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Grand National

In Advertising, Communicate, Journalism, Opinion, Published journalism on November 23, 2010 at 6:24 pm

As the paper celebrates its first birthday, Communicate finds the title still has a long way to go

Originally published in Communicate, May 2009

At a round table in Abu Dhabi last month, Gavin Dickinson, the executive director of publishing at The National, spoke with journalists about the newspaper’s business model. Like everyone else, it seems the daily has been hit by the credit crunch. But being young, bold, and blessed with very rich parents, it doesn’t really care. Read the rest of this entry »

Rumor at the top

In Advertising, Communicate, Dubai, Opinion, Published journalism on November 23, 2010 at 6:00 pm

As Lynx allegations fly, Communicate finds all’s fair in love and awards

Originally published in Communicate, April 2009

This year’s Lynx Awards and Dubai International Advertising Festival served up the sort of scandal, drama and intrigue that the industry – and Communicate – thrives on. Read the rest of this entry »

Tickets to the gun show

In Communicate, Marketing, Opinion, Published journalism on November 23, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Communicate takes cover as the public lays siege to the Idex defense exhibition

Originally published in Communicate, April 2009

People like guns apparently. And bullets. And armor to protect them from guns and bullets.  And Tasers for when their guns run out of bullets. The scary part of Abu Dhabi’s Idex defense exhibition was ultimately not the hardware on display, but the sheer appetite of visitors for all things deadly or free. Read the rest of this entry »

Dinner and a movie?

In Communicate, Marketing, Opinion, Published journalism on November 22, 2010 at 11:22 pm

The UAE’s latest film fest needs to fit in with other regional events, not ignore them

Originally published in Communicate, November 2007

If the Oscars is a fine five-course meal cooked with the best ingredients from around the world in a professional kitchen by accomplished master chefs, the awards ceremony for the inaugural Middle East International Film Festival was an attempt to create the same effect with supermarket own-brand tins, a two-burner hob and a stained Jamie Oliver book. It was an admirable try, and thoroughly enjoyable, but a little singed around the edges. Read the rest of this entry »