World Bulletin / News Desk
Organized by the Istanbul Municipality for the first time, the Forum has seen the attendance of 60 journalists from 18 Arab countries, including Egypt, Syria Libya, Sudan, and Tunisia with a view to having fruitful discussions with their Turkish counterparts.
Ridvan Duran, head of the technical affairs department of Istanbul Municipality, while welcoming the Arab journalists on Tuesday, said that "Istanbul is one of the most visited cities in the world."
"Istanbul currently hosts about 700 thousands of different Arab nationalities," he added, wishing the journalists a good time in the city.
In a speech, Metin Mutanoglu, deputy director-general of Anadolu Agency, pointed to "the presence of a distinguished group of Arab journalists in the forum," noting that the forum should address the media developments in the region which undergo big transformations, especially when it comes to social media platforms.
On the first day of the Forum, the journalists were welcomed by a large number of Turkish officials and members of the press. The visiting journalists were taken on a tour of Istanbul’s captivating Bosporus Strait, during which they listened to Turkish music and tasted a large selection of delicacies from the Turkish cuisine.
On Thursday, the group was taken to see the construction of Istanbul's new airport and told about all the services to be offered.
During the tour, the journalists attended a presentation by the airport's Chief Executive Officer Kadri Samsunlu, who affirmed that Arabic would be one of the languages in which all the services would be available.