defend our state's gains and achievements," said Sheikh Mohammad.
Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Chairman of the National Media Council (NMC), received the honour for the NMC.
During the forum, HH Shaikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, also awarded the winners of a documentary competition titled The Nation's Martyrs.
This year, the third edition of the forum discussed the performance of the local media in coping with regional developments with a focus on Yemen. . – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Saif bin Zayed: Those who master the art of success will face many enemies
posted on 05/11/2015

H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, has affirmed that positive citizenship requires positive media that champions the country in all circumstances based on credibility and responsible transparency.
Delivering the keynote at the third Emirati Media Forum, organised by the Dubai Press Club, in the presence of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Sheikh Saif called on Emiratis to have a sense of national and social responsibility when posting or sharing ideas through various media.
He expressed his pride in the armed forces who are performing their national duty as part of the Saudi-led Arab coalition in support of the legitimate Yemeni government. "They are progressing steadily, in order to safeguard the stability of the region and to defend the right of their people to live in dignity, while maintaining the cultural achievements made by the UAE, including openness, freedom of expression and media freedom," he said.
Sheikh Saif also praised the positive role played by various local media organisations, which covered the funeral of the brave martyred Emirati servicemen by showing the martyrs' families high sense of national responsibility and belonging.
The full text of the speech: "I would like to take the opportunity to welcome the esteemed guests attending the third Emirati Media Forum; guests of Dubai, the unparalleled Emirati city, which has forged ahead to become a beacon of modernity, and a hub of innovation and development in various fields. All of which have been made possible by the grace of Allah Almighty, and by the unstinting efforts exerted by the wise leadership, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The evolution of technology ushers in a new media era, with well-defined characteristics. Technological advances associate with the human element to create a new form of media that is quite different from other traditional media forms; a form that goes beyond simple monitoring and reporting of events, to being a key player in the inner workings of events. Technology and the human element work hand in hand in a virtual world. It is a common fact that anyone who possesses the fantasy world will possess and be able to control the real world.
Quoting Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid who said, "To achieve prosperity requires liberating the media from restraints and regulation so that it can enjoy more freedom, independence and creativity." Ideas have no value if they remain trapped in the head; however, not every idea is worthy of sharing.
The so-called "communication revolution' has yielded a new form of media, dubbed the "alternative media"; which I personally tend to call the "Generation Media", because both, the key players and target category are the youth. Over the past two decades, the "communication revolution" has accounted for the emergence of a growing number of print and audio-visual media. The world's population amounts to nearly 7 billion; most of whom own a smart device, which allows them to "play an active role in the process of collecting, reporting, and disseminating news and information."
Teachers, farmers, soldiers, fathers, mothers they all play an instrumental role. However, it is our shared responsibility to pay attention to the messages we convey and instil in human minds. This prompts me to ask some pertinent questions. Where does the international community stand in this general perspective? And where do our national media stand? According to statistics, expressions of interest and solidarity that poured in from around the world on social media, regarding the latest events, under the hashtag "#Istishad_jonood_Al Emirat_Al Bawasil", Arabic for "Martyrdom of brave UAE soldiers" amounted to nearly 400 million; a number that exceeds the number of followers of major satellite TVs and media organisations around the world.
We take pride in our local media organisations, which covered the funeral of the brave UAE Armed Forces' martyred servicemen, showing the martyrs' families high sense of national responsibility and belonging, while the wounded and injured displayed courage and loyalty.
I was hoping for the whole world to see this honourable image of the UAE people in general, and especially the families of martyrs. The media did not disappoint me. The UAE is a cohesive and ‘unified home,' and the spirit of brotherhood and love is binding on all Emiratis; it is only natural for us to ensure that our community media reflects this same spirit. Positive citizenship requires positive media that champions the country in all circumstances based on credibility and responsible transparency.
This sums up the picture on the community level. With respect to the government approach, Mohammed bin Rashid's Government has managed to change the stereotypical concept regarding the role of the media, from being directed from one party to another; to an interactive, free and open discourse between the public and the leadership. There is a big difference between talking to people and talking with people.
The brave righteous Armed Forces servicemen are performing their national duty as part of the Saudi-led Arab coalition in support of the legitimate Yemeni government. They are progressing steadily, in order to safeguard the stability of the region and to defend the right of their people to live in dignity, while maintaining the cultural achievements made by the UAE, including openness, freedom of expression and media freedom.
Today, we are all endeavouring to achieve the aspirations of the wise leadership; led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa. We also strive to keep pace with the efforts exerted by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces; and we are all required to assume our national and social responsibility when posting or sharing ideas through various media. Those who master the art of success will face many enemies.
The spring that blossomed in 1971 is an ongoing journey that advances with confidence towards the future, supported by the vision and wisdom of our leadership and inspired by the values of our forefathers. No enemy of Allah and humanity will be able to fool us into championing destruction, forced displacement and terrorism. Arab countries are fully aware of this truth, which is only denied by the ignorant, the underdeveloped or the unwilling.
The heroic efforts undertaken by our valiant Armed Forces in Yemen aim to defend the right and international legitimacy, and to extend a helping hand to our brothers in Yemen, which is the Cradle of Arabism – Those who doesn't protect their own home won't protect anything else.
We appreciate creativity and celebrate innovators. We practice self-criticism and constant improvement. We avail of the lessons learned, right or wrong; but we do not expect advice or medicine from a failed doctor, nor need a failed politician to teach us military concepts.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid is always launching purposeful slogans, which constitute a theme for new work methodologies such as, Happiest Country; Happiness for Humanity; Your Help; and We Will Not Forget You, among others.
Upon conclusion of my speech, allow me to take the opportunity to express my full confidence and unyielding optimism, in the fact that we are forging ahead on the right path towards long decades of progress and prosperity; led by a strong leadership that constantly endeavours to achieve victory; in a land of bounties and authentic values; armed with progress, under the banner of a valiant strong army, which earns glory and dignity with every struggle.
In conclusion, I express my heartfelt wishes of success for this forum; hoping that it will achieve the coveted goals, and come up with fruitful ideas and opinions." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE media has matured, delivered remarkable successes thanks to collective efforts, enhanced sense of initiative-taking: Sultan Al Jaber
posted on 05/11/2015

Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and Chairman of the National Media Council (NMC), said the UAE has taken long strides in achieving excellence in all walks of life, leaving its hallmark on the world scene and maintaining its first rank amongst the most happiest peoples of the world thanks to the far-sighted vision of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, constant support of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and close follow-up of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Dr Al Jaber expressed profound gratitude and thanks to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid for honouring the NMC during the third Emirati Media Forum in Dubai.
'Honouring the NMC is a recognition of the tremendous efforts made by the media institutions in the State, particularly their swift, prompt and positive response and their effective role in the coverage of efforts being exerted by our Armed Forces to restore legitimacy in Yemen as part of the Saudi-led Arab Coalition. Our media has succeeded in strengthening the spirit of national solidarity and in standing bravely and transparently with the families of the nation's martyrs, those wounded and the community at large,' he said.
'I would also like to extend deep thanks to the Dubai Government Media Office, Dubai Press Club and organisers of the Emirati Media Forum, and producing this shining outlook which conveys a message of respect and reverence to the souls of our martyrs and sends a message of appreciation and gratitude to our Armed Forces servicemen for the dedication and sacrifices. The whole nation is wholeheartedly standing with them,' he added.
Dr. Al Jaber stressed that it is important to benefit from the important, strategic messages given by H.H. Lt. General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, specifically those concerning the social media organs which play an increasing role in our daily life as a quick source for information. It is also important here to enhance the role of families and community to educate the young generation and urge them to adhere to accuracy and credibility in accessing information sources.
Al Jaber further explained that the Emirati Media Forum provides a scientific platform for stakeholders to discuss the media landscape and methods to improve professional performance.
'It is no secret that amidst the developments that our region is going through, our local media, namely the English speaking one, is required to double its efforts to communicate and promote the true face of our religion, culture and civilisation and communicate and reflect the correct image about our values, traditions and principles and correct some misconceptions that might be distorted by international media reports,' he said.
He emphasised that the UAE media has proven its maturity and achieved many successes over the earlier period thanks to unified efforts and by taking initiatives. Continuing this trend, he noted, the local media will deliver more success by reflecting the achievements of the nation and leadership to the local and international public. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


UAE should be on guard to counter misinformation created by digital warfare, say speakers at third session of Emirati Media Forum
posted on 05/11/2015

Speakers at the third session of the third Emirati Media Forum being organised by the Dubai Press Club said that the UAE should guard itself against groups engaged in spreading misinformation through digital channels by responding prudently and practically to such misinformation.
The third session of the Emirati Media Forum, held in Dubai yesterday under the patronage of Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, focused on the topic of ‘digital warfare'.
The session, moderated by Chief Editor of Al Ittihad newspaper Mohammed Al Hammadi, featured prominent UAE thought leaders including leading commentator on Arab affairs Sheikh Sultan Saud Al Qasimi; Director General of Watani UAE Dherar Belhoul; and Vice Chancellor of UAE University Dr. Ali Al Nuaimi.
Sultan Saud Al Qasimi said that the proliferation of social media and multiple digital channels has given rise to ‘digital warfare' where groups engage in spreading information to defame countries. The UAE should guard itself against such attacks.
He further said that the last two to three years have seen the emergence of groups that are highly professional in defaming countries. Rumours can be spread that can have a negative impact on the economies of countries.
Al Qasimi pointed out that we need to strengthen ourselves against wrongdoing by groups spreading misinformation against the country. We need to be ready with responses to accusations, not only by expressing one's love for the country, but by responding in a prudent and practical way.
Supporting Al Qasimi's point of view, Dharar Belhoul said we need to provide evidence to counter misinformation. When we provide evidence, we become stronger, he said.
He further said that the spread of social media has put conventional media in a difficult position. However, traditional media in the UAE have been more advanced compared to many other countries in being able to keep pace with social media's advance.
The Yemen war was a field where the interplay between information from various conventional and digital media and the challenges associated with it were thoroughly tested, he said.
However, he stressed that there is a strong relationship between traditional and digital media, and suggested that traditional and digital media cooperate with each other to "fill in the gaps."
Ali Al Nuaimi echoed these views saying we should not respond to misinformation out of emotions but with facts. We should not use wrong language in responding to those who are waging an information war against us. We should provide evidence against those rumours, he said.
Speaking about the role of media, he said all media professionals should be aware that their jobs has become everyone's job. Audiences don't wait for news, they receive the news from many channels instantly. They have the opportunity to contribute and redraft the news.
Speaking about instances of misinformation spread by enemies about the UAE's role in the Yemen war, he said many Emiratis rose to the occasion and defended the UAE's position. . – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


English media need to explain historical role of UAE in maintaining peace and security in the region, say speakers at first session of Emirati Media Forum
posted on 05/11/2015

Speakers at the first session of the third Emirati Media Forum, being organised by the Dubai Press Club yesterday, stressed on the need for English media to explain the larger background to the war in Yemen and the historical role played by the UAE to reinforce peace and security in the region so that their readers understand the context behind the UAE's involvement in the Yemen war.
The first session of the Emirati Media Forum, held in Dubai yesterday under the patronage of Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, focused on the English media's coverage of the Yemen war, given their specific audiences.
The session, moderated by Mishaal Gergawi, founder and managing director of the research house Delma Institute, featured the top editorial leadership of prominent English media in the UAE including Editor-in-Chief of The National Mohammed Al Otaiba, Editor-in-Chief of The Gulf Today Aysha Taryam; and Editor at Large of Gulf News Francis Mathew.
Aysha Taryam said that readers of English newspapers should be made aware of the historic background of the UAE military's humanitarian activities in the region and their role in promoting peace and security.
Francis Mathew said: "It is important that we explain why the UAE is "making this sacrifice" for the sake of security and peace in the region. There are good reasons that the UAE is involved in this war and the media need to explain it not only to expatriates in the country but also the larger global audience.
Recalling a recent news story in The Economist, Mathew said that international media have forgotten the war in Yemen. To remedy this, he said UAE's English media should exert efforts to explain the context and reasons behind the war.
Mohammed Otaiba said that the reaction from the readers of English media to the martyrdom of UAE soldiers in the Yemen war has been extremely positive. "They share the pain of the families that have lost their children and their brothers," he said On a question from the moderator on whether the readers of English newspapers understand the security concerns of the UAE, Otaiba said that he has seen eagerness from readers in engaging with and understanding what is happening in the war in Yemen and why it is happening. "They see what the UAE stands for," he said.
Taryam echoed Otaiba's views, saying that the reactions from readers were positive and there was major concern for the safety of the country. She said that she does not view non-national readers as separate from the country, emphasising that English newspapers want UAE national writers to be understood by non-UAE nationals. This, she said, is part of the evolution of English newspapers in the UAE.
All speakers on the panel said that one of the major challenges faced by the media in covering the Yemen war is the differing information coming from various sources. Taryam said that if there is a credible source from the battlefield in the form of a spokesperson from the military who can regularly speak to the media, it will support the media in providing clear coverage.
Mathew reinforced the need for a spokesperson who can provide and explain information on the war. He said that the media need access to regular briefings from the military for the sake of establishing clarity. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Ajman Ruler issues Emiri Decree establishing Ajman Media Free Zone
posted on 05/11/2015

H.H. Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ajman, has issued an Emiri Decree establishing the Ajman Media Free Zone.
Emiri Decree No. 08 of 2015, which includes 18 articles, stipulated that 'media' is all work using available techniques for the transfer and dissemination of readable and audio-visual information.
The Emiri Decree comes into effect from the date of issuance and shall be published in the Official Gazette of the Emirate. . – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Twofour54 chief to be honoured at Washington ceremony
posted on 06/10/2015

An American media organisation will honour Noura Al Kaabi, Chief Executive of Abu Dhabi's media zone twofour54, in Washington this month.
Ms Al Kaabi will be honoured by America Abroad Media, a non-profit organisation in the US, for her role in leading the UAE's growing media industry.
"Her enormous contribution to the success of the media sector in Abu Dhabi, as well as her personality and leadership style, is an inspiration to young people in the UAE and across the Middle East and is an honourable reflection of the values of her country,” said Aaron Lobel, founder and president of the group.
Previous recipients include Kathryn Bigelow, director of The Hurt Locker and the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director, and Aamir Khan, one of India's most famous Bollywood stars.
The event is held to recognise leaders whose work reflects the media's power to inform, educate and empower citizens. – The National -


twofour54 and Dubai Media Incorporated enter into strategic training partnership
posted on 09/09/2015

twofour54 has signed a strategic partnership with Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI) that will extend the efforts from both parties to continuously develop and boost the skills of professionals working in the media industry across the UAE and the region.
The 10-week programme will deliver training courses carefully tailored to meet the business needs of DMI whilst providing delegates the latest skills and expertise within the sector. Courses will cover a range of topics including Innovation and Creative Media, Radio Presenting, and Digital Journalism through to Social Media.
Commenting on the partnership, Maryam Al Mheiri, twofour54 Chief Operating Officer, said, "This cooperation aims at enhancing the quality of media for consumers in the UAE whilst actively building and growing the media sector. The partnership is an example of the commitment of both organisations to develop the skillset of the industry across the MENA region."
Dubai Media Incorporated CEO of Corporate Support, Faisal Abdulla, said, "We are very proud of this strategic cooperation between DMI and twofour54, especially that it will provide courses in both English and Arabic across various fields considered critical by our organisation. I am confident that these courses will enhance our output and move the company forward."
twofour54's professional training department is the region's foremost media training academy, which provides world-class training solutions across diverse media sectors. It has so far equipped more than 7,000 professionals with the necessary skills to take up positions in state sponsored broadcasting companies as well as government entities in the wider MENA region.
twofour54's training methods focus on equipping delegates with international-standard media skills. Their tailored training solutions are designed by experienced instructors from internationally respected media organisations. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Noura Al Kaabi selected for LinkedIn’s Global Influencer Programme
posted on 14/08/2015

Noura Al Kaabi, chief executive of twofour54, has become the first woman from the Middle East and North Africa region to be selected for LinkedIn's Global Influencer Programme.
The platform is aimed at nominating leaders to share insights and discuss topics of interest on the professional social network.
About 500 people – including Vice President and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, US president Barack Obama and Microsoft founder Bill Gates – hold the LinkedIn Influencer badge globally which has been by an invitation-only basis since its launch in 2013.
Ms Al Kaabi is a board member of the National Media Council, Abu Dhabi Media, Image Nation and the United Arab Emirates University. She is also a chairwoman in the Emirates Media Measurement Company.
Ms Al Kaabi has also been a committee member on the Federal National Council and Economic Development Committee since 2011. In 2014, she was named as one of Forbes Middle East's 30 Most Influential Women in Government; and was awarded Business Woman of the Year at the Gulf Business Industry Awards.
LinkedIn announced earlier this year that it was trying to attract more users in the Middle East with the launch of its Arabic language service.
According to LinkedIn, the Middle East and North Africa has more than 14 million users. – The National -


Hamdan bin Mohammed launches Thomson Reuters Innovation Laboratory
posted on 16/07/2015

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, has emphasised that innovation has become a well-established and effective institutional work culture in the Emirate of Dubai and the UAE.
He said this was the result of an integrated system that aims to provide an appropriate work environment to encourage creative and innovators in various fields, thus contributing to improving innovation levels to new heights.
This came when Sheikh Hamdan opened the Thomson Reuters Innovation Laboratory, which represents a new step in the framework of supporting the Dubai partners' initiative for innovation.
The initiative is aimed at strengthening closer cooperation with pioneering international innovation companies to launch and develop innovative ideas and solutions in line with the vision of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to make Dubai the most innovative city in the world.
Sheikh Hamdan added, "We are keen to establish partnerships with the leading local and international companies and institutions to take advantage of the best experiences and practices in the field of innovation."
Accompanied by Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Chairman of the Executive Office of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai toured Thomson Reuters' facilities where they were briefed on its various departments and divisions. He expressed his admiration at the professional services provided by Thomson Reuters as well as the role it is playing to support business sector across the world.
Nadim Najjar, Managing Director of Thomson Reuters Middle East and North Africa, said, "We look forward to working closely with the Emirate of Dubai and its key institutions and competent departments to support this strategic partnership." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Sultan bin Ahmed: Sharjah Media Centre has created a distinguished media platform in the region
posted on 12/07/2015

Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Centre (SMC), emphasised that the centre has become an independent media entity, with its vision and identity as a distinguished media centre dedicated to developing excellent channels of government communication in the UAE and the region, while keeping abreast with Sharjah's developments and successive achievements as well as the Emirate's internationally acclaimed position.
Sheikh Sultan's acknowledgements occurred during the annual Iftar banquet organised by SMC at Al Majaz Amphitheatre, in honour of various media and department heads and staff, with a view to strengthen the strategic relation between the centre and various media institutions, and in recognition of the major role played by the media in raising awareness about community and cultural issues.
The Iftar banquet was attended by The evening was attended by Sheikh Mohammed bin Humaid Al Qasimi, Director of the Department of Statistics and Community Development; Public Programming & Outreach Officer at Sharjah Art Foundation, Sheikh Dr. Abdul Aziz Al Nuaimi, Environmental Advisor and CEO of Al Ihsan Charity Association, also known as the "Green Sheikh", Abdullah Sultan Al Owais, Chairman of the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Khalid Omar Al Midfa, Director General of Sharjah Media Corporation (SMC), Dr Rashad Mohammed Salim, Director of Al Qasimia University, Khalifa Al Shaibani, Director General of Tilal Properties, Mohammed Burhan serves as Chief Executive Officer at CNBC Arabia, Paiman Al Mulla, Regional Manager at BMW in Sharjah, Osama Samra, Director of SMC; as well as a large number of local, Arab and media representatives and thought leaders and literary figures from the emirate of Sharjah and the UAE .
The Iftar event took place after the conclusion of SMC's fourth Ramadan Majlis hosting an elite society of ministers, intellectuals and media figures from the UAE and beyond, during its seven sessions dedicated to discussing a range of social, cultural, artistic, media, political and sports issues with the help of a number of officials and experts.
During the event, Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi said: "Amidst the spiritual atmosphere of the holy month of Ramadan with its reflection and manifestations, and inspired by the values of connection, solidarity and love, we meet today on this Ramadan evening, which has become an annual tradition that brings us together as one family. This evening stems from our eagerness to communicate with colleagues and friends from all media institutions whom we are proud of, our cooperation to highlight Sharjah's achievements, projects and initiatives, as well as the events, exhibitions and conference it organises throughout the year."
He added: "Just recently, we've pulled down the curtain on our fourth Ramadan Majlis, which was developed by the SMC team, inspired by the thought and visions of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah. We were also keen to enrich these evenings with topics in the areas of culture, intellect and dialogue to become an Emirati platform that conveys UAE's messages to recipients in the country and abroad."
The SMC Chairman highlighted the major initiatives launched by SMC, including International Government Communication Forum and Sharjah Government Communication Award. The Centre also launched other development initiatives in the media sector, organised training programmes that helped develop the efficiency and competence of talented Emiratis in the media field and attracted the fresh Emirati graduates, enhancing Emiratisation rates.
Concluding, Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi emphasised that Sharjah Media Centre resolved to launch programmes and initiatives that support Sharjah's steps towards sustainable development, in keeping with developments and successive achievements made by the Emirate and increased international recognition.
He praised the immeasurable support extended by the Sharjah Executive Council under the chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Crown Prince and Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, as well as the participation and support of all government departments, which have contributed significantly to achieving these accomplishments.
During the evening, Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi and Osama Samra honoured sponsors and strategic partners of the SMC Ramadan Majlis, in recognition of the outstanding efforts they exerted to ensure the Ramadan Majlis lives up to Sharjah's internationally acclimated reputation and its cultural pioneering.
This year's Sharjah Ramadan Majlis' official sponsor is Tilal Real-estate, media partners are Sharjah Media Corporation and CNBC Arabia, and transport Sponsor BMW. The first session was sponsored by Madarek publishing house, the Arab Scientific Publishers, and Knowledge Without Borders; the second by the Government Communication Office of the General Secretariat of the Council of Ministers; the third by the Theatrical Association of Sharjah, the fourth by the Sport Investment UAE, and the seventh session by Funn and Bidaya Media. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Mohammed bin Rashid emphasises media's crucial role in facing challenges
posted on 02/07/2015

UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum received yesterday editors-in-chief of local newspapers, national media leaders, representatives of Arab and international news agencies, press and TV channels, operating in the UAE.
Present at the Ramadan evening, organised by the Dubai Government Media Office, were H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Media Incorporated, Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of the Board of National Media Council (NMC), Mona Ghanim Al Marri, Director General of Dubai Government Media Office and Sheikh Waleed Al Ibrahim, Chairman of the MBC Group.
Sheikh Mohammed welcomed the media personalities and exchanged greetings on the occasion of the holy month of Ramadan.
The Vice president said the responsibility of media towards the Arab community is increasing day by day with the growing challenges facing the region. He urged the media to adhere to professional integrity, objectivity, and accuracy in reporting news about regional developments.
"We want a media that builds and helps people achieve a better future for the current and future generations, a media that drives creativity in all walks of life," he said.
Sheikh Mohammed went on to say that media should not only inform, but also educate and strive to reach areas where knowledge and cultural resources are scarce.
"There is no question that books are the prime source of enlightenment. Yet, the rapid development in media technology has contributed in expanding sources of information," he stated.
Sheikh Mohammed expressed appreciation for the role played by the media in the UAE in reflecting the progress of the country's ambitious development drive. He called on the different media organisations to nurture Emirati talents in media fields and to provide proper training to them and ensure their development.
Sheikh Mohammed engaged in talks with the members of the media community about political, economic and sports topics.
Members of the media expressed their delight at meeting Sheikh Mohammed and benefitting from his ideas and vision in all fields. They also lauded his humanitarian and charitable initiatives, especially during the holy month of Ramadan, and commended the UAE government's approach in providing means of happiness to the people. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Mohamed bin Zayed hails media, exchanges Ramadan greetings with media officials
posted on 01/07/2015

His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has stressed that the media occupies a privileged position in service of the development process and cultural renaissance being experienced by the UAE.
Sheikh Mohamed made the remark this evening while receiving a number of UAE media officials and representatives.
He exchanged greetings with media persons on the advent of Holy Month of Ramadan, wishing more progress to the UAE, led by President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as well as Arab and Muslim countries.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi said various media institutions are key partners in supporting the development and progress efforts of the State, adding that "it is their national duty and responsibility towards the community to raise issues and topics in a professional way in light of current spread of information, news and multiplicity of sources. In addition to its important role in highlighting the constructive, innovative ideas and visions, the media plays an instrumental role in spreading the culture of tolerance, respect and coexistence."
During the meeting, attended by Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Chairman of the Board of Directors of National Media Council, Sheikh Mohamed called for continuation of training of the national cadres as per the latest media technologies to shoulder their national responsibilities and upgrade the media product in terms of form and content in a way that reflects the progress attained by the UAE in all fields, and "introduces our authentic heritage and identity."
Sheikh Mohamed said all individuals in the community should be alert about extremism and sectarian incitement, calling on all institutions, individuals, especially the media institutions, to tackle the advocates and promoters of extremism, terrorism and violence, and the ideology of hatred. He noted that their malicious ideology and its adverse effect on safe communities should be exposed.
The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi underscored that the media should also uncover the deception of the terrorist groups' discourse since they exploit religion to broadcast their inflammatory and destructive messages and ideas with intent to destroy the social fabric and security structure in the countries and communities in the Arab and Islamic world.
He added that the terrorists call for strife and division among the components of society, reiterating that their ideas, which are inconsistent with the values of Islam regarding peace, tolerance and coexistence, should be refuted. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Dubai Creative Clusters Authority launches first report as part of its new mandate
posted on 25/06/2015

Following the decree by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, in his capacity as Ruler of Dubai, issuing Law No.15 of 2014 concerning the Creative Clusters in the Emirate of Dubai, the Dubai Creative Clusters Authority, DCCA, formerly the Dubai Technology and Media Free Zone Authority, announced that it has launched its first report, entitled, "Celebrating 15 years of success and a new mandate."
The report provides in-depth details of the authority's new mandate and the ways in which it will support and enhance Dubai's creative industries. It will be used as a benchmark to measure DCCA's delivery against its mandate and is a stepping stone towards fulfilling the authority's role in providing research, intelligence and advocacy.
The report also celebrates the achievements of the past 15 years and the role the authority has played in developing Dubai's knowledge-based economy. By providing a business-friendly regulatory and policy framework, the authority has helped industry leaders across 10 world-class free zone clusters to establish a base from which they serve their customers across the region.
Ali BuRuhaima, Deputy Director-General, Dubai Creative Clusters Authority, commented, "The new mandate is an enormous responsibility. To meet it, we must work closely with all our partners, established and new, so we can all benefit from our collective experience. This report is a starting point which will help us pave the way to achieving this mandate, so when the world comes to Expo 2020, they will see Dubai as the most innovative city in the world."
According to DCCA's new mandate, the authority will drive the growth of Dubai's creative industries by developing evidence-based policies and programmes to attract, retain and grow creative businesses in Dubai.
To meet its objectives, the authority will actively develop the size and skills of the creative talent pool, promote entrepreneurship and innovation, provide financial support, create joint forums between the creative industries and government, and provide a platform for research, intelligence and advocacy.
DCCA will continue to be responsible for licensing, visa and zoning regulations for the diverse free zone, which encompasses Dubai Internet City, Dubai Outsource Zone, Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, International Media Production Zone, Dubai Knowledge Village, Dubai International Academic City, Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park, Energy and Environment Park and Dubai Design District. These clusters are owned and operated by TECOM Investments, Dubai's innovative business enabler and pioneering master developer of sector-focused business communities. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Dubai Media Incorporated uses latest technology to monitor audience behaviour and viewership trends
posted on 01/06/2015

Dubai Media Incorporated, DMI, Dubai's government media agency, has recently conducted a mobile survey across the UAE and Saudi Arabia, becoming the first media company in the MENA region to use the latest technology in monitoring TV audience behaviour patterns and viewership trends.
Mariam Al Afridi, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications at DMI, said, "Committed to Dubai's vision to transform Dubai into a ‘Smart City', we, at DMI, are determined to identify and implement newer and ‘smarter' ways to learn about the target demographics, which will allow us to understand our audience's TV consumption behaviour in order for us to offer them better content. We are always keen on monitoring the opinions of our audience as well as their desires and expectations, so that we can adapt to their needs."
DMI launched the mobile survey targeting TV viewers in two primary markets, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, due to their high smartphone penetration rates at 80% and 200% mobile phone penetration, and high TV viewer ratings. In addition, the technology is the most interactive as it allows survey participants to take snapshots of the programmes or channels they are watching at the time of taking the survey, which highlights the credibility of this method.
The survey was launched on a big scale, allowing DMI to attain highly precise and quicker results. Survey participants are to reveal valuable insights into real time TV consumption, namely, what they are watching and why they are watching certain programmes or channels.
Al Afridi concluded, "Mobiles phones allow participants to respond to questions from the comfort of their homes at their convenience. The quick turnaround, accuracy and transparency this method provides is key to us. It will enable us to respond to the new trends and audience viewership habits more effectively and quickly." – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Dubai Media City helps to strengthen media industry in Dubai
posted on 27/05/2015

Dubai's media sector has gone from strength to strength in the past decade, with the creation of a real industry ecosystem emerging in Dubai, the Dubai Media City, which provides a home for industry giants, as well as SMEs and entrepreneurs from across the media value chain.
The Media Cluster of TECOM Investments, which comprises Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City and the International Media Production Zone, experienced positive growth in 2014, with 201 new companies joining its portfolio.
Deloitte's recent TMT Predictions for 2015 highlight real growth opportunities for content creators across the MENA region, focusing particularly on short-form content and Digital Islamic Services.
In line with this, Mohammad Abdullah, Managing Director of TECOM's Media Cluster, has called for content creators to join these vibrant business communities, which already provide a home to content creators from around the world, to enable their further development and growth.
Digital Islamic Services, which includes any technology or media online product or service that addresses the needs of consumers in the Islamic economy, will also be a strong area of growth over the next few years.
Deloitte predicts that the region's Digital Islamic Economy will nearly double in size in terms of Muslim consumer spend on lifestyle products and services, to reach US$30 billion by 2018.
"The environment for content creators has never been as competitive as it is today, with consumers able to access almost unlimited amounts of content on their smartphones, and it is important that creators of content are given the right support and market for their output and to fill a niche," Mohammad Abdullah said.
"With large industry players adopting the short-form video format, whose new ventures we continue to support, it is more important now than ever that creators of online content are given the right support and environment to operate. We continue to encourage creators of content from around the world to join our business communities, and ensure that creativity and competition is nurtured across the industry."
"We have long supported Deloitte's Middle East TMT predictions, as they contain many valuable insights that serve as a guide for the media industry and, as evidenced by their predictions, there are real growth opportunities within particular areas of the media sector."
Dubai Media City, since its inauguration in 2001, has grown to become a thriving business community, home to leading international and regional brands including CNN, Thomson Reuters, MBC and CNBC Arabia. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –



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