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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 –


Arab Information Ministers approve UAE proposal on culture of tolerance and counter-terrorism
posted on 22/05/2015

CAIRO: A UAE proposal on the role of the media in promoting values of tolerance and combating extremism was approved today by the 64th meeting of the Arab Information Ministers' Council, which was held under the Chairmanship of the United Arab Emirates, at the General Secretariat of the Arab League in Cairo.
Ibrahim Al Abed, Director-General of the National Media Council, NMC, chaired the meeting. The UAE delegation also included Juma Al Leem, Director of the Media Content Department at the Council, and Ali Al Shamili, in-charge of Arab League Affairs at the UAE Embassy in Cairo.
The Council emphasised the vital important role of Arab media organs in spreading the culture of tolerance and fighting extremism as part of a holistic media strategy that makes better use of both traditional and modern media platforms to build a public opinion that advances values of tolerance, both theoretically and practically, among individuals and groups. It is also intended to promote dialogue and interaction among Arab-Islamic nations and other peoples by highlighting the values of the Arab-Islamic civilisation, which denounce practices of fanaticism, extremism and terrorism.
The UAE-proposal to the 64th Ordinary Session of Arab Ministers of Information Council in Cairo says,' tolerance is one of the finest values that contributes to sustainability and progress of human communities, elevates the value of peaceful co-existence, and addresses common destiny in terms of geography or culture where all work together to realise common human goals under an environment of diversity that builds, rather than destroys. "
"It is the responsibility of social, educational and cultural institutions to disseminate the values of tolerance and counter-terrorism. However, media actors remain the key facilitator to reaching these goals, given their far-reaching ability to reach out to millions of peoples and to spread information to influence public opinion through news and through other entertainment, religious, cultural and marketing programmes."
"To succeed in this critical mission, media actors should have a comprehensive, long-term strategy with specific goals that all media and community stakeholders should pursue together so as to be able to realise them."
The blueprint also calls for fostering Arab intellectual and media talent to produce media content that preaches the values of tolerance, accepting and respecting others, and also to attract most influential personalities and institutions in the West so as to interact and communicate with Arab communities through conferences, researches and studies with the aim of presenting the values of Arab civilisation. It also calls for the launching of massive media campaigns to counter the extremist ideology within the Arab world and the wider world, so as to expose the dark sides of this ideology.
The UAE proposal also calls for providing cultural and media opportunities to young generations to practice their right to communication and to responsible cultural expression that serve their nations.
The proposal stresses that extremist religious rhetoric should not be given space in the media, adding that the media should also ensure that it does not unintentionally contribute to spreading that discourse. On the contrary, it notes,, media should give more space to the tolerant, moderate religious message and work to develop the media message to become more responsive to values of tolerance, accepting the views of others and endorsing the concept of peaceful co-existence, in addition to countering terrorism.
The UAE proposal also recommends that a series of media initiatives be launched to deliver these goals. These include the launching of specialised e-channels and media platforms in Arabic whose core objective is to build a culture of tolerance and to counter extremist and terrorist ideology. Another proposed initiative is the launching of a media and intellectual training programme to qualify media persons and enable them to address extremist ideology through adoption of a media discourse that defends these values. The strategy also calls for inviting international journalists and opinion makers to come to the Arab region to get an insight into the reality of tolerance and co-existence and for the culture of tolerance and counter-terrorism to be incorporated into the curricula of colleges of journalism and mass communications.
The UAE proposal stresses the need for establishing units to monitor Arab and international media coverage of extremist ideology and its trends within public opinion using creative analysis approaches, and for the forging of partnerships between media establishments and other cultural, educational and social institutions to produce intellectual materials and release them into the media.
It also notes that any media effort will not be able to deliver the desired target of promoting values of tolerance without depending on reputable intellectual, legal, religious and moral references at regional and international levels.
The 64th Ordinary Session of Arab Ministers of Information Council agreed to celebrate the Arab Media Day on 21st April every year in recognition of the role of media in the Arab World. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


UAE selected Deputy of Executive Office of Arab Information Ministers' Council
posted on 22/05/2015

CAIRO: At the conclusion of the 64th meeting of the Arab Information Ministers' Council in Cairo, the council has elected the UAE as a deputy of the new Board of the Executive Office for the coming two years. It also elected Egypt as president of the term.
The new formation includes Tunisia, Kuwait, Morocco, Algeria, Iraq and Djibouti in addition to Egypt and the UAE.
It is also scheduled that the Executive Office will hold its 4th edition next November at the general headquarters of the Arab league to follow up the implementation of the council's issued resolutions.
The 64th meeting of the Arab Information Ministers' Council began today under the Chairmanship of the United Arab Emirates, represented in the National Media Council, at the General Secretariat of the Arab League in Cairo.
The participating UAE delegation to the meeting was led by Ibrahim Al Abed, Director-General of the National Media Council, NMC. The delegation also included Juma Al Laim, Director of the Media Contents Department at the Council and Ali Al Shamili, in-charge of Arab League Affairs at the UAE Embassy in Cairo. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Mohammed bin Rashid meets leading journalists
posted on 14/05/2015

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on Wednesday met with a group of editors-in-chief, directors of news centres and journalists from Arab and international media organisations at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.
The meeting was attended by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Deputy Ruler of Dubai; Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs; and Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Director-General of the Dubai government Media Office, President of Dubai Press Club and Chair of the Organising Committee of the 14th Arab Media Forum.
During the meeting, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed and the journalists talked about Arab and media issues, as well as poetry and literature.
He urged the journalists to ask questions about any topic of interest for them.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed told his guests that the UAE is a leader in various spheres, in development and modernisation in particular. He noted that the UAE enhances the effective and positive role of its national human resources and their creativity in all scientific, economic and technological spheres, thanks to its strong will, determination and positive attitude. .
The journalists said they were proud to meet H.H. Sheikh Mohammed whom they described as a leader, poet and prominent personality whose creative ideas turned Dubai to a model of success and welfare for other cities around the world.
They also hailed the Arab Media Forum as the only gathering place in the Arab Region for media people from all Arab countries, and as a forum for free discussion. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Government of Dubai Media Office and Google Collaborate to Boost Digital Journalism in the UAE
posted on 14/05/2015

In line with the efforts aimed to hone the skills of local digital media, the Government of Dubai Media Office and Google have launched an initiative to train the media sector and provide hand-on experiences and support through workshops to media personalities.
The announcement came during the second day of the 14th edition of Arab Media Forum. The two entities revealed that the training program will include a series of workshops in the UAE throughout the year, delivered by top trainers and product specialists at Google. This program is to cater for journalists, editors and producers across print, online and broadcast media. The objective of the initiative is to train media across areas like research, visualising data and engaging with audiences.
On the collaboration, Chairperson of the Organising Committee of AMF and President of Dubai Press Club Mona Al Marri, expressed her appreciation to Google and the technologies offered to contribute to revolutionising data acquisition. "We are happy to cooperate with such a prominent organisation as Google and hope that through this collaboration media cadres would benefit from training on latest technologies so as to keep abreast with the rapid digital shifts.
For her part Head of Communication for Google in MENA Joyce Baz said: "Around the world, we have collaborated with journalists, entrepreneurs, innovative and influential news organisations to help support a sustainable news ecosystem and promote innovation in digital journalism. We are very happy to continue our partnership with the Government of Dubai Media Office and want to maximise the huge opportunities of the web in creating great journalism in the UAE."
These workshops will provide an overview on how maps can help journalists tell their story in a compelling and visual way, as well as offer advanced Google Geo tools and features such as APIs which will enable trainees to create Web-based Google charts. Trainees will also learn how to visualise data using Google Maps, the program intends to guide through all the resources Google offers to journalists. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


Arab Media Forum calls upon companies to allocate budget for innovation
posted on 13/05/2015

Dr. Amina Alrustamani, Group Chief Executive Officer of Tecom Investments, has called upon private companies to allocate small budgets for innovation and make innovation part of their corporate strategy.
Addressing the inaugural 20-minute session entitled ‘Media Innovation' at the 14th Arab Media Forum in Dubai on Tuesday, Dr. Alrustamani said that more incentives will be given to companies to realise Dubai's vision for innovation. "People don't take innovation seriously and they think it's embedded in their organisations. Innovation is vital for survival in the modern society. So we started thinking differently and realised that more needs to be done. It is important not only for the government but also for companies in the technological sphere to innovate," she said.
"We have decided to set a corpus fund of DH150 million for innovation for the next 10 years. This fund will be allocated to the private sector for research and studies in innovation. Tecom Investments was established to develop the knowledge economy," she added.
Also, Tecom will be setting up incubators to help private companies to research and explore new ideas which will be shared among other participants. They should be conducting research and studies together.
"Creativity is important and innovation plays an important role in development of the knowledge economy. The UAE ranks first in terms of government innovation and productivity, and it's not by chance," she said and listed achievements in innovation by way of setting up the free zones, Dubai Internet City, Dubai International Financial Centre and other institutions.
Dubai was among the first to realise the importance of innovation and attracted multinational companies.
On innovation in media, she said that research and development play an important role in development of the media sector. The concept of covering news has changed with mobile devices. Advance technology will have an impact on the media sector.
"We also have made developments in the media segment and attracted media organisations, universities and global media institutions. We will be cooperating with institutions to set future curricula as human beings are the source of innovation," Dr. Alrustamani pointed out and said, "Tecom, as an organisation, has attracted innovation, making Dubai a hub, and has partnered with private institutions to implement the innovation plans. We should focus on areas to develop knowledge-based economy."
The Arab Media Forum 2015 is being attended by more than 1,500 delegates from the region and the wider world. A third of the speakers this year are foreign experts. In keeping with the ‘2015 Year of Innovation' in the UAE, AMF 2015 features two key new concepts – The Media Walk which features a brief history of media and Davos-style 20-minute sessions sponsored by Nakheel. Additionally, AMF 2015 features workshops sponsored by DP World. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Arab Media forum to lay down blueprint of the future, says Al Marri
posted on 13/05/2015

In the United Arab Emirates, optimism is the essence of life; and positive energy is the key to success, Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office, Chairperson of the AMF Organising Committee and President of Dubai Press Club, has said.
Welcoming Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who witnessed the opening of the 14th edition of the Arab Media Forum at Madinat Jumeirah in Dubai, yesterday, Al Marri said AMF 2015 discussions are being held with this spirit of optimism.
The opening was attended by H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Chairman of Dubai Media Incorporated, Mohammed Abdulla Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and a number of senior government officials and media experts.
"A few months ago, Your Highness announced 2015 to the Year of Innovation in the UAE. A few days ago, you revealed the details of the first-ever Arab mission to planet Mars from the UAE, which you named ‘The Hope'.
"Hope summarises the philosophy of the United Arab Emirates towards excellence and development," Al Marri said. She said AMF 2015 is being held with the same philosophy. "Innovation is the key characteristic of our Forum."
This is reflected in the title of the Forum, which is ‘New Perspectives'. AMF 2015 is geared towards developing the Arab Media to face new realities with a spirit of excellence and innovation.
"Today, we face extreme challenges in the region. We should react with open mindedness and honest determination to reach best results."
"In this Forum the new developments will be discussed to form a clear understanding of the future with its opportunities and challenges. We will discuss issues in a serious and honest manner. We will discuss how the West sees Arabs and Muslims. We have seen developments in the region attracting the attention of the world," Al Marri said.
"We hope that we will be able to create ideas and visions of the future through this Forum," she added, while wishing the dignitaries and delegates a warm welcome.
The Arab Media Forum 2015 is being attended by more than 1,500 delegates from the region and the wider world. A third of the speakers this year are foreign experts. In keeping with the ‘2015 Year of Innovation' in the UAE, AMF 2015 features two key new concepts – The Media Walk which features a brief history of media; and Davos-style 20-minute sessions sponsored by Nakheel. Additionally, AMF 2015 also features workshops sponsored by DP World. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Dubai Media City Champions Talent and Creativity at the Middle East’s Inaugural Festival of Media
posted on 12/05/2015

The inaugural Festival of Media MENA conference last month gathered top industry leaders from Google, Facebook, and MediaCom to discuss the latest trends driving the media landscape in the region. Dubai Media City, the MENA region's largest media hub, was the strategic partner for the conference, with Mohammed Abdullah, Managing Director of Dubai Media City, taking part in a panel discussion where he discussed ‘solving the talent conundrum.' Mohammed Abdullah highlighted Dubai's development into an exporter, rather than an importer of talent, and its growth into a dynamic media hub. He said, "Dubai, and DMC in particular, has attracted leading international media companies over the past 15 years, and supported the growth of local companies. DMC is now home to 22,000 knowledge workers. The emirate is exporting talent across the Middle East and regional media companies now look to Dubai as a place from which to recruit talent.
The Festival of Media, which also takes place in Europe, Latin America and Asia, is the only global event focused on media innovation, creativity and evolution, tackling industry issues and themes such as branded content, advertising and social media.
Speaking about the conference, Mohammed Abdullah, said, "The Festival of Media is a true celebration of creativity and innovation, and we are delighted to have supported the inaugural Middle East conference. Dubai being selected as the location to host the event is testament to the widespread growth of the emirate's media industry. We will continue to pledge our support to festivals and platforms that encourage the growth of the sector here in Dubai, and look at ways in which we can promote the development of talent." - Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Arab Media Forum reveals sessions of 14th edition
posted on 03/05/2015

The Organising Committee of the 14th Arab Media Forum (AMF) has revealed details of the plenary sessions at this year's forum.
Held under the patronage of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the two-day forum, the premier media event in the Arab world, will welcome leading Arab and international journalists, media professionals, academics and thought leaders.
The Arab Media Forum (AMF) will introduce a new format this year with the 20-minute-sessions, which will be held alongside plenary sessions.
This year's AMF will take a hard look at issues making headlines in Arab world as well as providing an in-depth regional outlook from the viewpoint of journalists, politicians and intellectuals from around the globe.
:: "Perspectives that are changing the world".
One of the forum's plenary sessions, titled ‘Perspectives that are changing the world', will provide a critical review of the situation in the Arab world today.
The fast-paced changes, regional conflicts and pressing issues such the rise of terrorism and violence in the region will be discussed by a panel of speakers that include the general manager of ‘Al Arabiya' Television News Network, Turki Al-Dakhil; the director of the Middle East Centre at the London School of Economics, . Fawaz Gerges; the chairwoman of Emirates Policy Centre, . Ebtisam Al Ketbi; and the head of Sky News Arabia, Nart Bouran.
The session will be moderated by Naoufer Ramoul, TV anchor at Dubai Media Incorporated.
:: Media on the front line.
The forum agenda features a session about ‘Operation Decisive Storm', entitled ‘Media on the front line'.
It elaborates on the role of media as a functional weapon in this war due to its ability to give public opinion and mobilise people.
The president of the think tank London Global Strategy Institute, . Mamoun Fandy. The session will be moderated by Najwa Qassim, TV presenter, Al Arabiya News Channel.
Panelists include the editor-in-chief of Asharq Al Awsat newspaper, Salman Al-Dossary; the president of the Gulf Security and Peace Forum, . Fahad Al-Shulaimi; the vice chancellor of United Arab Emirates University, . Ali Al Noaimi, and the president of the think tank London Global Strategy Institute, . Mamoun Fandy. The session will be moderated by Najwa Qassim, TV presenter, Al Arabiya News Channel.
:: Sports, hooliganism and the media.
Hooliganism on the part of overzealous fans and supporters is a reality across the sporting world.
Sports media in the Arab world can be accused of being one of the culprits behind the rise of hooliganism, especially with the region's social and political conflicts spilling over into sports coverage.
This is a session dedicated to discussing the role of sports media in aggravating hooliganism in the Arab world.
The session will be moderated by the head of MBC Sports, Mustafa Agha. It will attempt to answer how media outlets can balance passion and responsibility when covering sporting competitions. Among the speakers in this session are the member of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Executive Office, Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi; the former Algerian minister of information, Ezzuddin Mayhubi; and the Egyptian sports critic, Hassan El Mestikawi.
The Arab world from the perspective of international media With the global spotlight on the Arab world due to the political upheaval in the region, now more than ever, international media organizations are forming the basis of how the Middle East is perceived and understood by a global audience.
This session will look at the Arab world from the perspective of two leading media organisations in the West.
Op-Ed columnist for the International New York Times, Roger Cohen, and the director for global news at Agence France Press, Michele Leridon, will discuss how the international media views and covers recent events in the Arab world, as well as its outlook for near future.
The session is moderated by Faisal Abbas, the editor-in-chief of Al's English website.
:: The chaos of ethics.
Today's media organisations are shaken by the fast pace of technological changes that are sweeping the industry and challenging credibility and authenticity.
This session will discuss how media organisations uphold professional ethics and credibility in a time when new media is becoming a primary source of information for the public.
The session will further explore the fairness of comparing ethics in the Arab world with those in the western world, considering the different cultural and political frameworks of each one, MBC TV Presenter and Host . Baia Al Beshr, Reuters Middle East Bureau Chief, Samia Nakhoul, the editor of Le Monde Diplomatique, Alain Gresh and Moataz Al Demerdash , TV Presenter and Host will be speaking in this session.
:: What message should art deliver today? What is the role of the artist today? Can artists deliver a more positive message about a troubled region?.
These questions and more will be tackled in an insightful session that will look at the power and influence of artists and their ability to bring out positive change in people's lives. Moderated by Lebanese TV Presenter Rabia Zayat, the session brings together leading artists such as singer Lotfi Bouchnak, actress, Saba Mubarak; Tunisian singer, Latifa Al Arfaoui, and Emirati singer, Balqees Ahmed Fathi.
Amongst the AMF's most prominent speakers this year are the secretary-general of the Arab League, . Nabil Elaraby; the secretary-general of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation. Iyad Madani; Kuwaiti Minister of Information and the Minister of State for Youth Affairs, Sheikh Salman Sabah Al Salem Al Humoud Al Sabah; the former secretary-general of the Arab League Amre Moussa; the UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for Federal National Council Affairs, Anwar Gargash; and Secretary-General of the Palestinian National Initiative, Mustafa Barghouti. Additionally, this year's international speakers include the editor-in-chief of CNN digital, Meredith Artley; the deputy managing editor and standards editor at the Associated Press, Thomas Kent; YouTube and Instagram sensation, Zack King; the founder of one Journalism Lab, Professor Matt Waite and the chief scientist at Lithium Technologies, . Michael Wu. - Emirates News Agency, WAM –

posted on 23/04/2015

Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Centre has met a number of SDL's executives in Amsterdam during his participation at the SDL Innovate 2015 conference, to discuss solutions and innovative content distribution for the online newspaper
Present at the meeting were Paige O'Neill, Chief Marketing Officer - SDL; Kip Martin, VP Customer Experience Management Programme Office - SDL; Howard Beader, VP Product Marketing - SDL; Eric Minard, Regional VP for Southern and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa - SDL; Osama Samra, Director General of Sharjah Media Centre; Jean Feghali, Editor-In-Chief of; Nabil Zmokhol, Regional Sales Director Middle East and Africa - SDL; Franck Feix, Customer Experience Business Technologist; and Monther Atout, Head of IT at Sharjah Media Centre.
SDL Innovate 2015 was moderated by Paige O'Neill, who gave insights on a field research conducted by SDL that looked into customers experience (CX) of brands and the key areas where customer relationship can be improved. He shared fundamentals of the emirate of Sharjah's history and its economic drivers.
"Sharjah has a very rich culture and history and we try to share our stories. Therefore we developed, and are now receiving news from a large number of authorities before the main stream media gets to know about them. We coordinate with all our local and federal authorities and have a high commitment to drive to its well-deserved position as a transparent, accurate and timely resource for channelled information about the emirate Sharjah and the UAE in general."
Osama Samra, Director General of Sharjah Media Centre added, "The website is an online newspaper initiated by the Ruler of Sharjah himself and the only government news site, which operates under the purview of Sharjah Media Centre – the media and communications arm of the government of Sharjah."
Upon Paige O'Neill's keen interest to visit Sharjah and share her experiences in the field of CX, Sharjah Media Centre is looking into opportunities to expand on her expertise and share her research with the emirate during IGCF 2016. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Reem Al Hashimy opens 10th WAN-IFRA Middle East Conference
posted on 16/04/2015

Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State, yesterday opened the 10th WAN-IFRA Middle East Conference, being held under the theme "Connecting Content, Reach and Revenue," at the InterContinental Hotels & Resorts, Dubai Festival City, UAE.
The two-day event, organised by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers in cooperation with Al Bayan Newspaper as a strategic partner, is being held under the title "Imagine it's 2020."
Among those who attended the conference were Dhaen Shaheen, Chief Executive of Print Sector in Dubai Media Inc. (DMI) and Editor-in-Chief of ‘Al Bayan' Newspaper Group, Manfred Werfel, Deputy CEO, Executive Director Competence Centre Newspaper Production, Saleh Al-Humaidan, managing director of Al Yaum Media House, the leading publishing house in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia, and Ibrahim Al Abed, Director General of the National Media Council.
In his keynote address, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State and Director-General of Dubai Expo 2020 Office, said, "There are strong bonds between World Expo in Dubai in 2020 and the effective role to be played by the media in the coming five years."
She expressed the desire to build partnerships with the approved media outlets, adding that media technologies have paved the way for millions of people to share media tools, since they were earlier confined to news agencies and broadcast stations.
She added, "Today, with a few hundred dollars, we can have a voice file and share it with audiences across the world."
Al Hashimy reiterated that news and mass media are not only confined to writers, broadcasters and professionals but can also be represented by a huge crowd of media professionals from all walks of life worldwide.
She added that the logo of Dubai's World Expo, which will be held under the theme "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future," embodies the "Communication" idea in Dubai and its future as well as the renewable vision aimed to achieve a promising future and progressive thinking.
She also said the World Expo in Dubai in 2020 will reflect the best in architecture, design and technology, urging the media to benefit from the available opportunities that the Expo would bring during the coming five years in order to spread them across the world.
Shaheen said, "We should take into consideration the diversities in peoples' way of thinking and interaction with the media as well as streamlining ways of gaining information."
He also noted that newspapers are still the most influential means of media for the political, economic and cultural elite and decision-makers worldwide.
Shaheen also added that the growth of digital media today depends mainly on traditions and values of traditional journalism. However, the newspaper industry is changeable in nature and requires more dynamics.
At the end, Al Hashimy toured the pavilions of the exhibition held on the side-lines of the conference. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Dubai Press Club, ANSA to organise Emirati-Italian Strategic Partnership on Tuesday
posted on 12/04/2015

Dubai Press Club, in collaboration with ANSA, Italy's largest multimedia company and one of the top companies worldwide, will organise, under the patronage of the Italian Ministry and Foreign Affairs, the Emirati-Italian Strategic Partnership Forum, on Tuesday, 14 April in Dubai.
Director of Dubai Press Club Muna Busamra said that the event aims to increase the club's role in developing the media industry and enhance professional cooperation with local, regional and international media outlets. More importantly, she continued, the forum will boost media cooperation between UAE and Italy as well as explore the prospects of cooperation in vital sectors in both countries.
For his part, ANSA's CEO Giuseppe Cerbone said that the event aims to provide the means to increase communication, commercial, economic and cultural cooperation between Europe and the Arab World, and in particular between Italy and the United Arab Emirates.
Senior officials and government representatives will take part at the Emirati-Italian Strategic Partnership, including Director General of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Dubai Hamad Buamim and Director General of National Media Council and Emirates News Agency, WAM, Ibrahim Al Abed.
Leading figures from Italy will also be present including Italian Ambassador to UAE Giorgio Starace, EU Ambassador to UAE Carlo De Filippi, among other important representatives of Italian companies operating in the United Arab Emirates.
ANSA will provide Italy and Europe with multimedia coverage of the conference in Italian, English and Arabic. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


twofour54 wins top honour at 2015 Digital Studio Awards
posted on 16/03/2015

twofour54 was named the winner of the ‘Best Editing Award' at the 11th Digital Studio Awards ceremony in recognition of the post-production team's technical innovation and breadth of work covering regional and international television and feature films.
Maryam Al Mheiri, Chief Operating Officer at twofour54, said, "It is our vision to become the regional hub for content creation and receiving Digital Studio's Best Editing Award is testimony to our commitment to serve excellence to clients who choose to produce their projects in Abu Dhabi."
"Our post production facilities are designed to meet the needs of our clients, whether they are looking to work on feature films, television dramas, TVC's or corporate videos. I am proud of our team's achievements as we look ahead to twofour54 continuing to build a sustainable media industry in the capital, ready to service projects of any scale," she added.
twofour54's post production team, led by Ali Salloum, Senior Edit Producer, worked closely with AFM films and Emirati director Ali Mostafa, on his film, "From A to B" which was produced by Image Nation. The team was awarded for their editing as they managed to reduce the first cut of the movie from 140 minutes to 100 minutes within a more restructured time frame and without losing the integrity of the storyline.
Recently released in the UK, the critically acclaimed film, which world premiered at the 2014 Abu Dhabi Film Festival, revolves around three long-time friends who travel on an adventurous road trip from Abu Dhabi to Beirut in memory of their lost friend.
The Digital Studio Awards acknowledges individuals, organisations, and companies that have contributed to the broadcast and production industry. twofour54 has previously won Digital Studio's ‘Post Production House of the Year' in 2011 and 2012, and was voted ‘Studio of the Year' in 2010 and 2014. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Mohammed bin Rashid visits Government of Dubai Media Office
posted on 09/03/2015

Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, on Sunday visited the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO).
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed was briefed by Director-General of the Government of Dubai Media Office, Mona Al Marri, on the office's contributions and achievements that focus on enhancing the local government's communications with local, regional and international media.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed was also briefed on GDMO's projects and initiatives for 2015.
H.H. Sheikh Mohammed directed the Media Office's team to pursue innovation and unleash their creative thinking to come up with new ideas that support the country's broad developmental ambitions.
During his meeting with GDMO's top management, His Highness praised the office's efforts and expressed his appreciation for its strategy that empowers young UAE nationals and gives them the opportunity to participate in the field of media.
Concluding his visit, a group photo was taken for His Highness Sheikh Mohammed with all employees of the Government of Dubai Media Office. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Dubai Film and TV commission reduces its processing fees
posted on 05/03/2015

The Dubai Film and TV Commission, DFTC, the organisation committed to establishing Dubai and the UAE as a premier filming destination for local and international productions, is pleased to announce that it has reduced its processing fees to all filmmakers and producers in Dubai.
In its commitment to ensuring an easy, cost effective and outstanding filming experience to filmmakers and producers, DFTC has reduced the processing fees from Dh800 to Dh500 per application for each project filmed in Dubai. Permit applications must be submitted a minimum of five (5) business days prior to the first filming day, and location fees remain the same as per fees structure on DFTC website.
Jamal Al Sharif, Chairman of Dubai Film and TV Commission and Managing Director of Dubai Studio City, said, "One of DFTC's goals and objectives is to develop initiatives to reduce cost of media production in Dubai and with this we are moving in the correct direction. We know that every dirham spent in productions makes a big difference to the producer, whether it's a big budget film, TVC, TV series or a corporate video. We are really keen to provide a filming experience to those producers that is cost effective, inclusive of all facilities they get in well-known production cities and with a full wide range of locations and advanced infrastructure." Jamal added, "The media industry lives off creative and innovative people, hence providing an efficient and flexible film production environment in Dubai is important for the growth of pool of talents. We have an ongoing vision and plan in doing so, and it is essential for us to ease the production process for all filmmakers and producers. We are working on more initiatives to further reduce costs for filming in Dubai, which will be announced in the near future."
Since its establishment in 2012, DFTC has been embracing an ongoing plan to ease film production in the city, and has introduced a number of initiatives and projects to ensure a seamless filming process, and to facilitate the emirate's production industry. Another key initiative introduced by DFTC last year is the Automated Registration System, which was launched in June 2014 to streamline the permit application and approval process for filmmakers through an automated script clearance and film permitting system.
Registration to apply for a filming permit is quick and easy. Applicants will be asked to provide company details, documentation supporting your establishment (e.g. trade license) and passport and visa copies of the named manager on the trade license. Once a request has been approved, the applicant will be sent login credentials via email.
The system will automatically store their information, so the applicant will not be required to re-enter it for each application. Applicants are urged to keep their company information updated in the system, including trade license renewals. – Emirates News Agency, WAM –


Abdullah bin Salem Al Qasimi launches at IGCF 2015
posted on 24/02/2015

Sheikh Abdullah bin Salem Al Qasimi, Deputy Ruler of Sharjah, yesterday launched the new website, the first news website of its kind in the emirate of Sharjah. The launch took place during the first session of day two of the fourth International Government Communication Forum (IGCF 2015) in the presence of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia and senior communication officials from government departments within the UAE and around the world.
Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Media Centre (SMC), said, "The launch comes in line with the directives of H.H. Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, to step up and improve media structures as well as dispatch cohesive message of Sharjah to the world." The website includes news, reports, investigations and columns that target all segments of society in Sharjah, UAE and beyond. Featuring dedicated sections on the UAE, the Arab region and the world, the website also provides a round-up of the economy, culture, arts, sports, health, technology, and research studies.
SMC Chairman added, " represents a comprehensive journalistic bundle that offers access to serious, objective and meaningful content to address perceived audience needs. The website is managed by a team of experienced professionals who endorse the best journalistic standards. The launch of the website comes as part of a number of initiatives that aim to develop media and communication strategies within Sharjah." On his part, Osama Samra, Director of SMC, said, " is an important value addition to Sharjah's cultural and knowledge landscape, and articulates SMC's vision to keep pace with developments locally, regionally and internationally. The portal provides content that conforms to the highest professional standards of accuracy, integrity and fairness." He added, "The launch of the website is the latest step in a long journey of media development in Sharjah. The emirate holds the distinction of being home to the first newspaper in the UAE in the early 1920s. Since then, Sharjah has come a long way in all fields, including media, and we are determined to further develop this sector in the emirate." – Emirates News Agency, WAM –



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