Dubai Press Club strengthens ties with Egyptian media sector

A Dubai Press Club delegation led by Her Excellency Mona Ghanem Al Marri, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Dubai Media Council and President of the Dubai Press Club, held a series of meetings in Cairo aimed at deepening ties with the Egyptian media.

As part of Dubai Media Council and Dubai Press Club’s efforts to build a strong network of relationships with media communities across the Arab world, the delegation held meetings with heads of prominent Egyptian media entities during the visit. The meetings explored new ways for the Dubai Media Council and the Dubai Press Club to share knowledge and expertise with Egyptian institutions and media organisations, as well as to work more closely with each other to develop the Arab media industry and attract young talent to the sector. 

Her Excellency Mona Al Marri met with Karam Gabr, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council for Media Regulation, and AbdulSadek Al Shurbagi, chairman of the country’s National Press Authority. During the meetings, Her Excellency expressed her appreciation to the two Egyptian institutions for their efforts to stimulate industry development and discussed new ways to build productive media networks that can stimulate the development of industry ecosystems in the region. Al Marri highlighted the strong ties that the Dubai Media Council and the Dubai Press Club have established with the Egyptian media fraternity.

AbdulSadek Al Shurbagi said that the deep ties between the media communities of the two countries reflected their close historical relationship. He stressed the National Press Authority’s desire to further strengthen cooperation with the Dubai Media Council and the Dubai Press Club.

The delegation also met a number of prominent editors-in-chief, heads of leading Egyptian television networks and media organisations, as well as prominent broadcasters.

The president of the Dubai Press Club said that one of the main aims of the visit was to introduce the objectives, categories and criteria of the first edition of the Arab Media Award (AMA), which was established following the restructuring of the highly successful DPC Arab Journalism Award (AJA). Building on the achievements of AJA over the past two decades, the Arab Media Award includes several new categories that provide the region’s media community with new opportunities to showcase their achievements. Going beyond AJA’s focus on the journalism sector, the Arab Media Award aims to identify and recognise talent, creativity and outstanding achievements across a broader spectrum of media sectors.

In inviting Egyptian media professionals and institutions to participate in the Arab Media Award, Her Excellency noted that the previous version of the award programme had featured significant Egyptian participation. Over the past 20 years, the award has recognised several exceptional journalistic achievements by Egyptians, she added.

During the meetings, the Dubai Press Club delegation introduced the Egyptian media to the range of services it provides to industry professionals in the region and around the world, as well as the various initiatives it has taken to promote dialogue between politicians, thought leaders, authorities, writers, thinkers and academics in the industry.

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