The Arab Union of Electronic Media, AUEM, has honoured Director General of the Government of Dubai Media Office and Chairperson of Dubai Press Club, Mona Ghanem Al Marri, for the "Most Influential Arab Media Personality in 2014", in recognition of her contributions for the industry, including the Arab Media Forum.
The AMF is organised annually by Dubai Press Club since 1999.
The honouring ceremony was part of the "Electronic Media Awards" held on Saturday in Cairo, Egypt, wrapping up the 4th Arab Electronic Media Forum. The event attracted host of Egyptian and Arab media figures, writers and intellectuals.
Mona Al Marri expressed her appreciation and gratitude for the Arab Union of Electronic Media and the organisers of the Electronic Media Forum for electing her among Arab media icons. She said: "I am honoured to gain this appreciation in Cairo, the capital of Arab media. I would like to avail myself on this opportunity to convey to you greetings of UAE media community wishing this promising forum all the success".
She added: "Dubai Press Club has always kept pace with the changes and developments in the Arab media scene, and we are rather eager to take a proactive role in shaping media reality to provide high quality content. We are quite confident that Arab media can cope with latest international industry trends, showing highest level of professional competency." Al Marri further stated that organising the Electronic Media Forum in Cairo integrates with the role Dubai undertook years ago and contributes to providing a new platform for developing media in the region.
Concluding her remarks, Mona al Marri said that the media industry will witness fast-paced changes over the coming few years, stressing that media workers are expected to be ready for these changes to positively tackle the challenges and opportunities they will bring along. She also congratulated the winners of the Electronic Media Awards different categories, wishing all the success for the forum's organisers and participants.
In recognition of its efforts, the Arab Union of Electronic Media also elected "Dubai Press Club" (DPC) as the most important Arab media organisation supporting electronic and digital media for the same year as the Club has included topics related to the reality and future of e-media in all its round-the-year events.
Chairperson of Dubai Press Club, Mona Ghanem Al Marri and Director of the Club, Muna Busamra received the award.
Al Marri said the recognition is a motive for DPC to continue exploration of new avenues to further develop the Arab media, while promoting innovation and creativity as key prerequisites for media excellence.
Muna Busamra, said: "Cairo is the capital of Arab Media. DPC has always enjoyed strong relations with Arab media community generally and Egyptian media in particular. We are happy to have such relations, and we are keen to further develop through continuous exchange of visits and ideas. This cooperation will benefit the entire Arab media." The Arab Electronic Media Forum and Electronic Media Award honoured UAE daily Arabic newspaper ‘Al Emarat Al Youm', which came third in the Award's print journalism category, following ‘Asharq Al Awsat' newspaper in the first position and ‘Assafir' newspaper which was second.