CABSAT 2021, the Middle East and North Africa’s event for the satellite, digital media and filmed entertainment industries, has been postponed. The event will now be held from October 26 to 28 at Dubai World Trade Centre to explore synergies with EXPO 2020.
Besides a special focus on the SATEXPO Summit with a wider content offering, CABSAT has announced the launch of “NextGen Content” in partnership with Dubai Studio City, a new marketplace to buy, sell or co-produce TV and film content for the Arabic market.
Speaking about the partnership, Majed Al Suwaidi, Managing Director of Dubai Studio City, said: “As an increasingly global hub for cinema production, Dubai Studio City looks forward to welcoming the broadcast community at what promises to be a unique, well-timed platform for discussion and innovation. The launch of “NextGen Content” at CABSAT 2021 in October will deliver unprecedented strategic opportunities to the broadcast industry, creating new areas of content collaboration that will contribute to the growth of the emirate’s creative economy.”
Jamal Al Sharif, Chairman of the Dubai Film & TV Commission, added: “Dubai is an attractive global destination for film and television production, and we look forward to meeting the wider broadcast industry during CABSAT 2021. Hosting the event in October will provide an ideal platform for greater collaboration and international cooperation. It will create new opportunities for content creation and contribute to the vision of our leaders to transform the emirate into the world’s leading creative economic capital.”
David Meltzer, Secretary-General of Global VSAT Forum (GVF), commented: “We completely endorse the decision made by CABSAT’s organisers to hold the 2021 edition in October. By ensuring the show is open to as many international participants as possible during the time when EXPO 2020 is running in Dubai, CABSAT 2021 will maximise collaboration opportunities in the satellite ecosystem.”
Aarti Holla, Secretary-General of EMEA Satellite Operators’ Association, stated: “ESOA is pleased that CABSAT is taking the needs of the international satellite community into consideration in choosing to hold its 2021 edition in October. The SATEXPO Summit will provide better value to the industry at a time when there will be even greater business opportunities.”
Arab State Broadcasting Union, said: “We completely support the decision made by CABSAT to host the 2021 edition of the show in October and we look forward to the collaboration opportunities that it will bring.”