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New AP video service meets insatiable demand for news in the Middle East

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New AP video service meets insatiable demand for news in the Middle East


4166The Associated Press today launched AP Middle East Extra, a new service offering an additional range of unique video content centered on the news that matters most to the Middle East.

The carefully selected stories and features are regionally focused and cover the news, human-interest, cultural, economic and technology stories that are so important to the region. AP Middle East Extra also includes reports, interviews and perspectives on international news for Middle East audiences and, alongside AP’s existing global video news service, adds depth to its extensive coverage of the region.

Created for media organizations in the region, as well as those outside that have a strong interest in the Middle East and North Africa, AP Middle East Extra is designed to meet customer needs in what is a significant growth area for the media industry.

Research from AP and Deloitte shows that 97 percent of consumers in the region regularly discuss news and current affairs in their daily lives, and their average daily consumption of news is 72 minutes, which is significantly higher than their counterparts in the UK and Germany. The study, based on a survey of 18 to 45-year-olds in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates, shows a strong regional appetite for high-quality content in different formats, and a clear desire to see the news from a number of different perspectives.

However, for an audience with such an insatiable demand for news, it is the content that is critical. While the research shows that consumers in the region care deeply about big breaking stories and international news, it also reveals a desire for more regionally focused stories.

“For people in the Middle East it is not just about bombs, bullets and unrest,” said Ian Phillips, Middle East director of news for AP. “There are more positive stories that can, and should, be told. By creating unique content within a new service, customers can combine this with our existing offering to tell in-depth and relevant stories that their audience really wants to see, on top of the stories that do still need to be told.”

Through the creation of this new service, AP has invested further in its global news offering and expanded its presence and resources in the region. Content for AP Middle East Extra will be provided by a team of specially recruited video journalists based across the region and five stories, with both Arabic and English scripts, will be delivered daily between Sunday and Thursday, as well as four special features every Friday.

“As an organization that is continuing to invest heavily in news, we can see that the Middle East is significant not only for us but also for our customers, both inside and outside of the region,” said Alwyn Lindsey, AP’s director of sales for the Middle East and North Africa. “The market offers enormous potential and this product is about helping our customers engage with their audiences by providing the mix of content that they want to see.”


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Social media reigns as main source of news in the Arab World

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Social media reigns as main source of news in the Arab World


4191A new report released on Monday at the Arab Media Forum showed that social media is used by the majority of internet users across the Arab world and is their primary source of news.

The Arab Social Media Outlook 2014 suggested that 71 million people used social media in the region last year out of a total 135 million internet users.

The report was done in cooperation with the Dubai Press Club (DPC) and the Governance and Innovation Programme at the Mohammad Bin Rashid School of Government (MBRSG).

Dr. Ali Sebaa Al Marri, executive president of MBRSG, said: “In an age where media plays a central role in shaping our societies, the MBRSG’s Governance and Innovation Programme seeks to gauge and analyse the role of social media platforms on knowledge and innovation through supporting active engagement between governments and people. This partnership reflects the importance of scientific research in formulating sound public policies on one hand and putting solid data to practical use on the other,” added Al Marri.

Mona Al Marri, president of the Dubai Press Club and chairperson of AMF’s Organising Committee, said: “The report takes into perspective the wide spread of social media platforms and its relation to the media scene in the Arab world. It also sheds light on new communication trends and poses a challenge to media professionals to constantly update their news-gathering procedures, especially in a time where the public have the tools to disseminate news [information] quickly.”

The ‘Arab Social Media Outlook 2014’ focuses on the demographics of social media platforms in the Arab world.

For example, Egypt topped the Arab countrieswith the largest Facebook user base in 2013 whereas the UAE recorded the highest penetration to population ratio of 54 per cent; an increase of one million users during 2013.

Fadi Salem, director of the Governance and Innovation Programme at the MBRSG and co-author of the report, said: “Convergence between social media platforms and conventional media has become an undisputed fact. The report shows that users of social media platforms across the Arab world reached 71 million individuals by the end of 2013 out of a total of 135 million individuals using the Internet.”

“Social media is actively competing with conventional media as a primary source of news for millions of Arabs. Nearly 30 per cent of individuals participating in the survey consider social media to be the primary source of news, which is similar to the percentage of individuals considering conventional media outlets as the main source of news,” added Salem.




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IBQ celebrates India’s 63rd Independence Day

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IBQ celebrates India’s 63rd Independence Day



From the right: Mr Bhupendra Jain, Head of Corporate Banking with Mr K.M. Varghese, President of the ICC, and Mr M. Habibun-Nabi, General Secretary of the ICC

From the right: Mr Bhupendra Jain, Head of Corporate Banking with Mr K.M. Varghese, President of the ICC, and Mr M. Habibun-Nabi, General Secretary of the ICC

Supporting its customers and its community, IBQ announced its co-sponsorship of India’s 63rd Independence Day celebrations which is organized by the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC), a wing of the Embassy of India. Read the full story

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Dubai Department of Economic Development selects first batch of 20 future leaders

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Dubai Department of Economic Development selects first batch of 20 future leaders



Dr Jasim Al Ali, Director of Human Resources at the DED

Dr Jasim Al Ali, Director of Human Resources at the DED

The Dubai Department of Economic Development (DED) launched its inaugural leadership development program this week with 20 future leaders selected from the department and its four agencies. Read the full story

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Last call for Muhr Awards 2009: 2 weeks to go for best of Arab, Asian, African cinema to qualify for DIFF honours

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Last call for Muhr Awards 2009: 2 weeks to go for best of Arab, Asian, African cinema to qualify for DIFF honours


28 prizes worth more than US$575,000, acclaim of prestigious international jury on offer

August 31 deadline for Muhr Arab and Muhr AsiaAfrica competitions

Emerging and established filmmakers from the Arab world, Asia and Africa have two more weeks to participate in the 2009 Muhr Awards, the region’s foremost film competition, the Dubai International Film Festival announced today. Read the full story

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ADNEC to enhance car park facilities

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ADNEC to enhance car park facilities



Programme of improvements will begin from the end of September

Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) has revealed details of the enhancements it is making to its two on-site multi-story car parks. Read the full story

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Merle Norman goes on the defense with new Dual Spectrum Sunscreen

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Merle Norman goes on the defense with new Dual Spectrum Sunscreen


The sun gives light, warmth and energy but along with those benefits come invisible ultraviolet rays that are harmful to the skin. Rain or shine, skin needs to keep its guard up!

New Merle Norman Dual Spectrum™ with SPF 30 makes it easy to be sun-smart. This lightweight lotion provides broad-spectrum protection against both UVA (aging) and UVB (burning) rays. Read the full story

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Montblanc Launches Limited Writers Edition 2009 “Thomas Mann”

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Montblanc Launches Limited Writers Edition 2009 “Thomas Mann”



This year the Montblanc Limited Writers Edition 2009 is dedicated to Germany’s greatest novelist of the 20th century, Thomas Mann. Read the full story

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Software AG: High-tech region study provides further evidence of need to develop European software industry

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Software AG: High-tech region study provides further evidence of need to develop European software industry



Study compares Silicon Valley to high-tech regions (clusters) in Germany, Finland and India

High-tech clusters are strategic elements of a modern economic policy

Marco Gerazounis, Senior Vice President, Software AG, Middle East

Marco Gerazounis, Senior Vice President, Software AG, Middle East

Software AG has recently (June 22, 2009) released a survey carried out by the Technical University of Darmstadt comparing a number of high-tech regions world-wide. Read the full story

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DTTC registers 62 percent growth in tea trade to reach 4.2 million kilos in first half of 2009

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DTTC registers 62 percent growth in tea trade to reach 4.2 million kilos in first half of 2009



Shows strong growth from 2.6 million kilos in H1 2008

Overall tea trade through Dubai reaches 48.8 million kilos in Jan-May 2009

Tea trade volumes impacted by crops shortfall

Average tea prices rise between 30-70 percent

Continued expansion of number of tea-producing countries trading through DTTC Read the full story

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