Saeed Al-Attar: “The World Congress” is an opportunity to develop the future of media
Saeed Mohammed Al-Eter, Head of the Information Office of the UAE Government, said that the World Media Congress is an opportunity to discuss the challenges of developing the future of media.
He added, in his speech during the World Media Congress in Abu Dhabi, that national identity and media are among the most important issues raised in light of the changes the world is witnessing today, indicating that the world has become one economic village, but at the same time we are experiencing a diverse cultural revolution thanks to social media.
He continued, “All countries of the world are keen to have a strong national identity and are proud of it and export it… And countries with a weak identity are the imitating countries.”
He stressed that “everywhere there was a strong identity, there was great popular loyalty to the homelands,” explaining that many countries had launched strategies to build a strong common identity in order to advance their societies.
He continued, “Every country has an interest in consolidating its national identity, and it is important for countries to preserve their identities through the media.”
He added, “If we realize the importance of our Arab identity, the more we realize the role of the media in consolidating this identity, and the media plays an important role in consolidating the national identity.”
He pointed out that consolidating the national identity is not only one of the government’s tasks, but rather stems from the family, school and the social environment, explaining that the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan is an essential component of the Emirati national identity, and the values and history of Sheikh Zayed must be taught to children to enhance the national identity.
On Tuesday, the activities of the exhibition accompanying the World Media Congress, in its first session, kicked off at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (ADNEC).
The exhibition will be held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Presidential Court in the UAE, and will continue until November 17, with wide international participation.
A number of national pavilions, as well as more than 170 exhibiting companies representing more than 29 countries around the world, as well as about 8,000 international buyers, are participating in the exhibition, which is organized by the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company (ADNEC) in partnership with the Emirates news Agency, WAM.