Where’s the real storytelling?

Beirut-based The Outpost has turned to crowdfunding to keep itself alive in a media world that likes to discuss storytelling but rarely delivers it, says Ibrahim Nehme As an editor of a print magazine, there are some questions that never escape me. Don’t you think print is dead? Why don’t you have a digital edition? […]

Webedia acquires majority stake in Diwanee

Dubai-based digital media company Diwanee has been acquired by Webedia, a Paris digital publishing firm. The value of the deal, which remains undisclosed, is reported to be worth between $20 million and $50 million, which would make it one of the biggest acquisitions of a digital company in the Middle East. Webedia will also invest […]

Memac Ogilvy wins double crown at Dubai Lynx

Last night belonged to Memac Ogilvy as the group took home both ‘Agency of the Year’ and ‘Network of the Year’ at the Dubai Lynx awards. With Edmond Moutran, the group’s chairman and CEO, also named ‘Advertising Person of the Year’, the agency withstood the challenge of Impact BBDO and Leo Burnett to take home […]

Why isn’t the advertising world doing more for Syria?

Should agencies be doing more to help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in Syria? Syria, like Palestine, appears to be a subject that few within regional advertising are willing to discuss. But if you place politics aside, it’s fair to ask why more is not being done to help alleviate the humanitarian tragedy in Syria. As […]

UM lands Sun & Sand Sports media brief

UM Dubai has won the regional media planning and buying account for Sun & Sand Sports following a competitive pitch. The agency will handle integrated media duties for the sports retail company and the 90 brands it stocks across the MENA region. Mohamad A. Baker, deputy chairman of Sun & Sands Sports, said: “UM Dubai’s […]

Should the advertising world boycott Israel?

Near silence emerges from the advertising community when questioned about potential boycotts of Israel If actress Scarlett Johansson achieved anything by choosing SodaStream over her ambassadorial role with Oxfam, it was to increase global awareness of the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel. As BDS co-founder Omar Barghouti told The Guardian at […]