National Media Council (United Arab Emirates)

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National Media Council
المجلس الوطني للإعلام
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Independent federal body overview
Formed2006; 14 years ago (2006)
JurisdictionUnited Arab Emirates
HeadquartersAbu Dhabi

The National Media Council (Arabic: المجلس الوطني للإعلام‎, romanizedal-Majlis al-Watani li'al-Ealam) (NMC) is a federal institution of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) that was established by virtue of Federal Law No. 1 of 2006. It promotes and supports all media-related initiatives and activities in the UAE and abroad; it works to guarantee the implementation of the best international standards as far as media organization is concerned, as provided for in Cabinet decisions and law No. 15 of 1980 on Press and Publication. Besides, the federal government counts on the National Media Council (NMC) to shape and ensure the implementation of national media policy all in keeping a close collaboration with the other concerned institutions. The council tries to go beyond its formal mission and to be active in the Emirati society and sign cooperation conventions with its counterpart institutions.

Goals set for the council are “Providing an integrated regulatory environment conductive to the development of the media sector in the UAE, highlighting the UAE accomplishments in media both nationally and internationally and ensuring that all administration services are delivered with high quality, efficiency and transparency” [1]

NMC Values[edit]

The council undertakes its missions within the framework of certain values. These values are as follows :

  • Participation: Activating all internal and external channels of communication and building strategic alliances and partnerships with all media stakeholders at national and international levels to achieve common goals.
  • Professionalism: NMC encourages professional practices through commitment to credibility, efficiency and distinction.
  • Transparency: NMC promotes attitudes and conducts based on transparency and honesty.
  • Credibility: Commitment to credible standards in the delivery of specialized media and information services.
  • Leadership: NMC is committed to proactive and innovative development in all sectors to achieve sustainable development in the UAE.
  • Responsibility: NMC promotes a spirit of responsibility towards the community in all its work sectors.[1]

UAE Media Laws and Regulations[edit]

The UAE has several laws and resolutions that organize the media field, and the council undertakes a vital role in their implementation. The UAE has six main laws and resolutions: AUE Copyright Law 7 of 2002, Cabinet decision No. 4 of 2006 on the system the National Media Council, Cabinet decision No. 14 of 2006 on the system the National Media Council, Council of Ministers Resolution No. (70/13) for the year 2007 meeting No. 4 to regulate the exercise of some of the free media licenses and President of the Council Decision No. 35 for the year 2012 on the criteria content and advertising media.[2]

NMC Relations[edit]

The national Media Council is interested in setting up relations with a number of Media, government and Academic institutions in order to achieve its main strategic goals. Such partners include: National Media Institutions, Regional and International Media Institutions, Media Free Zone, Federal and Local Institutions.[3]

NMC Structure[edit]

Besides its headquarters in Abu Dhabi, The UAE National Media Council has subsidiaries in the other Emirates. Former chairman of “Sky News Arabia”, Minister of state Dr. Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber has chaired the NMC since May 2015. The council has a board that supervises several sub-committees undertaking specific missions. The UAE cabinet has approved the new changes introduced to NMC structure by virtue of Resolution No. 9 of 2013 and Resolution No. 12 of 2013 that define this structure in accordance with “UAE Vision 2021”.[4]


  1. ^ a b "About Us". Retrieved 2016-03-10.
  2. ^ "Media Laws And Regulation". Retrieved 2016-03-10.
  3. ^ "Our Partners". Retrieved 2016-03-10.
  4. ^ "OVERVIEW OF THE CHANGES TO THE NATIONAL MEDIA COUNCIL - Al Tamimi & Company". Retrieved 2016-03-10.

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