Media analysis of UAE’s announcement of foreign ownership and residency reforms

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On 20 May 2018, U.A.E. announced plans for crucial economic and manpower reforms that include 100% foreign ownership of local businesses and one another that extends validity of residency visas of expatriates up to 10 years. It is widely reported that this is a big step by the U.A.E. government to attract foreign investors. Naturally, such an announcement attracts huge interest among the public and the media as a consequence. In the week that followed the announcement, there were 1,078 articles. Here is a simple media analysis. As usual, our intention is not to go very much into details in these posts. Please contact us for any opinion analysis among the public (based on social media comments).

Last week this was one of the top stories and many top publishers picked it. The following are the list of top publishers who covered the news.

PUBLISHER

ARTICLES

BBC News

2

Daily Mail

2

Fox News

1

Washington Post

2

Reuters

11

ABC News

2

RT

1

NDTV

2

Mirror.co.uk

1

Bloomberg

6

سي ان ان العربية

1

اليوم السابع

2

Nikkei Asian Review

1

The Indian Express

2

Moneycontrol.com

2

Yahoo News

4

News18

1

Stuff.co.nz

1

India.com

1

News24

1

Hindustan Times

1

المصري اليوم

2

Oneindia

1

هسبريس

1

سبق

1

Financial Times

1

العربية نت

2

مصراوي

1

Inext Live

1

الوطن

3

أرقام

4

DAWN.com

1

الجزيرة

1

PUBLISHER

ARTICLES

The Straits Times

1

Khaleej Times

25

South China Morning Post

2

Irish Times

1

بوابة فيتو

2

Times LIVE

1

gulfnews.com

30

Daily Pakistan

2

Geo News, Pakistan

1

The Express Tribune

2

Foreign Policy

1

DunyaNews Pakistan

1

دنيا الوطن

1

موقع البوابة نيوز

2

Markets Insider

1

Vanguard

2

صحيفة عربي21

2

The Australian Financial Review

1

جريدة التحرير

1

وكالة عمون الاخبارية

3

नवभारत टाइम्स/Indiatimes

2

The Punch

1

Manila Bulletin

1

BloombergQuint

6

Middle East Eye

1

noonpresse

1

Masralarabia

2

Middle East Monitor

1

UrduPoint News

1

أخبارك دوت نت

3

sawaleif.com

1

The News Lens International

1

                ABS-CBS News        1

 

Right after Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid tweeted this announcement, social media users from the various country started expressing their views.

The following is a selection of the most liked and commented posts.

There was a massive support from the social media users, and many praised the visionary of the UAE leaders. Given below are some such replies.

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