The "Al Arabiya News Global Discussion" will be held in Dubai, where the channel is headquartered, under the theme of "Bridging the communication gap between East and West".
The forum will consist of two panel discussions: the first will discuss political lobbying and how Arabs can be better at it globally, while the second will examine the Western media's coverage and understanding of the Arab world. The forum will also host a special expert session entitled "What it means to be a Regional Spokesperson?"
The forum will gather a number of distinguished panelists and speakers, including: HRH Princess Rym Ali, founder of the Jordan Media Institute in Amman; Dr. Adel al-Toraifi, Editor-in-Chief of the Asharq Al Awsat newspaper; Chris Doyle, the director of The Council for Arab-British Understanding (CAABU); Adrian Monck, managing director and head of communications and media at the World Economic Forum; Professor George Brock, Head of Journalism at City University in London; Khaled al-Maeena, Editor-in-Chief of the Saudi Gazette newspaper; Joshua Baker, the U.S. Department of State's regional Arabic-language spokesperson; Rosemary Davis, regional spokesperson for the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Talal al-Haj, the New York/U.N. Bureau Chief for the Al Arabiya News Channel; and Hisham Melhem, Al Arabiya's Bureau Chief in Washington, DC.
The invitation-only forum coincides with the tenth anniversary of Al Arabiya News Channel.Since its launch in 2003, Al Arabiya has continued to expand through its main channel, the sister station Al Hadath, and its diverse platforms such as its Arabic website ( http://www.alarabiya.net) and multilingual websites in English, Persian and Urdu, in addition to its social media platforms. About Al Arabiya News Channel: Al Arabiya News Channel, a 24/7 free-to-air news and current affairs Channel, was launched in 2003 and soon became the news source of choice for Arabs seeking credible news and information about the Middle East and the world beyond. Al Arabiya's reputation for sober and balanced reporting now extends beyond its natural geographic and cultural domain. Al Arabiya runs an extensive global network of correspondents and reporters to provide its audiences with the latest updates, scoops, interviews, and exclusives. With nearly 30 offices around the world and large-scale presence in several key countries such as Iraq, Palestine, The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and Yemen; Al Arabiya enjoys a competitive edge in providing on-ground, first hand coverage of major events of relevance to its audience and the world at large. Al Arabiya's charter embodies an independent editorial policy based on providing its viewers with speedy news service and balanced analysis that is thoughtfully accurate, comprehensive and objective.