According to a new study (conducted by a web portal), Egypt?s pop singer Amr Diab is the richest Arab pop star in the Arab world. The 49 year old singer and composer is also the best selling Arab artist...
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...

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...
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....
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...
'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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Bahraini government has signed agreements with Saudi tycoon Prince Alwaleed bin Talal paving the way to move his Rotana news and entertainment company from Cairo to the Gulf island state, the official Bahrain News Agency reported on Wednesday. The move...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 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...
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...