H.H. Sheikh Mohammed issues new Law on Dubai Media Council

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In his capacity as the Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, has issued Law No. (5) of 2022 on the Dubai Media Council.

It creates a framework for the Council to streamline efforts to develop Dubai’s media sector and enhance its status as a regional and global media hub under the chairmanship of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

As per the new law, the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO) and its subsidiaries, and Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI) will be part of the Dubai Media Council.

GDMO and DMI will retain their legal status as per the legislations that established them, and will perform their duties under the financial and strategic supervision of the Council.

The law stipulates that the Dubai Media Council is the government entity in charge of the media sector in the emirate, and will represent Dubai locally, regionally, and globally.

The Council will develop Dubai’s media strategy and oversee its implementation.

It is also tasked with enhancing strategic relations with local, regional and international media organisations, reviewing service fees imposed by the Council’s entities, and proposing recommendations to relevant entities for approval.

The Council will supervise Dubai’s media sector, take decisions, establish new companies either alone or in partnership with a third party, and invest or acquire media companies within the country or abroad.

The law also obliges all government and media entities operating in Dubai to fully collaborate with the Council and its subsidiaries and supply all data and information required for it to operate efficiently.

Mona Al Marri will serve as the Vice Chairperson and Managing Director of the Dubai Media Council while Nehal Badri has been appointed the Secretary General.

Other members of the Board include Hala Youssef Badri, Malek Sultan Al Malek, Abdullah Humaid Belhoul, Younes Al Nasser, Amal Ahmed bin Shabib, Issam Kazim and Mohammed Sulaiman Al Mulla.

The Board serves a renewable three-year term.