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Dubai Press Club Announces Workshop Topics for First Day of 11th Arab Media Forum
(28 March 2012)
Discussions Tailored to Address ’Exposure and Transition’ in Arab Media


Dubai Press Club, organisers of the Arab Media Forum, today announced the workshop topics for the first day of the 11th Arab Media Forum thatwill be hostedunder the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Scheduled to be held from 8-9 May at the Grand Hyatt in Dubai, AMF 2012 is themed‘Arab Media:Exposure and Transition’.The first day’s workshopswill examinethe changes that have taken place in the media landscape acrossseveral countries in the region. In light of the dynamic transformations, the workshops willexplorethe role of the media in articulating the evolving situation.

The opening workshop will explore the immense growth Twitter has witnessed on the regional and global scale. Titled ‘Twitter Stars and the Echo of the Tweets!’ the workshopwill discuss the effectiveness of social network platforms in influencing communities. It also aims to identify the growing popularity of micro-blogging as an ideal avenue forth uninhibited and instant expression of ideas.

This workshop will be moderated by Nasser Al Sarami, Head of media at Al Arabiya News Channel.The respective spokespeople will be DimaKhatib, blogger of the “DimaKhatib” blog, Social Media Specialist Abdulaziz Al-Shalan, the blogger Ammar Mohammed the founder of the “Ammar Talk” Blog, and the Film maker, and blogger AmrSalama.

The Second workshop titled “Is it not time for the Arab youth’s media spring?” This workshop will be moderated byEbrahim Ustadi from Dubai Media Institution.Speaking at the workshop will be student Hessa Al Shuwaihi from HCT – Dubai Women`s College, student Dana Abu Laban, from Mohammad Bin Rashid School of Communication in the American University of Dubai, student ObeidaTakriti from Mohammad Bin Rashid School of Communication in the American University of Dubai, student Farah Al Ibrahim from American University of Sharjah, and student Mahra AlJneibi from UAE University.

The third workshop‘The Electronic Media Generation: Journalists by Instinct’will examine the evolution of communication over the last two years. The advancements have allowed individuals to influence their environment through communicating from various electronic devices. Additionally, the workshopwill evaluate the level of trust associated with conventionalversus new media and raise the question ‘Is traditional media on the decline?’

This workshop will be moderated by AmnaKhalifaAl Ali Former Professor at UAE University. Speakers will include, Al Sadek AlHamami, Professor at Faculty of Communication in Sharjah University, Egyptian writer and philosopher Ghada Abdel Moneim, Ali Hamad AlKheshaiban writer at Al Riyadh Newspaper in KSA, Jordan Social Activist LahibBani-Sakher, and Magda Abu Fadil, Lebanese Director of “Media Unlimited”.

The inaugural day of AMF 2012 will also host three sessions that serve as a platform for knowledge sharing between the attendees. The topics for the first day’s sessions include‘Arab Media and the Shock of Change’, ‘Revolutions Re-draw the Map of the Elite’ and ‘Foreign Official Spokespeople: who listens to them?’

The 10th edition of the Arab Media Forum held from 17-18 May 2011 attracted more than 2,800 participants including media professionals, decision makers, researchers, academics and media students. Additionally, over 23,000 people tuned in to the forum via direct broadcast technology on the Internet. A total of 40 different nationalities from around the Arab region and the world participated in the event.

Latest updates on the workshops and speakers at the Arab Media Forum 2012 are available at


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