The UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, issued a federal decree law to establish the Emirates Media Council.

The Cabinet approved a resolution on the establishment of the council under the chairmanship of Sheikh Zayed bin Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the National Media Office, and membership of representatives from local government and media bodies in the country.

The council’s members include Sheikh Abdullah bin Humaid Al Qasimi, Director of Ras Al Khaimah Emiri Court, and Saeed Mohammed Al Eter, Assistant Minister of Cabinet Affairs for Strategic Projects and Chairman of the UAE Government Media Office.

The new Council is responsible for coordinating federal and local media efforts and aligning national and local media policies to highlight and promote national identity. It is also assigned to propose legislation, rules and criteria necessary to organise and licence media outlets and activities, including online media and publishing in the UAE and free zones.