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The second edition of the Global Media Congress will hold from 14-16 November 2023, in Abu Dhabi

The second edition of the Global Media Congress will take place from 14-16 November 2023 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre – ADNEC, with the effective participation of the African Union of Broadcasting.

This year's edition themed: "Shaping the future of the media industry" will feature the exhibition, where leading international and local brands will showcase the latest tech, products, and services in media.

The event will also host the conference, which brings together global leaders in media to address hot topics and trends.

The six feature areas are back this year, which are not just knowledge sharing hubs but also touch points to be inspired and facilitate shaping the future of the media industry.


The Global Media Congress features a specialized conference with dedicated sessions related to the media industry. These sessions focus on key topics led by high-level experts in the industry from across the globe.

Topics at the conference vary in different specializations related to digital communication, artificial intelligence, advanced technologies, and innovation in the media sector. Specialist sessions covering journalism, radio, television, internet, and social media will also be featured at the conference. This specialized conference is a great opportunity for media professionals to learn about the latest trends and challenges facing the industry.

This year, the conference will focus on the following themes:

- Sustainability

- Innovation and latest technologies in Media

- Sports Media

- Youth, Education and the Future of Media



The Global Media Congress hosts a series of training and talent development workshops, providing attendees with the opportunity to develop new skills and nurture existing ones. Workshop attendees will learn firsthand from industry leaders about the latest methods shaping the industry’s future from experts in both the technology and media sectors. The workshops are aligned to the main conference and will address sustainability, sports broadcasting, AI and the latest technologies in the sector.

- +40 Workshop attendees in each session

- +30 International workshop facilitators

- +25 Workshops


The Innovate Stage is a haven for new ideas and will provide opportunities for individuals and companies to demonstrate their capabilities. Startups will also have the chance to introduce their business ideas to Key stakeholders, Investors and Venture Capital firms through presentations on the Innovation Stage over three days.


Social media influencers have a strong presence in the region and the global media congress will bring together some of the most prominent influencers in the Middle East to network, collaborate, share their wisdom with new and upcoming influencers. The Create stage will offer a platform for established content creators to share practical insight on how to grow audiences, how to create engaging content and how to monetize and make influencing a career.


Educate Stage will be a hive of activity every day of the show with a full schedule of not-to-be-missed, practical sessions. Learn about the latest trends, hear opinions from media leaders and ensure you stay at the cutting edge of the media! The new stage will include:

- Technical presentations

- Product showcases

- Interviews

- Panel debates

- AI sessions


The new Media Roundtables will take place alongside the main conference with four roundtables taking place over the 3 event days. Innovators and decision makers representing different media sectors from across the globe will discuss the most pressing issues in the industry while sharing insight on solutions to ensure a sustainable media sector.


Returning after its successful launch last year, the Media Future Labs at the Global Media Congress will tackle the most pressing issues facing the global media landscape in 2023 and beyond.

Bringing together leaders, operators, and innovators on the frontlines of the world’s media, the Media Future Labs are a series of 60-minute roundtable discussions examining the challenges and opportunities faced by players across the media spectrum. Through these exclusive international panels in front of a select audience, distinguished speakers will analyse the critical role of the media in an increasingly complex and fluctuating news environment.

From the role of AI in the newsroom, to climate reporting, and the next generation of media professionals, the Media Future Labs will take a deep dive into the topics making and breaking the news industry today. Held over all three days of the Congress, the Labs will welcome contributors from a wide variety of media professions for intimate and focused discussions, setting the agenda for the year ahead. These are closed door and off-the-record sessions.

7. Global Media Congress NexTech

The Global Media Congress NexTech aims to support, nurture, and showcase early to growth-stage startups, providing them with the opportunity to showcase their applications/products, solutions, and other technological innovations beneficial for the media industry. NexTech aims to identify promising initiatives worldwide that demonstrate potential in creating cutting-edge technologies applicable to the media industry.

The media industry is changing rapidly, and businesses need to adapt in order to thrive. The Global Media Congress is the ideal platform for businesses to connect with global thought leaders, learn about the latest trends, and collaborate on new ideas.

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