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Gulf News Media to cease broadcast operations

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'

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

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

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

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

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 […]

Creative production company Baroque launches film unit

Creative production company Baroque launches film unit

By Eleanor Dickinson Dubai-based independent production house Baroque has acquired an Italian film company as it launches its own in-house film unit. The creative production company has launched Baroque Film after buying Milan-based Dress Code Film as part of the UAE -based firm’s worldwide expansion. Award-winning director and Dress Code Film founder Lorenzo Bassano has been appointed […]

Publicis makes Maggi Oats Soup 'the way it should be'

Publicis makes Maggi Oats Soup ‘the way it should be’

Publicis Middle East’s commercial for Nestlé’s Magggi invites viewers to escape from everyday reality and themselves into a world of culinary bliss. The video explores the preparation of fresh, natural ingredients inside the kitchen of two homemakers, who show how the the recipe for oat soup has been passed down through generations, inspiring the creation […]

'As a creative in a media company I felt like an alien'

‘As a creative in a media company I felt like an alien’

By Rodrigo Mavu, regional creative director at UM MENA There I was, seated in front of my work colleagues as we planned a big new campaign for one of our main clients. Everyone was quite hungry for insights from me, the new creative director who had just joined the company to introduce fresh ideas and new […]

Ziad Skaff: 'Data is about more than just the number of clicks'

Ziad Skaff: ‘Data is about more than just the number of clicks’

In the 14 months since Omnicom decided to launch its research arm Hall & Partners in the Middle East, the demand for effectiveness and return on investment (ROI) has hit agencies twofold. During nearly two years of cheap oil, earth-scorching budget cuts have left regional agencies desperately trying to prove their value to increasingly cynical […]