Sheikh Khaled interacts with children during the launch of new vision and strategy for Abu Dhabi Media Network on Tuesday. WAM
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
His Highness Sheikh Khaled Bin Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of Abu Dhabi Executive Council, has launched the new vision and strategy for Abu Dhabi Media Network, during a launch ceremony held on Tuesday at Abu Dhabi National Theatre.
During the event, Sheikh Khaled endorsed a detailed overview of the new vision and strategy, which focuses on key public service pillars aimed at elevating the public media landscape, developing engaging educational and informative content tailored to all segments of the community, and accelerating the growth of the knowledge economy across all broadcast, digital and print media platforms.
The event was also attended by Sheikh Zayed Bin Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the National Media Office.
The new media network will operate on a set of strategic pillars, which will further enhance impactful media content that reflects the Emirati identity and highlights the country’s progress, achievements and development across vital sectors, in order to further strengthen its regional and international position.
The strategy involves the launch of Aletihad News Centre, which will operate as a unified media centre across the organisation’s various news platforms to provide professional and accurate coverage of local, regional and global developments in different languages.
It will also enable specialised round the clock news bulletins across finance, business, economic affairs, sports and more, in line with best practices in media reporting.
Under the strategy, Aletihad newspaper, which carries a new look and feel, will now be published in both Arabic and English, featuring news reporting in line with the highest international media standards.
Additionally, the strategy involves the development of a diverse array of media content that reflects the aspirations of the UAE community through the organisation’s affiliated channels and media outlets.
The new strategy also focuses on themes related to women and families, through content for Zahrat Al Khaleej magazine in both Arabic and English, to highlight the journeys of successful women in the UAE and Arab world, as well as their personal, social and national achievements.
The strategy emphasises the importance of producing rich, diverse and impactful children’s content, in both Arabic and English, for Majid magazine and Majid Kids TV.
Based on Emirati values, the content will aim to heighten curiosity for learning, exploration, and research, and cultivate an interest in science among children through interactive games and smartphone applications.
In line with plans to distribute enhanced content across the network’s broadcast digital and social platforms, the new strategy will also modernise the radio network by broadcasting a diverse range of programming across six pillars - news, sports, Emirati affairs, entertainment, education and knowledge, and children - in Arabic, English, and Hindi.
Sheikh Khaled affirmed the importance placed by UAE leadership on the media sector, underlining the active role it has played in supporting the country’s progress and prosperity over the last 50 years.
He added that the launch of the new Abu Dhabi Media Network reflects this vision, highlighting that the planned upskilling of national talent will encourage the building of a comprehensive and integrated national media ecosystem that will play a fundamental role in the country’s progress, in alignment with long-term strategic goals, national priorities and sustainable development trends.
He also highlighted the media sector’s vital role in enhancing community awareness, emphasising the importance of establishing a strong and creative foundation for the future, while keeping pace with the latest technological advancements, including artificial intelligence, in the media sector.
He also highlighted the importance of investing in highly skilled and inspirational Emirati media professionals to lead the media sector towards further growth.
For his part, Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan explained how Abu Dhabi Media Network’s evolution represents a significant step towards strengthening the national media landscape and the key role it will play in highlighting the UAE's achievements and ambitions.
Sheikh Khaled highlighted how the significance of delivering content that accurately portrays the uniqueness of Emirati society and its rich cultural and social heritage underscores the ongoing development of national media entities and the need to keep abreast of technological progress in a rapidly developing media sector.
The transformation of Abu Dhabi Media Network, which reports to Abu Dhabi Media Office, aims to accelerate the development of a national media ecosystem, in line with strategic national interests, and keep pace with the rapid development of the global media sector.
It focuses on effective engagement with local, regional, and international audiences by creating diverse media content that reflects the values and heritage of Abu Dhabi and the UAE. It also aims to serve the aspirations of all segments of society, while promoting the values of coexistence and social cohesion, ensuring positive and effective public interaction and engagement.
The new network will employ state-of-the-art infrastructure and cutting-edge technology, in line with the highest global standards, delivering diverse educational, informative, and entertainment programming for various age groups, as well as media content and news programming for non-Arabic speakers.
Attended by several members of the ruling family, as well as sheikhs and senior federal and emirate-level government officials, the launch event highlighted the history of Abu Dhabi Media Company since its founding in 1969, including the launch of Abu Dhabi Radio, the first black and white broadcast on Abu Dhabi TV, and the first issue of Al Ittihad newspaper, in addition to the first colour broadcast, and other major milestones.
The attendees reviewed ways to boost Emiratisation in the media sector, and the role of universities in qualifying Emirati cadres to work in the media field, as well as the importance of building bridges for communications between colleges and media institutions, both governmental and private.
The bulletin clarified that if an artist or influencer incurs any costs in providing a service and subsequently recovers that cost from its client, such reimbursement falls within the scope of VAT in the UAE.
This group of academicians comprises 23 women and seven men across 12 different nationalities, including Egypt, India, Kenya, Nigeria, and 16 representatives from UAE.
Organised by ADNEC Group in partnership with WAM, the prominent international conference-cum-exhibition in the media sector will take place from 14th to 16th November, 2023, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre — ADNEC, Abu Dhabi.
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