UAE news agency to pro­vide ser­vices in six new lan­guages

WAM plans big­gest ex­pan­sion since 1970s to spread UAE’s mes­sage of tol­er­ance

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UAE’s mes­sage of tol­er­ance and peace­ful co­ex­is­tence will be com­mu­ni­cated to the world with the launch of six new lan­guage ser­vices as part of the na­tional news agency WAM’s big­gest ex­pan­sion since the 1970s, se­nior of­fi­cials said on Sun­day.

Sul­tan Ah­mad Al Jaber, Min­is­ter of State and Chair­man of the Na­tional Me­dia Coun­cil, said: “The UAE has suc­cess­fully at­tained a broad range of pi­o­neer­ing achieve­ments and mile­stones thanks to the wise vi­sion and policies of its lead­er­ship, there­fore the ex­pan­sion of WAM’s news ser­vices to in­clude eight lan­guages is in­stru­men­tal in fur­ther re­in­forc­ing the UAE’s val­ues that are built on tol­er­ance, mod­er­a­tion and ac­cep­tance of oth­ers, all of which are key traits of Emi­ratis.

“The NMC has a role and re­spon­si­bil­ity to un­der­score these na­tional achieve­ments in line with the coun­try’s be­lief in con­struc­tive and pos­i­tive co­op­er­a­tion which has been in­stilled by the UAE’s lead­er­ship, and in light of the coun­try’s sta­tus as a global role model for open­ness to the world’s cul­tures,” he added.

Al Jaber said, “En­gag­ing var­i­ous na­tions in their

own lan­guages is an im­por­tant means to reach out to the peo­ple of the world while high­light­ing the UAE’s po­si­tions on a range of re­gional and in­ter­na­tional af­fairs and is­sues, par­tic­u­larly in light of the UAE’s role as a key re­gional player, and its em­pha­sis on sup­port­ing and ce­ment­ing friend­ship and co­op­er­a­tion with other coun­tries in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.”

Al Jaber added UAE has es­tab­lished it­self as a global hub en­com­pass­ing more than 200 na­tion­al­i­ties, while ex­press­ing con­fi­dence that com­mu­ni­cat­ing with var­i­ous na­tion­al­i­ties in their own lan­guages will fur­ther in­crease so­cial co­he­sion and the fun­da­men­tal val­ues of co­ex­is­tence.

Mo­ham­mad Jalal Al Raisi, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the Emi­rates News Agency (WAM), said: “The launch of the multi-lan­guage news ser­vice re­flects WAM’s com­mit­ment to high­light­ing the UAE’s var­i­ous achieve­ments and its pos­i­tive im­age by pro­vid­ing a broad spec­trum of news ser­vices to a vast seg­ment of the global au­di­ence.”

Al Raisi reaf­firmed that WAM will con­tinue to keep up to speed with the lat­est me­dia and tech­no­log­i­cal trends to ef­fec­tively raise the pro­file of the Emi­rates News Agency among re­gional and in­ter­na­tional news agen­cies.

Key suc­cesses

Through its 41-year his­tory, the Emi­rates News Agency (WAM) has wit­nessed a series of key suc­cesses and growth, in­clud­ing the re­cent launch of WAM Ed­i­tor, which en­ables jour­nal­ists who work with the news agency to pub­lish sto­ries from any­where in the world from the con­ve­nience of their smart­phones or tablets.

In ad­di­tion, WAM re­cently an­nounced the launch of the WAM Live ser­vice, which en­ables the pub­lic to view the lat­est lo­cal, re­gional and in­ter­na­tional news as soon as it breaks through a dig­i­tal in­ter­ac­tive screen in or­der to pro­vide a fully rounded news ex­pe­ri­ence.


Mo­ham­mad Jalal Al Raisi

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