Media

Kenza Restaurant @ Ramada Downtown Hotel Hosts Iftar for Dubai Media

Kenza Restaurant @ Ramada Downtown Hotel Hosts Iftar for Dubai Media

Kenza Restaurant hosts an iftar for the Media Ramada Downtown Hotel’s Kenza Restaurant hosted a special iftar for media professionals in Dubai last night.  The event was attended by media practitioners from some of the leading publications and media houses in Dubai. A host of bloggers and online influencers from […]

 
 

Syfy celebrates regional debut on OSN with VR hybrid series

Syfy celebrates regional debut on OSN with VR hybrid series

Syfy celebrates regional debut only on OSN with unveiling of Virtual Reality hybrid series and new programming line-up The only science fiction-focused TV channel in the region delivers brand new sci-fi content, including genre-defining movies & iconic TV shows, along with new series New series includes: Hunters – From the […]

 
 

Cannes 2016

Cannes 2016

A beautiful casting of notorious directors and glamorous actors With the Cannes 2016 all set to be opened from 11th May to 22nd May, excitement is in the air. The festival will be attended by leading stars and directors from various countries for cinemas dealing with diverse topics. “Among the […]

 
 

The Famous Lies of Media: Presstitutes

The Famous Lies of Media: Presstitutes

‘Presstitutes’ – A word that we would think twice before saying, for the fear of mispronouncing, has comfortably found its way to the social media where even introverts speak their mind out.  Gerald Celente, the American trend forecaster, coined this interesting word “presstitues”. He was referring to the mainstream media […]

 
 

15 Annoying LinkedIn Behaviour That Can Lead to Career Disaster

15 Annoying LinkedIn Behaviour That Can Lead to Career Disaster

Today business is no longer about boring board room meetings or random cold calling. It is all about social selling, relationship building, conversations, and creating a buzz. LinkedIn is a powerful tool to engage in such meaningful conversations with prospects and tap hidden business and career opportunities. While LinkedIn is […]

 
 

The Big Debate – Relevance and Role of Social Media

The Big Debate – Relevance and Role of Social Media

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 and shapes the way we consume news,’ counters Ahmed […]

 
 

Media Fragmentation Presents Opportunity For Marketers

Media Fragmentation Presents Opportunity  For Marketers

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 cold water on the notion that media fragmentation is one […]

 
 

Social Media in the Middle East — ADMS 2014

Social Media in the Middle East — ADMS 2014

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 potential for transformative change. Key Takeaways Content providers now competing […]

 
 

Queen Rania Al Abdullah opens Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2014

Queen Rania Al Abdullah opens Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2014

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 emerging. The digital landscape is evolving. And internet connectivity and mobile […]

 
 

Demand for local content will spur rapid MENA media growth: report

Demand for local content will spur rapid MENA media growth: report

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 to $4.4 billion in 2022″ Untapped demand for local, Arabic […]

 
 

“The Man Who Can” — Akram Miknas

“The Man Who Can” — Akram Miknas

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. The invite-only event was organised by SPI group for the […]

 
 

Oscars 2014: Living it up to the Hype and Hoopla

Oscars 2014: Living it up to the Hype and Hoopla

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 movie, actor, actress and other assorted plaudits are concerned. This year […]

 
 

Pan Arabian Enquirer mocks censorship of films in the Middle East

Pan Arabian Enquirer mocks censorship of films in the Middle East

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 Lars von Trier’s “Nymphomaniac,“ which chronicles the erotic life of the main […]

 
 

2014 Dubai Lynx 7-day brief competition opens

2014 Dubai Lynx 7-day brief competition opens

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 Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Founded in 1950, UNHCR is […]

 
 

France 24 new format: Liberty, Equality, News

France 24 new format: Liberty, Equality, News

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 MCD) reached the symbolic 250 million households connected on five […]

 
 

Smartphone apps: Democratisation of photography?

Smartphone apps: Democratisation of photography?

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 decades, photographers were required to master the complicated mechanics […]

 
 

Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2013 Highlights [Videos]

Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2013 Highlights [Videos]

Key themes of Globalization, Creativity and Disruption dominate Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2013 Sessions 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 and the growth in e-learning The key themes of creativity, […]

 
 

World Wide Web Inventor addresses Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2013

World Wide Web Inventor addresses Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2013

World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee says affordable internet access crucial to the growth of developing nations Affordable internet access is crucial to the growth of developing nations, World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee said in the opening session of the Abu Dhabi Media Summit 2013. He was speaking via […]

 
 

Middle East Digital Ad spend [Infographic]

A woman surfing the Internet in Jordan. Photo - thenextweb.com

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 1 Billion by 2017. Kuwait Financial Centre (Markaz) in their recent […]

 
 

Ooredoo and Disney Sign Wide-Ranging Content Deal

Ooredoo and Disney Sign Wide-Ranging Content Deal

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 TV service will be able to access Disney Movies on […]

 
 

Grayling Announces Sweeping Changes to Firm

Grayling Announces Sweeping Changes to Firm

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 communications services in each of its 53 offices worldwide, it will enhance its […]

 
 

Saudis watch more TV during Ramadan

Saudis watch more TV during Ramadan

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 high definition (HD) 89% of Saudi viewers get “very annoyed” […]

 
 

ArabNet Digital Summit Shows Stunning MENA Growth

ArabNet Digital Summit Shows Stunning MENA Growth

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 North Africa. The largest gathering of digital professionals and […]

 
 

ArabNet Digital Summit 2013 opens with big news

ArabNet Digital Summit 2013 opens with big news

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 professionals and entrepreneurs in the MENA region, on Monday, […]

 
 

Google Street View comes to Burj Khalifa [VIDEO]

Google Street View comes to Burj Khalifa [VIDEO]

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 captured a skyscraper on Street View—making Google Maps even […]

 
 

UAE leads advertising spend in GCC

UAE leads advertising spend in GCC

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 the same period last year. The UAE spend on advertising […]

 
 

MENA Online advertising – 37% growth in 2013

MENA Online advertising – 37% growth in 2013

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 is clear. “We are living in times when the ones who […]

 
 

Dubai’s biggest film, video games, technology, and comic’s convention

Dubai’s biggest film, video games, technology, and comic’s convention

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 characters will meet at the Meydan IMAX, July 5 […]

 
 

Effie MENA Awards – Middle East’s marketing “Oscars”

Effie MENA Awards – Middle East’s marketing “Oscars”

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 calendar, the Effie MENA Awards 2013. As the regional […]

 
 

Qatar interested in Hulu

Qatar interested in Hulu

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 and revenues, and accumulating USD 350 million in debt. Reports […]

 
 

GCC advertising revenues hit $4.8bn

GCC advertising revenues hit $4.8bn

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 and characterizes the challenges of the GCC media industry. With the […]

 
 

Cannes Film Festival: The Competition Begins!

Torrential Rain and Soaked red carpets at Cannes simply added to the romance of the movies.Image Courtesy :www.voices.mydesert.com

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 the Cannes Film Festival. Beautiful, dark & sombre. You get the […]

 
 

Fashion Photography by Rhys Simpson-Hopkins: Hermoine Macura interview

Image Provided :By Photographer Rhys Simpson-Hopkins

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 brands that want to stay true to their cultural […]

 
 

Al-Jazeera moving to iconic NY Times building?

Al-Jazeera moving to iconic NY Times building?

  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 500 million in January, the channel is all set […]

 
 

Of Rubber Ducks and Elephant Legs – All New BlackBerry Z10 Ad

Blackberry 10 smartphones

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 to the North American markets. The out of the box concept […]

 
 

Al Jazeera battles it out in the US

Al Jazeera battles it out in the US

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 plans to replace Current TV in more than 40 million […]

 
 

Interview: Tarak Ben Ammar – Arab Film Producer and Distributor

Interview: Tarak Ben Ammar – Arab Film Producer and Distributor

By Rahma Rachdi Tarak 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 of President Habib Bourguiba – the founder and first president […]

 
 

Interview: Isam Bayazidi – CEO ikoo

Interview: Isam Bayazidi – CEO ikoo

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 more. The ikoo network attracts almost 40 million monthly unique visitors […]

 
 

Why is Kim Kardashian so beloved in the GCC?

Why is Kim Kardashian so beloved in the GCC?

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 Dubai Mall with my husband when I spotted below […]

 
 

Tunisia media authority shuts down citing Islamist interference

Tunisia media authority shuts down citing Islamist interference

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 has terminated its work,” said Kamel Labidi, who heads the […]