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United Arab Emirates: World Media Congress 2023 to see record international participation – News


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Published: Wednesday, November 8, 2023, 9:47 p.m.

The second edition of the Global Media Congress 2023 will feature unprecedented international participation from leading global companies in the media industry, as well as decision-makers, experts and specialists from around the world.

The event, organized by ADNEC Group in collaboration with the Emirates News Agency (WAM), will take place from November 14 to 16 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre. The congress, under the patronage of Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister and President of the Presidential Court, has as its theme: “Shaping the future of the media industry.”

The edition will feature 257 exhibiting companies and brands (an increase of 33 percent compared to the inaugural congress), as well as 172 participating countries (an increase of 22 percent). For the first time, up to 31 countries will participate. In addition, the total exhibition area has increased by 78 percent to more than 32,000 square meters compared to 18,000 square meters in the previous edition. Nearly 800 journalists from 58 countries will attend and cover the event.

Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi, director general of WAM and president of the congress organizing committee, noted that the record participation reflects the trust and professional credibility that the event enjoys despite its recent creation.

“In anticipation of the second edition of the Global Media Congress, we have strengthened our global media network through strategic partnerships after our first session. These collaborations are set to enhance this year’s congress, offering participants unparalleled value,” Al Rayssi said during a press conference.

“Together with COP28, the opening day of our congress will highlight the fundamental role of environmental media in sustainability and climate defense. The second day shifts focus on media education, with special emphasis on youth participation,” said Al Rayssi. “We are excited to welcome students from 100 universities and prepare them to shape the media landscape. “We are also launching the Education Stage and Co-Production Majlis, alongside Innovation Stage, NexTech and Future Media Lab, to explore the nexus between media, education and AI as we navigate the evolution of the industry.”

Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri, Managing Director and CEO of ADNEC Group, said: “The organization of the Global Media Congress aligns with ADNEC Group’s strategy of supporting a wide range of economic and knowledge sectors in the country, in line with the aspirations of our wise leadership for the next fifty years, with the media industry being one of its main pillars.”

The conference will also feature a dedicated event that will attract more than 400 major industry players, who will be able to communicate, share knowledge and explore opportunities for collaborative production and partnerships in the media sector.

In addition, there will be a specialized conference for three days, with the participation of 77 speakers from 18 countries. There will be 36 main sessions covering discussion topics, namely sustainability, innovation, cutting-edge technologies in the media sector, sports media and youth engagement, as well as the role of training and development in improving the future of the media industry.

The conference will include five associated events, including the first stage of innovation and start-up, training workshops, dialogue sessions, roundtables and more.


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