Maryam Ali ID: 200721333 Richard Gross‐COM ‐201‐502
Headlines: lights, camera U.A.E. ArabianEye is one of the leading visual providers of images of the U.A.E. to countries abroad. In association with the Emirates Foundation who sponsored an evening topical debate which analyzed the subject of; “Viewing Arabia: Representation of life in the Emirates in Commercial Media”. Which was held for the first time ever at The Shelter in Al Quoz, Dubai on Tuesday the 20th of October. This first time topical debate which will occur every three months debating different issues relevant to the U.A.E. drew in large numbers of listeners. Gathered at The Shelter both locals and non‐ locals were able to ask and discuss a panel of experts from different fields of the media spectrum questions that they wanted answered about the portrayal of media abroad and within the U.A.E. When the moderator Eithne Treanor asked Dr. Nezar Andary a professor at Zayed University in Abu‐Dhabi his thoughts on the portrayal of the U.A.E. in the media he answered by saying, “The representation of Arabs is like being on a tread mill or quick sand, being everywhere but feeling lost and nowhere”. Later on Dr. Andary discussed how he felt that the local identity is being forced upon them. Later on a local photographer, Alia Al Shamsi was asked as a local women what may be her views on this subject where she then said, “Try and let go of the idea that an Arabian women is exotic but, more as a person”. The night was brought to an end sending the audience with a night filled with arguments and ideas that triggered thoughts. It was an exceptional debate that raised questions good and bad to both locals and non‐locals alike.