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Dubai International Content Market unveils speakers’ list

Organisers of the Dubai International Content Market – DICM, an event dedicated to content creators and distributors in the entertainment and media industry, have unveiled the list of speakers attending the upcoming edition. The two-day event, kicking off on the 9 December at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel Conference Centre, aims to attract the investors and decision makers in the media industry to Dubai.

In this edition, the Dubai International Content Market Conference and Exhibition is expected to attract more than 750 visitors and participants from all over the world with the participation of 10 speakers from the world of entertainment, media and content market including: Jamal Al Awadhi of Etihad Airways, who will speak about ‘In-Flight Entertainment – Emerging Trends’, Ali Al Marzooqi of Dhabi Gulf Film in Abu Dhabi, who will deliver a speech on ‘Feature Films & Its Development in the MENA Region’ and Bassem Wagdy of Orange Egypt, who will talk about ‘Content in Digital Era and Monetisation’’.

A dedicated exhibition, running parallel to the conference, will occupy an overall space of 1,225 square meters with the participation of more than 450 companies from more than 50 countries. For the first time at DICM, the Canadian Pavilion, will feature the largest international stand, connecting the top media brands from Canada all under one roof.

Commenting on the conference agenda and list of speakers for this year’s Dubai International Content Market, Vlad Borovina, Project Manager of DICM said: “It’s great to see such a positive energy around the upcoming Dubai International Content Market. The list of supporters, partners and participants prove that Dubai is indeed the Media Hub for the region and such a cosmopolitan city needs its own networking event. We plan to put DICM on the calendar of international events and aim to bring 85% of the region’s media executives under one roof”.

Speaking about his participation in the upcoming edition of DICM, Bassem Nassif of Orange Egypt said: “We strongly believe in the synergies that we are establishing across the content ecosystem bringing the best value to our customers and a proper ROI for the stakeholders of the content industry”

A recent Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2018-2022 report by PwC predicted that the fastest growth is expected to be in digitally driven segments, with virtual reality leading the way, followed by over-the-top content (OTT), video games/e-sports and cinema. Similarly, the report highlighted that E-Sports will be the second fastest-growing segment while in contrast, newspapers and magazines are expecting to see some decline in revenues up until 2022.

Established in 2008, the Dubai International Content Market is organised annually by Index Conferences and Exhibitions – a member of Index Holding and supported by Dubai Film and TV Commission and Dubai Media City.