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.


WhatsApp seeks to stem fake news ahead of Pakistan election

Updated 18 July 2018
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WhatsApp seeks to stem fake news ahead of Pakistan election

  • Pakistan’s leading English-language daily listed ten tips on differentiating rumors from fact
  • WhatsApp had come under pressure from Indian authorities to put an end to the spread of rumors

ISLAMABAD: The hugely popular WhatsApp messaging service began a week-long publicity campaign in Pakistan Wednesday offering tips to spot fake news, days before the country holds a general election.
“Together we can fight false information,” says the full-page ad in Dawn, Pakistan’s leading English-language daily, listing ten tips on differentiating rumors from fact.
“Many messages containing hoaxes or fake news have spelling mistakes. Look for these signs so you can check if the information is accurate,” it says.
“If you read something that makes you angry or afraid, ask whether it was shared to make you feel that way. And if the answer is yes, think twice before sharing it again.”
WhatsApp also announced the implementation in the country of a new feature allowing recipients to see if a message is original or forwarded.
The company had bought full-page advertising in India on July 10 after a wave of lynchings in the country were linked to viral “fake news” spread by WhatsApp about alleged child kidnappings.
WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, had come under pressure from Indian authorities to put an end to the spread of rumors, which have caused the deaths of more than 20 people in the past two months.
Millions of people use WhatsApp in neighboring Pakistan, where rumors, false information and conspiracy theories are ubiquitous. Such messages spread quickly, with no real way for recipients to check their veracity.
Pakistan also has a history of mob violence, and videos such as the murder of Mashal Khan — a journalism student accused of blasphemy who was killed by a mob in April 2017 — circulate rapidly.
Parliamentary elections are scheduled for July 25.