HelloArabia and HelloIndo Arabia axed by APP

Dubai-based Arab Publishing Partners has ended the runs of the quarterly titles Hello! Arabia and Hello! Indo Arabia. The ITP Publishing Group subsidiary obtained the magazine licenses in February 2015, with initial plans to bring the titles out monthly, but were instead released quarterly. Their closures come just as ITP closes the homegrown women’s monthly, Viva after more than 11 years in publication. […]

Kuwait’s Americana calls media pitch

The Kuwait Food Co, also known as Americana, is holding a pitch for its media planning and buying account. The owners of the Middle East franchises fast food chains KFC, Krispy Kreme and Pizza Hut has worked with MCN-owned Initiative MENA for the past eight years. However, the Kuwaiti-owned conglomerate called the pitch following Gulf investment firm Adeptio’s acquisition […]

Extra re-creates childhood with Bubblemint Treehouse

Confectionary giant Wrigley brought one of the most beloved childhood dreams to Dubai’s residents in its new campaign for Extra Bubblemint. The brand erected a dainty, cottage-style treehouse in Deira Creek Park, complete with a slide, video games and a pile of Extra Bubblemint gum. Under the tagline of ‘The Taste of Childhood’, the large-scale […]

Ex-Saatchi & Saatchi ECD Richard Copping joins WPP’s GTB

The former executive creative director of Saatchi & Saatchi Dubai has moved to WPP. Richard Copping has joined Global Team Blue (GTB) as ECD for the Middle East and Africa, where he will be largely overseeing the creative account for Ford. Copping served as ECD at the agency for three years, winning accounts such as Cadillac.. He […]

Doha News blocked in Qatar

Online news site Doha News has been blocked in its home country of Qatar, allegedly because of licensing issues. On 30 November the site reported that it had been blocked by Qatar’s two telecoms providers, but a reason had not been given. It has since come to light, the site reports, that licensing issues could be […]

Arla Foods holds media pitch

Scandinavian dairy cooperative Arla Foods has put its media planning and buying account for the Middle East and North Africa out for pitch. The account is held by PHD, which won it in 2005 and again after a review in 2012. PHD is understood to be competing against Mindshare, UM and Carat for the account. […]