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The Year Ahead 2017: Digital agencies

The Year Ahead 2017: Digital agencies

Karim Khalifa outlines his seven hopes and predictions for the year ahead If I were to ask you to pick a number, there’s a good chance that you would pick seven. Whatever your culture or roots, the number seven is special. Many civilizations, over thousands of years, have perceived it to have a magic of […]

Flip becomes SapientRazorfish as Publicis Sapient launches in region

Flip becomes SapientRazorfish as Publicis Sapient launches in region

Publicis Groupe has announced the launch of its Publicis Sapient operating unit in the MENA region. Digital agency Flip, which under Publicis Communications, has rebranded as SapientRazorfish. It has already won a contract with property developer Emaar. SapientRazorfish will be led by Kareem Monem (pictured), previously managing director of Flip. Flip has been part of Publicis Sapient since […]

The Year Ahead 2017: Digital

The Year Ahead 2017: Digital

We’ve heard much digital talk in the past, but 2017 will be when it truly starts to happen, says Ema Linaker I’ve been focused on the power of digital media for more than 12 years, and its promise is clearly continuing to grow. Here in the Middle East, we’re now seeing digital transformation really evolve […]

Centrepoint 'Lies' by Impact BBDO

Centrepoint ‘Lies’ by Impact BBDO

Impact BBDO has returned to the film noir genre with ‘Lies’, the second in an atmospheric two-part series for the fashion brand   Centrepoint. Hinged on the same existentialism as the preceding film ‘Sabotage’, the one-minute video follows a suitably well-dressed woman as she walks down an East Berlin-style street as a burning piano falls […]

The Year Ahead 2017: Creativity

The Year Ahead 2017: Creativity

Fouad Abdel Malak reimagines the 1967 Sidney Poitier classic Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner Plot Summary An art director and copywriter (who have won awards for unforgettable performances in years past) are now playing perplexed ‘parents’ in this landmark 2017 production about a troubled union of sorts. Joining our main cast at the creative table […]

IMG Worlds of Adventure: Magic ticket

IMG Worlds of Adventure: Magic ticket

Zombies, dinosaur chases, flights through Dubai with Marvel’s Iron Man, audiences with the Hulk, adventures with the Powerpuff Girls and other Cartoon Network favourites, are all part of a day out at IMG Worlds of Adventure. It’s little surprise that the world’s largest indoor theme park brings these adventures to life in this VFX- and […]

PHD holds onto Arla Foods

PHD holds onto Arla Foods

PHD UAE has retained the media planning and buying account for Scandinavian dairy giant Arla Foods following a pitch last month. The Omnicom Media Group agency competed against Mindshare, UM and Carat to retain the regional account, which includes the brands Three Cows, Lurpak and the cream and cheese brand Puck. Arla Foods’ regional marketing director […]

The Year Ahead 2017: Media agencies

The Year Ahead 2017: Media agencies

2017 will be the year of performance and accountability, say Dentsu Aegis Network’s Ramzi Haddad and Anouk Bondroit The advertising and media industry has seen a tumultuous 2016 that ended up being a worst-case scenario for many agency clients. They succumbed to the ‘negative’ sentiment that’s been blowing like mini tornados across different geographies in […]

Google names new MD for the Middle East

Google names new MD for the Middle East

Google has announced that Lino Cattaruzzi has been appointed as managing director for the Middle East and North Africa. He has more than 20 years of experience in the technology industry, including eight at Google. He joins from Mexico, where he was country director.  He led the global strategy team for online media solutions at […]

Grey Beirut wins global account with Nakhla Tobacco

Grey Beirut wins global account with Nakhla Tobacco

Grey Beirut has won the global advertising account for water pipe tobacco firm Nakhla Tobacco Company. Part of Grey Group MENA, Grey Beirut will orchestrate Nakhla’s brand, trade and consumer marketing initiatives globally. The new account follows a number of other wins for Grey, including Duracell, Daher International Food Company (Difco), the Lebanese cereal manufacturer behind the […]