UAE launches first Arab social media awards
Dubai, June 16, 2014
The UAE has launched the first ‘Arab Social Media Award’ in the region aimed at encouraging Arab societies to employ optimal and responsible use of social media to increase awareness about the key issues of concern for the community and serve development efforts.
An initiative of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, the award will focus on the most important social media initiatives in the Arab world.
It has been conceptualized as an annual event that honours individual and institutional innovations in different sectors and across different social media channels that help establish a positive environment for innovation and creativity.
The award will have three major criteria that define its orientations and positioning as an Arabian award of excellence. It will be positive in form and content through its focus on: connectivity, creativity and impact.
It will not only honor innovation in communication within Arab societies but also recognize all those who contribute to progress and prosperity by promoting positive Arab dialogue within the community.
Speaking at the launch, Sheikh Mohammed said the social media has become fundamental to the social, economic and political fabric of the Arab world and played a key role in shaping events.
"Social media influencers are important change-makers in society. Those who bring wisdom, creativity and positivity are a powerful force for good, because social media are powerful tools for development and progress," remarked Sheikh Mohammed.
“The Arab world has not yet made the most of the enormously positive potential of social media. This award will highlight successful examples in the area of social media and use them as a basis to maximise the benefits to society,” he stated.
The award includes 20 categories: Government sector, private sector, blogs, media, sport, tolerance, CSR, education, youth, technology, entrepreneurship, economy, politics, health, arts, safety, security, shopping, environment, tourism and entertainment.
In addition, the 'Personality of the Year Award' will honor individuals who contribute to the positive development of the community through their active participation on social media networks.
Putting the focus on the most important social media initiatives in the Arab world, the award will promote best practices on social platforms and technologies at a ceremony to be held annually in Dubai, said Sheikh Mohammed.
“We want this prize to add real value to existing efforts to develop all channels and sectors of the Arab media. By honouring online influencers, we stress the great value that an innovative and effective social media presence can bring,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service