While there was certainly tough competition in the region, there’s no question as to what Dubai has done and accomplished in establishing its position as a leader in media transparency and infrastructure.
Dubai’s understanding of what the media’s role is in nation building has been its inspiration in soaring to greater heights when it comes to covering events and disseminating information for its residents and neighbours in the region. The UAE’s vision towards globalization, and Dubai’s aspiration to become the world’s best city have empowered the emirate’s media brand develop content that not only speaks for itself, but also on behalf of the people in the region, and would resonate to people from all walks of life from all over the world.
Here’s Why Dubai was Named as ‘Capital of Arab Media’ for 2020
As a confirmation of the city’s efforts, the Council of Arab Information Ministers has selected Dubai as the “Capital of Arab Media” for 2020, as shared in a report by WAM.
The important announcement was made during the council’s ordinary meeting session in Cairo on Wednesday (July 17).
According to Sultan Al-Jaber, the UAE’s Minister of State and Chairman of the National Media Council, the emirate’s selection confirms the “UAE’s prominent media stature resulting from the support of its leadership and its vision to create an advanced media infrastructure.”
Al-Jaber extended his thanks to the Arab Information Ministers Council for approving the UAE’s suggestion concerning the Capital of Arab Media 2020.
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) July 17, 2019
On his Twitter account, Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, welcomed the decision.
According to the Dubai Ruler, “20 years ago, Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum launched Dubai’s media strategy that aimed to position it a media hub through pioneering initiatives and projects. Today, Dubai is home to more than 4,000 Arab, regional and international media organisations.”
Furthermore, the Council’s decision confirms the UAE’s role in supporting Arab and international media and further recognises Dubai’s prominent media stature.
For his part, Mohammad Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs and the Future, explained that the selection of Dubai as the capital of Arab Media is a tribute to the vision of the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, which he articulated when laying the foundation for a media hub in the emirate 20 years ago.
He also noted that the selection of Dubai as the capital of Arab media is a major achievement for the UAE, and puts more weight and value on the work of all professionals in the media sector to accelerate the country’s development journey.