Dubai Press Club, Egyptian media explore new ways to work closer to develop Arab media industry

DPC also briefed the media community in Cairo about newly restructured Arab Media Award

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A Staff Reporter

Published: Sun 26 Jun 2022, 7:09 PM

A Dubai Press Club (DPC) delegation held a series of engagements in Cairo aimed at deepening ties with the Egyptian media.

Part of Dubai Media Council and Dubai Press Club’s efforts to forge a strong network of relationships with media communities across the Arab world, the visit saw the delegation holding meetings with leaders of prominent Egyptian media institutions. The meetings explored new ways for Dubai Media Council and Dubai Press Club to exchange knowledge and experiences with Egyptian institutions and media organisations, and work more closely with each other to develop the Arab media industry and harness young talent in the sector.

Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the Dubai Media Council and President of the Dubai Press Club, met Karam Gabr, Head of Egypt’s Supreme Council for the Regulation of Media, and AbdulSadek Al Shurbagi, Chairman of the country’s National Press Authority. During the meetings, Al Marri expressed her appreciation for the efforts of the two Egyptian institutions to catalyse industry development and discussed new ways to create productive media networks that can spur the development of industry ecosystems in the region. Al Marri highlighted the strong bonds that Dubai Media Council and Dubai Press Club have built with the Egyptian media fraternity.

AbdulSadek Al Shurbagi said the deep ties between the media communities of the two countries reflect their strong historic relationship. He stressed the National Press Authority’s keenness to further strengthen cooperation with the Dubai Media Council and Dubai Press Club.

The delegation also met a number of prominent editors-in-chief, senior executives of leading Egyptian TV networks and media organisations as well as renowned TV anchors.

Al Marri said the visit provides an exceptional opportunity to build new bridges of cooperation at a time when the global media environment is evolving rapidly and digital transformation is gathering pace. Closer collaboration and knowledge exchange between diverse stakeholders are critical to enhance the competitiveness of the Arab media industry and its ability to ride the waves of change sweeping the sector, she added.

The President of the Dubai Press Club said one of the key aims of the visit was to introduce the objectives, categories and criteria of the first edition of the Arab Media Award (AMA), which was launched following the restructuring of DPC’s highly successful Arab Journalism Award (AJA). Building on the AJA’s achievements over the last two decades, the Arab Media Award features several new categories that offer the region’s media community new opportunities to showcase their accomplishments. Going beyond the AJA’s focus on the journalism sector, the Arab Media Award seeks to unearth and recognise talent, creativity and excellence in a wider range of media sectors.

Inviting Egyptian media professionals and institutions to participate in the Arab Media Award, Al Marri noted that the previous version of the award programme has featured significant Egyptian participation. Several exceptional journalistic achievements from Egypt have been recognised by the award over the last 20 years, she added.

Dr Maitha Buhumaid, Director of the Dubai Press Club
Dr Maitha Buhumaid, Director of the Dubai Press Club

Dr Maitha Buhumaid, Director of the Dubai Press Club, said over the years, DPC has created a robust network of relationships in the Arab media industry that has helped catalyse the development of the sector in the region. The new Arab Media Award provides a strong impetus for not only creating a more integrated and connected regional industry but also advancing excellence and professionalism in the industry, she added.


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