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Ahmed bin Mohammed approves DMI’s new strategy and corporate identity

DUBAI, 21sth September, 2023 (WAM) — H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Media Council (DMC), today approved Dubai Media Incorporated’s (DMI) new strategy and corporate identity.

The move, aimed at raising the organisation’s ability to keep pace with the latest industry and technology shifts and raise its competitiveness in an evolving environment, is aligned with DMI’s long-term blueprint for development.

Covering all sectors of the company, including print, radio, TV and digital platforms, DMI’s new strategy and corporate identity supports Dubai's plan to further consolidate its status as a regional media and business hub.

During the meeting of Dubai Media Council chaired by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed, held on Thursday at DMI’s News Centre in Dubai Media City, Sheikh Ahmed said DMI’s strategic development is aligned with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to raise Dubai's media industry competitiveness to a level that is commensurate with its status as a global economic hub and Arab media capital. “This vision has fostered a series of initiatives and projects that have transformed regional media and raised Dubai’s global media stature,” he added.

“Under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, our objective is to foster a progressive media environment that not only gains the trust of the audience but also contributes substantially to the nation's sustainable development journey. In devising DMI’s new strategy, we have placed the highest importance on nurturing young, highly competent national leaders who can steer new initiatives and lay the foundations for growth and transformation. We seek to make DMI one of the Arab world’s leading media companies," Sheikh Ahmed stated.

He further said DMI would be granted all the support necessary to accomplish its objectives. “We will meticulously oversee the realisation of our objectives, assessing performance and monitoring progress towards meeting the specific goals laid out in our strategic action plan. We deeply appreciate the commitment shown by Dubai's media pioneers, whose contributions have helped our media institutions set high benchmarks of excellence,” he added.

The meeting was attended by Mona Al Marri, Vice Chairperson and Managing Director of the Dubai Media Council, and board members Mohammed Sulaiman Al Mulla, Malek Sultan Al Malek; Dr. Abdulla Al Karam; HYounes Al Nasser; and Nehal Badri, Secretary-General of the Council.

Mona Al Marri affirmed the Council's commitment to supporting DMI in the realisation of its strategy, stating: “The Dubai Media Council is steadfast in executing the directives of Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed, empowering DMI to fulfill its mission. We are working closely with DMI to ensure the successful execution of the strategy within the stipulated timeframe.”

She further said that under the leadership of Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed, DMC forged partnerships with stakeholders from across the industry to develop a comprehensive media strategy for the emirate. This encompasses highly targeted performance indicators for media institutions. These concerted efforts aim to bolster the competitiveness of media institutions at local, regional, and global levels, she noted.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Sulaiman Al Mulla noted that the new strategy will be executed through a comprehensive plan encompassing all sectors of DMI. Nurturing national talent and equipping them with the skills needed to achieve global benchmarks of excellence continues to be one of the primary focuses of the organisation. He also announced that Emirati and Arab media personalities will contribute to DMI’s efforts to enhance the profile of its channels and develop programming that reflects its new corporate identity. He stressed DMI’s commitment to operating on strong corporate foundations, developing the organisation into a leading brand and expanding its audience base.

He also said that the new strategy will place a strong emphasis on strengthening Dubai TV’s local brand profile through the Sama Dubai channel. Additionally, Dubai TV will continue to showcase Dubai's achievements to the world and raise its stature as a global economic hub through creative content.

The newly outlined strategy integrates a multitude of programmes and initiatives, which are synergistically aligned with Dubai’s status as a global media hub. The strategy seeks to develop competitive and internationally benchmarked media services that advance commercial goals while preserving local cultural values. Ultimately, the new DMI strategy seeks to guide the organisation’s transformation into a revenue-generating entity that contributes to the emirate's GDP and the growth of its vital sectors.

DMI will announce details of its new strategy at the 21st Arab Media Forum set to commence on 26th September.

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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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