Arab Social Media Influencers Club launches

The Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum launches the Arab Social Media Influencers Club across the Middle East. With the club’s headquarters to be located in Dubai and branches to open across the region, the club will serve as a platform for Arab social media influencers and youth to enhance their creativity and online reach as well as maximise their role and participation in the development, growth and promotion of their societies.

EW secures royal exclusive

Emirates Woman magazine has secured an exclusive with Her Royal Highness Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein. The interview features HRH Princess Haya speaking about the admiration she has for her husband, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, her children and her late mother, as well as her views on social media today.

“Ahead of her time yet utterly in tune with ours, HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein is one of the world’s greatest humanitarians and I was both honoured and humbled to interview this hugely inspirational woman,” says Lyndsey Steven, Associate Editor, Emirates Woman Group. “HRH Princess Haya is not only a brilliant role model for working women in the UAE, she has also made great strides in changing the world’s perception of women in the Middle East.”

Sheikh Mohammed launches Arab Social Media Award

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today launched the Arab Social Media Award. The award will highlight the most important social media initiatives in the Arab world and promote the best practices on social platforms and technologies at a ceremony that is to be held annually in Dubai.

Included are 20 categories covering social media activities and initiatives by individuals and organisations, as well as the title of ‘Social Media Personality of the Year’ for the region’s most influential online figure. Based on three main standards – communication, creativity and impact – the Arab Social Media Award will recognise communication within communities, tangible benefits for social development and the contribution of positivity to progress and prosperity.

The categories for the Arab Social Media Award are as follows: Government Entities, Private Sector, Blogs, Media, Sports, Tolerance, Social Service, Education, Youth, Technology, Entrepreneurship, Economy, Politics, Health, Arts, Security and Safety, Shopping, Environment, Tourism and Entertainment.

A committee of experts and sector specialists will evaluate applications and select the winner for each category, and individuals and organisations wishing to participate can nominate themselves or others on the award’s official website – Results will be announced by the end of 2014.