arabianEye Talks – Viewing Arabia

When you look at the Emirates in photography, the news, media, advertisements and in film – what do you see? Do you see accurate depictions, biased depictions or, clichés?

arabianEye hosts a series of talks in Dubai on topics of cultural interest and visual representation to those living in the region. We bring together vibrant topics to initiate a dialogue between the audience and our expert speaker panel whom include a range of experts working in advertising, film, design and the press.

Kindly sponsored by Emirates Foundation, our first “arabianEye Talks…” event was in October and has been described as thought-provoking and groundbreaking by various people who attended. arabianEye is passionate about creating a forum for everybody to discuss cultural issues of visual representation. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch with us!

Our panel discusses “Viewing Arabia: the representation of life in the UAE in commercial media.”

James Langton, Deputy Editor of the National:

Alia al-Shamsi, Photojournalist, Dubai

Nezar Andary, Professor of Film + Literature, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi


Feedback from our first event:
“It was real, honest and refreshing: you’re pushing boundaries, of self, of society. I have never said that about any such event before!”
Wael Al-Sayegh, Poet

“The event last time was fabulous and I thoroughly enjoyed the dialogue. I felt it was a progressive step forward regarding the evolution of the media industry here. Censorship will always be an issue living in an non-democratic and religiously sensitive country however discussions of ideas, growth, challenges, opportunities and creativity are essential in carving out a culturally rich and modern Dubai.”
Jessica Swann, Deputy Head of Programming/Co-Host Dubai Today, Dubai Eye 103.8

“I wanted to thank you all for your organization & involvement in making last night a starting point to a positive movement in the Emirates.”
Rami Farook, Traffic Gallery Owner

“The first Arabian Eye discussion was not just speaking heads on a pedestal. The venue and interaction with the audience became just as important. Also, the presenters came from completely different backgrounds and this pushed at least myself to think of better ways to communicate about media.”
Nezar Andary, Professor of Film + Literature, Zayed University, Abu Dhabi

“I would say that (despite having lived in the UAE for 20 years), I have rarely enjoyed a discussion about the media and national participation as much as the one my wife and I attended last month. It was refreshing to see the interaction between young Emiratis and various thoughtful expatriates in such an open international environment – may you hold many more such sessions!”
Stefan Kemball, Emirates Foundation

“Great initiative and event: we really hope more actions and collaborations will be formed and executed.”
Aida Al Busaidy, Internal Communications Manager, Masdar

“Great initiative and hope it’s a start to many similar debates. Not sure if any major changes will happen after the first talk, but I’m glad that it at least raised the issues and was an opportunity for people to express some opinions. Would be great to see more Emiratis on the panel – to see them debate amongst themselves. I think there is still a perception that all Emiratis speak in one voice, we need to see the diverse thinking/attitude/approach to the different topics that can be discussed through Emirati eyes as well and not always from an ‘Expat’ vs ‘Emirati’ opinion. I guess only with time will be know if things are changing – for the positive.”
Hind Mezaina

“Interesting discussions and viewpoints and to put it simply it was a stimulating experience.”
Preeta Iyer, TBWA PR

Corbis Selects arabianEye as New Representative in Middle East and North Africa

Corbis Images

SEATTLE and DUBAI January 9

Corbis (, a leading visual media provider for the creative community, today announced that it has selected arabianEye ( as its representative serving the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

arabianEye is now handling licensing of Corbis’ extensive collection of creative and editorial images and footage  to editorial clients including websites, magazines, newspapers and book publishers as well as commercial clients in advertising agencies, and design and marketing firms.

arabianEye is the leading visual content provider in MENA  for content sourced or shot. The company provides editorial and commercial stock images and footage, with the largest in-house collection of Middle Eastern royalty-free and rights-managed visual media, as well as producing some of the most compelling, unexpected photography and video. arabianEye serves a range of global advertising/marketing agencies, corporations and media publishers and has online presence throughout MENA.

“Corbis is one of the largest and most respected brands in the visual media licensing business with world-class collections featuring exceptional photos, illustration and footage,” said Jesus Blanco, General Manager of arabianEye. “Corbis and arabianEye mutually believe in the importance of relevant content and a creative approach as well as in outstanding customer service.  Corbis and arabianEye share the same focus on delivering customer care and relevant content to the market, which will bring added value for the local needs and to the local players in the MENA region.”

Paul Harraghy, Director Global Channel Sales, Corbis commented: “arabianEye is a forward-looking, dynamic agency that will deliver outstanding value and service to clients seeking Corbis’ exceptional images. This new partnership will help us bring our global offering to creative and publishing clients across the region.”

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About Corbis Images

Corbis Images is a leading visual media provider for advertising, marketing and media professionals, providing a comprehensive selection of stock photography and illustrations. Corbis Images has exceptional creative, documentary, archival, fine art, current events, and entertainment images to help the creative community produce distinctive work for web sites, magazines, newspapers, books, television, and films. Corbis Images serves its global customer base through its renowned Sales & Service teams and its fast, intuitive web site at Corbis has offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia that serve more than 50 countries.

About arabianEye

arabianEye is the leading global visual content provider in the MENA region for content sourced or shot.

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Contributor Information

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For more information or images from Corbis, press only:

Dan Perlet

Director, Communications, Corbis

Tel. +44 (0) 20 7644 7418

For more information or images from arabianEye:

Jesus Blanco

General Manager, arabianEye

Tel. +971 (0) 4 3652749

arabianEye Grows to be the Only Full Service (360) Visual Agency in the Region

{23rd January, UAE}

Global visual content provider, arabianEye, has become the only full service visual agency in the MENA region. With its recent appointment by Corbis Images as its MENA region representative, arabianEye now hosts a wealth of creative stills and footage, as well as producing original video and photography content.
arabianEye’s General Manager, Jesus Blanco, commented, “Being the only full visual service agency in the region allows arabianEye to be a step ahead and develop unique roles with suppliers and companies. We want to provide a convenient, reliable and striking experience that reflects the quality of creative work offered through arabianEye. The success of the project can be attributed to the cohesion, dedication and shared vision of the arabianEye team – our unique combination of visual services will be a key enabler in new business opportunities throughout the MENA region.”
arabianEye has evolved both as a small business and an important pillar in the growing visual content community.  The appointment by Corbis, the re-launch of both websites, and follows the appointment of Jesus Blanco, arabianEye’s new general manager, a new office, and a greater emphasis in community engagement through their blog, Facebook and Twitter pages.
About arabianEye
arabianEye is the leading global visual content provider in the MENA region for content sourced or shot. The company’s focus is the distribution and production of both images and videos, and serves a global network of both editorial and commercial clients. and