This panel, moderated by Global Art Forum co-director Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi, discussed the advent of technology on the UAE culture and the impact it has on shaping the identity of the UAE over the past 50 years.
In 1965, while still in secondary school, Hessa Al Ossaily worked at ‘Sawt Al Sahel’; the UAE’s first radio station, as an announcer before moving to the Dubai studios of Kuwait TV, becoming the first national TV announcer. In December 2014, Al Ossaily was recognised by the UAE government for her pioneering role in media. UAE filmmaker and scholar Dr. Saoud Al Mulla holds a PhD on the history of cinema in the UAE, and now serves as the Director of the Higher Colleges of Technology in Dubai. This panel was conducted in Arabic.
Dr. Saoud Al Mulla (Director, Higher Colleges of Technology – Dubai Colleges), Hessa Al Ossaily (General Supervisor of Programmes at Al Oula radio) and Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi (Founder, Barjeel Art Foundation and Global Art Forum 9 Co-director)