DUBAI // Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, exchanged views with speakers at the Arab Media Forum on the media’s role in building cultural ties among Arabs.
Sheikh Mohammed discussed the Arab situation amid developments in the region, and called on delegates to speed Arab rapprochement.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai, and Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, were also present during the discussion, reported the state news agency, Wam.
Sheikh Mohammed expressed hope that the forum would reach resolutions after the discussions among participants.
“I was pleased today to meet top media personalities during the opening of the Arab Media Forum,” he wrote on Twitter. “The UAE always welcomes such platforms of intelligence and positive development.”
Among the speakers expected at the forum, which kicked off on Tuesday and ends on Wednesday, were Amr Moussa, former secretary general of the Arab League, Alain Gresh, editor of the French publication Le Monde Diplomatique, Faisal Abbas, editor-in-chief of Al Arabiya English, Roger Cohen, columnist for The New York Times, Salman Al-Dossary, editor-in-chief of Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper, and other media personalities.
Other UAE officials including Mohammed Al Gergawi, Minister of Cabinet Affairs, also attended the forum.