Sheikh Waleed Al-Ibrahim, MBC group chairman has been named as Advertising Person of the Year at the 2016 Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity.
The award, given to an individual who has advanced the reputation and profile of the communications industry in the MENA region, honours his contribution to the media and entertainment industries.
Terry Savage, chairman, Dubai Lynx, said, “It has been both an honour and privilege to recognise such a prominent and respected figure. Over the course of 25 years, Sheikh Waleed Al-Ibrahim has been responsible for multiple, significant contributions to the development of the media and entertainment industry in the MENA region and we are delighted that we could celebrate this during the 10th edition of Dubai Lynx.”
Al-Ibrahim has been responsible for launching a series of successful TV channels that talk to different audiences in the MENA region. Amongst these are the well known MBC1, MBC2, MBC MAX, MBC3, MBC4, MBC Action, Wanasah, MBC Drama and MBC MASR. Recently, he has been instrumental in rolling out HD channels that cover the worlds of movies, sports and entertainment.
He is also famed with being one of the first Arab businessmen to launch a news channel. Since its launch in 2003, Al Arabiya News Channel has extended into a global network of correspondents and reporters with nearly 30 offices and bureau chiefs around the world. Additionally, he has started a variety of successful social media outlets and digital platforms which include www.mbc.net, www.alarabiya.net, www.shahid.net, www.actionha.net and www.mbcprosports.net.
Al-Ibrahim was presented with his trophy during the Dubai Lynx Awards Ceremony, attended by 1,800 people from MENA’s creative communications industry. Details and photos from the evening can be found at www.dubailynx.com.
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