Dubai Press Club Examines Impact of Social Networking on Society

Dubai: Dubai Press Club (DPC) hosted a panel discussion on the social networking behaviour of the youth and its impact on the society. Titled Youth and Social Networking; Vulnerability and Impact , the event was held on 30 July at the Al Wasl Majlis at Dubai World Trade Centre as part of DPC s Ramadan activities.

In a continued partnership with Google, the session was broadcast live through Google Hangouts . The technology platform enabled individuals from around the world to participate in the session.

The event saw Maryam Bin Fahad, Executive Director of DPC, launch an initiative – Conversations: Virtual Agenda . The inaugural online session scheduled to be held on 2 August at 23:00 hours UAE time is set to host a group of media, writers, and thought leaders from the Arab Region to discuss the role of media in developing social media networking. In addition to allowing virtual participation through DPC accounts on Google+ using Google Hangout, the session will also be broadcast on DPC s YouTube channel.

DPC s activities for the Holy Month of Ramadan focus on topics that interest a larger section of the community in an attempt to facilitate the exchange of views and ideas. A variety of events such as workshops, symposia, seminars, and social gatherings feature on the calendar.

FREEJ Village opens at Al Majaz Waterfront to enthral families in Ramadan nights

Sharjah: FREEJ, the Middle East’s first 3D animated series has come live at Al Majaz Waterfront in Sharjah transforming the venue to a village bustling with activities.

The Freej Village was launched as part of a package of diverse events designed for families and children to enjoy the special atmosphere of the holy month of Ramadan.

The village will be running during the holy month of Ramadan till the last day of Eid Al Fitr and will take families through the world of FREEJ with the four lovable main characters of the animated TV series, Um Saeed, Um Saloom, Um Allawi and Um Khammas.

FREEJ Village has been designed especially for families and children to spend quality time with their peers while enjoying the festivities of the Holy Month.

Speaking on the occasion, Ahmed Obaid Al Qaseer, Shurooq Chief Operating Officer, said: “Feeling proud of one’s roots and showing loyalty and respect for one’s national identity is one of the most important qualities a person can have. Through FREEJ Village, we want to mirror and celebrate the UAE’s rich history, its traditional and cultural ambiance, as well as folk arts and tales about the living and social conditions of our ancestors”.

He highlighted the growing mass interaction with the Village’s various characters and its activities since the opening of the village and added that he expects further success over the coming days.

FREEJ commercial director, Khalid Abuhmidan, added, “We were very happy to work with Shurooq on this exciting project for the first time. FREEJ Village is packed full of fun activities for children and parents, and we hope that children and adults who come to see the Village will also visit Al Majaz waterfront for the special screening of FREEJ on the Fountain”.

The village will run daily from 9pm to 1am throughout the holy month of Ramadan, and will continue until Eid Al Fitr.

Al Majaz Waterfront has in a short period of time become a favoured destination for families, due to its rich portfolio of world-class facilities and tourist attractions that suit all members of the family, such as international restaurants and the Sharjah Fountain with its different musical and laser shows.

The waterfront will press ahead with its plans to deliver events that add significantly to the Emirate’s rich portfolio of tourist attractions and landmarks.