Press Release

Biggest ever CABSAT drives the Media Industry in the Middle East & North Africa Region

18 Jan 2012

Biggest ever CABSAT drives the Media Industry in the Middle East & North Africa Region

​Broadcast and production professionals will return to Dubai for largest ever CABSAT being held from 28 February - 1 March 2012 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. With the MENA media community having transformed into an integral part of the global arena, CABSAT is the ideal platform for cable and satellite professionals to view the latest innovations available in the industry available through industry leaders from 42 countries including France, Germany, Iran, Japan, Jordan, Spain, Turkey and the United States among others.

A recent survey titled “Satellite Communications & Broadcasting Markets Survey, Forecasts to 2020” by Euroconsult, anticipates the value of satellite capacity leasing to grow at 7% annually (CAGR) over the next ten years, driven by connectivity needs and the growth of digital TV in emerging markets.Combined with the launch of new generation High Satellite Systems (HSS), interest has increased for cable and satellite professionals through the region.

As the media industry is vital to driving forward international regard and understanding of the region, CABSAT promotes the knowledge of the most advanced technology and work practices around the region thus assisting the industry deliver the finest content as well as helping professionals develop their personal skills.

Results of the global transition are evident through films produced in the region which have achieved worldwide recognition; Mahmoud Kasour’s film Teta, Alf Marra won awards in London and New York, and has been acclaimed by audiences as far apart as Buenos Aires and Mumbai. Australian short film festival Tropfest recently expanded into the Middle East during which Jassem al Jabbouri from Baghdad won first prize for Flock of Stars.The television output from the region is also viewed on a global platform, not least in sports where a number of outside broadcast fleets are on the road to get the best from the action in world-class cricket, rugby, golf, horse racing, motor sports and more.

With an expected launch in spring 2012, Sky News Arabia will be debuting at this year’s show with an aim to provide an advanced technology platform and high editorial standards.The station will call for the development of local talent to deliver a distinctly regional flavour to news coverage and will run its own training and internship scheme which aims to recruit most of its 370 staff from the region.Adrian Wells, Launch Director, Sky News Arabia also stated, “It’s far better for us as a big employer to tap into the local talent available in the region.”

CABSAT will be partnering with twofour54 tadreeb who have recently acquired SAE Dubai, a leading higher education institution for broadcasting, film and interactive media to deliver specialist training, workshops and immersive experiences. This will enable students to review latest products from all the top manufacturers, and talk to application experts at the show.The event will serve as a platform to encourage the brightest students in the region to seek careers in the growing media.

CABSAT 2012 will run from 28 February – 1 March 2012 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre. The exhibition is strictly for trade and business only.