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Yousef Tuqan Tuqan leaves Careem for Jumeirah

Yousef Tuqan Tuqan leaves Careem for Jumeirah

Jumeirah Group has appointed Yousef Tuqan Tuqan as group vice president of brand marketing and loyalty. He will report to Alison Broadhead, Jumeirah’s chief commercial officer. Tuqan has more than 20 years’ experience in the region gained working for a number of major regional and international brands, including leading the Jumeirah digital account team 15 […]

Kevin Roberts resigns from Saatchi & Saatchi after gender diversity controversy

Kevin Roberts resigns from Saatchi & Saatchi after gender diversity controversy

A statement from Publicis Groupe, which owns the agency, said that Roberts will step down on 1 September, “prior to his retirement date due in May 2017”. Roberts hit headlines over the weekend after he said “the fucking debate is over” in an interview with Business Insider when talking about women in leadership positions. It […]

Ad-tech company InSkin Media launches in Dubai

Ad-tech company InSkin Media launches in Dubai

London-based InSkin Media has announced plans to sets up an agency in Dubai as part of its first foray into the Middle East market. The British company, which specialises in consumer-friendly rich media ad formats, will officially launch the office in Dubai Media City in October, and will be led by Toby Daniell, head of […]

OMD wins flydubai media brief

OMD wins flydubai media brief

flydubai has appointed OMD UAE to handle its media communications account across its network following a pitch. The low-cost airline, which has flights to 44 countries, will work with the agency on media planning and buying and on data and analytics. The account was previously held by MediaVest.  Amsterdam-based boutique agency Nomads handles flydubai’s  brand strategy, […]

Katch appointed to handle GAMES Middle East PR brief

Katch appointed to handle GAMES Middle East PR brief

Boutique agency Katch International has been re-appointed to handle public relations for the UAE’s biggest gaming expo GAMES Middle East. Katch will cover media relations ahead of and throughout the two-day games and popular culture festival taking place at Dubai World Trade Centre from September 22nd. The event will be a celebration of the gaming […]

Grayling moves into Iran with PGt partnership

Grayling moves into Iran with PGt partnership

International communications network Grayling has become the latest global group to enter the Iranian market through a deal with a local agency. The London-headquartered company has signed an agreement with PGt Advertising to work together on integrated communications, public affairs, design, and market development services in Iran. Both companies have strong portfolios working in industries such as public […]

Saatchi chairman Kevin Roberts placed on Leave after gender diversity comments

Saatchi chairman Kevin Roberts placed on Leave after gender diversity comments

Publicis Groupe has placed Saatchi & Saatchi chairman Kevin Roberts on a ‘leave of absence’ after he told a publication that the gender diversity debate is over. Roberts said many women are content never to reach leadership roles because they lack the “vertical ambition” of men in an interview Business Insider. The comments were made after […]

UAE to finally get data-driven 'people meters'

UAE to finally get data-driven ‘people meters’

A long-awaited TV audience-measurement system is to be implemented in the United Arab Emirates to replace the “antiquated” system of calling viewers following a night’s showing. WPP-owned media research company Kantar is to unveil its own data-driven system from November after it was approved by international auditor (CESP). Funded by the National Media Council, the UAE Telecoms […]

UAE's Radio 1 and 2 to relaunch in September

UAE’s Radio 1 and 2 to relaunch in September

Radio 1 and Radio 2 are to return to the airwaves in September three months after Gulf News Broadcasting was forced to close the stations down when it lost the frequency licenses. The United Arab Emirates stations will be relaunched by the licence holders Abu Dhabi Media Company with the same formats, but “with a new look and feel”. Up […]

Etisalat urges people to 'drive with a smile' with Caviar Creative

Etisalat urges people to ‘drive with a smile’ with Caviar Creative

United Arab Emirates telco Etisalat is urging people to drive with a smile, not with their mobiles. The commercial by Caviar Creative and production house Joy Films shows various drivers ending up in embarrassing of dangerous situations due to their lack of concentration on the road. Set to the song Can’t smile without you by […]