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FP7 bags creative brief  for Atlantis The Palm Dubai

FP7 bags creative brief for Atlantis The Palm Dubai

FP7/DXB has won the advertising brief for Atlantis The Palm Dubai. The hotel launched a full-scale creative communications pitch towards the end of 2016, looking for an agency that could “execute its multifaceted communication needs and furthermore create a long-term brand platform campaign for the way forward,” said FP7 in a statement. Campaign understands the […]

Ramsey Naja: Dear Data, we need to rethink how we can work together

Ramsey Naja: Dear Data, we need to rethink how we can work together

Dear Data, I hope this finds you well. Mind you, I doubt that the word “hope” ranks high in your vocabulary, being all unpredictable and pretty damn unmeasurable as a result. In fact, I am sure you have already worked out your level of well-being for the next year and you hardly need my good […]

Top 10 Movers and Shakers 2016

Top 10 Movers and Shakers 2016

1 January kicked off with a bang when Samir Ayoub suddenly resigned as CEO of Mindshare MENA after 17 years in the role. No explanation by him or the agency was given into his departure, but the agency had hit turbulence in 2015 with the arrival of Filip Jabbour as the first CEO of GroupM MENA […]

STC unveils a fresh side to Saudi Arabia’s image

STC unveils a fresh side to Saudi Arabia’s image

Saudi Telecom Company has unveiled a major new campaign aimed at dispelling the stereotypical ideas around Saudi Arabia to both the world and to Saudis themselves. J. Walter Thompson created ‘Unveil Saudi’, a project that invited local bloggers, social media influencers and photographers to journey with STC through the Kingdom’s lesser-known villages, towns and small […]

JWT, Starcom and FP7 win big at Effie awards

JWT, Starcom and FP7 win big at Effie awards

The Good Note, a campaign by J. Walter Thompson Beirut for Bou Khalil Supermarket, has taken the Grand Prix at the MENA  Effie Awards. The campaign involved selling ‘Good Notes’ to members of the public, which could then be given to children begging on the streets of Beirut. Each note costs 1,000 Lebanese pounds ($0.66) […]

Ramsey Naja: The fast and the furious

Ramsey Naja: The fast and the furious

Ramsey Naja is CCO at JWT MENA Formula 1 aficionados love to compare drivers and their styles, and never was the difference more pronounced than in the case of two Ferrari drivers, Michael Schumacher and his successor, Kimi Raikonnen. Schumacher was the perfect team man: he would speak on behalf of the team, hardly ever […]

Ramsey Naja: Back to school. Again

Ramsey Naja: Back to school. Again

Ramsey Naja is CCO at JWT MENA Now that the back-to-school campaigns are done, dusted, and consigned to that folder labelled “recycle for next year”, I hope that everyone responsible for those cruel abominations will reflect on the damage they have done and repent in the most meaningful way their faith provides. For an industry that […]

Ramsey Naja: Any spare change? It’s time  to rethink our modus operandi

Ramsey Naja: Any spare change? It’s time to rethink our modus operandi

Ramsey Naja is CCO at JWT MENA It is odd  to find, that, in these rapidly changing times, the way the majority of agencies operate has actually changed very little. Yes, I know, I know, digital has changed this, that and the other but, intrinsically, the actual modus operandi remains as stubbornly stuck in its ways […]

Ramsey Naja: Sometimes inspiration strikes. Today it’s gone on strike

Ramsey Naja: Sometimes inspiration strikes. Today it’s gone on strike

Ramsey Naja is CCO at JWT MEA I am feeling uninspired today, which is not the state you want to be in when the deadline for your column is looming and your editor is developing a fascinating skin condition commonly associated with anxiety. But hey, in the creative sphere, the lack of inspiration is a […]

Campaign graduates 2016: Dana El Hassan

Campaign graduates 2016: Dana El Hassan

Age: 22 Degree: Bachelor of business administration, American University of Beirut, 2014 Position: Senior executive, The Innovation Group MENA, J. Walter Thompson While data mining was once done manually, the ‘algorithmic wizardry of AI’ is ushering in a more efficient, seamless and far more intuitive way of doing things. Robot-assisted systems will drive us to […]