Gulf News Media to cease broadcast operations

Gulf News Media is to close its two remaining radio stations. Only three months after it closed Radio 1 and Radio 2, the broadcaster will shut down Josh and Hayat as well and hand over operations to Umm Al Quwainn Broadcasting Network on September 30. A statement issued on Thursday evening by group marketing director Matthew […]

Zian Hasbani: ‘We need more Arab leaders in the PR industry’

It’s a topic that often divides opinions and not many discuss it openly: are there enough Arab nationals leading the region’s public relations and communications industry? Are the ones in place doing a good enough job, and is there a need for change? About eight years ago, I bumped into an old acquaintance who had […]

Meet Generation M

Shelina Janmohamed, author of a new book on young Muslim consumers, says faith and consumerism can work in harmony if marketers drop the stereotypes Welcome to Generation M: the young Muslims who are changing our world. The numbers are big. Huge, in fact. Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO and founder of the WPP group, says this […]

Eyad Abdul Khalek takes CEO post at MediaCom MENA

MediaCom has announced that Eyad Abdul Khalek will join the group as MENA CEO, effective 1 October 2016. He replaces Tarek Abdalla who left the agency after just five months to join Emaar Properties as executive director of corporate marketing. Khalek joins MediaCom MENA from DataMined where as managing director and co-founder he was charged with remodelling the […]

Asda’a Burson-Marsteller bags Visa account from BPG Cohn & Wolfe

Dubai-based PR agency Asda’a Burson-Marsteller has won the regional communications account for global credit card company Visa. Asda’a pitched against the incumbent BPG Cohn & Wolfe and reportedly Brunswick, MSLGroup, Four Communications, APCO and Impact Porter Novelli. BPG won the account covering the Middle East and North Africa from DABO & Co in 2012. Sunil […]

Cicero & Bernay holds onto Dubai Culture brief as it eyes expansion into Iraq and Jordan

Publinet-owned communications agency Cicero & Bernay has retained the public relations account of Dubai Culture and Arts Authority following a review. The agency will work with the government department to support the emirate’s Dubai 2021 Plan to make the city one of the most  “happy, creative and technologically advanced” in the world. C&B will also […]