World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers

9th Middle East Conference


9th Middle East Conference


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Successful strategies for media houses

Introduction to Event

And the 9th Middle East Conference on 12 and 13 March 2014 in Dubai offers an ideal opportunity for publishing executives to discover a wealth of regional and international best-practice ideas.

In this case, “The Future Starts Today,” as the conference theme suggests: some of the industry’s most renowned experts and publishers will share their successful strategies and participants will have ample opportunity to network with them and other colleagues from all over the world.

We are very honoured to announce that

H.R.H. Princess Rym Ali from Jordan

will give the welcome speech during the official opening ceremony.

We thank our Cooperation Partner


  • Benjamin Gajkowski
    Benjamin Gajkowski
    Projektmanager Premium Produkte, Die Welt, Axel Springer AG

    Benjamin Gajkowski is Projectmanager Premium Products at the newscooperation DIE WELT at Axel...


  • Dhaen Shaeen
    CEO of Publishing Sector, Dubai Media Incorporated

    Current Editor-in-Chief of Al Bayan Daily Newspaper . CEO Dubai Media Incorporated Press.

  • Benjamin Gajkowski
    Projektmanager Premium Produkte, Die Welt, Axel Springer AG

    Benjamin Gajkowski is Projectmanager Premium Products at the newscooperation DIE WELT at Axel...

  • Dipankar Das Purkayastha
    Managing Driector & CEO, ABP Pvt Ltd, India

    D. D. Purkayastha is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ABP Pvt Ltd.,...

  • Ed Capaldi
    CEO & Founder Ed Capaldi LLC

    As a strategic advisor and business coach, Ed has supported over 100 high growth individuals...


    Her Royal Highness Princess Rym Ali founded in 2007 the Jordan Media Institute (JMI), a non-...

  • Jonathan Halls
    Adjunct Professor, The George Washington University and Principal, Jonathan Halls & Associates, USA

    Jonathan Halls is Principal of Jonathan Halls & Associates and an adjunct professor at The...

  • Matt Kelly
    Publishing Consultant, Cases i Associats, UK

    Matt Kelly has been a journalist at the cutting edge of one of the world's most competitive...

  • Mohammad Abdullah
    Managing Director, Media Cluster, TECOM Investments, a member of Dubai Holding, Dubai, UAE

    Mohammad Abdullah is the Managing Director, Media Cluster, TECOM Investments, a member of Dubai...

  • Mohammed Fahad Alharthi
    Editor-in-Chief of Sayidaty, Al Jamila and Arab News

    Mohammed Fahad Alharthi holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, a Masters Degree in...

  • P K Philip
    Chief General manager, Works, Malayala manorama

    A Chartered Electrical Engineer with over 50 years experience in the design and production...

  • Patrick Daniel
    Editor-in-Chief, English & Malay Newspapers

    Mr Daniel was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the English & Malay Newspapers Division of SPH in...

  • Rob Hedges
    Associate Managing Editor, The Sun, News UK, United Kingdom
    Rob Hedges is the Associate Managing Editor of The Sun. Rob was previously Production Manager (...
  • Tarek Atia
    CEO and Founder, EMDP (Egypt Media Development Program), Egypt

    A journalist and early online innovator in Egypt in the late 1990s, Tarek Atia founded web...

  • Vincent Peyrègne
    Chief Executive Officer, WAN-IFRA, France

    Vincent Peyrègne took up duties as Chief Executive Officer of the World Association of...

  • Saleh Al-Humaidan
    Chairman of the WAN-IFRA Middle East Committee

    Mr. Saleh Al-Humaidan is managing director of Al Yaum Media House, the leading publishing house...

  • Manfred Werfel
    WAN-IFRA Deputy CEO / Executive Director, Global Events

    Manfred Werfel is WAN-IFRA Deputy CEO and Executive Director, Global Events, based in Frankfurt...

Further Information

Conference presentations will include:

  • Visions for a different future
  • Growing print with segmentation and right targeting
  • Strategies for new revenues
  • Innovating and winning with business models
  • Digital news in the age of the platform
  • Industrial inkjet – bubble or innovation push for newspapers?
  • And many more...

This 9th edition of the WAN-IFRA Middle East Conference will again be accompanied by an exhibition of leading national and international suppliers to allow participants to familiarize themselves with latest trends and innovations from the industry.

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Date and Location

  • 12 Mar 2014 - 13 Mar 2014
    United Arab Emirates

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