Dubai Media Council established by law issued by Mohammed bin Rashid
As Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, issued Law No. (5) of 2022, establishing the Dubai Media Council. The law provides a framework for the Council to work to streamline efforts to develop Dubai’s media sector and enhance its status as a regional and global media hub.
His Highness also issued a decree appointing His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum as Chairman of the Council. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed also issued a decree to form the Board of Dubai Media Council. Her Excellency Mona Al Marri will serve as Vice Chairman and Managing Director.
The Board also consists of H.E. Hala Yousef Badri, H.E. Malek Sultan Al Malek, Abdullah Humaid Belhoul, Younes Al Nasser, Amal Ahmed bin Shabib, Issam Kazim and Mohammed Suleiman Al Mulla, as well as the Secretary General of the Board. The Council’s term of office is three years, renewable.
Meanwhile, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of Dubai has appointed Nehal Badri as Secretary General.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed said the Council is committed to working with various players in the sector to support the media in producing high quality content as part of its strategy to strengthen Dubai’s growth as a media hub.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed urged members to make concerted efforts to achieve the objectives of the law. In cooperation with key stakeholders in the sector, the Council will propose new strategies and ideas to raise Dubai’s profile as a global media hub. Introducing cutting-edge new technologies and encouraging talent are vital to accelerate Dubai’s media development path, His Highness said.
The Dubai Government Media Office (GDMO) and its subsidiaries as well as Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI) will be part of the Dubai Media Council from the effective date of the new law. GDMO and DMI will retain their legal status in accordance with the legislation that established them. They will perform their duties under the Council’s financial and strategic oversight.
The law establishes the Council as the government entity responsible for Dubai’s media sector and will represent Dubai at the local, regional and global levels. The Council will develop Dubai’s media strategy and oversee its implementation.
The Council is also tasked with strengthening strategic relationships with local, regional and international media organisations, reviewing the service fees set by the Council’s units and making recommendations to the relevant entities for approval. The Council is also tasked with launching and overseeing programmes, projects and initiatives aimed at further developing Dubai’s media sector. The Council will oversee Dubai’s media sector, make decisions, establish new companies independently or in partnership with a third party, and invest in or acquire media companies at home or abroad.
The law also obliges all government and media organisations operating in Dubai to cooperate fully with the Council and its affiliates and provide all data and information required for its effective operation.
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