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Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi and Madi Abdullah Al Khamis

100 media professionals to attend forum in Sharjah

SHARJAH, September 17, 2018

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 September 26 and 27, 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 ". It 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. 
 
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.
 
Challenges and Priorities
Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, chairman of the Sharjah Media Council, said that Sharjah’s hosting of the fifth edition of the Arab Media Leaders Forum reflects the depth of media relations between the two sides.
 
He 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 stressed Sharjah’s keenness to promote media in the Arab world and create an environment that encourages development and innovation in accordance with the vision and directives of His Highness Sheikh Dr Sultan bin Mohamed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah.
 
He cited a number of achievements made by the emirate in the media sector. He 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.
 
Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed 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.
 
New challenges 
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 for the Arab Media Leaders Forum.
 
Thanking Sheikh Sultan for hosting the forum, he stressed that the hosting of this strategic forum is not unusual for the Emirate of Sharjah, which is known for its world-class events and activities. 
 
He pointed out that a number of issues and challenges facing the Arab media will be tackled by the forum.
 
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. 
 
The Sharjah Press Club operates under the umbrella of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau to serve the press and media fraternity in the country by organising a host of activities and training workshops throughout the year. - TradeArabia News Service



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