Dubai, Monday May 15, 2017: Sky News Arabia inaugurated a new office and studio at Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) at a ceremony today, which was held in the attendance of His Excellency Essa Kazim, Governor of DIFC, the channel’s partners and media representatives from across the region.
The inauguration of the new office and studio coincided with Sky News Arabia's fifth anniversary. On this occasion, H.E. Essa Kazim said: “We are delighted to host the new office and studio of Sky News Arabia at Dubai International Financial Centre. In a world where timely and accurate news reporting is becoming more important than ever, this new partnership helps us to better communicate about important financial developments at the region’s most significant financial centre, thereby creating a supportive business environment for our partners."
H.E. added: "DIFC has succeeded in attracting some of the world's leading financial institutions and has become the focus of the business media. The presence of Sky News Arabia in the heart of DIFC will create important synergies between a first class media outlet and representatives of financial institutions, and ultimately further enhance the public’s understanding of complex financial developments in the Centre and their impact on Dubai and the wider region."
In his opening speech, Nart Buran, CEO of Sky News Arabia thanked DIFC’s management for its support during the opening of Sky News Arabia’s studio. He said: “Sky News Arabia prioritises the economic agenda, and broadcasts a wide range of topics and programmes in finance, investment, real estate and technology, which are supported by the opinions of analysts, experts, businessmen and economic decision-makers in the Arab region and the world.”
Buran added: “Dubai, and the UAE are considered one of the leading financial hubs in the world. This new office is an important addition to our network of offices around the world, which ties into Sky News Arabia’s vision to be the most trusted, far-reaching and influential media platform, along with its mission to deliver fast and accurate news across all platforms, while promoting a respect for human values.”
Buran announced that the new office will host “Nikash Tag” Talk, the first interactive programme of its kind in the Arab world. Tag Talk was launched by Sky News Arabia in mid-2016 in partnership with Twitter Middle East and with the participation of the most popular influencers on social networking platforms from different regions in the Arab World. Each episode of the programme discusses a trending topic on Twitter. Participants will be able to interact with each other and the public from within the new studio. The next episode of the programme, which will take place during the holy month of Ramadan, will host a group of artists who are active and popular on social media.
As part of its plan to expand its media operations, Sky News Arabia has organised a series of events in Cairo, Riyadh and London, honouring its partners in their respective countries.
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Hajar Al Ketbi
Vice President - Corporate Communications & Public Relations