Talking About Journalism And Its Awards
04 May 2016
By Abdulrahman Al-Rashed
Dubai is a place for everyone- that is its secret. Like millions, I found it
to be welcoming and tolerant when I moved to live and work there more than a
decade ago. Innovators, adventurers, people starting off, people looking for
an area that suits them, young people, old people, women and men all found
Dubai to be the city of success. It does not make you feel as though you are a
foreigner, a stranger or an outcast.
This city which distinguishes itself has become a popular home for modern and
traditional media and the press, in spite of our doubts that it would not be
able to deliver its promises due to the difficulties and problems related to
The Arab Media Forum presents a Media Personality of the Year award every year
in Dubai and I found myself being honoured with this award. It was given to me
by the UAE Vice President and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed Al-Maktoum.
I must admit that the prize does not belong to me alone, because everything
that I achieved has been through a collective effort. All my successes in
print, digital and television journalism are the result of team work. These
lines are not enough to mention all of those people whom I have worked with
and the battles that some of them paid with their lives for; may they rest in
In the past, our job was not an ordinary one and we faced many challenges. For
this reason, I dedicate this award to every person who lost their life for
journalism and suffered because of it. This includes my brother Jawad Kadhim
who survived an attempted assault, those who lived in captivity for a long
time like my brother Bakr Atyani and Wael Essam before him and those who
risked their lives crossing the borders for the unknown.
There is an army of colleagues and friends who were behind these successes and
deserve to be honoured with this award. Our profession is a tough one and we
have been grappling with it for many years because we are swimming against the
tide. Many of us are not recognised for this.
I am one of the lucky few, and I feel grateful for Sheikh Mohammed bin
Rashid's appreciation and the Arab Media Forum's prize. This gratitude is not
due to it being the first prize that I have been awarded in forty years, but
because I consider it a gesture to people, myself included, who believe in
modernisation and insist that the media be used to bring about positive change
in our region that deserves better.
Al Rashed is the general manager of Al -Arabiya television. He is also the
former editor-in-chief of Asharq Al- Awsat, and the leading Arabic weekly
magazine, Al Majalla. He is also a senior Columnist in the daily newspapers of
Al Madina and Al Bilad. He is a US post-graduate degree in mass
communications. He has been a guest on many TV current affairs programs. He is
currently based in Dubai.