Dubai Lynx press conference announced

The 2016 Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity will be holding their annual breakfast press conference on December 7, 2015 at the CNN Building in Dubai Media City. The conference will address the developments and innovations relating to the 2016 competition and awards for advertising creative excellence in the Middle East and Africa.

The press conference will be presented by Emma Farmer, Festival Director, Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity with pannelists; Terry Savage, Chairman, Lions Festivals; Ian Fairservice, Vice Chairman, Dubai Lynx; Mohammad Abdulla, Managing Director, Dubai Media City; Hani Ghorayeb, President, IAA-UAE Chapter; Walid Yared, Chief Marketing Officer, Choueiri Group and Faisal Bin Haider, Chief Executive Officer – Printing and Distribution Sector, Dubai Media Incorporated.


Dubai Customs presents Al-Furdah TV Programme

Dubai Customs, in partnership with Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI), is presenting and sponsoring a new television programme – ‘Al-Furdah: From the Berth to the Screen’ – on Sama Dubai TV channel, with the first episode kicking off this week. Prepared and presented by Dubai Customs’ corporate communication department, the 13-episode TV programme aires weekly every Sunday at 9pm, with repeats through Mondays at 5am and 11am, as well as Tuesdays at 2pm; the broadcast will last three months.

“The programme aims to highlight the pivotal role Dubai Customs plays in facilitating legitimate trade and protecting society,” says Khalil Saqer bin Gharib, Director, Communication Department, Dubai Customs. “It will also shed light on major relevant services provided by other government entities in Dubai and in the UAE at large, especially being the first-of-its-kind programme in the Middle East to be presented by a customs organisation. The broadcast will feature eminent national and regional figures in the realms of security, economy, environment, customs and will discuss several topics related to the role of government institutions in the community.”

The Al-Furdah programme is the first result of the joint collaboration between Dubai Customs and DMI following the signing of a mutual cooperation agreement in March 2014. The agreement is aimed at joining efforts to fulfil the Dubai Government’s vision, boost cooperation, share expertise and knowledge in the multimedia work field, as well as enhance Dubai’s economic and commercial standing in the local and international media.

Dubai One to shut down production

While the official announcement is due to be made after the Eid holiday, it is now known that Dubai One is preparing to shut down TV production and lay off 80 percent of its staff. Launched in 2004, the English language TV station is run by government owned Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI).

The remaining staff will be transferred to Arabic language channels, and although Dubai One will remain on air, its content will be syndicated from elsewhere. Shows that will be taken off the air include in-house business news show, Emirates 24/7; daytime chat show, Studio One and entertainment programme, Out and About.