MENAA Awards recognize Arab News’ new direction

Arab News Editor-in-Chief Faisal J. Abbas, center, receives the MENAA Award in the presence of Daniel Seelhorf from ZHAW, left, and Dr. Maurice Dimmock from ASIC, right.
Updated 23 December 2016
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MENAA Awards recognize Arab News’ new direction

JEDDAH: Arab News has been honored at this year’s MENAA Awards for its transformation over the last three months and creating “momentum and buzz” in the media industry. 
Editor-in-Chief Faisal J. Abbas was presented with the prestigious Best Business Leaders Award at an event held last week at the Burj Al Arab hotel in Dubai.
The MENAA Awards ceremony included a show-reel illustrating the rapid changes and achievements Arab News has made over the past three months, since the newspaper announced it was restoring its original tagline and positioning as “The Middle East’s Leading English Language Daily.”
One highlight of the newspaper’s coverage over the last few months was its exclusive poll on Arab public opinion toward the candidates in the recent US election. Results of the poll, which was carried out in conjunction with YouGov, attracted global attention and were carried in prominent news outlets such as CNN and The Observer newspaper.
The fourth edition of the MENAA Awards comprised two categories, the Best Business Leader Award and Customer Delight Award. A number of top executives from across the Middle East who were presented with trophies and certificates of achievement at the award ceremony, to mark their strong leadership of organizations in what is a turbulent business environment.
Allan Pease, the well-known Australian body language expert, presented the honors at the event, and paid tribute to the changes made at Arab News.
“In less than three months on the job, (Abbas) managed create enough momentum and buzz around the changes he has brought to his organization that his organization is literately now generating headlines worldwide,” Pease said.
In a statement, Dr. Sepehr Tarverdian, chief executive of the MENAA Organization, praised Arab News for being a “pioneer” and “a leading media outlet.”
“As the CEO of MENAA Awards Organization, it was a real pleasure, and honor to select the editor-in-chief of Arab News as the recipient of the Best Business Leaders Award in 2016 in the region,” he added.
For his part, Abbas thanked the award organizers. 
“On behalf of Arab News, we wish to thank the judges and the organizers of the fourth annual MENAA Awards on this recognition of the efforts of our newspaper as it prepares for a more global, more digital approach.”
“This recognition is dedicated to our Arab News team worldwide; however, the biggest prize we will always continue to aspire for daily is our readers’ continued trust,” said Abbas.
The Middle East, North Africa & Asia Award (MENAA) Organization says it aims to promote and improve the industries by acknowledging good corporate culture and leadership skills.

The honors list
Some of the most prominent winners of the MENAA Awards have included: Colm McLoughlin, executive vice chairman of Dubai Duty Free; Abdulaziz Al-Ghurair, chief executive of Mashreq Bank; and Mohammad Nasr Abdeen, chief executive of Union National Bank.
The Middle East, North Africa & Asia Award Organization, which has branches across the globe, has been at the forefront of running awards and forums over several years, with the aim of promoting and improving the industries by acknowledging good corporate culture and leadership.
Over 50 top business leaders were honored at the recent MENAA Awards in Dubai. Previous recipients of the awards have included the chief executives of Dubai Duty Free, Bahrain Duty Free, Arab National Bank, Union National Bank, Danube, Paris Gallery, Kempinski Hotels and the Ritz-Carlton.
Increasing revenues, market shares, improvement of customer satisfaction, and employee engagement and satisfaction are some of the criteria evaluated by the jury.
The jury members are chosen to “ensure a fair and balanced evaluation of all nominees,” the organizer said. “Each of the members is selected for his global expert opinion, valuable practical experience (in their) local and international business.”
The jury that evaluated this year’s MENAA Awards winners included Dr. Daniel Seelhoffer of ZHAW University, Dr. Joseph Sherren from the York University of Canada, Dr. Maurice Dimmock, the chief executive of ASIC in the UK, and other experienced executives.


UK calls on social media firms to better protect children

Updated 22 April 2018
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UK calls on social media firms to better protect children

LONDON: Britain’s health secretary says the government will introduce new laws targeting online social media companies if they don’t do more to protect children.
In a strongly-worded letter to Facebook, Google, Snapchat, Twitter and others, Jeremy Hunt said their failure to prevent young children using social media and exposing children to its “harmful emotional side effects” was “unacceptable and irresponsible.”
Hunt said Sunday he was particularly concerned about the lack of age verification measures, with thousands breaching minimum user age rules.
He gave the companies a week to set out steps they are taking to cut underage use, prevent cyberbullying, and promote limited screen time.
Hunt last year attacked Facebook for releasing a version aimed at children, telling the company to “stay away from my kids.”