Sharjah to host Arab Media Leaders Forum

SHARJAH, 17th September, 2018 (WAM) — The Sharjah Press Club of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau will host the fifth edition of the Arab Media Leaders Forum, an initiative by the Arab Media Forum Authority, on 26th – 27th September, featuring more than hundred leading journalists, media professionals, senior management and owners.

The forum will open with the session titled, ‘The Reality of Arab Media and the Desired Future’, which will discuss the development trajectories and capabilities of media institutions in the region, as well as the role of institutions in developing the media industry and the social responsibility of media institutions.

The second session titled, ‘Recent Developments in Media and Professional Variables’, tackles the role of Arab media and the contemporary challenges they face, while highlighting the significant, dramatic changes which have taken place in the industry so far.

The leading Arab opinion makers and media leaders from across the Arab world will also take part in a brainstorming session over the impact of the media, its objectives, and how to boost and manage further development in this vital sector.

Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Council, said that Sharjah’s hosting of the fifth edition of the forum reflects the depth of media relations between the two sides. He also lauded Kuwait’s continuing efforts to support the Arab media in confronting the challenges and pursuing an agenda of growth, pointing to its remarkable achievements in the media sector.

He emphasised Sharjah’s keenness to promote media in the Arab world and create a media environment that encourages development and innovation in accordance with the vision and directives of H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.

He cited a number of achievements made by the Emirate in the media sector, and pointed out that Sharjah was the first to establish the UAE’s first newspaper, Oman, in 1927, and the country’s first Arabic daily, Al Khaleej, in 1970. That was followed by a series of developments and initiatives aimed at developing media work.

Al Qasimi outlined the objectives of the media institutions under Sharjah Media Council, including Sharjah Media Corporation, Sharjah Government Media Bureau and Sharjah Media City, whose programmes align with Sharjah’s development plans and qualitative leapfrogs.

In turn, Madi Abdullah Al Khamis, Secretary-General of the Arab Media Forum, emphasised that the current developments and challenges facing the sector are the top priorities of the Arab Media Leaders Forum through an agenda that considers these issues to be firmly in the hands of Arab media leaders.

The Arab Media Forum was founded in Kuwait in 2003 with the aim of developing the Arab media discourse and capabilities of Arab media institutions.

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