On the opening day of Dubai International Content Market, more than 500 pre-registered buyers, sellers and producers were welcomed by the organisers.
His Excellency Ali Ibrahim, Deputy Director General of Dubai Economy accompanied by Dr. Abdul Salam Al Madani, Chairman of INDEX Holding and a number of officials inaugurated the Dubai International Content Market Conference and Exhibition – DICM at the Jumeirah Beach Hotel Conference Centre in Dubai.
DICM, the two-day media and entertainment event dedicated to content creators and distributors, brings together the experts, speakers and industry representatives, with the aim of exploring the latest trends and developments in the local and international media and entertainment market.
The conference programme started with a lineup of media executives represented by Ahmed Abdel Hamid of Majid Kids TV, Tareq Abu Lughod of Arab Media Network and Bashar Douba of Cubic Connect who discussed ‘The Content Acquisitions Process in the MENA region’.
Commenting on the occasion, Eng. Anas Al Madani, Vice-Chairman and Group CEO of INDEX Holding said: “The media and digital content sector in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has witnessed a remarkable development in the past few years, thanks to the tremendous technological development coupled with the increasing demand for video on demand services and other entertainment platforms that has recently emerged in the market, which called for the need to keep abreast of these changes that have affected the way people see and interact with content in the region. Therefore, the Dubai International Content Market (DICM) forms an ideal platform to attract people from all over the world to develop the content varieties and promote opportunities for growth and expansion in the lucrative MENA markets.”
He added: “The Dubai International Content Market agenda for this year will discuss the current and future challenges facing the content industry and tackle some of the pressing topics by hosting top-notch speakers and experts from the region and the world to share their experiences, knowledge and insights on the latest developments in the industry.”
He concluded: “In 2018 everyone placed the region under their radar with the opening of the Saudi Market which is home to 30+ million people. And since 8.3 out of 10 households watch TV on average of four hours every day, there is a clear demand for content to be produced and distributed.”
Dubai International Content Market is organised annually by INDEX Conferences and Exhibitions – a member of INDEX Holding and this edition is supported by Dubai Film and TV Commission and Dubai Media City.