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Flak to the future

In Dubai on December 23, 2010 at 8:55 pm

If you spend enough time with chihuahuas in Dubai Airport’s check-in area, you can find out what mercenaries leave behind

Tomorrow I fly (I hope – this is Plan B after my BA flights both from Dubai to Heathrow and from Heathrow to Edinburgh were cancelled because of snow. Emirates to Glasgow, my Christmas is in your hands. Plan C involves a sled and some reindeer). I fly at dawn, and since it’s Christmas Eve, I don’t doubt it will be busy at the airport. And the flight could be delayed. But this time I’ll be spending my time at the airport on the checked-in side of the baggage handlers. Last week I waited in the check-in area for about four hours. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Media and Marketing Show jumps shark

In Advertising, Dubai, Journalism, Marketing, Media, Photography on December 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm

With a display of books by the founder of Scientology, and a cowboy on his way to the tallest building in the world, the 2010 Media and Marketing Show has moved away from its roots.

Last week saw the Media and Marketing Show in Dubai. It was heralded, as usual, by press releases claiming record-breaking numbers of exhibitors, which stand up to very little scrutiny when compared to last year’s figures, and those of the year before. Read the rest of this entry »

Super TED

In Dubai, Marketing, Opinion, Published journalism on November 24, 2010 at 3:47 pm

TEDx Dubai’s mixed bag of speakers might have spouted the odd cliché, but they knew how to hold an audience

Originally published in Communicate, November 2009

Last month saw the first TEDx Dubai, a regional spin off of the globally renowned ideas conference, in which key speakers and big thinkers can share ideas across a limitless range of topics with each other – and a local audience. Read the rest of this entry »

The need for speed

In Communicate, Dubai, Opinion, Published journalism on November 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Is two minutes enough time to forge a creative collaboration? The organizers of Match networking night think it is

Originally published in Communicate, September 2009

A bell chimes. Members of the crowd shuffle round like players in a game of musical chairs, and collectively take their seats. Everyone is now sitting opposite someone they’ve never met before. They lean forward and begin to sell themselves to their new acquaintances. Fast.

Speed is of the essence at Match, a creative networking night hosted by Shelter, a “community workspace” in Dubai. Arts organization Thinking Cloud and events-company 9714 were also behind the night. According to organizer Sonia Brewin, the inspiration for the idea was speed dating. Read the rest of this entry »

Public revelations

In Advertising, Communicate, Dubai, Published journalism, Q&A on November 23, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Saatchi’s outspoken CEO Kevin Roberts tells Communicate that the time for analysis is over. Advertising is going to get ugly

Originally published in Communicate, June 2009

Saatchi & Saatchi global CEO Kevin Roberts was back in town recently to check up on the new regional management at the agency. A year after he created controversy across the Middle East by calling the region’s creative output “awful,” and the quality of work “crap,” Roberts’ agency is hoping to reinvent itself with a restructure. Read the rest of this entry »

First Draft

In Advertising, Communicate, Dubai, Published journalism, Q&A on November 23, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Draftfcb’s chairman says it’s time for the agencies of the world to unite. They have nothing to lose but their silos

Originally published in Communicate, May 2009

Howard Draft, CEO of Draftfcb, was recently in Dubai to visit Horizon Draftfcb, his agency’s partner in the Middle East. Draftfcb is the product of a 2006 merger between below-the-line agency Draft, and Foote, Cone & Belding, the world’s third oldest advertising agency. Heritage doesn’t mean stagnation, though, says Draft. The agency bills itself as the world’s only global, integrated agency. The CEO tells Communicate what that means, and why other agencies will soon be following suit. Read the rest of this entry »

Ladies’ night

In Advertising, Communicate, Dubai, Opinion, Published journalism on November 23, 2010 at 6:30 pm

No toil or trouble at Adwomen ME’s first TrendTalks sessions

Originally published in Communicate, May 2010

ACT I
SCENE I. A desert place.
Thunder and lightning. Enter witches

Ah, the opening of Macbeth. It was the first thing which sprang to mind when Communicate was invited to the inaugural Adwomen ME TrendTalks, a get-together of 50 female members and various speakers organized by Adwomen Middle East. It was hard to escape visions of cauldrons and an evil coven, eager to boil this male journo alive. Read the rest of this entry »

Waiting game

In Advertising, Communicate, Dubai, Published journalism, Q&A on November 23, 2010 at 6:07 pm

Leo Burnett’s global CEO says forward planning has prepared his agency well for the economic slump. But all any agency can do now is watch and see what develops

Originally published in Communicate, May 2009

Tom Bernardin has been Leo Burnett’s global CEO since 2005, when he moved to the agency from Interpublic Group of Cos.’ Lowe. When he came to Dubai recently, Communicate caught up with him and regional managing director Kamal Dimachkie to find out how the global financial crisis is affecting Leo Burnett abroad and at home, and what others can learn from the agency’s approach to the slump. 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 »

Rising stars

In Advertising, Communicate, Dubai, Published journalism, Q&A on November 23, 2010 at 5:47 pm

Changes are afoot at Publicis Groupe Media. Communicate catches up with the top brass to find out why the management team has been given a makeover

Originally published in Communicate, November 2008

Communications group Publicis Groupe Media, the parent company of buying and planning agencies Starcom MediaVest Group and ZenithOptimedia, has recently promoted three of its top men to more senior positions. Communicate sat down with the management to discuss what the changes mean to the group, and to take the pulse of the region’s media industry in general. Read the rest of this entry »