ABU DHABI, UAE (Aug. 23, 2010)—Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC) has announced the appointment of Mohamed Al Hammadi as editor in chief of National Geographic Al Arabiya, a new monthly publication, which is set to launch Oct. 1, 2010. The magazine will be published in 15 countries across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).
Al Hammadi’s first challenge is to coordinate editorial efforts among these countries in order to develop exclusive content for 20 percent of the magazine and to showcase the extensive range of flora, fauna and landscapes in the MENA region. The appointment of Al Hammadi is the latest demonstration of ADMC’s commitment to providing the best content to consumers in the Arab world.
“National Geographic Al Arabiya is all about passion for the natural environment, its biodiversity and indigenous culture. With Mohamed’s extensive interests in photography and travel, coupled with his journalistic expertise, he is in many ways a natural choice for editor in chief. We are confident that in him, National Geographic Al Arabiya has the ideal custodian to help take the title to a potentially vast audience across the MENA region,” said Gavin Dickinson, executive director of publishing, ADMC.
Commenting on his appointment, Al Hammadi spoke of the challenges of bringing the region’s immense natural beauty to a wider audience through greater media exposure.
“People are simply becoming more interested in the natural world. Couple this with increasing environmental and scientific awareness in the region, and you have a ready consumer market for media in this highly specialized sector. It’s a great honour to lead a team that will pioneer high-quality content on these subjects via an internationally renowned medium that is also well-known among fellow Arabs.”
The new publication will be available in Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. Al Hammadi’s first task is to coordinate and generate content through the vast network of freelance photographers, journalists and translators available to National Geographic Al Arabiya.
National Geographic Al Arabiya will provide readers in the region with greater access to National Geographic magazine’s award-winning features on geography, archaeology and natural science, as well as its iconic imagery of natural beauty from around the world.
National Geographic Channels International and ADMC also broadcast the National Geographic Channel in Arabic across the Middle East. The new Arabic-language edition of National Geographic magazine will bring to 33 the number of local-language editions of the magazine.
Abu Dhabi Media Company (ADMC) is a leading media organization in the Middle East, with businesses in free and pay television, radio, publishing, digital media, games, feature films, music, digital signage, outside broadcast/production and printing. The company manages over 20 market-leading brands, including Abu Dhabi Al Oula and Abu Dhabi Riyadiya/AD Sports TV channels; Emirate FM and Star FM radio stations; Al Ittihad and The National newspapers; Majid and Zahrat Al Khaleej magazines; anaZahra.com women’s portal; Imagenation Abu Dhabi; LIVE Broadcast Production and Facilities; and United Printing Press. ADMC partners with Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment on VEVO, the online music video platform, and has the region’s first Massively Multiplayer Online Gaming, a joint venture with Gazillion Entertainment. ADMC is headquartered in Abu Dhabi, with offices in Beirut, Cairo, Dubai and Jeddah. www.admedia.ae
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