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WAM to provide news in eight languages
September 26, 2017
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ABU DHABI: The Emirates News Agency, WAM, has announced the upgrading of its news services to cover six key global languages, in addition to the already existing Arabic and English. The launch of the revised web presence comes as part of efforts to further reinforce the UAE’s positive image and communicate its achievements internationally, while communicating the country’s message of moderation and tolerance and disseminating its news and information in the world’s most popular languages.

The upgrading of its services comes in light of the National Media Council’s drive to enhance the media sector by engaging the people of the world and providing media coverage across a broad geographical spectrum, as the UAE continues to represent a global role model for co-existence between various nationalities, ethnicities and religions.

The languages of WAM’s news services now include French, Chinese, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and Urdu, targeting a total of more than 100 countries around the world.

Commenting on the occasion, Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of the National Media Council, NMC, said: “The UAE has successfully attained a broad range of pioneering achievements and milestones thanks to the wise vision and policies of its leadership.

“Therefore the expansion of WAM’s news services to include eight languages is instrumental to further reinforcing the UAE’s values that are built on tolerance, moderation and acceptance of others, all of which are key traits of Emiratis. The NMC has a role and responsibility to underscore these national achievements in line with the country’s belief in constructive and positive cooperation which has been instilled by the UAE’s leadership, and in light of the country’s status as a global role model for openness to the world’s cultures.”

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Al Jaber added, “Engaging various nations in their own language is an important means to reach out to the people of the world while highlighting the UAE’s positions on a range of regional and international affairs and issues, particularly in light of the UAE’s role as a key regional player. It emphasises the supporting and cementing of friendship and cooperation with other countries in the international community.”

The Minister of State went on to say that the UAE has established itself as a global hub encompassing more than 200 nationalities, and he expressed his confidence that communicating with various nationalities in their own languages will further increase social cohesion and the fundamental values of coexistence.

Mohammed Jalal Al Raisi, Executive Director of the Emirates News Agency, WAM, said: “The launch of the multi-language news service reflects WAM’s commitment to highlighting the UAE’s various achievements and its positive image by providing a broad spectrum of news services to a vast segment of the global audience.”

Al Raisi reaffirmed that WAM will continue to work in line with the UAE’s national progression and in a way that continually preserves its achievements and interests by always keeping abreast with the latest media and technological trends in order to effectively raise the profile of the Emirates News Agency among regional and international news agencies.

Through its 41-year history, the Emirates News Agency has witnessed a series of key successes and growth, including the recent launch of WAM Editor, which enables journalists who work with the news agency to publish stories from anywhere in the world from the convenience of their smartphones or tablets.

In addition, WAM recently announced the launch of the WAM Live service, which enables the public to view the latest local, regional and international news as soon as it breaks through a digital interactive screen in order to provide a fully rounded news experience.

WAM has successfully made notable enhancements to its approach to widespread media coverage, including increasing its foreign correspondents during the first half of 2017 to 17, located in various cities and capitals around the world, issuing 43,609 press releases, disseminating 47,252 photographs and increasing the number of specialised reports developed by the agency to 261 so far this year.

Other key achievements of WAM include the launch of the e-Gate portal to provide services for its strategic partners around the world, and the completion of a professional manual to guarantee the implementation of international best practices in the field of media.

In addition, WAM augmented its reach to a large number of countries by signing an MoU with ENEX, an association of the world’s leading TV broadcasters, to conveniently facilitate the exchange of media content and the distribution of WAM’s video broadcasts internationally.

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