Abdullah bin Zayed attends opening of Media Summit, Gates focusing on Redefining Digital Media Frontiers

Abu Dhabi: Hundreds of leaders from the worlds of media and technology gathered for the launch of the Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2012, held under the patronage of His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.

Attended by HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Summit was opened by Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Media Summit and Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority, who set the tone of the three-day event by outlining Abu Dhabi s vision for the development of a thriving media sector in the UAE serving the region.

Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill ‘&’ Melinda Gates Foundation, then took to the main stage to deliver his keynote address, entitled Philanthropy, Technology, and the Gulf s Humanitarian Opportunity . In his speech, Mr Gates talked about how the unique gifts of the Gulf region along with rising technology, strategic philanthropy, and new media give the region a key role in the fight against poverty and disease.

The event was also attended by representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UAE National Media Council, the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi, Mubadala Development Company, and other government departments. Senior management from global organizations including Google, Warner Brothers, CAA, Viacom International, Fox International, Twitter, Pinewood Shepperton and Ridley Scott Associates were also in attendance.

The Summit, being held at the Yas Viceroy Hotel from October 9-11, is being held under the theme of Redefining the Digital Frontier . Over the three days, some of the biggest names in the global media industry will address some 400 invite-only delegates CEO s of leading media production, research, finance and content companies.

The Summit sees global leaders in media and technology exchange ideas about the key trends shaping the world and the ways in which people are communicating about them. The event is an invaluable forum for the analysis of trends, the sharing of insights and the identification of opportunities for everyone involved.

Day Two of the event will feature more than a dozen unique sessions with leading media figures from across the Middle East and further afield, discussing vital issues in the industry s future. And the Summit s final day, Day 3, will allow entrepreneurs, students and young professionals to drive the evolution of sector across the region.

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