WARC announces MENA Strategy Award winners

WARC Prize for MENA Strategy 2022 has announced its winners. Havas Middle East, VMLY&R Dubai, TBWA\RAAD, Wunderman Thompson Riyadh, FP7 McCann Cairo are agencies behind the eight winning campaigns of this year’s WARC Prize for MENA Strategy, a search for the smartest marketing thinking that have driven results in the Middle East and North Africa.

The jury panel of ten client- and agency-side industry experts chaired by Lianne Braganza, chief marketing officer, Middle East and Africa of Cigna, have awarded one Grand Prix, one Gold, three Silver and three Bronze awards.

The UAE leads with four awards, followed by Saudi Arabia with three and Egypt with one.

To drive mass awareness of the importance of reading and understanding the labels of products to combat unhealthy lifestyles and poor eating habits, Barakat redesigned its bottles, invited shoppers to #ReadTheLabel, created digital banners for e-commerce and a brand film, which aired in cinemas, leveraged influencers, and hosted a live session on Instagram with a certified nutritionist.

The campaign generated a 4m reach, 105 per cent increase in social interactions, 14 per cent sales increase and 80 per cent of people exposed to the campaign plan to read labels in the future.

Commenting on their Grand Prix win, Fabio Silveira, general manager, Havas Middle East, said: “Creating meaningful campaigns based on effective strategies is what we thrive on. I am proud of our team for this big win and for adding yet another Grand Prix to our 2022 winning streak, and I am grateful to our clients for their trust in our creative vision and our work.”

The WARC Prize for MENA Strategy 2022 winners are:

Grand Prix

  • Read the Label · Barakat · Havas Middle East, Dubai


  • Castrol’s Portraits of Glory · Castrol · VMLY&R, Dubai


  • Ending Virginity Tests · M.A.L.I. · TBWA\RAAD, Dubai
  • Meet Sarha · STC · Wunderman Thompson, Riyadh
  • Every Story Has a Beginning · Palm Hills Developments · FP7 McCann, Cairo


  • The Unexpected Re-Route · STC · Wunderman Thompson, Riyadh
  • Blast to the Past · HungerStation · Wunderman Thompson, Riyadh
  • The Original Taste · Jibnet Abu Al Walad · Havas Middle East, Dubai

WARC will be publishing an insights report deep-diving into the themes and lessons of the winning work at the end of February.

Read more about winners and the WARC Prize for MENA Strategy 2022 here.

The WARC Awards for MENA Strategy are part of a suite of WARC Awards, which also include the global WARC Awards for Effectiveness, the WARC Awards for Effectiveness North America and the WARC Awards for Asian Strategy.