ASKING THE BIG QUESTIONS
Sharjah's media landscape is defined by its promotion of local and regional discourse, carving out a niche for itself as it aims to respect both freedom and public responsibility.
Sharjah Media Corporation
Established by Emiri Decree in 2009, the Sharjah Media Corporation is a government organization tasked with strengthening the media industry in Sharjah. With an emphasis on education-oriented television and radio programming, the corporation offers a dynamic array of content. After a recent switch from analog technologies to state-of-the-art digital broadcasting, the Sharjah Media Corporation is looking to expand, and it has begun implementing a new, geographically-inclusive television broadcasting plan that will bring quality programming to all of Sharjah in the near future. Sharjah television is not, however, merely focused on local events, and a robust reporting infrastructure allows it to cover stories across the UAE and wider world.
Sharjah Media Centre
The Sharjah Media Centre is an institution tasked with managing, producing, and disseminating the Emirate's message across the region and the world. As Director Tariq Saeed Allay told TBY, “We showcase Sharjah and its journey of excellence and progress by sending out media releases to targeted markets overseas." Recently, journalists from across the world were invited to tour the Mleiha Archaeological and Eco-tourism project, where they were able to experience and assess one of Sharjah's most important new eco-tourism investment programs. Meanwhile, the Emirate's first international photography festival, XPOSURE 2016, was held in October and had a wide variety of activities showcasing photojournalism in the UAE and the wider world. The Sharjah Media Centre also hosts the Sharjah Press Club.
Committed to Open Communication
One of the ways Sharjah strives to uphold a diverse and fruitful dialogue in the media is through the International Government Communication Forum, an initiative designed to enrich the means and methods of communication between governments and societies. Since 2012, this annual forum has brought together government and media leaders from across the world to discuss ideas, challenges, and opportunities in local, regional, and international media ecosystems. Hosting speakers as esteemed as: HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah; Michel Sleiman, President of the Republic of Lebanon (2008-2014); José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission (2004-2014) and Prime Minister of Portugal (2002-2004); Julia Gillard, Prime Minister of Australia (2010-2013); and Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, President of Liberia, among many others, Sharjah has endeavored to stimulate and elevate the discussion around the most pressing and important media questions of our day.
Sharjah Media City Free Zone
The Sharjah Media City Free Zone is an initiative aimed at strengthening the relationship between media producers, consumers, and the government. According to GulfNews, the free zone's mandate is to ensure that Sharjah continues to play a key and formative role in training and supporting creatives across all media disciplines and ensuring the production of innovative content. The Media City is expected to stimulate growth and diversity across the entire media landscape and to establish Sharjah as a regional media hub.
Sharjah Publishing City is also in the works and plans to attract publishing interests from across the world. An initiative of the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA), the publishing “free zone" will provide tax incentives and a strategic distribution center for international and regional publishing firms. According to the SBA, the city will stretch across nearly 20,000sqm and provide a number of business-oriented support mechanisms.
Yet the city is but one of many programs initiated by the SBA. The SBA also runs Sharjah's library system and oversees both the Sharjah International Book Fair and the Sharjah Children's Reading Festival. Since its inauguration in the 1982, the Sharjah International Book Fair has grown into one of the premier publishing fairs in the world, and in 2014 it hosted 1256 publishers from 59 nations and introduced more than 1.4 million visitors to the latest literary splendors of the world.
ASKING THE BIG QUESTIONS
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HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Federal Supreme Council and Ruler, Sharjah
HH Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Federal Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, has been an inspiring leader of the Emirate since 1972, carefully watching over its development into the cultural capital of the Islamic world.read article
Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Executive Chairman, Department of Government Relations
TBY talks to Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi, Executive Chairman of the Department of Government Relations, on his department's role in coordinating the delivery of information to key stakeholders and the important part it plays in cultivating sustainable development.read article
HE Sultan Abdullah Bin Hadda Al Suwaidi, Chairman , Sharjah Economic Development Department
TBY talks to HE Sultan Abdullah Bin Hadda Al Suwaidi, Chairman of Sharjah Economic Development Department, on the resilience of Sharjah's economy and building on its well-diversified foundations.read article
HE Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman, Sharjah Media Corporation
TBY talks to HE Sheikh Sultan bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Chairman of the Sharjah Media Corporation & Chairman of Sharjah Media Centre, on competitiveness in the sector, its influence on the other Emirates, and expectations for the future.read article
HE Waleed Al Sayegh, Director General , Sharjah's Finance Departmen
TBY talks to HE Waleed Al Sayegh, Director General of Sharjah's Finance Department & CEO of Sharjah Asset Management, on fiscal policy direction and initiatives being introduced to increase efficiency and transparency from the top down.read article
Dr. Rashid Al Leem, Chairman , Sharjah Energy and Water Authority (SEWA)
TBY talks to Dr. Rashid Al Leem, Chairman of Sharjah Energy and Water Authority (SEWA), on the challenges facing the Emirate's plan to reach 30% water re-use by 2020, and changing the attitudes through education.read article
Mohammed N. Al Hazzaa, Director General , Emirates Company for Industrial Cities (ECIC),
TBY talks to Mohammed N. Al Hazzaa, Director General of Emirates Company for Industrial Cities (ECIC), on the company's performance, government support of the private sector, and forecasting occupancy trends.read article
Focus: Reducing water and power consumption
Under Dr. Rashid Al Leem's stewardship, Sharjah is aiming to become the first City of Conservation. This principally encompasses supplying electricity and water through sustainable avenues with technological efficiency while raising awareness of sustainability practices.read article
Ted Young, Project Head, Al Zahia Communities Business Unit at Majid Al Futtaim Properties
TBY talks to Ted Young, Project Head of the Al Zahia Communities Business Unit at Majid Al Futtaim Properties, on the reasons behind the market's resilience and the future of housing demands in the Emirate.read article
Focus: Mixed-use Developments
Cities within Cities
Sharjah's real estate sector is undergoing important transformations, with the government and developers focusing on megaprojects to attract investors. For this purpose, mixed-use developments are increasingly preferred to purely residential or commercial developments.read article
Focus: Fighting Cardiac Disease
The UAE Ministry of Health has stated that over half of all deaths in the UAE are the result of four oft-occurring issues: cardiovascular disease, diabetes, road traffic accidents, and congenital abnormalities. A survey from the Emirates Cardiac Society showed that almost 9 in 10 Emiratis are at risk of heart disease, with one in three unaware of that fact.read article
HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman , Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA)
TBY talks to HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman of the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), on the growing tourism sector in the Emirate, its strategies to boost cruise tourism, and the incredible progress in Sharjah.read article
Manal Ataya, Director General , Sharjah Museums Department (SMD)
TBY talks to Manal Ataya, Director General of the Sharjah Museums Department (SMD), on cooperating on international exhibits, its educational festivals, and the challenge to ensure that museums are accessible to all.read article
Hanan Al Mahmoud, Director, Al Jawaher Reception & Convention Centre (JRCC)
TBY talks to Hanan Al Mahmoud, Director of Al Jawaher Reception & Convention Centre (JRCC), on the appeal of Sharjah as a MICE destination, plans for expansion, and the projected benefits of Expo 2020.read article