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FAQ

  • The Forum
  • Registration & Attendance
  • Program/Speakers
  • Content & Issues at stake
  • Media Centre/Access to News/Live Broadcast Mechanism, Reservation
  • Volunteering
  • Dubai Press Club Membership
  • The Arab Journalism Award


The Forum

Q: What is the Arab Media Forum? (Objectives/Establishment)

A: Launched by Dubai Press Club (DPC) in 2001 under the patronage of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister of the UAE, Ruler of Dubai, the Arab Media Forum (AMF) has always sought to open wide horizons for dialogue, in-depth discussions and exchange of ideas on media-related issues of importance to the region and the world at large. In an eventful journey, the AMF has drawn a galaxy of media and journalism figures from all over the world, and a host of political, academic and intellectual leaders.

Every year, the Forum is attended by media representatives, editors-in-chief, columnists, academics and senior government officials from the Arab world and beyond. All AMF sessions and workshops are characterized by a prevailing spirit of dialogue, openness and richness of ideas.

In each edition of the Arab Media Forum, speakers and attendees discuss a set of media issues at stake, including new phenomena and trends.

Q: Who are the participants?

A: A selection of media professionals (writers, newspaper editors, heads of Radio and TV Broadcasting stations, correspondents & photographers, media students, directors…etc.) as well as political, academic and intellectual leaders from the Arab world and beyond.

Q: What is the official language of the forum?

Sessions and workshops of the Forum are conducted in two languages: Arabic and English, with simultaneous translation service provided to attendees throughout the events of the Forum.

Registration & Attendance

Q: How are participants from outside the UAE selected?

A: The AMF applies a well defined mechanism in selecting guests from outside the UAE according to the Forum’s agenda, guests’ respective areas of specialization and work. Guests invited to attend the Forum may be approached for their role in media coverage, for being widely read authors, or talk-show anchors or presenters. The selection takes into account the geographical balance as well as the variety of specializations, while avoiding duplication that might render the participation less useful.

Q: What about the UAE participation at the AMF?

A: This cultural platform aims at boosting the Arab media through an open pan-Arab dialogue of media representatives in the first place, and an Arab-international dialogue in the second place. The Arab Media Forum is intended to highlight the UAE’s openness and avant-garde role, and to promote its leadership in communication & dialogue and attracting such a wide spectrum of the media industry representatives. In addition to the UAE citizens’ active participation in discussions and sessions, the UAE team has the lion’s share in the process of preparation, organization, hosting and support. Over 50 UAE students take part annually in organizing the forum as volunteers.

Being an integral part of the pan-Arab media, the UAE media representatives benefit a lot from following the discussions on issues raised during the AMF. On the other hand, Emirati nationals, who participate as speakers or session moderators contribute with their thoughts and experiences. This is very useful for national university students and professors who are always given the chance to attend the Forum.

Q: What is the deadline for registration?

A: AMF registration starts about two months before the date of the Forum’s inauguration and closes a week before the launch of its activities.

Q: What is the AMF dress code?

The acceptable AMF dress code is the UAE national dress and decent formal clothes for both genders.

Q: How can I attend the AMF?

A: After the Dubai Press Club announces the start of registration, the registration team can be contacted by e-mail, direct contact or fax. A registration form must be filled-in and sent to the DPC by any of the abovementioned means, after which a registration code shall be obtained.

Q: How can journalists, media representatives and interested persons attend the AMF?

A: You can register to attend the AMF by: filling-in a registration form at www.arabmediaforum.com and sending it to arabmediaforum@dpc.org.ae

Q: Is the AMF open exclusively for journalists?

A: The AMF is open for all those who work in the media and cultural circles and related professions as well as to public and private sectors organizations or individuals interested in media.

Q: May I bring companions to the AMF?

A: If any person, receiving a special invitation, wishes to bring a companion; he/she should notify the DPC management by e-mail to make the necessary arrangements. However, the DPC shall not cover any expenses of travel, accommodation, transport or any other expenses of such companions.

Q: Will the DPC cover the travel and accommodation expenses of media representatives outside the UAE who wish to attend the Forum?

A: Persons working in the media industry shall be given preferential rates by hotels and the DPC-contracted entities. DPC and the AMF shall not cover travel, accommodation, transport or any other expenses of media representatives who do not have special invitations.

Q: Are there any AMF participation fees?

A: The AMF does not impose any fees on the media representatives willing to participate. However, it requires prior registration. The AMF shall not cover travel, accommodation, transport or any other expenses of media representatives who do not have special invitations. Persons working in the media industry shall be given preferential rates by hotels and the DPC-contracted entities.

Q: Does the DPC issue entry visas for participants?

A: In association with the competent authorities, the DPC issues visas for invitees only. Registered media representatives outside the UAE willing to participate, should contact the DPC management.

Q: How long is the stay provided by the AMF for guests?

A: The AMF provides the guests coming from abroad with three (3) nights stay and four (4) nights for guests who will be traveling for more than seven consecutive hours.

Q: I have filled-in the registration form but have only received a confirmation of registration without any advice of approval or rejection?

A: All those registered online obtain a preliminary reply confirming the registration. Any person willing to participate can only attend after receiving a confirmation from the AMF management approving his/her participation.

Q: I filled-in the registration form and have obtained a confirmation for attendance, what are the following steps?

A: We urge the participants residing in the UAE to print the registration number delivered to their e-mail accounts in order to accelerate the receipt of their badges at the AMF venue registration office.

A: For participants from outside the UAE, we urge you to print the registration number delivered to your e-mail account in order to accelerate the receipt of your badges from the AMF venue registration office. You have to contact the concerned authorities to obtain your UAE entry visa. The approval message is not an invitation by the AMF.

Q: If I fail to attend due to an emergency, can I name a substitute to represent me?

A: Guests are selected by the organizing committee based on their experience and work. Invitees shall not nominate other persons unless if the AMF Organizing Committee asks them to do so.

AMF Program/Speakers

Q. How are speakers selected?

A: The Committee selects speakers based on their respective specializations and in accordance with the topics and issues raised during the Forum, taking into account the necessity to introduce new faces and expand experiences in each AMF edition.

Q: When will a speaker receive travel tickets and information on accommodation and reception?

A: After the guest confirms his/her participation in writing by e-mail on invitation form and sends all required documents (passport, personal photos and biography) specifying the country of departure, the DPC shall send the visa, tickets as well as information on accommodation and reception three weeks prior to the date of the AMF opening.

The DPC bears the costs of travel to/from Dubai according to the communicated city of departure.

Q: When will I receive the details on sessions and speakers?

A: Having obtained your approval and that of other speakers lined up to participate at the same session, the DPC will provide all speakers with the details of their respective sessions and names of the most prominent guests and participants.

Q: When will the AMF Program be shared and will my photo appear on the website?

A: The AMF Public Relations Department will gradually unveil session and workshop details one and a half month ahead. Names of key speakers and guests will be announced according to a comprehensive media plan in association with the local and regional newspapers and media. Speaker photos will appear on the website only after the publication of session details in the media.

Q: Who are the other participants at the AMF?

A: The DPC will upload names, photos, and biographies of participants from outside the UAE at the next AMF edition on the website www.arabmediaforum.com

Q: Are there any restrictions on discussions during the sessions?

A: All speakers should focus on the topics of the session without deviating from the core issue. They should focus on media issues providing a pure professional analysis and avoiding any content that may infringe public morals, jeopardize ethics and values, or may contain slander or defamation of persons, institutions or states.

Q: How are the sessions designed and how are participants’ roles distributed?

A: The duration of an AMF session is one hour and fifteen minutes. The moderator ensures equal intervention opportunities to all speakers (about 10 minutes each) giving room for audience participation with a specific number of questions. It is the moderator’s role to reiterate that all AMF sessions are devoted to discussions not lengthy speeches or statements. Rather, they are open for dialogue and discussion led and managed by the moderator.

Q: Will the AMF management hold a meeting with speakers before the start of a given session?

A: Speakers should be present 45 minutes prior to the session. They will meet to get acquainted with each other and with the moderator. They will discuss the most suitable way to conduct the session. The meeting venue will be determined by the DPC.

Q: What are the materials to be prepared before the session?

A: All speakers are required to prepare the ideas and issues related to the axes of their session according to their specialization and field of experience. It is noteworthy that AMF sessions are devoted to discussions not lengthy speeches or statements. Rather, they are open for dialogue and discussion led and managed by the moderator.

Q: What if a speaker or a moderator wishes to make an electronic presentation during the session?

A: The speaker or moderator should inform the DPC contact person at least one week before the session to ensure the arrangement of all logistics.

Q: Will there be media coverage of the Forum’s sessions?

A: Many local and international media cover some sessions in a live broadcast. The DPC team uploads all AMF sessions on the DPC channel on YouTube. Such links can be found on Facebook, Twitter as well as the DPC website.

Q: Am I required to give press interviews?

A: Guests are usually required to allocate part of their time for press interviews according to their fields of specialization and topics of sessions and workshops in which they participate.

Q: Can I obtain a comprehensive folder for my participation at the AMF?

A: The DPC will prepare a comprehensive folder that contains photos & videos of the AMF proceedings and all documents and statements, and will send it to all speakers and prominent guests.

Q: Are speakers and moderators paid for their participation?

A: As a non-profit organization that aims at promoting the Arab media progress and establishing dialogue between those who run media establishments, the AMF does not remunerate invited speakers. Rather, it bears all costs of their travel and stay in Dubai throughout the duration of the AMF.

Q: Can I participate as a speaker or propose topics to be tackled at the AMF?

A: The DPC welcomes all ideas proposed by media experts to be included in the AMF sessions and workshops, given the fact that there is an internal ad hoc committee that prepares and adopts the AMF program and topics at an earlier stage in accordance with the aims and ambitions of the current edition... The Committee selects speakers based on their respective specializations and in accordance with the topics and issues raised during the Forum, taking into account the necessity to introduce new faces and expand experiences in each AMF edition.

Content and Issues at Stake

Q: I felt that some of the most specialized media issues were not included in this edition’s agenda?

A: Regarding specialized media issues, the AMF program covers all specialized issues that go in line with the developments of the media scene and the social movements. For example, the previous editions have covered topics such as: new media, content, credibility, training programs, curricula of mass communications faculties and editorial policies. They have also addressed the changing media scene in Arab countries, and the tangible media developments represented in the increased number of satellite channels and printed press and the unexpected changes in the Arab countries.

Throughout its past ten editions, the AMF has discussed over 80 specialized media issues in an accurate and timely manner while avoiding duplication or repetition of the same issues. Discussions focused on the most prominent issues on the Arab and international media scene.

Q: Why don’t you raise issues related to the challenges of journalism?

A: Regarding challenges facing journalists, this element has always been present at the AMF previous editions. We have discussed the work environment of media personnel in the Arab world, journalists covering wars and disasters, working conditions of Arab media personnel abroad (journalists in diaspora), work environment of foreign media personnel in the Arab world, professional challenges and freedom ceilings... Several challenges were tackled during several sessions.

Q: Why don’t you give the attendees a better opportunity to ask questions during the sessions?

A: The AMF management is committed to hold interactive sessions with wide participation of all attendees, bearing in mind the necessity to respect the Forum’s and the participants’ time schedule as much as possible. There is always a chance for interventions and proposals to be made over the year through the social networks and the AMF website.

Q: Will the AMF discussions be documented in specialized studies? What about the participation of the academics?

A: Academics are always present at the Forum. They participate as speakers and moderators. University professors and students also attend the Forum. Specialized studies are usually presented to scientific conferences not media forums. Nevertheless, the "Arab Media Outlook" report issued by the DPC contains some specialized studies, and its content has been discussed during AMF previous editions.

Q: Can I participate as a speaker or propose topics to be tackled at the AMF?

A: The DPC welcomes all ideas proposed by media experts to be included in the AMF sessions and workshops, given the fact that there is an internal ad hoc committee that prepares and adopts the AMF program and topics at an earlier stage in accordance with the aims and ambitions of the current edition... The Committee selects speakers based on their respective specializations and in accordance with the topics and issues raised during the Forum, taking into account the necessity to introduce new faces and expand experiences in each AMF edition.

Q: What is the best time to make any proposals to be discussed at the AMF?

A: The program of every edition is completed around three months before the holding of the Forum. Any modifications should not substantially change the approved topics.

Q: What are the criteria for selecting topics for an AMF edition?

The AMF always seeks to open up wide horizons for dialogue, in-depth discussion and exchange of thoughts on media issues pertinent to the region and the world at large. The organizing committee focuses mainly on the most recent phenomena and issues on the Arab and international media scene. In each edition, it intends to raise a set of comprehenisve issues that shed the light on the latest developments with the aim of promoting the progress of the Arab media.

Media Centre/ Access to News

Q: Is there an AMF media centre for journalists willing to cover the sessions? And what kind of services it provides?

A: An AMF exclusive media centre is established on site to provide journalists with all facilities that they may need. Computer desktops, internet access, printers, photocopiers and fax machines are all available on site. As the Forum’s sessions and workshops progress, the media centre provides journalists with updated information and photographs. In addition to the media centre, there are places designated for press interviews with guests.

A dedicated team will be present to lend a helping hand to journalists over the two days of the Forum.

Q: How can I conduct press interviews with the AMF participants and speakers?

A: The DPC media centre team will provide all facilities to the journalists interested in interviewing AMF guests. Priority will be given to the institutions that register earlier for guest interviews in coordination with the DPC management.

Q. How can TV channels willing to reserve broadcast coverage sign up for the AMF and arrange logistical requirements?

A: The interested entity should directly contact the DPC at least two weeks ahead of the Forum’s opening date to provide details of their programs, register their crew, reserve places and arrange all logistics.

Q: How can we obtain DPC news and photos of its events?

A: DPC news can be obtained by:


  • Visiting the AMF web page and viewing the news bar.
  • Joining DPC’s profiles on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Emailing dubaipressclub@dpc.org.ae and asking for press releases and notifications of the DPC.


Q: If I cannot attend the AMF, how can I follow its proceedings?

A: The DPC team will upload all sessions on its own channel on YouTube. Some TV channels will broadcast a considerable part of the sessions live.

Volunteering

Q: How can I join your volunteer team?

A: Volunteering is open for Emiratis about three months prior to the holding of the Forum. Those interested can submit requests. Selection takes place on competitive basis according to defined criteria of efficiency, field of study/work, giving as much opportunity as possible to the young and new faces.

Q: As a volunteer, will I obtain a certificate of participation?

A: AMF-accredited Volunteers will obtain certificates of participation from the AMF management in recognition of their commitment and efforts.

Q: Can you help me obtain a release from my full-time job to volunteer at the AMF?

A: After the approval of your volunteering request, the AMF management will send an official request to the establishment where you work, in order to request your release from your full-time job to volunteer at the AMF.

Q: How can media students have access to the AMF?

A: The AMF is committed to give priority to media students in approving their requests for volunteering and/or attendance. They can register online or through direct communication between their respective educational institutions and the AMF management.

DPC Membership

Q: What are the advantages given to DPC members?

A: DPC gives priority to its members for registration and participation at the AMF and provides them with preferential rates for accommodation, registration and participation.