Her Excellency Maryam AlMheiri, CEO of Abu Dhabi’s Media Zone Authority and twofour54, has been chosen by Estesmarat magazine as the top Arab pioneer of 2017 in the field of media. The award from the UAE-based business publication recognized her role and achievements in supporting Abu Dhabi’s efforts to attract investment into the media industry. Speaking about the award, she said: “I am very proud to be receiving this Arab Pioneer award from Estesmarat Magazine. It is particularly poignant for me as this is the Year of Zayed, which celebrates the wisdom and values of our founding father, who was the pioneer of a whole nation.”

Abu Dhabi is today home to hundreds of local, regional and international companies operating across the entire media spectrum, from filmmakers to publishers, app developers, and marketing and communications firms. The media free zone, twofour54, provides world-class production facilities, talent development initiatives, training, and business support services for media companies. Since its establishment, twofour54 has licensed more than 460 Arab and international media and entertainment companies including Sky News Arabia, Image Nation, Ubisoft, CNN, Fox, Flash Entertainment, M&C Saatchi, and Flat6labs in addition to a pool of 600 bilingual freelancers. “Our mission at twofour54 is to develop a thriving media ecosystem in Abu Dhabi and attracting investment is one of the building blocks of that goal” she said. “We are committed to working with government to create an environment that supports and nurtures the interests of investors, both from the UAE and abroad, and values their contribution to developing a strong, diversified economy.” Last month, she was also appointed as Director General of the Abu Dhabi Government Media Office, which works with government departments and agencies to develop and implement media policies and plans

Mohammed Shams Al-Din, Editor-in-Chief of Estesmarat magazine said: “Her Excellency Maryam Eid AlMheiri is an example to everyone in the media industry. Through her work with the Media Zone Authority and twofour54, she plays a key role in developing media skills and expertise across both the public and private sectors, helping to transform Abu Dhabi into a hub for content creation”

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