Emirates News Agency

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Emirates News Agency
Wakalat Anba'a al Emarat
Agency overview
FormedNovember 1976
JurisdictionGovernment of the United Arab Emirates
HeadquartersAbu Dhabi
Agency executives
  • Mohamed Jalal Alrayssi, Executive Director
  • Abdulla Abdulkareem, Head of Media Coverage Department
Parent agencyNational Media Council

Emirates News Agency (Arabic: وكالة أنباء الإمارات‎, romanizedWakalat Anba'a al Emarat), also known as WAM, is the official news agency of the United Arab Emirates.[1][2]

History and profile[edit]

The WAM was launched in November 1976.[3][4] It started Arabic broadcast on 18 June 1977 and English broadcast in December 1978.[3] The agency which is headquartered in Abu Dhabi[5] is part of National Media Council.[6]

The agency has Arabic and English news services and has a website in both languages.[6] In addition to its national offices, it has offices in Cairo, Beirut, Washington, Sanaa, Brussels and Islamabad.[6] It is a member of the Gulf Cooperation Council news agencies, the Federation of Arab News Agencies,[7] the International Islamic News Agency, the Pool of Non-Aligned News agencies[6] and of the Organization of Asia-Pacific News Agencies (OANA).[8]

The agency has cooperation and news exchange agreements with various news agencies, including the Sudan News Agency, the Malaysian National News Agency, the Russian News Agency, the Chinese News Agency, Xinhua, the Kuwait News Agency, the Jordanian News Agency, the Indonesian News Agency, and the Yemeni News Agency.[9] Since 2012 the agency has also been in cooperation with the official Turkish news agency, Anadolu Agency.[10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "United Arab Emirates profile". BBC. 27 August 2013. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  2. ^ "UAE Media Sustainability Index" (PDF). IREX. 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 September 2014. Retrieved 5 September 2014.
  3. ^ a b "About Us". WAM. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  4. ^ Barrie Gunter; Roger Dickinson (6 June 2013). News Media in the Arab World: A Study of 10 Arab and Muslim Countries. A&C Black. p. 34. ISBN 1-4411-0239-6. Retrieved 8 February 2014.
  5. ^ Itamar Rabinovich; Haim Shaked (1 December 1987). Middle East Contemporary Survey, 1984-1985. The Moshe Dayan Center. p. 33. ISBN 978-0-8133-7445-1. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  6. ^ a b c d Ibrahim Al Abed; Peter Hellyer; Paula Vine (1 December 2004). The United Arab Emirates Yearbook 2005. Trident Press Ltd. p. 275. ISBN 978-1-900724-89-0. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  7. ^ Federation of Arab News Agencies KUNA. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  8. ^ K. M. Shrivastava (2007). News Agencies from Pigeon to Internet. Sterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd. p. 269. ISBN 978-1-932705-67-6. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
  9. ^ Emirates News Agency (WAM) (Wakalat Anbaa al-Emarat) in Dubai Directory Data Dubai. Retrieved 5 January 2014.
  10. ^ International Cooperation Archived 25 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine Anadolu Agency. Retrieved 5 January 2014.

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