Region's largest media gathering this May

The forum presents an integrated picture of the state of the media in the Arab World and beyond Mona Al Marri, Dubai Press Club and Arab Media Forum. (SUPPLIED)

The ninth Arab Media Forum will take place on May 12 and 13, the Dubai Press Club has announced.

The felicitation of the winners of the ninth edition of the Arab Journalism Award will be held at the end of the two-day programme. The event will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai

Mona Al Marri, Chairperson, Dubai Press Club and Arab Media Forum, said: "The Press Club team is now working hard to complete preparations for the ninth edition of the Arab Media Forum. The programme will be marked by comprehensiveness and depth of presentation, scientific approach to the subjects and issues dealt with and well-studies projections about the future of Arab and world media."

Al Marri added: "The pioneers of Arab Media are used to the forum, which presents an integrated picture of the state of the media in the Arab World and beyond as well as a futuristic vision about potential developments in a way that helps policy makers and media owners and media persons make decisions and draw up future plans. The forum is the largest gathering of media persons in the region."

Al Marri said that the Press Club will take advantage of the findings of the Arab Media Outlook 2009 -2013, which was launched recently, to prepare the programme of the forum in order to bring the breadth and depth of the research behind the report to bear up on the content of the forum.

The forum will include a heavy programme schedule touching all areas of relevance to the media industry, especially the latest changes and challenges thrown up by political, social, technological and economic developments. The last media forum was addressed by more than 60 speakers from around the region and beyond. More than 2,000 people attended the event, including editors-in-chief of media organisations, columnists, thinkers and media persons.

The forum is the Middle East's most prominent annual media event that started in 2001. It has facilitated in-depth debates and exchange of ideas on the media in the region.

Last year, the forum attracted attention of international journalists and media professionals who addressed the issues of global downturn. It was titled the "Arab Media: Weathering a Period of Change and Crisis", and took take up a host of issues concerning the media in the region and outside.

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