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Interview with Banali Malhotra, RAKBANK's Marketing Director.

Interview with Banali Malhotra, RAKBANK’s Marketing Director.

Banking is boring,” says Banali Malhotra, director of marketing at the UAE’s Rakbank. “Everyone is talking about the same product: rate, fixed-rate, interest rate. Everything is the same and everyone has the same suite of products to offer, so how do you differentiate yourself?” The answer, she says, is to make advertising more fun and interesting. Over […]

MEDIA FACES TO WATCH 2018

MEDIA FACES TO WATCH 2018

AHMAD DARRAJ 30 Senior Branded Content Specialist, OMD Dubai CAREEER PATH: Ahmad started his career at an advertising agency before moving to the group in Jan 2015. Won the advancing content & experiences award in 2017. NOMINATION: Ahmad is constantly pushing the boundaries & utilizing the full scope of C&E. Ahmad has recommended and executed […]

UM wins STC media account

UM wins STC media account

Media agency UM Mena has won media duties for Saudi Telecom Company, the region’s biggest advertiser. It took the account from Publicis Media’s Starcom, which had held it since 2002. From January to November last year, STC’s recorded spend was $208m on pan-Arab channels and $42m in Saudi Arabia, according to Ipsos figures published in the […]

MCN promotes Joe Nicolas to  regional managing director of UM

MCN promotes Joe Nicolas to regional managing director of UM

MCN has announced the appointment of Joe Nicolas as regional managing director of media agency UM MENA. Nicolas has been with UM for more than eight years, and the agency says he has been an integral part of “leading UM towards becoming the largest and the number one media agency in the region – developing […]

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. […]

Campaign graduates 2016: Omar Takkouch

Campaign graduates 2016: Omar Takkouch

Campaign asked interns and recent graduates about how they see their role in the industry changing in the next five years. Position: Media Executive, UM MENA As a new-joiner within the media industry, telling people what I do at first seemed difficult. My job description to friends and family varied from “advertising for brands” to “media […]

Whatever next?

Whatever next?

Campaign asked interns and recent graduates about how they see their role in the industry changing in the next five years. (An abridged version of this article appeared in the August 28, 2016 Graduate Issue of Campaign. Read our respondents’ full responses here.) Name: Yasmine Hamadallah Age: 18 Degree: Economics, politics and international studies, University of […]

UM MENA appoints Rasha Rteil as head of innovation

UM MENA appoints Rasha Rteil as head of innovation

She was with Mindshare MENA in her last assignment.

'You have to create engaging content everyday’: Chris Skinner, UM MENA

‘You have to create engaging content everyday’: Chris Skinner, UM MENA

The agency claims growth of 19 per cent in 2014, with social and content being the fastest growing. ‘Non-media’ revenue is expected to touch 8 to 9 pc of the total in 2015, up from 5 pc last year.

Gunn Report for Media 2014: UAE ranks 7th

Gunn Report for Media 2014: UAE ranks 7th

OMD is top media network, driven by MENA, Singapore, Colombia and UK; Starcom comes second, powered by USA, supported by UAE, Egypt, Poland and Netherlands. UAE has been ranked seventh globally among most awarded agencies for media in 2014, according to the Gunn Report for Media. Entries from the country accounted for 167 points, behind […]