Speakers announced for inaugural Let’s Talk event

Fekra Communications reveals speakers for the upcoming event, ‘Let’s Talk: Crisis Communications.’ Under the patronage of Sheikh Juma bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, the event is set to take place from March 8-9, 2017 at The Address Hotel Dubai Mall.

The panel of speakers will include:

  • Samer Costantini, Advisor at UAE Federal Competitiveness & Statistics Authority
  • Mazen Nahawi, Chief Executive Officer at CARMA
  • Saada Hammad, Regional PR Director at Ogilvy PR
  • Hassan Fattah, Partner at Brunswick Group
  • Moustafa Hamwi, Author and Speaker
  • Fakher Daghestani, Communications Regional Director at Boeing
  • Ahmed Naguib, Founder and CEO at El Masna3
  • Hicham El Amrani, Managing Director at ACG Communication & Training Consulting
  • Alexander McNabb, Digital Media & Communications Consultant
  • Maya Hojeij, Senior Bulletin Editor & Presenter at Dubai Media Incorporated
  • Rasha Kashkoush, Head of Communications MENA at Facebook
  • Saad Al Rubaiaan, Government Communication Advisor
  • Leila Hatoum, Senior Deputy Editor-in-Chief at Newsweek ME
  • Angus MacCormick, Vice President of Emerging Markets at vArmour
  • Mamoon Sbeih, Managing Director – Arab Region at APCO Worldwide
  • Fadl El Tarzi, Chief Executive Officer at Socialeyez
  • Brandy Scott, Presenter at Dubai Eye
  • Jonathan Shillington, Managing Director at Grayling Middle East
  • Khaled Abdulla, Head of Corporate Communication at Barclays MENA
  • Mohamed Al Nuaimi, Chief Executive Officer at Mawarid Finance
  • Khaled Hassan, Digital Marketing Director at IBM
  • Fadi Salem, Research Fellow at Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Government.

DCN launches Fashion Star

Dubai Channels Network (DCN), a division of Dubai Media Incorporated, has launched new reality TV show Fashion Star, a program dedicated to showcasing Arabic talent in the field of fashion design. The show will feature fashion icons including Reem Acra, Hanaa Ben Abdesslem, Remzi Tabiat and TV presenter Leila bin Khalifa, and will begin airing on Dubai One and First Dubai from Wednesday, February 3, 2016. A group of 12 fashion designers will compete on the show for a grand prize of AED500,000 and the opportunity to showcase their collection on
“Given the large-scale logistical and production challenges involved, Dubai Channels Network will closely monitor the operations of the company producing the program,” says Sarah Jarman, Director of Dubai One channel. “This is a first-of-its-kind opportunity for established designers from various Arab countries to receive advice and guidance from international Designer Reem, alongside an outstanding team of mentors.”
Fashion Designer Reem Acra adds “I hope the show receives public attention and that our young contestants grow a wide fan-base. Based on the new ideas and contemporary designs the program has in store, as well as the submissions of our ambitious designers, I am optimistic that the show has great things in store.”

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.