Under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President, Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the Presidential Court.
Facilitating global business connections and brand reinvention in the new media landscape

23,924

Attendees

257

Exhibiting Brands

172

Participating Countries

200 +

Globally renowned speakers

7

Main feature areas

Shaping the future of the media industry

The media industry is changing rapidly, and businesses need to adapt in order to thrive. The Global Media Congress is the ideal platform for businesses to connect with global thought leaders, learn about the latest trends, and collaborate on new ideas. After a very successful first and second edition, the third edition is set to take place from 26-28 November 2024 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre – ADNEC, Abu Dhabi.

In 2023, the Global Media Congress featured the exhibition, where leading international and local brands showcased the latest tech, products, and services in media. The event also hosted the conference, which brough together global leaders in media to address hot topics and trends. The six feature areas in 2023 were not just knowledge sharing hubs but also touch points to be inspired and facilitate shaping the future of the media industry.

  • "The Global Media Congress demonstrates ADNEC Group’s commitment to support Abu Dhabi’s diversification and growth with media being a key pillar of a knowledge economy as envisioned by our wise leadership. Through our dedication to nurturing media sector innovation and new business collaborations at the local and global levels, we are consolidating Abu Dhabi’s status as the region’s leading conference and exhibitions hub."

    Humaid Matar Al Dhaheri

    Managing Director and Group CEO of ADNEC Group

  • Once again, the Global Media Congress has gathered together leaders, decision-makers, and executives from renowned media institutions around the world to successfully shape the future of the global media industry. Through coordinated efforts and the productive exchange of creative concepts and breakthrough technological solutions, we have further consolidated the UAE’s position as a key global hub for advancing future of the media industry and setting the groundwork for its productive growth to serve the world’s economies and societies.

    H.E. Mohammed Jalal Al Rayssi

    Director-General of Emirates News Agency (WAM)

Grow you business at the most influential media event in the region

Meet mega buyers and industry professionals

We bring 23,924 visitors from some of the largest companies in the media industry who are on the lookout for the latest products, services, and technology.

Government support

The event will see a large representation from key government entities who are poised to further revolutionise the industry in the region.

Showcase your brand

Meet key stakeholders from the media industry in-person to present your products, technology, and ideas to them and generate quality leads.

Enter a high-potential market

Businesses new to the region will be able to gain first-hand information and insights into the opportunities that the Middle Eastern market has to offer.

Showcasing products crucial to the evolving media industry

Broadcasting
Content Production
Technology
Equipment and hardware
Social media platforms

The 2023 Conference

at the Global Media Congress

The Global Media Congress featured a specialized conference with dedicated sessions related to the media industry. These sessions focused on key topics led by high-level experts in the industry from across the globe. Topics at the conference vary in different specializations related to digital communication, artificial intelligence, advanced technologies, and innovation in the media sector. Specialist sessions covering journalism, radio, television, internet, and social media were also featured at the conference. This specialized conference is a great opportunity for media professionals to learn about the latest trends and challenges facing the industry.

The conference program will be delivered in multiple languages, appealing to a global audience.

In 2023, the conference focused on the following themes:

  • Sustainability
  • Innovation and latest technologies in Media
  • Sports Media
  • Youth, Education and the Future of Media

7,149

Delegates

172

Participating Countries

91

Globally renowned speakers

33

Thought leadership sessions

Global Media Congress 2023 Speakers

Our latest line-up of confirmed speakers include:

  • H.H Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan

    President and CEO

    UAE Independent Climate Change Accelerators (UICCA)

  • H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan

    Minister of State for Tolerance and Coexistence

    United Arab Emirates (UAE)

  • H.E Mona Al Marri

    Director-General

    Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO) (UAE)

  • H.E Heba Fatani

    Director General

    RAK Government Media Office (UAE)

  • H.E. Dr. Khalid Omar Al Midfa

    Chairman

    Sharjah Media City (Shams) (UAE)

  • H.E Wang Yibiao

    Deputy Editor-in-Chief

    People's Daily (China)

  • H.E. Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi

    Chairman

    World Muslim Communities Council (UAE)

  • Suzana Vasiljevic

    Media Adviser to the President

    The Republic of Serbia (Serbia)

  • H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al Kuwaiti

    Head of Cyber Security

    United Arab Emirates Government (UAE)

  • Jorge Rodríguez Vives

    Minister

    Communication (Costa Rica)

  • Majed Al Suwaidi

    Senior Vice President

    Dubai Media City, Dubai Studio City, and Dubai Production City (UAE)

  • H.E Aref Hamad AlAwani

    General Secretary

    Abu Dhabi Sports Council (UAE)

  • Ahn Hyung-joon

    President & CEO

    Munhwa Broadcasting Corp. (South Korea)

  • Samar Al Hameedi

    VP, Sustainability and ESG

    ADNOC (UAE)

  • Pierre Choueiri

    Chairman and CEO

    Choueiri Group (UAE)

  • Mark Whitehead

    CEO

    twofour54 (UAE)

  • Khalifa Al Shamsi

    CEO

    e& life (UAE)

  • Gavin Johnson

    Media Director

    City Football Group (UK)

  • Matthew Testa

    Award-winning Documentary Filmmaker

    (USA)

  • Laura Nix

    Oscar-nominated and Peabody Award-winning Director

    (USA)

  • Prof. Charlie Beckett

    Professor

    Department of media and Communications, London School of Economics (UK)

  • Arun Venkataraman

    Global Strategy

    Google News Initiative (USA)

  • Hussain Al Moosawi

    Editor in Chief

    National Geographic Al Arabiaya (UAE)

  • Abdallah Abu Sheikh

    Founder & CEO

    Astra Tech (UAE)

  • Rita Vásquez

    Director

    La Prensa Newspaper (Panama)

  • Mustafa Al-Rawi

    Acting Managing Director

    CNN Business Arabic (UAE)

  • Antony Froggatt

    Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Director, Environment and Society Centre

    The Royal Institute of International Affairs, Chatham House, (UK)

  • Abdou Gadallah

    Head of News

    Sky News Arabia (UAE)

  • Lenah Hassaballah

    Editor

    CNN Business Arabic (UAE)

  • Alexandru Giboi

    Secretary General

    European Alliance of News Agencies (EANA) (Switzerland)

  • Antony McCrossan

    Head of Editorial

    The International Super Signal of the Tour de France

  • Wu Bin

    Director

    Huawei Cloud Marketing (China)

  • Michael Bayler

    Published Author | Marketing Pioneer | CMO

    (USA)

  • Ako Mohammed

    CEO

    Rudaw Media Network (Iraq)

  • Marie-Therese Laguerre-Ndiaye

    Strategy & Marketing Director

    VEOLIA Middle East (UAE)

  • Jessica Groopman

    Director of Digital Strategy & Innovation

    Intentional Futures (USA)

  • Dandan Zhong

    Director of International Office

    Communication University of China (China)

  • Rodolfo Ramirez

    Director Azteca Deportes

    TV Azteca (Mexico)

  • Dr. Ebtesam Alteneiji

    Director of Community Services Division

    ECSSR (UAE)

  • Dr Marko Selakovic

    Chairman

    Serbia Business Council (UAE)

  • Prof. Dr. Bruce Mutsvairo

    Full Professor & Chair (Media, Politics and Global South)

    recht University (Netherlands)

  • Zsuzsa Csisztu

    Sports Journalist

    Freelance (Hungary)

  • KP Nayar

    Former Diplomatic Editor

    The Telegraph (India)

  • Maya Manna

    Head

    RT Arabic (Russia)

  • LIU YongGang

    Editor-in-Chief

    The Paper (China)

  • Mike Davis

    CSM Sport and Entertainment Middle East (UAE)

  • Amie Ferris-Rotman

    Global News Editor

    New Lines Magazine (UK)

  • Alfredo Triviño

    Founder & CEO

    Audacity Partners (UK)

  • Sena Erten

    Head of People

    Ericsson Middle East & Africa (UAE)

  • Faisal Abbas

    Editor in Chief

    Arab News (KSA)

  • Chantal Saliba

    News and Program Presenter

    Sky News Arabia (UAE)

  • Zachary Benetatos

    Senior Associate

    UAE Independent Climate Change Accelerators (UAE)

  • Claire Dalton

    Head of Missions to the UAE

    International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) (UAE)

  • Prof. Mohammad Ayish

    Professor, Department of Media Communication

    American University of Sharjah (UAE)

  • Jean-Luc Scherer

    Business Incubation Expert

    Sandooq Al Watan (UAE)

  • Kareem Tarhouni

    Senior Presenter

    Abu Dhabi Sport TV (UAE)

  • Aamena Bulhoon

    Assistant Professor

    Zayed University (UAE)

  • Noel Tock

    Technologist and Co-Founder

    Human Made (UK)

  • Bente Dalsbaek

    Former TV and Radio Host

    Danish Broadcasting Corporation (Denmark)

  • Asli Cakir

    HR Vice President for Gulf Countries

    Schneider Electric (UAE)

  • Alexander Kobia

    Africa Representative & Distribution

    Viory (UAE)

  • Jonathan Clayton

    Head of News Operations

    AU-UN IST

  • Dr. Parween Habib

    Media Personality and Poet

    (UAE)

  • Chiyo Robertson

    Senior Business Editor

    London (UK)

  • Jose Jiminez

    Head of Output Desk

    Viory (UAE)

  • Professor Neil Maiden

    Director - UK’s National Centre for Creativity Enabled by AI

    Professor - Digital Creativity, Bayes Business School (UK)

  • Dafydd Sills-Jones

    Associate Professor Head of School, School of Communication Studies

    Auckland University of Technology – AUT (New Zealand)

  • Roland Barber

    Head of Digital Transformation

    Sky News Arabia (UAE)

  • Joscha Weber

    Head of DW Fact Check

    DW (Germany)

  • Owen Meredith

    CEO

    News Media Association. (UK)

  • Asli Cakir

    HR Vice President for Gulf Countries

    Schneider Electric (UAE)

  • Dilip M Menon PhD (Cantab.)

    Professor of History, Dept. of International Relations Director, Centre for Indian Studies in Africa

    University of Witwatersrand (South Africa)

  • Sophie Mbugua

    Environmental Journalist & Founder

    Africa Climate Conversations (Kenya)

  • Pedro Hartung

    Executive Director

    Alana Foundation (Brazil)

  • Nashwa Al Ruwaini

    CEO and Board Member

    Pyramedia (UAE)

  • John Paul Jose

    Environmental Climate Justice Activist (India)

  • Rehab Abdulla

    Presenter & Journalist

    Abu Dhabi Media (UAE)

  • Pamela Kesrouani

    Teaching Fellow

    Google News Initiative (UAE)

  • Marie Sakellariou

    Head of Intake-Head of Verification

    Viory (UAE)

  • Mina Al-Oraibi

    Editor-in-Chief

    The National (UAE)

  • Luciana Mariano

    First Female Soccer Narrator

    In Brazil, ESPN (Brazil)

  • Talal Ashi

    Head of Creative Projects

    RT Arabic (UAE)

  • Noha El-Nahass

    Founder and CEO

    30N (Egypt)

  • Imane Lahrashe

    News and Program Presenter

    Sky News Arabia (UAE)

  • Dr Percy Fernandez

    Professor & Chairperson

    School of Media & Communication, Manipal Academy (UAE)

  • Youmna Naufal

    Director

    Brunswick Group (UAE)

  • Caroline Faraj

    VP and Arabic Editor-in-Chief

    CNN

  • Adrian Wells

    Managing Director

    ENEX

Join leading brands who exhibit with us

Immersive features at the Global Media Congress

  • Co-Production Majlis

    The Co-Production Majlis is an invite- only space that will bring together industry leaders, production houses, and content technology innovators from across the region as well as international markets with interest in the region. The Majlis serves as an area for networking, knowledge exchange, and exploring opportunities for co-production and partnership in the ever-evolving media landscape. Key […]

  • Educate Stage

    Educate Stage will be a hive of activity every day of the event with a full schedule of not-to-be-missed practical sessions. Learn about the latest trends, hear opinions from media leaders and ensure you stay at the cutting edge of the media! The new stage will include: Technical presentations Product showcases Interviews Panel debates AI […]

  • Innovate Stage & NexTech

    The Innovation and NexTech is a haven for new ideas and will provide opportunities for individuals and companies to demonstrate their capabilities. Startups will also have the chance to introduce their business ideas to Key stakeholders, Investors and Venture Capital firms through presentations on the Innovation Stage over three days.  Startups would be in their […]

  • Create Stage

    Social media influencers have a strong presence in the region and the global media congress will bring together some of the most prominent influencers in the Middle East to network, collaborate, share their wisdom with new and upcoming influencers. The Create stage will offer a platform for established content creators to share practical insight on […]

  • Media Roundtables

    The new Media Roundtables will take place alongside the main conference with 4 roundtable taking place over the 3 event days. Innovators and decision makers representing different media sectors from across the globe will discuss the most pressing issues in the industry while sharing insight on solutions to ensure a sustainable media sector.  

  • Media Future Labs

    Returning after its successful launch last year, the Media Future Labs at the Global Media Congress will tackle the most pressing issues facing the global media landscape in 2023 and beyond.  Bringing together leaders, operators, and innovators on the frontlines of the world’s media, the Media Future Labs are a series of 60-minute roundtable discussions […]

  • Workshops

    The Global Media Congress hosts a series of training and talent development workshops, providing attendees with the opportunity to develop new skills and nurture existing ones. Workshop attendees will learn firsthand from industry leaders about the latest methods shaping the industry’s future from experts in both the technology and media sectors. The workshops are aligned […]

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