The Dubai Press Club today announced the launch of a comprehensive new membership programme, extending special privileges to various categories of members.
The details of the programme were revealed during a special gala held at the DPC Conference Hall attended by more than 150 media members. The event was organised in association with Crystal Arc.
The new categories include Practicing Membership for journalists working in the print, broadcast and online media; Affiliate Membership for media professionals in the media departments of government organizations, diplomats, freelance journalists and public relations professionals; Visiting Membership for journalists visiting the UAE for short term; Photographer Membership for photographers, and Student Membership for media students. A special category, Family Membership, is also on offer as part of the new DPC initiative.
Maryam Bin Fahad, Executive Director, Dubai Press Club, said: “The new membership programme reflects qualitative changes, as the framework of the membership is expanded to include media professionals from all platforms. In addition, lecturers and media students, PR professionals and media consultants in governmental bodies as well as private companies related to the media industry are also covered in our comprehensive membership programme.
“Moreover, the membership offers extensive services including priority to members to participate in training programmes, workshops, events and other major initiatives organised by Dubai Press Club throughout the year. The membership also entitles journalists to gain exclusive access to the facilities and services of the International Association of Press Clubs (IPAC), which include 26 press clubs worldwide.”
A host of incentives are included in the Dubai Press Club membership. The privilege will enable visiting journalists to co-ordinate or conduct press interviews with media spokespersons in the public and private sectors, help them book hotel rooms at reduced rates, coordinate with the authorities on obtaining UAE entry visas, and avail priority in the use of meeting and convention halls equipped with hi-technology equipments. The members will also have 24/7 access to the library, computers with online access, and refreshment facilities at Dubai Press Club free of charge.
Dubai Press Club has distributed a manual specifying the privileges including discounts and special offers to members at hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, tourism and travel agencies, musical centres, medical and therapy centers as well as offers from 100 sponsor companies in the UAE.
Bin Fahad added: “Since 1999, Dubai Press Club has issued more than 2,000 memberships to journalists in the UAE, the Arab world and globally. The memberships offer access to numerous training programmes and social, culture and media activities. Today, we are looking forward to expanding our service base and enhancing our services offered to media professionals.”
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