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ARN launches two digital-only Arabic stations

ARN launches two digital-only Arabic stations

Dubai-based Arabian Radio Network has launched two new digital-only radio stations. Al Khaleejiya Classic will play tracks from GCC musicians of the 1980s and 1990s. And Al Arabiya Cassette will also have nostalgic Arabic programming, broadcasting Arabic hits from the 1960s to the 1990s. The two new stations are brand extensions of existing ARN properties Al […]

Cicero & Bernay signs alliance with Kuwait's Local Flavour

Cicero & Bernay signs alliance with Kuwait’s Local Flavour

Dubai-based PR agency Cicero & Bernay has announced an affiliation with Kuwait City’s Local Flavour, a PR and marketing company originally established in 2012. C&B chief operating officer Ahmad Itani said: “Our complimentary insights will enrich already effective communication delivery across both of our markets and to the wider region.” Managing partner of Local Flavour […]

Loeries announces call for entries

Loeries announces call for entries

The Loeries Africa Middle East has opened for entries. This year the awards, which will be presented in Durban, South Africa, in August, expect to attract more than 3,000 entries. Organisers have also added three new categories. Design for Digital will sit within the communication design category. Data-Driven Campaigns will focus on “the creative use […]

B2B creative and technology shop Omobono launches in Dubai

B2B creative and technology shop Omobono launches in Dubai

UK-based creative and technology agency Omobono has opened an office in Dubai. Last year, the Cambridge-headquartered company was named business-to-business (B2B) Marketing Agency of the Year at the Drum Awards, and received a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. It has already worked with regional clients including Dubai Multi Commodities Centre and Saudi Arabia’s Sadara Chemical Company. […]

Using geolocation to enhance mobile marketing

Using geolocation to enhance mobile marketing

Geolocation can help us target consumers based on where they go physically, combined with where they go online, says Puja Pannum What’s the best way for a brand to get to know its customers? Facebook profiles may reveal a thing or two. Knowing their age, gender and profession will also help. But in order to […]

Why Zee Entertainment is launching its Big FM radio station in the UAE

Why Zee Entertainment is launching its Big FM radio station in the UAE

Zee Entertainment CEO Mukund Cairae tells Austyn Allison about the network’s foray into radio in the UAE. On 30 January, if your radio was tuned to 106.2 in the UAE you would have been among the first to hear Big FM. Until 15 December it was home to another Hindi-language station, Hum, but since then […]

To marry or live together?

To marry or live together?

Active’s Louay al-Samarrai explains why his agency has finally decided to settle down with a permanent partner With the advent of social and digital media and data-driven everything, it’s become even more trendy for independent agencies to not only evolve their service offerings to survive and compete, but to also remain open to the advances […]

Al Arab News Channel officially closes

Al Arab News Channel officially closes

Al Arab News Channel will not re-launch. Employees at the troubled station, owned by Saudi billionaire businessman Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal, have received a mail from the executive director of human resources and admin affairs informing them that “the time has now come for a final decision to be made regarding the future of […]

How to win awards

How to win awards

Entering great work is a given when trying to win a Lynx, a Lion or any other award in adland, but how do you give your campaign the best chance at reaching the top? Austyn Allison investigates If you have not yet entered the Dubai Lynx, read this now. The final, extended deadline for entries […]

Mike Shackle leaves Grey as Ali Shabaz becomes new CCO

Mike Shackle leaves Grey as Ali Shabaz becomes new CCO

  Grey Group has announced Ali Shabaz, chief creative officer for Southeast Asia, will be joining as chief creative officer for Grey Middle East. He will be based in Dubai and will report to Nirvik Singh, chairman and CEO, Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa, said Grey in a statement. He will be replacing Mike Shackle, […]