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Abu Dhabi successfully hosts Emmy Awards Semi-Finals

Abu Dhabi successfully hosts Emmy Awards Semi-Finals
5 July 2024 10:29


Abu Dhabi hosted the Emmy Awards Semi-Finals from July 3 to 5, 2024, further establishing itself as a premier destination for global entertainment events.

Organised by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, the event brought together television professionals from across the world to participate in this prestigious competition.

The semi-finals, powered by Miral and hosted at the Hilton Abu Dhabi, are a key part of the Academy’s annual events, which aim to recognise excellence in television produced outside the US. With categories ranging from arts programming to drama series, and from documentary to kids programming, the competition is fierce and celebrated.

This year, an array of stars served as the jurors at the event held in Abu Dhabi. Distinguished stars like Nahla Al Fahad, Habib Ghuloom, Yasser Al Neyadi, and Mayssa Maghrebi from the UAE; Youssef El Sherif, Ashraf Zaki, Rogina, Huda El Etreby, and Adel Adeeb from Egypt; in addition to Dorra Zarrouk from Tunisia, Eyad Nassar from Jordan, and Yasser Al Yasiri from Iraq.

The semi-final round of judging, coordinated globally by the Academy, saw television professionals invited to participate as jurors. These jurors screened approximately 6-7 hours of programming, with the highest-scoring programme in each region advancing to the final round.

The judging process is confidential, and nominees will be officially announced in August 2024 for News and Current Affairs, and in September/October 2024 for Programme, Performance, and Kids categories.

Dr. Nashwa Al Ruwaini, CEO of Pyramedia Group and member of the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmys) and the International Emmy Awards judging panel, explained that Abu Dhabi hosting the Emmy Awards for the fifteenth consecutive year reflects the city’s great dedication and commitment to supporting the arts in various forms on local, regional, and international levels. This event also enhances Abu Dhabi’s ambitious vision to be a global hub for creatives from all over the world.

Dr. Al Ruwaini added that the number of judges from the Arab world accredited by the International Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Emmys), which exceeds 200 personalities, is attributed to Abu Dhabi hosting the semi-final judging round for the past 15 years. This achievement is a testament to the status of the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi, in the television industry.

The Emmy Awards are a prestigious group of awards presented by various organisations within the television industry to recognise excellence in television programming and individual performance. The Emmys are considered one of the highest honours in the television industry, equivalent to the Oscars for film, the Tonys for theatre, and the Grammys for music.

Pyramedia Group, a leading Emirati company in the field of media consultancy and production, founded in 1999 by Dr. Al Ruwaini, is the exclusive partner of Emmy Awards in the Arab region and the Gulf. The group expressed its pride at hosting international events to the UAE, especially in Abu Dhabi.

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