UAE news agency to provide services in six new languages
WAM plans biggest expansion since 1970s to spread UAE’s message of tolerance
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.
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