A busy month ahead for the Middle East

IBC was busier this year than it has been for over the last many years. No doubt, we had a fantastic show last year but this year, more than 42,815 people visited the show.

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By  Vijaya Cherian Published  October 4, 2005

|~||~||~|IBC was busier this year than it has been for over the last many years. No doubt, we had a fantastic show last year but this year, more than 42,815 people visited the show. That, according to an official report from the event organisers, was about 5% up from 2004. But even after IBC 2005 came to a close, Digital Studio has had no rest. We came back just in time to close this issue and go to the Middle East’s largest IT exhibition — the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition (Gitex). With IT technologies fast encroaching into the broadcasting space and beginning to play a crucial role there, it has become important for us to see where IT is headed, what new technologies are available and how they can be better incorporated into the broadcast industry. Gitex is where we will witness the new launches and their capabilities. After that, most people the world over expect to see the Arab region slow down because of Ramadan but do not be deceived. The production industry is working full time to deliver a huge number of soap series during the period of Ramadan, when television viewing in the region is at its highest. In the meantime, Arab nationals are moving ahead and making their first full-length feature films. The Dubai International Film Festival, which is to be held in December, will screen the emirate’s first full-length feature film, Dreams. Likewise, an Omani filmmaker is making Oman’s first full-length feature film. Even as this magazine goes to press, the launch of the UAE’s first animated TV series has been announced. This region is at an all-time boom and we hope to take you to the heart of the production and broadcasting scene in the Middle East. Stay tuned. ||**||

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