Photo: Shaikh Mohammed with journalists at the Jumeirah Ramadan Majlis in Dubai
Shaikh Mohammed hails media’s role in nation building
10 July 2014
Vice-President urges journalists to spotlight on the positive, constructive aspects in any issue they tackle and avoid differences.
His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, met a group of leaders, representatives and correspondents of local, Arab and international news agencies, TV channels and newspapers at the Jumierah Ramadan Majlis on Tuesday night.
Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, attended the evening, which was organised by the Dubai Government Media Office.
Shaikh Mohammed welcomed the Arab, Emirati and foreign media persons and exchanged Ramadan greetings while shaking hands with them.
After hosting an iftar banquet in their honour, Shaikh Mohammed engaged with the media leaders and professionals in an open, free interactive dialogue dealing with a wide range of political, economic and developmental topics, the role of media in highlighting developmental plans and projects in the UAE.
Shaikh Mohammed emphasised the vital and growing role of the media in the nation-building process of all its components and objectives to stimulate national economy and bring happiness to “our people” throughout the UAE.
Shaikh Mohammed urged media persons and journalists to spotlight on the positive, constructive aspects in any issue they tackle — whether political, social, economic or cultural — and avoid points of differences.
He reiterated the fine message of media and its positive role in exploring and explaining positive potential opportunities, finding and recommending proposals and effective solutions rather than aggravating problems, if found, in any sector of work — be it human resources, administrative, economic, educational or technological development.
Shaikh Mohammed expressed appreciation at the local media for its ability to keep abreast of social and developmental events and its role in presenting the true image to the public without exaggeration. He added that he was pleased with the effective patriotic and humanitarian role of the media and media persons, which demands high competency and professionalism.
Shaikh Mohammed considered the media as a key, strategic partner in the drive towards delivery of development and sustainability to the UAE people, highlighting the national assets represented by the youth whom he described as “treasure of the nation and its non-depletable, valuable assets wherever there is life”.
The session also discussed a number of significant development projects and breakthroughs, humanitarian initiatives launched by Shaikh Mohammed — the latest of them being the UAE Water Aid which seeks to provide clean drinking water for five million people around the world.
The media persons hailed the initiative as “unparalleled and unprecedented” and marvelled at the ‘Mall of the World’ mega project which was launched by Shaikh Mohammed as an architecture icon and the latest addition to Dubai’s retail, hospitality, residential and leisure offering.
Also present at the gathering were Shaikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Minister for Cabinet Affairs; Dr Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State; Khalifa Saeed Sulieman, Director-General of Dubai Department of Protocol and Hospitality; and Muna Ghanem Al Marri, Director-General of the Dubai Government Media Office.