In recognition of his pioneering role and leadership within the media industry in the Arab world, MBC Group Chairman, Sheikh Waleed bin Ibrahim al Ibrahim was named “Media Man of the Year” at the 4th MENA Cristal Awards held in Lebanon.
Al Ibrahim adds this award to his recent honor as the “Knight” from the Arab League and “Innovator of the Year” from Arabian Business.
Commenting on the award, Al Ibrahim highlighted the importance of recognizing innovation within the media industry as an incentive to continuously excel and overcome the many challenges that we all face. The award will encourage MBC Group to raise the bar in the vibrant Arab media industry, with the aim to further develop knowledge economies and content industries.
Al Ibrahim said: “Our journey together started in 1991 when we launched MBC1 as the first private pan-Arab satellite TV channel, and today we stand as the largest private media group in the Arab world. It is has been an exciting journey that has succeeded in earning the loyalty of viewers, the trust of advertisers and the creativity of our talented employees. MBC Group has become a source of inspiration, a true benchmark in terms of family entertainment, and a melting pot of Arab cultures that respect the norms and traditions of our society.”
MBC Group, the parent company of AlArabiya, was established in 1991 as the first pan-Arab free-to-air satellite broadcasting company in the Arab World.
Based in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, MBC Group includes 6 television channels: MBC1 (general family entertainment), MBC2 (24-hour movies), MBC3 (children’s entertainment), MBC4 (entertainment for the new Arab woman), MBC Action (action series and movies), and Al Arabiya (the 24-hour Arabic language news channel); two radio stations: MBC FM (Gulf music), and Panorama FM (contemporary Arabic hit music); as well as O3 productions, a specialized documentary production unit, and Middle East News agency (MEN), a news gathering agency. It has also several online platforms: www.MBC.net, www.alarabiya.net, and www.alaswaq.net.