UAE Careers in Communications and Entertainment

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is an excellent place to have a media career. Earlier this year, the Turner Broadcasting System, the operator of CNN, made plans to open an office in Dubai; this is the latest newsgathering expansion to have taken place in the UAE and is attracting talent from both within and outside the region.

“CNN is interested in creative and energetic people with diverse perspectives and talents to participate in the company’s growth.”

Soon you will be able to discover new job opportunities at CNN’s Dubai bureau. At CNN (Turner Broadcasting) – one of the most influential names in world news – you will be key in driving business throughout the region effectively across all platforms (TV, Web and digital properties).

Company: Cable News Network (CNN)

Category: Cable/Broadcast Television Networks

Location: CNN Building, Dubai Media City, Dubai

Over the years, Dubai has evolved into a major hub for media companies and now there is a new studio that will help CNN cover more regional news; the new hi-tech studio in Dubai, as told the Emirates News Agency WAM, will add a completely new dimension to its digital operations and is the latest addition to CNN’s presence in the Middle East.

“CNN Arabic will use the studio for interviews and a range of video content, while CNN shows across the network will also utilize the facility for news and programming. The studio will also offer an array of new video capabilities to” (Source: BroadcastPro Middle East)

Launched in 2002, the website has its operations in Dubai but the news company also launched a new bureau in Abu Dhabi in November 2009 in the new Abu Dhabi Media Zone.

CNN Abu Dhabi Jobs – none currently available; recently there was an opening for Office Manager, but that has expired. Applicants are encouraged to check back regularly for any new vacancies.

Alternatively, work with CNN at Turner Broadcasting System, as “Turner Broadcasting provides a wide array of opportunities for talented writers, producers and editors.”

Job Title: Senior Planning Editor

Job Category: Editorial

Company: Turner Broadcasting

Location: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Requisition #: 150884BR

Division #: 7040

Job Description: This is a full-time position. As the SPE, the incumbent “is primarily responsible for oversight of the Middle East planning process, and supporting the Managing Editor, CNN Arabic and Director of Futures in escalating deployments during breaking news.” He or she will be involved in planning the coverage of key themes, scheduled news events and breaking news in the Middle East via CNN’s digital and social platforms, in addition to other media, including video for TV.

Core Competencies: Be able to identify and prioritize stories and plan coverage accordingly. Must have regional knowledge to cover issues, stories and events in the Middle East.

Skillfulness: Editorial and field experience is desirable with minimum 5 years of practice.

Language: Arabic speaking – fluent Arabic, both spoken and written, is to his/her advantage.

Education: Degrees in journalism or telecommunications for those interested in production opportunities within the CNN News Group.

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Note: Those that apply from abroad and are considered a potential candidate will likely receive a video interview that might consist of questions recorded by an HR. A phone interview might follow.

Internship Jobs not yet available in the UAE. However, that may change in time. as “from an employer’s point of view, internships are a great way to spot talent and encourage interest in industries,” says Phil O’Sullivan, the bureau chief at CNN Abu Dhabi.

Occasionally, employer Turner Broadcasting for International looks for Freelance Digital Producers & Writers to work in the Digital Features news team; but, it has yet to happen in the UAE.


As a member of the Time Warner family with CNN you’ll be part of “the world’s number one news brand which engages with more consumers globally on multiple platforms than anyone else,” tells Rani R Raad, chief commercial officer, CNN International. For years, media brand CNN has been shaping the communications and entertainment landscape to create engaging content and experiences for consumers around the world.

Why join Turner Broadcasting or its respected broadcasting team at CNN? Time Warner Corporation (Turner brands include CNN) is committed to a diverse and respectful workplace. It gives opportunities to develop a career in a thriving global company. As part of the team, you will actively contribute to its ongoing success.

Ted Turner launched CNN, the first 24-hour news network, in 1980 and since then the media brand has grown into a global business with employees in more than 150 locations around the world. CNN is hiring a diverse mix of backgrounds and experiences in almost every area of the company.

UAE Careers in Communications and Entertainment

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