The UAE Government actively encourages a dynamic media. As a result, media institutions in the country have made considerable progress quantitatively and qualitatively in recent years. Domestic media, including newspapers, magazines, radio stations, satellite and terrestrial TV, are thriving. In addition, major international media organisations and broadcasters have established headquarters in media zones such as twofour54 in Abu Dhabi, Dubai Media City, Fujairah Creative City, and RAK Media City, ensuring that the UAE is a hub for the media and entertainment industry in the MENA region.
Eight English-language newspapers are published in the UAE, in addition to dozens of magazines and specialist periodicals. The number of television stations has grown exponentially since the advent of satellite broadcasting. More than 1,400 specialist companies operate out of media free zones in Dubai, with 60 television companies running over 150 stations and 120 publishing houses producing some 400 publications. In media free zones in Abu Dhabi, there are 135
domestic and foreign companies producing and distributing print and audiovisual media content. Media free zones in Fujairah and Ra's al-Khaimah host dozens of radio and television companies. In addition, organisations such as the Dubai Press Club,
Sharjah Media Centre and the UAE Journalists' Association, which has 734 members, local media outlets, and hundreds of accredited foreign media correspondents in the UAE contribute to a lively environment for the media.
The official news agency, Emirates News Agency (WAM), or Wakalat Anba'a al-Emarat, founded in 1976, transmits news and photographs daily by satellite in Arabic and English from its headquarters in Abu Dhabi. WAM also has reporters and offices throughout the region and a presence in many international capital cities worldwide. Its service is also carried on this website, in English with selected stories in Arabic, French, German, Spanish and Korean.
The National Media Council, under the chairmanship of the Foreign Minister H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, provides the appropriate regulatory framework for information and communications. In March 2013, Sheikh Abdullah issued a resolution forming a consultative council for the NMC. The new body includes academics and representatives of media organisations.
Regulation of media activities in the UAE is covered by Federal Law No. 15 for 1980, on Press and Publications, supplemented by regulations on media content issued on 10 November 2010, and on TV and Radio regulation, issued on 11 May 2011, by the National Media Council.
|Emirates News Agency WAM||www.wam.ae|
|Abu Dhabi Media||www.admedia.ae|
|Dubai Media Incorporated||www.dmi.ae|
|Sharjah Media Corporation||www.sharjahtv.ae|
|Ra’s al-Khaimah Media Centre||www.raknewsonline.com|