The National Media Council will host the country's top media leaders to tackle "The Future of Media", a groundbreaking brainstorming retreat that will define concrete initiatives to support the development of a modern media sector in the UAE.


The Future of Media retreat will be held on Sunday 4th of February 2018 at St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi and will include media leaders from across the UAE, in addition to


The retreat will arrive at concrete steps to help UAE media promote the country's leadership in regional and international media. Nearly 100 participants will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing UAE media and will devise a development plan to bring innovative solutions and encourage media organizations to develop rich, varied multilingual content addressing all segments of UAE society and global audiences. The retreat also aims to identify ways of enabling Emirati youth to work in the media and harness their potential for the future of media.


Commenting on the importance of the media Retreat and its role in empowering the national media sector, His Excellency Mansoor Ibrahim Al Mansoori, Director General of the National Media Council said: "The National Media Council recognized the need to examine and evaluate local media's realities and measure their ability to develop and grow in a manner that enables it to support UAE aspirations. We have organized this retreat and called on stakeholders from across the media, including experts, specialists, university professors and influencers to participate in the debate, stressing that developing the media sector has become a shared responsibility."


During 2017, the National Media Council has launched several initiatives and programs to advance the national media sector, most importantly launching the "Youth Media Council" that aims to identify the reality of the media sector in the country, and ways to develop and promote it to keep abreast of global developments and to enhance the participation of youth in this vital field.