Or­ga­nizer says event will ‘shine a light’ on the in­dus­try

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A key­note ad­dress by Bahrain’s for­eign min­is­ter will be among the high­lights of the Arab Me­dia Fo­rum (AMF), which opens to­day in Dubai.

The or­ga­nizer of the AMF said that the event will “shine a light” on the me­dia in­dus­try and its role in pro­mot­ing pos­i­tive change in the re­gion.

Bahrain’s For­eign Min­is­ter Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khal­ifa will speak dur­ing the main ses­sion on the open­ing day of the event, which runs un­til Wed­nes­day.

Mona Ghanem Al-Marri, pres­i­dent of Dubai Press Club (DPC) and chair­per­son of the AMF Or­ga­niz­ing Com­mit­tee, said that me­dia could play a pos­i­tive role in the Arab world.

“This year’s Arab Me­dia Fo­rum seeks to shine a light on how the re­gion’s me­dia can re­spond to the vast changes tak­ing place both in the Arab world and across the globe,” she told Arab News.

“The fo­rum will also take a close look at how me­dia or­ga­ni­za­tions can take ad­van­tage of new ad­vanced tech­nolo­gies to sup­port pos­i­tive change and growth in our re­gion. We have brought to­gether lead­ing me­dia per­son­al­i­ties from the Arab world and in­ter­na­tion­ally to dis­cuss how we can to­gether forge a new vi­sion for the me­dia’s growth.”

More than 2,500 guests and 50 speak­ers from 20 coun­tries from across the Arab re­gion and the world are ex­pected at the fo­rum.

Along­side the event, the vet­eran Saudi jour­nal­ist Khaled Al­maeena will on Tues­day be hon­ored at the sec­ond In­ter­na­tional Me­dia Gala (IMG), or­ga­nized by Arab News and held in Dubai.

The for­mer edi­tor of this news­pa­per is set to be pre­sented with a life­time achieve­ment award by Faisal J. Ab­bas, the cur­rent edi­tor in chief.

Al­maeena served as edi­tor in chief of Arab News twice — be­tween 1982 and 1993, and again be­tween 1998 and 2011 — and in Novem­ber 2016 was given the hon­orary ti­tle of “edi­tor emer­i­tus.”

Un­der Al­maeena’s watch, the pa­per de­vel­oped strong ties with its read­ers, some­times fight­ing causes on their be­half — in­clud­ing cases where peo­ple were wrongly sent to jail.

Al­maeena is now man­ag­ing part­ner of a com­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany and has sev­eral other in­ter­ests in­clud­ing so­cial work and men­tor­ing. Al­though he still writes, he does not miss the daily grind of jour­nal­ism.

“I don’t miss the head­lines and dead­lines,” he said.

That said, Al­maeena sees a solid fu­ture for the pa­per.

“Arab News has al­ways been a bridge be­tween the ex­pa­tri­ates, the Saudis and the gov­ern­ment.”

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