Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum (left) presenting the Media Personality of the Year Award to Khalid bin Hamad Al Malik Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

Dubai: Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Dubai Media Council, has honoured winners of the Arab Media Award on the opening day of the 20th edition of Arab Media Forum (AMF) on Tuesday at Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai.

Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairperson of the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), and Sheikh Hasher bin Maktoum bin Juma Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Media Incorporated, also attended the Award ceremony that honoured 14 winners selected from thousands of entries from across the region.

Sheikh Ahmed congratulated the winners and wished them success in their journey of excellence which he said will contribute to raising standards in the region’s media. He also encouraged the winners to stay committed to delivering high quality content to serve the community’s interests, noting that “the Award’s ultimate objective is to enhance the media’s role in promoting development across Arab societies.”

Media Personality of the Year

Khalid bin Hamad Al Malik, editor-in-chief of Saudi-based Al Jazirah newspaper, President of the Saudi Journalists Association and President of the Gulf Press Union, was named Media Personality of the Year.

The Best Column award was handed to Dr Rasheed Al Khayoun, a writer, researcher and intellectual who pens a column for the UAE daily Al-Ittihad newspaper.

Other winners

Arab Journalism Award

Political Journalism award: Mohamed Nabil Helmy from Asharq Alawsat

Investigative Reporting award: Mohamed El-Sawy from online news website Masrawy

Economic Journalism award: Mohammed Issa from Al-Ahram Al-Arabi Magazine

Children’s Media award: Hussein Al-Zanati from Aladdin Magazine, a publication of Al-Ahram Foundation

Winners of the latest Arab Media Award categories at the forum in Dubai Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

Digital Media Award

Best News Platform award: Saudi online news website Independent Arabia

Best Economic Platform award: FollowICT platform in Egypt

Best Sports Platform award: Bahraini platform KOOORA

TV Award

Best Economic Programme award: The ‘Future of Energy’ programme broadcast on Al Arabiya news channel

Best Social Programme award: ‘Ma’kom Mona El Shazly’ talk show, broadcast on Egyptian channel CBC

Best Cultural Programme award: ‘Rawafid’ programme, broadcast on Al Arabiya news channel

Best Sports Programme award: ‘Sada Al Mala’eb’ programme, broadcast on the MBC channel

Best Documentary award: ‘My father was from Daesh’ documentary, broadcast on Sky News Arabia

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3,000 media personalities

Organised by the Dubai Press Club, the two-day event Arab Media Forum is being held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It is the region’s largest media gathering, attracting over 3,000 media personalities and professionals from across the Arab world. This year’s theme is ‘The Future of Media’.

Excellence and creativity

Diaa Rashwan, chairman of the board of Arab Media Award (AMA), noted: “Dubai continues to push the boundaries of excellence. AMA reflects the city’s ambitious development vision, as part of which its projects and initiatives place a high priority on ensuring global standards. The Award provides an incentive for media organisations to aspire for greater creativity and excellence. The evaluation framework of the Award ensures the jury maintains the highest objectivity in assessing entries.”

Mona Al Marri, president of Dubai Press Club and AMA secretary general of AMA, praised the quality of entries this year. She said: “AMA seeks not only to honour media pioneers but also to promote creativity among younger talent by highlighting outstanding excellence. Today, technology offers unlimited opportunities for the media to innovate. The Award also recognises media excellence on new digital platforms