MBC chairman named ‘Media Personality of Year’ at Arab Media Forum

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum awards Sheikh Waleed al-Ibrahim for his achievements over last 25 years

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His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today awarded MBC Group chairman Sheikh Waleed al-Ibrahim the award of ‘Media Personality of the Year’.

The honour was part of the Arab Journalism Awards, held at the culmination of the 14th Arab Media Forum in Dubai.

It marks Sheikh Waleed’s quarter-century of achievements in the media industry, which is considered one of most dynamic and creative sectors, as well as his leading position as trustee over the biggest private Arab media group.

In a brief statement at the awards ceremony, Sheikh Waleed paid tribute to the significance of the award.

“It’s a major part of a professional leading platform – the Arab Media Forum in Dubai,” he said.

Sheikh Waleed said Dubai was a “majestic, modern and leading emirate led by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, and which is in the heart of the United Arab Emirates, which is known for its spirit of leadership, teamwork and sharp vision.”

“The award’s importance also comes from the fact that we are on the cusp of a phase of rearranging priorities so that media outlets and different means of communication keep pace with events, and seek to deliver the complete picture to the audience and thus contribute to the formation of public opinion,” he said.

Sheikh Waleed added: “The challenge before us lies in the extent of our capability to benefit from the technology and information revolution, in order to continue enhancing the media, cultural and renaissance march of our nation, economies and societies.”

He concluded: “I offer this Media Personality of the Year award – which I proudly and honorably receive from Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum – to all employees in the Arab media sector in general, and to all MBC Group employees in particular and who, each from their own platform over 25 years, contributed to upgrading the Arab media to world-class status.”

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