The Vital Role of Social Networking
- 19 March 2015
In his closing speech delivered at the Dubai Social Media Summit, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai (may God protect him), said that social media constitute one of the most influential tools in the modern world. That is because they have succeeded in transforming the world from a small village to a big room that accommodates everybody.
The ECSSR gives special attention to social media and their role in spreading political culture and awareness. The Center won the award in the Politics Category among the social media influencers. The award was presented by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai to His Excellency Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, Director General of the ECSSR, during the inauguration ceremony of the Arab Social Media Influencers Summit 2015 in Dubai.
The Organizing Committee announced that the ECSSR has utilized social media platforms in making the studies and interviews available to decision-makers and stakeholders. This shows that the Center believes in and pursues its various programs with the aim of development and meeting the requirements of the country’s comprehensive development. The focus is especially on information technology in which the UAE has been among the pioneers at both regional and international levels.
Owing to the increasing role of social media, the ECSSR gives it exceptional significance whether it is engaging with it or utilizing it to accomplish the scientific and research benefits. This is also reflected in the ECSSR’s agenda and scientific activities. In fact, the ECSSR gives priority to technological development in media and social media and their various applications and has organized several events in which specialized papers have been presented, tackling its various features and influences. The issue is given top priority in the studies and research published by the ECSSR’s Strategic Visions periodical.
According to H.E. Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, the Social Media Influencers Summit is a pioneering initiative as it showcases the vital role played by the UAE at Arab and international levels as an innovative and need-based mover in media. This Summit in itself is an innovation offered by the UAE to the world as it contributes toward the development of human thought, boosting positive energies, driving human development process, harnessing new generations’ energies, channeling them toward developing innovative societies and opening new horizons for the future.
Undoubtedly, one of the reasons behind the success of this Summit, which also speaks of its positive impact, is that it effectively, and through precise and practical tools, contributes toward positively transforming the social media discourse. It also aims to utilize the great energy and creative ideas of the youth, which continuously flow through these media toward a better future for all countries and people.