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twofour54 invests in Arabic online games developer Falafel Games
posted on 13/08/2014

twofour54, the commercial arm of the Media Zone Authority – Abu Dhabi, has announced that it is investing in Falafel Games, a designer and producer of Arabic Massive Multiplier Online (MMO) games targeting the MENA audience.
The current investment was concluded alongside MBC Ventures and Middle East Venture Partners (MEVP) bringing the total cash invested in the company to around US$2 million. This is the latest move by twofour54 to invest in early stage growth companies in the media and entertainment sector bringing its venture portfolio to 13 companies.
Commenting on the investment twofour54's Chief Executive Officer, Noura Al Kaabi said, "Our investment in Falafel Games provides further evidence of our commitment to create a thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem at twofour54. We want to support local talent and help start-ups fulfil their creative potential, which is vital to building and sustaining our media and entertainment industries." Founded in 2010, Falafel Games is a leading developer for regional MMO titles that are culturally relevant and speak to Arab audiences. The company's founders; Vince Ghossoub and Radwan Kasmiya, have extensive experience in game development both regionally and internationally. The company aspires to be the leading developer of Browser and Mobile MMO Games in both the Middle East and the Muslim World through highly relevant content.
It is the producer of "Knights of Glory" -the first Arabic MMOSG (Massive Multiplayer Online Strategy Game) with Arabic themes, winner of the Readers' Choice Awards for 2011, 2012 and 2013, and currently the best-selling browser MMO in the MENA- and boasts an impressive pipeline of future titles.
Twofour54 gaming sector is estimated to be worth more than US$1 billion in the Middle East and US$70 billion globally. Reports suggest that the Middle East is responsible for more than US$100 million in annual revenues from the online gaming industry.
Twofour54 is committed towards creating a thriving Arab entrepreneurial ecosystem across all media, entertainment and digital platforms. As an active investors in the industry, twofour54's current investment portfolio includes Tahadi Games, Falafel Games, Jawaker, SAE Institute, D1G, PopArabia, T-Break Media, Akhtaboot, Nibras, Istikana, as well as investments in specific content projects.
In addition to the above, twofour54's has also recently announced a partnership with accelerator, Flat6Labs, provides seed funding, strategic mentorship, workspace and direct support for start-ups through an expansive network of partners and entrepreneurial activities. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –
http://www.wam.ae/en/news/general-emirates/1395268554649.html

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Twofour54 chief executive receives honorary degree from Washington DC school
posted on 11/08/2014

Noura Al Kaabi, the chief executive of Twofour54, has been given an honorary degree by an US institution.
The head of the commercial arm of the Abu Dhabi Media Zone Authority received the award from the Protocol School of Washington during the institution's Global Education Summit in the US capital.
Afterwards, Ms Al Kaabi spoke on women in leadership roles to an audience of more than 250 people, sharing her experiences of being a female chief executive in the Middle East.
She advised listeners to own their own destiny and believe in themselves and to identify personal strengths. They should define success on their own terms based on individual values, passions and vision.
"I am honoured to be recognised by the Protocol School of Washington,” Ms Al Kaabi said.
"The school is a trusted counsel to governments and industries worldwide, and has been instrumental in equipping professionals such as myself with the unique skill sets required to succeed in today's multicultural business environment.”
The accolade was not the first for Ms Al Kaabi, a member of the Federal National Council.
Foreign Policy magazine previously named her one of the leading global thinkers of last year, the first Emirati to be featured on the 100-member list, for her contributions to supporting young talent and promoting online Arabic content.
Forbes Middle East named her one of the 30 most influential women in government last year, while two years ago Arabian Business magazine named Ms Al Kaabi media chief executive of the year.
Ms Al Kaabi is also a board member of Abu Dhabi Media, the parent company of The National.
She also sits on the boards of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, Image Nation and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council.
The chief executive holds a bachelor's degree in management information systems from U.A.E. University, in addition to completing a leadership programme at the London Business School.
The Protocol School in Washington conducts private training for corporations and government bodies, with experts from The Hague, militaries, international academia and corporations. – The National – Read more: http://www.thenational.ae/uae/education/twofour54-chief-executive-receives-honorary-degree-from-washington-dc-school

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Abu Dhabi Media Summit in November
posted on 08/07/2014

The fifth Abu Dhabi Media Summit to be held from November 18 to 20 will discuss driving and sustaining future media in Mena (Middle East and North Africa) and beyond.
The summit to be held in the Rosewood Hotel on Abu Dhabi's Maryah Island will shed light on new developments that have taken place in the media recently, in addition to the future of media and technology in the Middle East, North Africa and other regions. The summit will also focus on local community involvement through workshops.
The summit, which is sponsored by Twofour54 and builds on Abu Dhabi's reputation and status as the centre of innovation in the Arab world, will host a number of media industry leaders, leaders in the media sector and their counterparts in the global emerging markets, together with a number of personalities from the Arab region and neighbouring countries.
Noora Al Ka'abi, CEO of Twofour54, said that the theme of the summit this year marks a change in trends where three main subjects will be addressed such as digital content and the distribution of the content and the necessary funding for its development. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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twofour54 partner Ubisoft releases its first mobile game developed in Abu Dhabi
posted on 19/06/2014

twofour54, the commercial arm of Abu Dhabi Media Zone Authority, has announced that one of its key partners, Ubisoft, has released "CSI: Hidden Crimes", the first mobile game developed in Abu Dhabi and aimed to appeal to a global audience.
CSI: Hidden Crimes is a case-solving hidden object game set in the world of CBS Television s hit TV show, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and can be played for free on smartphones and tablets. Players can take on the role of detectives fighting crime in Las Vegas. The game has ten episodes available and is a top ranking game in several countries.
"The development of this game in Abu Dhabi by Ubisoft has leveraged locally based talent which is another example of a high-profile success within twofour54," said Noura Al Ka'abi, the Chief Executive Officer of twofour54. "This achievement will cement our status as an emerging gaming hub, demonstrating our success in developing young creative minds for a career in animation and game development." Three members of the team that developed the game are twofour54 Gaming Academy graduates, who have since joined Ubisoft Abu Dhabi as full-time team members after successfully completing internships with the company. The Ubisoft team is more than 35 people strong, with plans to grow to more than 100 in the next three to five years.
"Since coming to Abu Dhabi, we have enjoyed the benefits of twofour54 s collaborative community as well as fantastic support from the media zone. Our partnership with twofour54 has given us the possibility to create this original game, which features one of the world's most popular television programmes and will appeal to gamers all over the world," said Yannick Theler, Managing Director at Ubisoft Abu Dhabi.
"CSI: Hidden Crimes has reached the number one position in the (iPad) App Store s Most Downloaded Game section in more than 35 countries since its launch, in addition to great results in the (Android) Play Store, and recently launched in the Amazon Appstore. It is a wonderful adventure for our young studio, fuelled by a passionate team," continued Theler.
More information about Ubisoft's "CSI: Hidden Crimes", including upcoming episode delivery information, can be found on their Facebook page. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed plans closer strategic cooperation with Alastair Campbell and Sky News International
posted on 19/06/2014

LONDON: Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Centre and Sharjah Media Corporation, held meetings on strategic long-term cooperation with Alastair Campbell and Sky News International on Tuesday in London, UK.
Present at the meeting with Alastair Campbell were Osama Samra, Director of Sharjah Media Centre, and Mohammed Khalaf, Director of Sharjah TV and Radio.
Sheikh Sultan looked into opportunities to enhance the significant role of government communication in Sharjah primarily through its government agenda and Sharjah Executive Council.
He elaborated on recommendations that came during the third edition of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) and on their implementation in a discussion with Alastair Campbell while with Sky News International a promising exchange on a closer partnership for the International Government Communication Forum for 2015 and on a long-term prospect was induced.
Sheikh Sultan said: "We have seen great changes since the establishment of Sharjah Media Centre and the government communication programme, including initiatives such as the International Government Communication Forum and the Sharjah Government Communication Award.
The next phase is to implement the system we are working on in the form of practical steps that seek to develop the local government communication system and government agenda further." He added: "Sharjah is leading with its efforts in government communication and involvement of its 50 authorities and with our strategic partnerships we are aiming to set an example for the region." Samra, Director of Sharjah Media Centre, highlighted the vision of the two-day forum, which looks into best practices in government communication worldwide and their implementation in the emirate Sharjah. "Our vision for the IGCF is to be the platform for best practices in government communication worldwide. In the previous edition in February 2014, we highlighted the role that government communication can play in improving a country s image, and influencing its economic, social, and political future." Osama Samra added: "We are keen on providing government communication officers, communication professionals and students with the latest best practices and focus increasingly on academic content. We are confident that Sky News International will be contributing with their highly experienced and qualified higher management to the IGCF 2015." Mohammed Khalaf, Director of Sharjah TV and Radio, assessed the studios and operations of Sky News International closely and discussed options for exchange of resources and content: "At Sharjah Media Corporation, we are working with the latest equipment and latest technological developments. Next to this, we are interested to equip our employees with the latest skills and knowledge that contribute to a better quality of broadcast for our viewership and continuous development of local talent." – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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twofour54 launches platform to promote creative community
posted on 06/06/2014

twofour54, the commercial arm of the Media Zone Authority - Abu Dhabi, yesterday launched the first online platform of its kind in the Arab world to enable the region s creative community to collaborate and find new creative opportunities.
"This bi-lingual platform is an instant network for the creative industries and this tool is the bridge that will connect our broad talent pool with the region s creative community" said Noura Al Kaabi, the Chief Executive Officer of twofour54.
"By uploading their portfolios and showcasing their talents, creatives can connect to producers, agencies, broadcasters or other like-minded people this is the latest step in Abu Dhabi s journey to becoming a leading media and entertainment hub." The platform allows users to upload entire portfolios and connect their profiles to social media through channels such as twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Its interconnectivity helps businesses to search for talent for specific projects. Continuous blog posts and a social wall with regular feeds keep members up to date with industry news and opinions. Members can also use the new online platform to promote their own events, workshops and initiatives.
Al Kaabi said, "twofour54 has developed and supported young talent since it was founded, and we are now seeing results through the local production of more high-quality films, games, publications, and television programmes, driven by the creation of a thriving community for all types of media production. Locally based talent is a great advantage that has helped twofour54 successfully attract global television and film producers to the emirate, this platform will further enhance this offering." creative lab is twofour54 s community for creative people with over 80 projects funded to date. It operates #thelab which currently has over 300 visits a month from young budding creatives. This physical space located on twofour54 s campus is where members can hangout, meet colleagues and enjoy being creative with facilities such as sound and edit labs which are free to community members .The existing community of nearly 10,000 members can find guidance and funding for projects at the facility.
The platform connects existing and potential members of twofour54 s thriving creative community, with trade partners such as agencies, broadcasters, government and private entities, and production companies. It is also a platform to promote courses at twofour54 tadreeb, the region s leading training academy for the media and entertainment industries.
Members of twofour54 s creative community and platform users can also access exclusive experiences such interning with the major international film and televisions that are being attracted to the emirate. For example, six interns had the opportunity to work on the Abu Dhabi production location of the latest instalment of the Star Wars franchise, and two of those interns will go on to London's Pinewood Studios to further their production experience.
twofour54 is building a media and entertainment hub in the Middle East by promoting talent development and content creation by Arabs across all media platforms, including film, broadcast, music, digital media, events, gaming, and publishing. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Mohammed bin Rashid honours winners of 13th Arab Journalism Award
posted on 22/05/2014

UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has honoured the winners of the 13th Arab Journalism Award (AJA) during a special gala ceremony held at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai yesterday.
The ceremony was held alongside the conclusion of the 13th Arab Media Forum in the presence of a host of prominent Arab media leaders, key writers and industry specialists. The ceremony took place with the attendance of Dubai Crown Prince and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Mohammed Abdulla Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, Mona Ghanim Al Marri, Secretary-General of the Arab Journalism Awards and a huge gathering of high-calibre professionals in the fields of media, thought and culture in the region.
Awards were delivered to fifteen Arab press winners, honours for which were chosen from among more than 4,500 works covering various arts and areas of journalism, received from various daily and weekly newspapers and periodicals, in both print and online, from various Arab and foreign countries.
The ceremony began with a short film which reflected the most important events that have affected the Arab media landscape over the past year.
A special honour was also granted to the late Dr. Abdullah Omran Taryam.
The event also included a presentation creatively presented by the artist Mohammed Al-Dairi in the form of an image of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, patron of the Arab Journalism Award and the Arab Media Forum, in recognition by the Award Secretariat of His Highness' support and patronage for the award since its launch in 1999.
Sheikh Mohammed honoured Ibrahim Al Abed, Director-General of the National Media Council, with the "Media Personality of the Year Award" in recognition of his contributions to the local and Arab media, including the foundation of the UAE News Agency, "WAM"
Sheikh Mohammed also presented the "Best Newspaper Column" award to Mohammed Tawfiq, who received the trophy on behalf of the winner, Egyptian writer Ahmad Rajab. The Award came in recognition of Rajab's efforts in the march of the Arab media through his work as a writer. He is the most prominent symbols of satirical writing in the Arab world, writing the column, "Nos Kalima" in the Egyptian daily, "Akhbar Al Youm". Rajab began his writing career in 1968, and in his column he highlights the challenges facing society and sheds light on the aspirations of its members.
Dhaen Shaheen, a member of the board of the Arab Journalism Award, presented the AJA Shield for Investigative Journalism to journalist Iman Al Warraqi of the Egyptian "Seventh Day".
Sakina Fuad, AJA Board Member, presented the AJA Shield for Humanitarian Journalism Award to journalist Ahmed Mediani of "Morocco Today" magazine.
Dr. Abdul Elah Belqzaiz, Member of the AJA Board, presented the Political Journalism Award to Amro Bayoumi of "Emirates Today", UAE.
Raed Barqawi, AJA Board Member, presented the Shield of Press Interviews Journalism Award to journalist Yasser Rizq of "Al Masri Al Youm".
Khaled Al Ma'ina, AJA Board Member, presented the AJA Shield of Economic Journalism Award to Mostafa Abdul Adhim of "Al Ittihad" newspaper, UAE.
Mohammed Al Hammadi, AJA Board Member presented the Shield of Specialized Journalism Award to Dr. Adel Allaqani, Editor-in -Chief of "Lughatu Al Asr" magazine.
Dr. Abdul Nasser Al Najjar, AJA Board Member, presented the Shield of Sports Journalism Award to Masaad Abdul Wahhab of "Al Khaleej", UAE..
AJA Board Member, Aisha Sultan, presented the shield of Best Cultural Journalism Award to Sharif Saleh of the Kuwaiti newspaper "Al Nahar".
AJA Board Member Abdul Hamid Ahmed presented the Shield of Best Picture Award to photographer Ammar Jameel Awadh, of Reuters.
Ayman Al Sayyad, AJA Board Member, presented the Shield of Outstanding Cartoon Works Award to Amer Al Zoubi. Ali Shahdour, Editing Director General at Al Bayan Newspaper, received the award on his behalf.
The Vice Chairman of the AJA, Dhiaa Rashwan, presented Shields of Honour to the three winners of Young Journalist Awards, being Aziz Al Hoor of Morocco's "Al Akhbar", Mohammed Ahdad of Morocco's "Al Masa" newspaper, and Sami Modni of Morocco's "Al Masa". – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Arab media forum sets stellar example
posted on 22/05/2014

A UAE paper has said that whatever Dubai does, it does it in style and with a clear vision that the future generation should be benefited.
Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has launched the Future Editing Smart Hall in the media centre of the Arab Media Forum, AMF.
What is interesting is that the hall is the first of its kind in the entire Arab world. Media personnel and journalists will be able to use sophisticated devices and advanced electronic screens.
"The Arab Media Forum is intended to highlight the UAE's openness and avant-garde role, promote its leadership in communication and dialogue and attract a wide spectrum of the media industry representatives," said The Gulf Today in its editorial on Wednesday.
In addition to the UAE citizens' active participation in discussions and sessions, the UAE team has the lion's share in the process of preparation, organisation and hosting of AMF.
Sheikh Mohammed attended the opening session of the 13th Arab Media Forum, while Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab delivered the keynote address, mentioning that the "World today finds itself before an excitingly unpredictable future which holds tantalising promises beyond what we can hope to foresee." The feeling of joy that comes when one enters the UAE is unique. The Egyptian premier too indicated as much when he declared, "Dubai, through the tireless work of its sons and daughters and the visionary policies of its leaders, has evolved into a true crossroads of culture and civilisation, a tourist haven, and a centre of commerce and trade in today's world." Both Sheikh Mohammed and Mr. Mahlab have stressed the important role of the media, its national and humanitarian message, especially in terms of "highlighting the issues of our nation and issues of the Arab nation." "The AMF is proving to be popular primarily because it has sought to open wide horizons for dialogue, in-depth discussions and exchange of ideas on media-related issues of importance to the region and the world at large." concluded the Sharjah-based English language newspaper. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Al Bayan unveils its new encyclopaedia
posted on 22/05/2014

Al Bayan newspaper unveiled its new book ‘Live from the Emirates: UAE media History Uncovered' on Wednesday at the Arab Media Forum.
Dhaen Shaheen, CEO of publishing sector at Dubai Media Incorporated, said: "The book "Live from the Emirates: UAE Media History Uncovered", published by Al Bayan, takes the reader on a pleasant journey through a rich collection of research information. Going through its pages, the reader will find high-quality images, infographics and illustrations, statistical data, graphical models, and documents which lead him towards his target smoothly and easily.”
He added: "The release of this book fills an urgent need for those who are involved in the media sector. This is due to the modesty of our local library's holdings of books that follow up the history of media in the UAE, and its rapid developments at all levels".
Muna Bu Samra, Arab Media Forum and DPC Manager, said: "DPC's cooperation with Al Bayan in launching this important book is in line with the Club's strategy of supporting efforts that aim at introducing people to the history of our local media, and spreading the benefit of sharing the valuable information, especially so since it comes from a reliable source.”
She added: "We hope that this book represents an important reference to all those who are interested in the details of our local media, and the readers at large. We do appreciate all the efforts exerted by Al-Bayan in order to release this book".
The book takes the reader on a visual journey through some of the most fascinating aspects of local and regional media history. It tells the story of how the Emirates embraced modern media; a story best told not just by explaining some of the fundamentals of the sector, but also by delving into the UAE's nascent media archives and by introducing some of the industry's pioneers, letting them talk about their own experiences in this field.
The book is divided into three main chapters: Chapter one – Gulf Media on the Rise, chapter two – UAE Media History, and chapter three – – Media Pioneers.
The book includes interviews with Mohammed Ahmed Al Murr, former editor of Al Bayan and Khaleej Times; Hessa Alossaily, the first Emirati woman in radio and television; Bilal Al Budoor, pioneering author and cultural figure; Mona Al Marri, first female head of Dubai Government Media Office; Abla Al Nowais, one of the UAE's first female journalists; Zaki Nusseibeh, one of the first foreign correspondents in the UAE; Ahmed Salem, one of the first Emirati presenters. The 192-page book includes 240 photos and 13 infographics. – Emirates 24│7 – Read more: http://www.emirates247.com/news/emirates/al-bayan-unveils-its-new-encyclopedia-2014-05-21-1.549876

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Mohammed bin Rashid launches Future Editing Smart Hall
posted on 21/05/2014

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, yesterday launched the Future Editing Smart Hall in the media centre of the Arab Media Forum.
In the presence of H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, the hall was revealed for the first time in the Arab world and was launched on the occasion of the Arab Media Forum in Dubai.
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum was briefed by the Director-General of the Government of Dubai Media Office, Mona Ghanem Al Marri, on ways to use the devices and advanced electronic screens by media personnel and journalists.
Al Marri said that the hall is the first of its kind in the Arab world.
The launch ceremony was attended by Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs, and a number of senior officials. – Emirates News Agency, WAM
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Arab Media Forum opens with 2,000 delegates
posted on 21/05/2014

His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, inaugurated the two-day Arab Media Forum on Tuesday, held under the theme ‘The future of media starts today'.
The 13th annual gathering of roughly 2,000 media personalities from the Arab world and the international arena, witnessed a keynote address by Egyptian Prime Minister Ebrahim Mahlab who was received earlier by Sheikh Mohammad.
Sheikh Mohammad said in a statement, "Since the era of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the late Sheikh Rashid Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, we owe Egypt and its people all honour, respect, and appreciation.”
He said that Egyptians were one of the first regional talents to come to the country, especially in the sectors of education and media.
Mahlab expressed his pleasure at visiting the UAE that has, "through the tireless labours of its sons and daughters and the visionary policies of its leaders, evolved to become a true crossroads of culture and civilisation, a tourist haven, and a centre of commerce and trade in the world today.”
Mahlab described the Arab Media Forum as "one of the most important gatherings in the world for journalists, politicians, and intellectuals to reflect on the intricacies of the present and contemplate what awaits on the horizon.”
In opening remarks during his keynote speech Al Mahlab said we were living in a new world with new media and even new people, where there is an overflow of information that can make decision-making challenging.
He also said the media had played a role in enlightening people and conveying messages of hope when Egypt had to sacrifice a lot to get its spirit back.
"The future is not built on economic power on its own… Egypt had to make many sacrifices to get back its spirit and today we are witnessing a counter-revolution from the alliance of terrorism and failure.”
He said the Egyptian people started the second evolution in June 30, 2013 to confirm its identity as moderately religious. He also said no one can break its spirit or impose backward and extremist values.
‘No going back'
"We will continue on this path. There is no going back now.”
In light of the current Egyptian elections, Al Mahlab said: "What we have are two presidential candidates. What is happening today is a result of the people's will and it should not be doubted or questioned. The candidates are from the people and will be chosen by the people.”
As for the security situation in Sinai, Al Mahlab said they were working on ridding Sinai of terrorism.
"I can assure you that soon, Sinai will be clear and clean from these pockets of terrorism. We are taking effective steps to do so. There are still some pockets here and there but they will soon be gone.”
Another step in Egypt's future is coming up with new economic reforms, Al Mahlab said. "We thank the GCC countries for their funding during the transition period but at the end of the day we are looking to reform our economy. We believe in win-win situations and we hope to attract investment to Egypt from the GCC.”
He said Egypt was looking into reforms that will focus on the sector's most stricken by poverty.
Al Mahlab also spoke about the Syrian crisis, emphasising that Arab countries should play a bigger role in helping Syrians on a humanitarian level.
"There is no doubt that we Arabs should play a bigger role in helping Syria. What is happening is a humanitarian issue and Arab countries should see how they can help. It is Egypt's duty to help them on a humanitarian level. Syrians in Egypt are treated as Egyptians in terms of education and health.”
Before Mahlab's keynote speech, Mona Al Merri, Director-General of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), welcomed UAE. Mohammad, Mahlab and guests and delegates. She thanked Sheikh Mohammad for his support and encouragement for the forum.
"Today, we are proud that the AMF has won the trust of the Arab media community to become a fixed, annual gathering where media persons interact to discuss truth and the reality of their profession, aspects of its progress and aspirations,” she said. – Gulf News – Read more: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/government/arab-media-forum-opens-with-2-000-delegates-1.1335843

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Social media primary source of news across Arab world
posted on 21/05/2014

A new report released on Monday at the Arab Media Forum showed that social media is used by the majority of internet users across the Arab world and is their primary source of news.
The Arab Social Media Outlook 2014 suggested that 71 million people used social media in the region last year out of a total 135 million internet users.
The report was done in cooperation with the Dubai Press Club (DPC) and the Governance and Innovation Programme at the Mohammad Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG).
Dr. Ali Sebaa Al Marri, executive president of MBRSG, said: "In an age where media plays a central role in shaping our societies, the MBRSG's Governance and Innovation Programme seeks to gauge and analyse the role of social media platforms on knowledge and innovation through supporting active engagement between governments and people. This partnership reflects the importance of scientific research in formulating sound public policies on one hand and putting solid data to practical use on the other,” added Al Marri.
Mona Al Marri, president of the Dubai Press Club and chairperson of AMF's Organising Committee, said: "The report takes into perspective the wide spread of social media platforms and its relation to the media scene in the Arab world. It also sheds light on new communication trends and poses a challenge to media professionals to constantly update their news-gathering procedures, especially in a time where the public have the tools to disseminate news [information] quickly.”
The ‘Arab Social Media Outlook 2014' focuses on the demographics of social media platforms in the Arab world.
For example, Egypt topped the Arab countries with the largest Facebook user base in 2013 whereas the UAE recorded the highest penetration to population ratio of 54 per cent; an increase of one million users during 2013.
Fadi Salem, director of the Governance and Innovation Programme at the MBRSG and co-author of the report, said: "Convergence between social media platforms and conventional media has become an undisputed fact. The report shows that users of social media platforms across the Arab world reached 71 million individuals by the end of 2013 out of a total of 135 million individuals using the Internet.”
"Social media is actively competing with conventional media as a primary source of news for millions of Arabs. Nearly 30 per cent of individuals participating in the survey consider social media to be the primary source of news, which is similar to the percentage of individuals considering conventional media outlets as the main source of news,” added Salem. – Gulf News – Read more: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/general/social-media-primary-source-of-news-across-arab-world-1.1335841

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twofour54 and Flat6Labs bring entrepreneurial hub to Abu Dhabi
posted on 21/05/2014

twofour54, the commercial arm of the Media Zone Authority - Abu Dhabi, yesterday signed a deal with Flat6Labs and United Markets International Holding to bring a specialised start-up accelerator, Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi, to create a new hub for local and international entrepreneurs.
Flat6Labs is a regional start-up accelerator that fosters and invests in bright and passionate entrepreneurs. The accelerator provides seed funding, strategic mentorship, a creative workspace, a multitude of perks, entrepreneurship-focused business training, and direct support for start-ups through an expansive network of partners and entrepreneurial activities.
Fulfilling its mission of creating more entrepreneurial hubs in vibrant ecosystems, Flat6Labs also has hubs in Cairo and Jeddah, and soon in Abu Dhabi with immediate efforts to expand to more areas in the Middle East and North Africa.
"twofour54 and Flat6Labs share the goal of developing talent in the UAE and across the entire Middle East," said Noura Al Kaabi, the Chief Executive Officer of twofour54. "Working together through this partnership will help us to achieve this goal. twofour54 has become the region's driving force behind media and entertainment entrepreneurs in Abu Dhabi and we look forward to giving more young talent the opportunity to grow and thrive with the support of Flat6Labs." Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi is planning to help launch more than 80 companies over the next four years. Its main focus will be on digital content and e-commerce, social media and citizen journalism, media and video production, and mobile applications. The application process for the accelerator program will be initiated towards the end of the year.
"This partnership is an essential step in establishing a start-up accelerator that can serve and benefit different local partners in the UAE," said Hany Al-Sonbaty, Founder of Flat6Labs. "Our mission is to create more entrepreneurial hubs in vibrant media ecosystems like twofour54. Flat6Labs Abu Dhabi is designed to act as an entrepreneurial hub that will attract local Emirati and global talent who are starting companies. Through this agreement, we hope to inspire a new generation of entrepreneurs in the UAE's business community." The newly established accelerator programme with Flat6Labs will use twofour54 local expertise combined with insights from Emirati business leaders, global technology experts, local and regional investment experts and United Arab Emirates Governmental leaders and figures as part of the programme to help entrepreneurs. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –

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13th Arab Media Forum kicks off on Tuesday
posted on 19/05/2014

The 13th edition of the Arab Media (AMF) Forum focusing on new trends and their impact on the future of today's media will begin on Tuesday at Mina A'Salam Resort, Madinat Jumeirah, in Dubai.
The two-day forum with the theme "The Future of Media Starts Today”, is being 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.
With the rapid development taking place in the media industry around the world, AMF organisers have included important topics such as how Information and Communications Technology (ICT), new media, and extinction of traditional media such as newspapers affect and alter the media landscape today.
Renowned researcher and futurist Ross Dawson will open the first session with ‘The Future of Arab Media' where he will analyse a timeline of newspapers ceasing publication due to stiff competition with other media platforms.

The session ‘New Media: New Phenomena' will zoom in on how social media, particularly those used by celebrities, have attracted huge crowds, especially among the youth, and influenced content dissemination.
MBC anchor Ola Al Fares will moderate the session by new media personalities, namely, Abdul Aziz Al Jasmi from UAE, Adam Saleh from US, Faisal Al Basri of Kuwait, Hatoon Kadi from Saudi Arabia, and writer and blogger Amjad Al Munif, also from Saudi Arabia.
The panellists will answer questions on whether or not celebrity-hosted social media are just a fad or will be a mainstay in the industry and what values these platforms offer other than traditional media, among others.
‘Virtual Warfare' will deal with how media dependent on information and communications technology (ICT) are being paralysed in their news coverage when ICT is targeted in conflict zones. Since virtual warfare is as dangerous as conventional wars with the increasing dependence on communications networks, attacking and neutralising these networks affects the capability of the army to retaliate. So do the media in covering news.
Hosted by the Dubai Press Club, AMF will also feature the 13th Arab Journalism Award to recognise and encourage journalistic excellence in Arabic media.
Since its inception in 2001, the Arab Media Forum has grown from just having 400 participants from eight countries to 3,160 participants from 47 countries last year. It has covered topics ranging from conveying the Arab view of the West to the Arab media through a period of crises during the Arab Spring, and down to the Arab media in transition. – Gulf News – Read more: http://gulfnews.com/news/gulf/uae/media/13th-arab-media-forum-kicks-off-on-tuesday-1.1333962

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NMC, TRA finalise setting up regulatory formula on issuing of media content licences
posted on 18/05/2014

Within the framework of the constructive partnership between the National Media Council (NMC) and the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (RTA), the two bodies have completed work on the setting up of a regulatory formula to cover the issuing of media content licences. These will be issued by the NMC.
The media content licence covers radio and TV broadcasting services.
The new formula specifies conditions dealing with the general principles of new media content, along with the appropriate framework, measures that govern the licencing of radio and TV broadcasting, procedures for following up on these measures, in accordance with the legislation, regulations and instructions that are issued in this respect, in line with the state's general policy and the strategy of the federal government.
The conditions also stipulate the need for respect of religious, cultural and social local norms, as well as for the encouraging of freedom of expression, constructive interaction with the radio and TV and the provision of balanced and responsible media content that respects individual privacy and protects different societal categories from the potential negative effects of radio and TV broadcasts.
The measures also take into account the media and advertisement content and regulations that govern the work of licencing authorities and the need to co-ordinate the use of the frequency spectrum for radio and television services, to avoid any jamming, unwanted interference and any coverage that exceeds and contradicts the regional and international agreements that regulate the use of the frequency spectrum for radio and TV. This will ensure the effective management of national resources regarding the scopes of frequency spectrum.
The NMC and the TRA also noted the need to enhance Emiratisation in the sector (Tawteen) and to develop Emirati human resources in the areas of radio and TV, as well as the development of the media industry to contribute to the level of overall development in the UAE.
The reaching of agreement on the topic comes within the framework of coordination and partnership between the NMC and the TRA to upgrade the media and telecommunications sectors so that they keep pace with the latest economic, social and cultural developments in the UAE.
The NMC and the TRA earlier signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on licencing of radio services, in implementation of Cabinet resolution No. 13 of year 2011 on licensing the radio and TV service activities and Cabinet resolution No. 12 of year 2013 on fees for media activities in the UAE.
The National Media Council is the competent authority in charge of issuing media licences and of following up on content published or broadcast by the media nationwide, while the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority is responsible for the issuing of frequency spectrums and telecommunications service licences. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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UAE media progressing impressively on strong fundamentals
posted on 19/04/2014

The UAE media is centred on strong rules and guiding principles in its march to progress and prosperity with a focus on offering creative and high-quality content.
The Sharjah Media Corporation, or SMC, reaffirmed that the UAE media has continued to thrive and has made impressive progress, thus becoming one of the most prominent experiences in the Gulf and the entire region.
The UAE media is centred on strong rules and guiding principles in its march to progress and prosperity with a focus on offering creative and high-quality content with the utilisation of the latest global technology that cater to the needs and interests of the various sectors of the public. The remarks came after the SMC concluded its participation in the 2014 NAB show — a premier global trade show in the field of visual and audio technologies and digital media — which was held at the Las Vegas Convention Centre in Nevada.
Revolving around the theme "Where Content Comes to Life”, the five-day show was held with the broad participation of media industry leaders and technological, engineering and media companies from all over the world.
The SMC delegation included a number of officials representing financial and administrative affairs and professionals in the sports field, namely Shehab Ahmed Al Hammadi, director of the Financial Department; Rashid Al Obad, head of the Sharjah Sports Channel; Manaf Hannonah, director of the Engineering Department; and Ateej Mohammed, programme director at the Sharjah Sports Channel. The delegation made use of the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into the latest advancements in the field of broadcasting equipment in order to implement them in developing the corporation's engineering strategies in line with its continued development plans to keep up-to-date and ensure cutting cost and the effective and efficient use of modern equipment to keep pace with the global technological advancement.
The delegation also learned about the new technological solutions and the best practices adopted in the development and management of human resources and engineering. On the field of sports broadcasting, the delegation familiarised itself with sports-analysing solutions to be used in developing the presentation of sports programmes, including the use of a minimum number of cameras that ensure greater coverage in the future, as well as engineering solutions for the various sports programmes.
The SMC is considering some available options identified by the delegation during its visit, to build future agreements in accordance with its approaches to update its various systems, expand the scope of television and radio broadcasting, and opening new channels in the future. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/kt-article-display-1.asp?xfile=data/uaebusiness/2014/April/uaebusiness_April296.xml§ion=uaebusiness

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twofour54's creative lab talent launches 3 applications
posted on 03/04/2014

Emiratis supported by the creative lab of twofour54 yesterday officially launched three gaming applications immersing local culture with the digital world.
Red Bugs, Shaheen and Unexpected games will be on hand for the public this week at its stand in Comic Con, one of the region's biggest entertainment industry events. Throughout the event, twofour54 will engage with creative talent, demonstrate animation techniques, run workshops and promote the creative lab community.
"All the efforts of creative lab and the support provided by twofour54 have resulted in a number of successful projects reflecting the passion of the young UAE talent for creativity, and I am delighted that these applications incorporate and promote the Emirati heritage in a unique and modern way," said Maryam Al Mheiri, Chief Operating Officer at twofour54.
Al Mheiri stressed on the importance of showing the Emirati culture in an innovative and contemporary fashion through the contribution of local talent, in the creation of digital content. She also added that these new applications are the result of a number of workshops, training courses, and financial support run by creative lab, and aiming to explore and develop the young talent.
Visitors to twofour54's stand will also be able to meet the developers.
The newly launched applications are available for free download on Google Play Store and App Store in English and Arabic.
twofour54 through its Creative Campus initiative partners Cartoon Network Animation Academy, Gaming Academy in partnership with Ubisoft, and SAE Institute at stand 12 - Creative Campus in Zabeel Hall 1 at the World Trade Centre between 10am and 10pm from 3 to 5 April. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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twofour54 pursues young Arab creative talent
posted on 01/04/2014

twofour54, the commercial arm of Media Zone Authority - Abu Dhabi, is to participate in the Middle East Film and Comic Con (MEFCC) 2014, one of the region's biggest entertainment industry events, where its Creative Campus will sponsor and lead three days of workshops, meet creative talent, and demonstrate animation techniques.
"This imaginative environment is one of the best platforms for twofour54 to connect with locally based talent and grow our creative network," said Maryam Al Mheiri, Chief Operating Officer at twofour54. "twofour54 has established itself as one of the Middle East's leading gateways to creative industries and our vision is to enable the development of world-class Arabic media and entertainment content - by Arabs for Arabs." Creative Campus and its partners, the Cartoon Network Animation Academy, the Gaming Academy in partnership with Ubisoft, and SAE Institute, are joining efforts to deliver engaging and interactive sessions to young animators, game developers and movie-makers. Entertainment enthusiasts can attend free interactive sessions and learn practical new skills.
Activities at twofour54's stand will include demonstrations of digital illustration, 2D animation, and CG animation by students and graduates of the Cartoon Network Academy. Visitors will also be invited to play board games and take part in UDK Deathmatch, a fast-paced game of Unreal Tournament - a virtual world, conceived and created by students at the Gaming Academy.
At the stand, visitors will have the chance to enjoy two successful projects that were conceived at last year's event, "Karouma" and "Alladin the Bounty Hunter." "Karouma" is an animated short film about a nine-year-old boy with special needs. The story teaches that our differences make us who we truly are. "Aladdin the Bounty Hunter" is a comic book- a twist on the story of the famous "Aladdin and the Magical Lamp" in which Aladdin is a bounty hunter who hunts criminals who use jinns for crimes.
Visitors to the stand will have the opportunity to learn more about twofour54 creative lab, a community with over 6,500 members where creative talent can get guidance, inspiration and advise on how to transform ideas into real businesses. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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TECOM's media cluster grows to 2, 000 companies during 2013
posted on 23/03/2014

TECOM's Media Cluster, incorporating Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City and International Media Production Zone, witnessed significant growth over the course of 2013 and is now home to 2,000 business partners. New leases and expansions signed during 2013 account for 622,000 sq. ft. of space being utilised.
Part of TECOM Investments, a member of Dubai Holding, TECOM's Media Cluster welcomed 233 new business partners from across the media value chain into its portfolio, including Zawya Limited, Sidel and Thomson Video Networks. New additions include 33 production companies and 23 new media companies, highlighting the growth of these segments.
Contributing to the growth of new enterprises, 45 freelancers joined the media cluster, adding to the talent pool that services a large number of companies within the free zones.
The media hub also saw notable expansions among 165 of its existing business partners including international giants and regional leaders, Sony Music Entertainment Middle East, FRH, Arabian Radio Network and Publicis.
Over the course of 2013, various sectors within the business park saw substantial growth, including printing consumables, which has grown by 233% since 2012 and animation, which has recorded growth of 57 per cent.
At an operational level, Dubai Studio City (DSC) completed construction of its three soundstages, which are the largest of their kind in the MENA region and are specifically designed to meet the increasingly sophisticated needs of the entertainment industry, a segment with significant growth potential in the region.
Sound Stage One plays host to MBC Group, who are committed to occupy and create world class Arabic content for five years. The second and third sound stages have already been utilised for a number of productions including Dubai TV and Studio Vision's Arabic version of The Cube, a world-famous British game show which sees contestants completing challenges within a Perspex cube.
Mohammad Abdullah, Managing Director, TECOM Media Cluster, commented, "2013 was a very strong year for the Media Cluster with widespread growth and expansion across our three business parks. This is testament to the growth of Dubai's wider economy, and the revival of confidence in Dubai after a positive 2013, which included winning the Expo." – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Heroes in their mind at twofour54’s The Space gallery
posted on 15/03/2014

Who is your real-life hero? The question was posed to students of all ages across Abu Dhabi, who had to answer with an artwork.
The result is about 50 comic, digital and animation artworks exhibited at the twofour54's The Space gallery, as part of Abu Dhabi Festival's (ADF) education programme.
"My project is about a character named Franny, who lives in this modern world devoid of any feelings, among gigantic buildings, where people live like ghosts,” said Emily J. Wang, a first-year student at New York University Abu Dhabi.
She created a digital cartoon style art piece, presented on a computer screen, complete with music, meant to set and accentuate certain moods.
"Franny, though, is this unique character who has feelings, but because of this world he lives in, he is unable to experience his feelings, so the main conflict in this beginning sequence is him trying to figure out how to have healthy feelings; there is this scene, for instance, when he starts looking at his hands, and he's alone in his room, so there is nobody to talk to, and he is trying to devour himself so he wouldn't exist anymore, but then his cell phone rings and he is called back to reality,” she went on explaining.
Emily, who comes from Atlanta in the USA, admits her mother is her real-life hero, inspiring her to work hard and put love into what she does, even though her mother is not present in her artwork, which deals with the topics of alienation and loneliness.
Alienation is something that I personally dealt with before. I know a lot of young people think about this — the meaning of your life and what is the best way to live it as you grow older — and a lot of books I read and music I listen to reflect this feeling too. That's why I put it into this art piece,” she said.
"Franny” is unique not only in his own story, but in the exhibition too, as most of the drawings presented are light-hearted subjects, such as "mom is a hero for waking me up to go to school every morning” or "my brother won the school singing competition”.
The project, "The Hero Inside Programme”, was created by UK's Trevor Kweku Blackwood for London primary schools in 2010 as creative learning, identity and wellbeing programme. The Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation, organiser of ADF, liked the initiative so much that it invited Blackwood to do the same in Abu Dhabi.
"What was for me really incredible was going into different schools, primary schools, secondary schools, and the university, 'cause that's what's new — when we did London, it was just primary, but now we worked across the boards, which was very interesting experience,” Blackwood told Khaleej Times.
"Seeing it in a different culture, and seeing multiculture within the classes, it was so unique! And, you can see it for yourself, they produced excellent work,” he added.
"The Hero Inside Programme - Abu Dhabi” opened at The Space on Wednesday evening and it will continue till March 17. – Khaleej Times - http://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/inside.asp?xfile=/data/nationgeneral/2014/March/nationgeneral_March95.xml§ion=nationgeneral

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Abu Dhabi emerges as the leading television and film production hub
posted on 14/03/2014

twofour54, the commercial arm of the Media Zone Authority-Abu Dhabi, has participated in CABSAT 2014's NAB conference at Dubai World Trade Centre to highlight Abu Dhabi's emergence as a leading production hub.
"Abu Dhabi is fast becoming a leading regional television and film production hub," Paul Baker, the Executive Director at twofour54 intaj said.
Baker was speaking in the session, 'Developing Abu Dhabi as a leading film and TV production destination and facilitating the development of a sustainable local film industry'. He said international production companies coming to Abu Dhabi are attracted by integrated production services and facilities, a growing pool of local crew, and the Abu Dhabi Film Commission's 30% production rebate in the emirate.
Twofour Arabia, the local arm of U.K. award-winning production company Twofour and a partner at the twofour54 media zone campus, was commissioned by Abu Dhabi Media to produce eight new television programmes and utilised twofour54 intaj facilities to deliver the shows. Mr. Baker elaborated that this is an example of the collaboration between companies based in Abu Dhabi resulting in world-class productions.
"We have seen several local production companies emerging in the UAE," Baker said. "Young Emirati filmmaker, Amal Al-Agroobi, started off as a creative lab community member at twofour54. She received support, won awards and started her own production company. This is a great example of how Abu Dhabi is helping develop young talent." – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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Mohammed bin Rashid reviews initiatives, new projects of Media Office
posted on 13/03/2014

Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has paid a visit to the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), where he was briefed on initiatives and new programmes.
Sheikh Mohammed was accompanied during the visit by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Deputy Ruler.
The Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office, Mona Ghanem Al Marri briefed Sheikh Mohammed on the GDMO's new projects and initiatives, including those under Brand Dubai, which contributes to highlighting the unique touch, feel of the Emirate and its achievements, in collaboration with government and private sector.
Sheikh Mohammed expressed satisfaction with the innovative ideas implemented by the GDMO throughout the year, urging the media team to keep pace with the rapid development in Dubai and the world.
"You should always seek to expand your understanding and knowledge by acquainting with the latest technology and media techniques, and implement them in line with our needs and our local environment. As well, learn lessons from others' experiences and identify the best practices in this area until you reach the highest levels of efficiency," he said while addressing the GDMO staff.
He said, "I am proud of my media team and I wish you every success in your undertaking. I look forward to seeing innovative ideas and the highest level of excellence in your work in order to take our country to a leading position globally." Sheikh Mohammed stressed the importance of self-development so as to cope with the dynamics of life. He said such changes indicate the continuity of life, which is always in the state of renewal and change in various forms and moulds. "The sky changes its clouds, rivers change their water and man, in turn, must be up-to-date with life's changes -- but it is important to always change for the better," he pointed out.
He praised the role of young national staff in the Media Office, stressing his keenness to communicate with young citizens in various sectors and in all departments and national institutions.
Sheikh Mohammed pledged to heed their ideas and suggestions towards further modernisation and development, as their suggestions are characterised by self-confidence and the enthusiasm towards future.
He noted that the UAE spares no effort to support and promote young people and enable them to participate in the building of their homeland and equipping them with the skills and experience necessary to do the job perfectly.
Sheikh Mohammed posed for a group photo with GDMO staff, who highly appreciated his kind gesture and expressed great happiness and sincere gratitude to him. The GDMO staff confirmed their commitment to Sheikh Mohammed's directives and adherence to the highest professional standards that ensure compliance with duties towards the homeland.
He also posed for an exclusive photo with photographers and editing team responsible for covering news and activities related to Sheikh Mohammed and the Dubai Crown Prince in appreciation of their efforts. – Emirates News Agency,

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Sharjah Media Corporation launches new identity of Sharjah TV
posted on 12/02/2014

The Sharjah Media Corporation (SMC) has unveiled the new identity of Sharjah TV, which will be launched during the current month of February, to coincide with the silver jubilee anniversary of Sharjah TV.
SMC has combined 16 events and landmarks of the Emirate's famous contemporary milestones as part of Sharjah TV's new identity. It also announced that the colour of the TV's current logo would be changed to silver, referring to the TV's celebration of its silver jubilee anniversary.
Sharjah TV, which is set to celebrate its silver jubilee anniversary on Thursday, 13th of February 2014, has renewed its programmes and TV commercials with the use of the latest technologies with the participation of various European teams, along with Sharjah TV's Creativity Management teams.
The new technologies, set to be implemented for the first time in the Middle East, will be highlighted during the TV's anniversary celebration, and will later be broadcast along with the various programmes in a new style that is in harmony with the development and modernisation approach sought after by the Corporation. The launch of this new identity marks the passing of two and a half decades since the establishment of Sharjah TV, which officially started its transmissions on February 11, 1989.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Khalid Al Midfa, Director General of SMC, said, "Sharjah TV's excellent reputation and rich experience in presenting new and useful programmes can undoubtedly be attributed to the pioneers who contributed to developing this industry through their capabilities, which continued to evolve over time, both technically and in terms of skill. To cope with new developments, Sharjah TV has always kept abreast with these developments and has managed to come to the fore as one of the leading broadcasters in the country and region thanks to the continuous follow up and unlimited support of HH Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah."
Al Midfa added, "We focused on portraying arches on the Corporation's and TV's logos to highlight Sharjah's cultural and scientific position, as arches constitute one's adherence to his roots and cultural communication. The domes of mosques, palm frond carvings, and folding book pages when reading a book, all together reflect the image of arches, which we are keen to highlight importance of as an informational message about the Emirate's urban, cultural, and scientific status - locally, regionally and globally." "The Corporation has been eager to include 16 major events and landmarks in Sharjah TV's new identity with a focus on a number of prominent landmarks, including the Book Roundabout, "in reference to Sharjah's cultural identity", Al Noor Mosque, "in referring to its commitment to Arab-Islamic values", and the University of Sharjah, "in referring to science, knowledge and civilisation" Al Midfa added.
Sharjah TV's new identity is also focused on featuring events taking place in Sharjah, in addition to spotlights on the Emirate's regions and cities, covering 11 locations, areas, events and focal topics, such as the mountains of the Eastern Region, the Central Region Desert, falcons, the Sharjah International Book Fair, the Sharjah Children's Reading Festival, the Arabian Horse Festival, the Arabic Calligraphy Festival, Maritime Heritage, the Water Festival, Sharjah Theatrical Days, and activities related to the families and children. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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UAE mourns loss of Dr Abdullah Taryam
posted on 31/01/2014

The UAE is mourning the loss of one of its sons who contributed to the establishment of the union and made a great impact in many of its fields such as education, law and media.
Dr Abdullah Omran Taryam, Chairman of Dar Al Khaleej Press, Printing and Publishing House passed away on Thursday morning from a stroke at the age of 66.
He is survived by his wife and four children Khalid, Ameera, Aisha and Omran.
He was honoured as Media Personality of the Year for 2009 by His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Born in Sharjah in 1948, Taryam finished his schooling in Sharjah and Kuwait. He then continued his higher education at Cairo University, where he received his BA in history in 1966. He later pursued his PhD in modern history from the University of Exeter in the UK in 1986.
Taryam started his career as a high school teacher in Al Oroba School for two years.
Wanting to play a role in his country's development, Taryam was part of the negotiation team responsible in laying the foundation of the UAE's union.
During his life time, Taryam became the Minister of Justice in the first cabinet formed after the federation in 1971 until 1972, making him one of the youngest minsters in the history of the UAE.
From his position as the Minster of Justice, Taryam issued many key resolutions and laws that played a great role in the development of the country. In 1972, he was appointed the Minister of Education, where he served until 1979. He was one of the main contributors to the creation of the foundation on which schools and universities were established in the UAE.
He and his older brother, the late Taryam Omran Taryam established Al Khaleej newspaper, the first newspaper in the UAE, in 1970. The newspaper has since grown to become Dar Al Khaleej Press, Printing and Publishing House, which issues six different publications.
Taryam took the leadership of the group after the death of his older brother in 2002, when he became Chairman of Dar Al Khaleej of the publishing house.
He was also the Chairman of the Gulf Research Centre that produced annual reports and various books that look into Arab and Gulf issues.
He has various publications that include books on the establishment of the UAE, education, and development, as well as numerous intellectual and political articles. – Gulf News


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twofour54 highlights promising opportunities in UAE media
posted on 20/01/2014

The UAE-UK Pioneers Forum has been launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, the First Secretary of the Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, in London.
22 members of the public and private UAE institutions participated in the forum aimed at giving students the opportunity to learn about career opportunities in the UAE
The forum also helps to identify the needs of the UAE market in order to help students choose the focus of their studies.
Around 1,500 Emiratis students took part in the two-day event, which is led by the UAE Embassy in London. Around 3,000 nationals currently study in the United Kingdom.
Commenting on the event, Abdulrahman Ghanem Almutaiwee, the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates in the UK, said: "This initiative will support Emirati students and encourage them to achieve excellence and success. It will give them a head start to plan their careers and prepare them to achieve their academic goals.
Almutaiwee thanked all of the participants and organisations taking part in the event and encouraged students to make the most of the opportunity to exchange experiences and identify their future roles as leaders. He said the embassy was keen to run the forum regularly and attract a broad range of government institutions and private companies from the United Arab Emirates, including UK-based firms that have a presence in the country.
During the forum, Noura Al Kaabi, CEO of twofour54, gave the keynote address, discussing the media's contribution to the economy and her personal experience of leading twofour54. She talked about the opportunities available in the thriving media and entertainment industry, especially at twofour54. She said the fast growth of the industry is providing more opportunities.
"Since establishing twofour54 five years ago we created more than 3,000 opportunities, and the future will bring more," Al Kaabi said. "The market is seeking Emirati talent, especially in content, video games, animations, post-production and advertising, and in law and finance related to mass media." Al Kaabi discussed the changing roles in the industry and said the appearance of new jobs that did not exist before point to a promising future. She said students should be ambassadors while in the United Kingdom and devote their time to their studies, adding that experience of a new culture is additional knowledge that will benefit their country when they return home.
"It has never been a more exciting time to work in the UAE and there is a wealth of opportunities available to young Emirati men and women," She said. "Abu Dhabi has established itself as the cultural and creative capital of the region and wining Expo 2020 will open the doors new jobs opportunities. We hope our youth will capitalise on the opportunities in this industry." The career fair held during the forum gave students the opportunity speak with business leaders from UAE and UK, learn about opportunities and identify companies seeking promising young talent.
The Forum showcased the thriving relationship between the UAE and UK, and gave students a deeper understanding of what it is like to live and work in the UAE. - Emirates News Agency, WAM

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