Addressing global broadcasters at the ENEX (European News Exchange) general assembly, Tariq Saeed Allay, Director of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB), lauded the Emirate of Sharjah.
Addressing global broadcasters at the ENEX (European News Exchange) general assembly, Tariq Saeed Allay, Director of the Sharjah Government Media Bureau (SGMB) lauded the Emirate of Sharjah. He stated: Education and media are essential for a nations progress. This is why Sharjah has on the one hand been investing in building world-class institutions like the University of Sharjah and American University of Sharjah and, on the other hand, it has been working to strengthen the media and communication sector in the Emirate.
He was speaking at the annual ENEX General Assembly in Dubai. ENEX is an association of international commercial TV broadcasters and media organisations.
Hosted by Al Arabiya TV at The Grand Habtoor Hotel, ENEX General Assembly attracted the CEOs and news directors of more than 50 leading broadcasters and media organisations such as CBS, Sky News, RTL and TBS etc., as well as the leaders of the Middle East media.
Speaking on the occasion, Adrian Wells, Managing Director of ENEX said: ENEX has been rapidly expanding into the Middle East and Gulf. We are very excited to be able to showcase Sharjahs rich and diverse cultural agenda on the ENEX platform which distributes content worldwide to more than 50 leading commercial TV stations and digital publishers.”
Explaining Sharjahs vision and the steps taken on the media front, Allay said: Ours is the first Emirate to form its own Media Council, which includes Sharjah Media Corporation (Radio & TV), Sharjah Government Media Bureau and Sharjah Media City, a fully independent media free zone that is being developed with world-class infrastructure and facilities.
The Director of the SGMB, the media and communication arm of the Sharjah government, pointed out that Sharjah has been playing a leadership role in the media and communication sphere with initiatives like the annual International Government Communication Forum, which attracts around 3,000 world leaders, influencers and communication experts. The Emirate also rewards excellence in this specialised field through its Government Communication Award.
He pointed out that Sharjah has several firsts to its credit and enjoys many unique advantages. The Emirate was declared the Cultural Capital of the Arab World in 1998 by UNESCO and the 2014 Culture Capital of the Islamic World by the OIC. Sharjah was also celebrated as the 2015 Arab Tourism Capital by the Arab League.
While these laurels acknowledge Sharjah for its celebration of Arab and Islamic heritage and culture, there is more to Sharjah than its distinct culture and more than 20 museums, he added.
The Emirate is home to nearly 50% of the UAEs manufacturing sector and the countrys largest industrial area. Sharjah also boasts the most diversified economy in the region and is not critically dependent on any one particular sector. Today, as its economy grows at a steady pace, Sharjah is looking ahead to greater challenges and opportunities as it steadily attracts international investors.