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CABSAT 2018 opens with 13,000 industry professionals in attendance

CABSAT 2018, the annual event for broadcast, satellite and entertainment content sectors across the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA),opened today in Dubai, UAE.

An estimated 13,000 industry professionals are attending the 24th edition of CABSAT, running until January 16 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). The event was inaugurated by Sheikh Hasher Bin Maktoum Al Maktoum, Director General of Dubai’s Department of Information.

“Our goal is to provide a platform for experts and professionals in the industry to meet and explore the cutting edge of technology,” said Trixie Loh Mirmand, Senior VP, Events Management, DWTC.

“With a burgeoning regional TV market set to reach $15 billion by 2021, as well as host of new solutions for content creation and delivery to be discussed at the content congress, there’s a wealth of content readily available for individuals and organisations attending this year.”

Sharing their insights during this year’s Content Congress, more than 60 speakers representing leading organisations such as Facebook, BBC, iflix, WWE, UTURN, Rotana Media Group, Viacom International Media Networks’ (VIMN), Turner Broadcasting, Cote Ouest, Cairo News Company, Discovery Networks and Fremantle Media will deliver keynote addresses and take part in panel discussions.

The congress will also focus on the growth of Arabic content and its role in the region. In attendance will be speakers such as Adam Khwaja, Creative Director, Cartoon Network Studios Arabia; Khulud Abu Homos,CEO, Arab Format Lab; and Mido Shaban, Executive Director, Entertainment and Commissioning, CBC Egypt.

The Content Congress hosted a panel discussion on the ‘Evolution of Emirati Cinema: the making of Amoory’, which powered by twofour54 and featured Sameer Al Jaberi, Associate Creative Producer, twofour54 and Amer Salmeen Al Murry, film Director and Producer.

Similarly, Satellite Communications Conference’s line up will include high level speakers across broadcast, telecoms, aviation and maritime sectors with the keynote being delivered by Dr Mohammed Nasser Al Ahbabi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency.

Bringing together the latest innovations and developing trends in the delivery of global content, the GVF Satellite Summit, part of the Satellite Communications Conference, will host local and international experts spearheading positive change in the satellite industry.