Opposing views on relevance and role of of social media enliven debate at Arab Social Media Influencers summit “Social media is not ‘real’ media, it feeds off traditional media,’ says Ali Jaber“Social media is at the vanguard of news content...
The ever-increasing number of media channels presents an opportunity for marketers to differentiate how they mix and play the media, according to a recent study from Connected Life by TNS, the world’s largest custom market research organisation.This observation throws...
Role of social media in Arab Spring and the ISIS conflict A panel of leading media experts discussed Tuesday at this year’s Abu Dhabi Media Summit the role social media is playing in the 21st century Middle East and its...
Acknowledging the challenge of  job creation, Queen Rania Al Abdullah was nonetheless optimistic about emerging opportunities in the region. Speaking at the inauguration of the Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2014, she said, "The good news is that new industries are...
Demand for local content will spur rapid MENA media growth, says new Abu Dhabi Media Summit study Gaming set to grow exponentially in the region, expected to nearly triple in size in the coming years -- from $1.6 billion in 2014...
An Interactive session with Akram Miknas, Chairman, MCN Group.Recently I had the chance to attend a talk by Akram Miknas, Chairman of MCN Group. The founder of Promoseven Holdings Group runs some of the world’s most sought-after media brands....
There’s sense of heightened anticipation that surrounds every movie buff and enthusiast, come the months of February and March. Each year, without fail, the Oscars bring in the feeling of ‘everything-is going-to-fall-into-place’ as far as adjudication of the best...
The Pan Arabian Enquirer, our favourite ever-facetious Middle Eastern satire site, has been poking fun at censorship in the Middle East. Inspired by extensive censorship of the film Wolf of Wall Street, they mocked the release of risqué director...
The Dubai Lynx 7-Day Brief, powered by YouTube, has released the 2014 brief and is now accepting entries into the film competition which puts the region’s creative powers to the test.The brief has been set by UNHCR, the United...
France 24, the French international TV channel, has a new signature, "Liberty, Equality, News" recalling the official motto of France, which is; "Liberty, Equality, Fraternity"The French international news channel France Global Media Group (which also includes radio RFI and...
The sheer number of photographs that are taken today are at an all-time high. The question is, can today's photographs be considered art, or simply millions of 'captures' of the mundane? Will billions of new photographers achieve artistic greatness?In previous...
Key themes of Globalization, Creativity and Disruption dominate Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2013Sessions focus on opportunities for investment, entrepreneurship, social gaming, new media, new technologies, the rise of multiscreens, impact of social media, generational divide in a digital world...
World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee says affordable internet access crucial to the growth of developing nationsAffordable internet access is crucial to the growth of developing nations, World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee said in the opening session of...
Digital advertising spending the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is growing at a staggering rate of 37% each year. Currently, estimated at 10 percent of the total global Ad spend, the Middle East's spend is expected to reach USD...
Ooredoo has signed a multi-territory, multi-year deal with The Walt Disney Company Middle East and North Africa to bring some of the world’s best-loved entertainment direct to Ooredoo customers for the first time.Customers of Ooredoo’s award-winning Next Generation Mozaic...
Grayling, a leading global communications firm, today revealed ambitious changes to the company’s brand, core offering and growth strategy, punctuated by bold new livery and a new website.  While the firm will continue to offer a full range of...
More than 30% of people in Saudi Arabia watch 3 to 5 hours of TV every day during Ramadan compared to an average of 2.7 hours throughout the rest of the year 85% prefer to watch their favourite programmes in...
Cash on Delivery increases by 75% in one year, surpassing all expectations. MENA region e-commerce grows by a staggering 190%.ArabNet Digital Summit 2013 continues to expose the hottest trends and eye-popping insights into digital business in the Middle East and...
ArabNet Digital Summit 2013 opens with big news, surprising views. Counter-intuitive and challenging views from panelists, kick off the biggest and best digital conference in MENA history.ArabNet kicked off its fourth annual Digital Summit, the most prestigious gathering of digital...
Experience Google Street View and go on a virtual tour to the top of the World. Now you can take a virtual tour of the world's tallest building, Dubai's Burj Khalifa, without visiting Dubai!For the first time ever, Google has...
A new report ranks UAE as the biggest spender on advertising in the Arab world.Figures from the Pan Arab Research Centre (PARC) show that the UAE spent about 6 percent more on advertising during Q1 of 2013, compared to...
MENA online advertising is growing at an unprecedented rate of 37 percent and is expected to hit USD 2.8 billion in 2016. As the region plays 'catch-up' with other world markets, the potential for meteoric growth in the sector...
IGN Convention heats up in July. Stars and geeks collide at Dubai’s most awesome video games, movies and comics festival.Master Chief, Wolverine, Lara Croft, Batman, Darth Vader, Dr Who and a whole host of popular video game, movie, and comics...
Record entries testify to increasing confidence among brand owners. Effie MENA Awards launches Most Effective Agency of the Year.Brand owners across Middle East are flexing their marketing muscle in preparation for the most fiercely contested awards on the region’s business...
Qatar will be bidding alongside other top media firms to purchase the struggling U.S.-based online video streaming service Hulu. Hulu, owned by News Corp (Rupert Murdoch), Comcast and Walt Disney, will come under the hammer after failing to improve profitability...
Kuwait Financial Centre (Markaz) recently published the executive summary of their GCC Media report providing insights into the GCC media industry dynamics, identifies its revenue components and ad-spending trends. The report also discusses the key drivers of demand, identifies emerging trends...
The rains are relentless at Cannes as the red carpets get soaked, and celebrities sashay around underneath their umbrellas. Sometimes one gets the feeling that the Rain Gods are creating a setting akin to the movies being screened at...
Arabian Gazette Exclusive: Well-known celebrity Hermoine Macura interviews fashion photographer Rhys Simpson-Hopkins. Fashion photography in the Arab world is an art that few photographers master. Hermione Macura heads behind the scenes to meet a UAE-based photographer who offers a fresh perspective for local...
 The Qatar-based broadcaster Al Jazeera is on the lookout for a new office in New York and may consider moving into the former headquarters of the New York Times newspaper.After the acquisition of Al Gore’s Current TV for USD...
As a part of an unconventional marketing gimmick, the makers of BlackBerry Z10 aired an unusual 30 second ad on America's most watched Super Bowl broadcast. This was aired as a curtain raiser to the launch of BlackBerry Z10...
After announcing its intention to acquire Current TV, Al Jazeera is struggling to retain distribution rights in the US. The deal is worth USD 500 million and key to Al Jazeera’s growth in the US cable market.The Qatar-sponsored network...
By Rahma RachdiTarak Ben Ammar was born on 12 June, 1949 in Tunis to a French mother of Corsican origin and Tunisian father. His father was a lawyer who was later appointed as a diplomat. Tarak is the nephew of Wassila Bourguiba, wife...
Isam Bayazidi is the CEO of ikoo, an integrated digital marketing solution provider with the largest reach in the Middle East and North Africa, combining more than 120 websites of leading publishers in the fields of sports, women, news, business, automotive, and...
Let me tell you a story. It is a story of why the UAE and the wider Gulf region is such a confusing place for a relative newcomer.In October 2011, I was walking along on an upper floor of...
The independent Tunisian media authority on Wednesday announced it is shutting down citing its failure to achieve objectives due to interference by the Islamist-dominated government."The body does not see the point in continuing its work and announces that it...
An outcry by press freedom campaigners has forced the Iraqi government to review its plans to suspend licences of 44 media operations in the country. Ali Nasir, deputy director of Communications and Media Commission, said the news media watchdog will give the targeted...
Zawya, one of Middle East's leading news and information service provider, has been bought out by Thomson Reuters Corporation, a global news wire service and information provider.Zawya was privately held by the Dubai-based investment group Saffar holdings.Financial terms of...
Iraq's media regulatory body has ordered the closure of 44 media outlets in the country, including the BBC and Voice of America. Sources with knowledge of the order said on Sunday the dispute escalated over broadcast licences.US-funded Radio Sawa and privately-owned...
Press ReleaseGetty Images, one of the world's leading creators and distributors of visual content and other digital media, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Master Delegate, Gallo Images Middle East. Alongside Photolibrary, acquired...
The cool Mediterreanean breeze caressing the Promenade de la Croisette, also carries excitement in the air. The glamorous seaside town, the abode of the rich and famous along the French Riviera, had the spotlight on itself once more, as it...