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Ink to publish Qatar Airways' Oryx

Ink to publish Qatar Airways’ Oryx

London-based travel media company Ink is to take over production of Qatar Airways’ in-flight magazine Oryx, with its first issue appearing on January 1. In an interview with Arab News, Ink’s joint CEO Michael Keating said: “What we’re doing is massively upgrading the magazine; it’s going to be much more premium in feel.” Regionally, Ink has […]

Komal Bedi Sohal returns to replace Copping at Saatchi & Saatchi

Komal Bedi Sohal returns to replace Copping at Saatchi & Saatchi

Komal Bedi Sohal, Y&R Singapore’s chief creative officer, is to return to the UAE to replace Richard Copping as CCO of Saatchi & Saatchi Dubai. Bedi Sohal has been at Y&R Singapore since June 2015, having moved there from India where she spent two years with Rediffusion Y&R. She previously spent 10 years in Dubai: eight […]

Al Munayes Tea puts forward 'candidate' for Kuwait elections

Al Munayes Tea puts forward ‘candidate’ for Kuwait elections

Kuwaiti loose-leaf tea company Al Munayes blended political intrigue surrounding the country’s parliamentary elections and the power of social media to launch its new bag range. Local agency Beattie + Dane decided to front their own ‘candidate’, named Bu Salem, and created a humorous campaign showcasing his various credentials. The character was inspired by the […]

HelloArabia and HelloIndo Arabia axed by APP

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

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

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

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

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

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. […]

Dubai glossy magazine Viva closes down

Dubai glossy magazine Viva closes down

  Middle Eastern women’s luxury magazine Viva has closed down. The lifestyle magazine, described as being the GCC region’s  “only handbag sized magazine targeting working women aged 25 years”, will cease publishing after its December issue. The glossy has been managed by ITP Consumer since 2004, though was re-launched by the publishing house in 2014, and is edited […]