Last week, Reuters attended the 12th Annual Arab Media Forum in Dubai. Launched by the Dubai Press Club in 2001 under the patronage of Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum, the event provides a space for dialogue and in-depth discussion of the trends and challenges on the Arab media landscape and around the globe. This year’s theme, “Arab Media: Transitional Phase…Transitional Media,” featured sessions ranging from “Digital media: Authority without Responsibility” to “Syria…A decade from now!” The local importance of the event is signified by the attendance of HH Sheikh Mohammed himself, as well as being widely covered by regional press and broadcast live on Dubai TV.
Arab Media Forum is attended by media professionals, as well as academic, political and intellectual leaders from the region and beyond. Speakers for each session are handpicked by the Arab Media Forum Committee, and Reuters was delighted to feature our own Samia Nakhoul, Middle East Editor, in “Conventional Media vs. New Media,” the first key session of the event.
From the buzz surrounding the presence of HH Sheikh Mohammed, to the integration of social media, Gemma Mckeown, a Senior Marketing Executive at Reuters, cited the energy in the room as one of the highlights of the event. In particular, she noted, “…a live Twitter feed displayed at all times which made for a very interactive and highly engaging forum.”
According to Ayman Farekh, Reuters Business Manager of the Middle East & Africa, this event is especially important to Reuters because “attendees of this event are highly representative of our clients, and to be invited into their element and interact with them on the same level is irreplaceable for us.” Ayman Farekh also acknowledged the importance of the Arab Journalism Award Ceremony at the event, adding that “it is always an honor to celebrate our clients’ hard work and recognize the very best journalism of the year.”