Event Reports

Al Boom - Future of the Emirates

Online Portal of the 6th German-Arab Journalists' Academy

KAS Regional Programme Gulf States conducted the 6th Annual German-Arab Journalists' Academy in Abu Dhabi in October 2011. Eight scholars from the KAS journalism programme in Germany worked together with eight young journalists from the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Together they explored new reporting and narrative styles and created a multi-media online portal titled: "Al Boom - Future of the Emirates"! The website is now live and can be found at:


Featured stories include an exclusive report on the first inofficial session of the newly elected Federal National Council (FNC) of the UAE, which one of the teams was able to attend. They seized this opportunity and interviewed some of the new FNC-member about their political goals. Other stories explre the question of national identity in the run-up to the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the UAE.

We, the responsible team behind the seminar, hope you enjoy these and all other videos, audios and photo-slideshows as well as all articles.

Thomas Birringer and the KAS-Abu Dhabi Team; the chief-editorial board with Jochen Markett, Tina Bettels and multimedia-assistant Marc Röhlig; as well as the 16 members of the editorial team

Contact Person

Dr. Manuel Schubert