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Dubai Press Club announces extensive programme of activities on the sidelines of AMF 2023

DUBAI, 20th September, 2023 (WAM) — The Dubai Press Club (DPC), organiser of the Arab Media Forum (AMF), today unveiled an extensive programme of activities to be held on the sidelines of the 21st edition of the event. Set to be held from 26-27 September 2023, the region’s largest gathering for media professionals is being organised under the theme ‘The Future of Arab Media’.
This year’s event features a series of insightful sessions, panel discussions and workshops that will focus on two key themes, the influence of artificial intelligence on the media and the broader creative landscape as well as the critical need for the world to commit to sustainability. The Forum will also explore the influence of film and drama as sources of soft power.
Media Centre
In recognition of the pivotal role media organisatons play in the event's success, AMF will have a dedicated Media Centre, which will provide all the facilities they require for their coverage.
Alia Al Theeb, Director of the Strategic Media Affairs Department at the Government of Dubai Media Office and Member of AMF’s Organising Committee, said the media serves as a key partner in raising the Forum’s reach in the region and beyond and reinforcing its mission to explore and integrate new technologies that can transform the industry’s future.
To ensure a seamless experience for journalists reporting on sessions from the venue, the Media Centre offers high-speed Internet connectivity and the latest gadgets.
Al Theeb added that the organising team has been coordinating extensively with various media institutions and journalists over the past few weeks to accommodate their coverage requirements.
MoU signing ceremonies
Underlining its role as a platform dedicated to fostering cooperation and forging partnerships to accelerate media development in the region, AMF 2023 will feature the signing of several cooperation agreements and Memoranda of Understanding (MoU), said Mahfoudha Saleh, Member of AMF’s Organising Committee. The agreements will have a particular focus on developing the capabilities of media professionals, especially youth, and exploring new avenues for the exchange of ideas and experiences in the industry.
Book signings
AMF 2023 will feature the participation of three esteemed creative writers who will be signing their latest works. Osama Abdel Raouf El-Shazli will be signing copies of his novel ‘Awraq Shamoon Al-Misri’ (The Papers of Shimon the Egyptian); Lebanese novelist Dr. Khaled Ghattass will be available for signing his book ‘This is Not What I Wrote’; and Emirati novelist Reem Al-Kamali will be signing her novel ‘Rose's Diary’.
The three authors will also be participating in sessions at AMF to speak about their literary journey.
Ruqaya Al Jaberi, Member of AMF’s Organising Committee, said that hosting these accomplished writers underscores the Forum’s commitment to fostering creative thinking and constructive discourse, which contributes to enriching the intellectual and creative landscape not only within the UAE but also across the wider Arab world. The Forum offers these writers a unique opportunity to share their ideas and engage in meaningful dialogue on their literary work, contributing to the exchange of insights and perspectives, she said.
‘Proudly from Dubai’
The Arab Media Forum and the Youth Media Forum, held a day ahead of AMF, will feature eight homegrown F&B outlets from the ‘Proudly from Dubai’ network. Launched by Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office, ‘Proudly from Dubai’ is an initiative that aims to tell the success stories of exciting and innovative businesses that were born and initiated in Dubai.
Shaima Al Suwaidi, Director of Brand Dubai and Member of AMF’s Organising Committee, said: “Through the ‘Proudly from Dubai’ initiative, our aim is to spotlight the entrepreneurial success stories that have emerged from Dubai. The initiative stands as a testament to Dubai's remarkable success story and its rise as a global business hub and a launchpad for individuals with innovative ideas and aspirations. Brand Dubai is committed to providing members of this initiative with a platform to showcase their exceptional culinary creations, which will help further raise their visibility.”
Unique AI Artwork
This year’s Forum will showcase a unique AI artwork titled ‘Machine Hallucinations — Nature Dreams’ by renowned new media artist Refik Anadol. The AI artwork peers intently into data aesthetics based on the collective visual memories of humanity. ‘Machine Hallucinations — Nature Dreams’ utilises over 300 million publicly available photographs of nature collected between 2018- 2021 at Refik Anadol Studio.
Hessa Al Matrooshi, Member of AMF’s Organising Committee, said the artwork serves as a testament to the influence of AI in the creative domain. It highlights how the technology is poised to revolutionise not only the media but also other sectors. The art display underscores the Forum's commitment to providing attendees with a firsthand experience of key advancements in this ever-evolving landscape.
In an exciting new addition, the Arab Media Forum will transport attendees on a nostalgic journey back in time to the golden age of cinema. This captivating experience will be brought to life through a gallery of vintage film posters, some dating as far back as the fifties and sixties. The collection is presented by Dubai resident Abed Bibi, one of the foremost collectors of these cherished relics of cinematic history.
Ayesha BinKalli, Member of AMF’s Organising Committee, said that the gallery, showcasing select posters from some of the most iconic films of that era, serves as a reminder of the exceptional quality and excellence of Arab cinema during that time. Often described as the golden age of Egyptian cinema, this era marked Egyptian cinema's leadership and prominence in the Arab world. Ayesha explained that the exhibition is designed to celebrate the art of cinema, a powerful source of soft power.
Virtual assistant
This year AMF is introducing 'MAi,' a state-of-the-art virtual assistant that will be on hand to offer guests information related to the forum in Arabic and other languages. The AI-powered virtual assistant will be easily accessible across the Madinat Jumeirah, the venue of the event, for the approximately 3,000 attendees expected to participate in the Forum.
Mohammad Suwaidan, Member of AMF’s Organising Committee, explained that ‘MAi’ is an acronym for Media Artificial Intelligence. “The introduction of the advanced virtual assistant aligns with the event’s focus on exploring how artificial intelligence will reshape the media. 'MAi' boasts advanced AI capabilities that enable it to engage in conversations with guests in Arabic and multiple other languages.”
'MAi' serves as a comprehensive information resource on the Arab Media Forum, offering details on session schedules, timings and venues. It has the capability to alter its voice to imitate renowned personalities from the media and film industries, irrespective of gender.
Maryam Al Mulla, Member of AMF’s Organising Committee, extended her heartfelt appreciation to the partners of the 21st edition of AMF. She highlighted the pivotal support provided by these esteemed organisations, including DP World and Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Strategic Partners), ENOC Group (Energy Partner), Dubai Chambers (Main Partner), Emirates NBD (Banking Partner), Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (Mobility Partner), du (Telecommunications Partner), and Hills Advertising (Advertising Partner). Additionally, she recognised the invaluable contributions of the Forum's various media partners.

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Hamriyah and Deira ports record AED 12.133b in customs declaration value for first nine months of 2023

Dubai Customs plays a crucial role as the frontline defense for community security, consistently advancing its customs centers to safeguard and facilitate maritime trade. H.E. Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, Director General of Dubai Customs, CEO of
Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation, recently visited Creek Customs Center, Deira Port, and Hamriyah Port Customs Center to evaluate progress and oversee ongoing efforts for continuous customs service development. During this visit, several executive directors, department heads, and customs center managers were present.

Ahmed Mahboob Musabih, accompanied by Rashid Al Dhabah Al Suwaidi, Acting Director of Seae Customs Centers Management, conducted inspections at Khor Customs Center, Deira Port, and Hamriyah Port Customs Center. Managers Abdulaziz Ibrahim Al Salman and Majid Salem Al Tawilah provided insights into workflow progress and accomplishments. Over the first nine months of this year, 62,454 customs declarations were processed, totaling AED 12.133 billion, with 19 seizures recorded during the same period. A visit to Hamriyah Port Customs Center showcased an advanced container X-ray inspection device, supporting increased inspection operations.

Subsequently, visits to Khor Customs Center and Deira Port highlighted achievements, including a notable seizure called the “Wheelhouse,” which successfully prevented an attempt to smuggle 243 kilograms of narcotics into the country. Commending customs employees, Ahmed Mahboob Musabih emphasized the pivotal role of maritime customs centers in ensuring community security and facilitating trade. The department collaborates for efficient goods clearance and acknowledges employee efforts
during the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to the department’s support for global efforts to revive maritime navigation and international trade.

Musabih clarified that the department’s advanced capabilities in monitoring and inspection enable it to keep pace with the UAE’s rapid foreign trade growth. Supporting Dubai’s economic agenda D33, the department aims to double foreign trade and enhance economic partnerships with key global markets. Efforts to boost customs inspector efficiency continue through training courses, ensuring their ability to thwart smuggling attempts. Continuous development of X-ray scanning
devices and the K9 customs dog unit further enhances contraband control achievements. Rasheed Al-Dabah explained that the forthcoming period will witness the advancement of new initiatives and mechanisms in the realm of inspection and examination. These initiatives are grounded in a forward-looking perspective to introduce cutting-edge technologies utilized in examining maritime transport vessels, wooden ships, and ships engaged in fish trade.

He remarked, “Our endeavors are harmonized to enhance performance in sea customs centers, concurrently focusing on bolstering monitoring, tracking, and technical support activities to yield optimal outcomes through continuous and productive collaboration among all specialized teams within the department. The Customs centers in Deira, Al Khor, and
Hamriyah Port Customs Center shoulder their vital responsibilities in safeguarding society and facilitating maritime trade through Dubai Creek and Hamriyah Port, supporting the ongoing growth of the national economy.”

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Dubai Customs Hosts Sharjah Housing Delegation to Strengthen Government Communication Ties

Dubai Customs, represented by the Corporate Communication Department, warmly welcomed a delegation from the Sharjah Housing Department. The purpose of the visit was to familiarize the delegation with the duties and responsibilities of the
Corporate Communication Department and its affiliated divisions. The delegation also aimed to explore the awards received by the department, notably the recognition as the Best Government Communication Team in the Sharjah Government Communication Award for 2023.

Khalil Saqer bin Gharib, Director of Corporate Communication Department, along with department managers, extended a cordial reception to the Sharjah Housing delegation, which included Dr. Ahmed Rashid Al Nuaimi, Director of Government Communication, Nada Sivan, Head of the Public Relations and Events Department, and Hamad Saleh Al Hamadi, Head of
the New Media Department. Bin Gharib highlighted the department’s commitment to strengthening communication with government entities to exchange practical experiences and knowledge. The delegation was briefed on Dubai Customs exceptional performance in customs operations and other facets.

The meeting delved into discussions on potential avenues for collaboration, with the Sharjah Housing delegation. Emphasis was placed on the crucial role played by Dubai Customs’ Corporate Communication Department, customs administrations, and centers in ensuring security and safeguarding society. The delegation was presented with an overview of the department’s working mechanisms, awareness campaigns, events, and activities conducted internally and externally, aligning with Dubai Customs esteemed reputation.

Furthermore, the Sharjah Housing delegation acquired an understanding of the best media practices adopted by the Corporate Communication Department, showcasing its outstanding performance in enhancing knowledge and media dissemination to all partners. This has resulted in the department establishing and fortifying relationships with local and international media
entities. The presentation also encompassed the factors contributing to the department’s receipt of the award for the Best Government Communication Team in the Sharjah Government Communication Award.

Dr. Ahmed Rashid Al Nuaimi, Director of Government Communication at Sharjah Housing, expressed appreciation for the efforts of Dubai Customs Corporate Communication Department, acknowledging its excellence and significant contribution to enhancing the department’s standing. Dr. Al Nuaimi affirmed Sharjah Housing’s commitment to fostering ongoing visits and meetings with Dubai Customs, aiming to achieve the highest level of coordination and benefit from the Corporate Communication Departmen’s experience in securing numerous local and international awards.

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Zayed Sustainability Prize opens submissions for 2025 cycle

The Zayed Sustainability Prize, the UAE’s pioneering global sustainability and humanitarian award, has officially announced that the 2025 cycle is now open for submissions.  Submissions will be accepted until 23 June 2024 through the Prize’s online portal. Small to medium enterprises (SMEs), nonprofit organisations (NPOs) and high schools with sustainable solutions are invited to submit an entry for consideration in one of the six categories of Heath, Food, Energy, Water, Climate Action and Global High Schools. Commenting on the launch of the 2025 submissions cycle, H.E. Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology, Director General of the Zayed Sustainability Prize, and COP28 President, said: “Since 2008, the
Zayed Sustainability Prize has honoured the legacy of Sheikh Zayed by fostering inclusive sustainable and humanitarian development around the world. In this decisive decade for climate change, these values are more important than ever. I am optimistic that the Prize will contribute to global climate action in line with the UAE Consensus, which will pave the
way toward an effective response to the Global Stocktake decision.” In response to the pressing climate crisis, and to further support the UAE’s efforts to accelerate practical solutions needed to drive climate action and uplift vulnerable communities around the world, the Prize has increased its funds from US $3.6 million to US $5.9 million. The Prize will reward US $1 million to each winner in the organisational categories of Health, Food, Energy, Water and Climate Action. Within the Global High Schools category, which is split into six world regions, each school can claim up to US $150,000 to start or further expand their project. The six world regions of the Global High Schools category are The Americas, Europe and Central Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub- Saharan Africa, South Asia, and East Asia and Pacific. The most recent Zayed Sustainability Prize winners were recognised at an Awards Ceremony held during COP28 UAE. To encourage a broader range of organisations and high schools to participate, the Prize will be accepting submissions in multiple languages, including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese. This will ensure that innovative solutions from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds can be recognised. For the Health, Food, Energy, Water and Climate Action categories, organisations should prove that they are improving access to essential products or services in their targeted communities and are able to implement a long-term vision for better living and working conditions. For the Global High Schools category, projects should be led by students, and must demonstrate innovative approaches to address sustainability challenges. The evaluation of each submission to the Prize consists of a rigorous, three-stage process. First, due diligence is conducted on all submissions to ensure that they meet the Prize’s evaluation criteria of Impact, Innovation, and Inspiration. This identifies the qualified entries and results in the selection of eligible candidates. Following this, evaluations are undertaken by a Selection Committee consisting of category-specific panels of independent international experts. From this shortlist of candidates, the finalists are chosen and then sent to the Prize Jury who unanimously elect the winners across all six categories.   Winners of the Zayed Sustainability Prize will be announced at an Awards Ceremony during the 2025 Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW).

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