Noura Al KaabiChief Executive Officer
Noura Al Kaabi is the Chief Executive Officer of the Media Zone Authority-Abu Dhabi (twofour54), a Government initiative to develop sustainable media and creative industries for the UAE and for the region.
Noura leads the Media Zone Authority and its subsidiaries, whose primary objectives are to foster Arab-focussed media and digital businesses in the UAE. She also heads twofour54 (the Media Zone Authority’s commercial arm), which provides training and talent development and facilitates world-class content through its production facilities.
Noura oversees the Media Zone Authority’s industry building initiatives including the Abu Dhabi Film Festival, the Abu Dhabi Film Commission, and the Abu Dhabi Media Summit.
Noura’s commitment to Arab talent development and her management of the unique strategy, to facilitate the organic growth of the regional media industry, has seen the Media Zone Authority hit the milestone of 240+ content creation partners.
Noura is a member of the Federal National Council (F.N.C.) of the UAE and sits on the board of Abu Dhabi Media, Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce, Image Nation and the Abu Dhabi Sports Council. She is also a member of the Advisory Board for Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation and a member of the Scientific Committee of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award.
Noura is the first Emirati to be ranked on Foreign Policy magazine’s ‘Top 100 Global Thinkers List’, an honour she received in 2013. Also in 2013, France’s leading weekly news magazine, Le Nouvel Observateur, named Noura one of the 50 individuals who contribute to changing the world. She was named Forbes Middle East’s 30 Most Influential Women in Government in 2013, Arabian Business’ 100 most powerful Arab Women in 2011 and 2012 and CEO Middle East’s 100 most powerful Arab Women in 2012.
Noura holds Bachelor’s degree in Management Information Systems from the UAE University. She also completed a Leadership Programme from London Business School.