Prominent celebrities from the Middle East’s television industry got together in Abu Dhabi to participate in the regional semi-final voting round of the International Emmy Awards. These awards -- honouring the best in television programming (non-US shows and shows in languages other than English) -- are scheduled for 25th November this year and will be held in New York. Since 1973, these awards are organised annually by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the sister organisation of the National Academy of International Arts and Sciences, which runs the Primetime Emmy Awards.
The 17-member judging panel, gathered at Royal M Hotel and Resort in Abu Dhabi and included celebrities from diverse backgrounds but with many years of professional experience in the film and television industry. The panel included Abdullah Hassan Ahmed, Abdullah Saleh Alrumaithy, Arwa Gouda, Habib Ghuloom, Mansoor Al Feeli, Nesreen Tafish, Saloom Haddad and Yasser Al Yasiri for the Best Performance by Actress category. The panel for the Comedy category comprised Ali Al Marzouqi, Amro Abdeen, Fayez Al Malki, Hani Al Shibani, Hani Ramzy, Marwan Abdullah Saleh, Yaser Al Neyadi and Yousef Al Kaabi. Together, they also had rich and fruitful discussion on the world of television.
Nashwa Al Ruwaini, CEO and Board Member of Pyramedia, the UAE media production company which conducted the voting, thanked the panel for their dedication. She added that they were a strong representation of the high level of entertainment in the region and said, “I would also like to thank them for being part of our celebration of Pyramedia’s tenth time of hosting the Awards in Abu Dhabi. It is such an honour for us to be partnering again with the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences yet again and bringing the Emmys to the region.”