Abu Dhabi: Newly-elected members of the Journalists Association in the capital are planning to address how to encourage Emiratis who have left the profession to return, a senior member of the committee told Gulf News.

"Many fellow UAE national journalists have left their profession in recent years, whether for personal or professional reason," said Amal Al Muhairi, who was elected as the head of the new three person committee yesterday.

"Among the methods we will use is visiting them and discussing their concerns in order to find the best solution to convince them to re-join this dynamic field."

She was unanimously chosen along with two of her peers — Buthaina Al Reyami and Abdul Kareem Al Sinani — after the association's yearly election.

"This is the first time I nominate myself and [I am] very pleased that I was selected to the committee," Amal said.

"Immediately after the elections, we met with members of the main branch, which is based in Dubai, to discuss our duties and what are some of the issues and concerns of our members that need to be addressed."

Good turnout

The candidates were elected by 31 members of the association.

"There was a good turnout from among our members in Abu Dhabi, especially among our female members," said Mohammad Yousuf, recently re-elected for a third time as chairman of the UAE Journalists Association.

"The three candidates chosen will bring their unique skills and experiences in order to address our community's various concerns with fresh perspectives.

"We look forward to seeing what they can accomplish and will provide support every step of the way."