Image Nation Abu Dhabi, one of the leading media and entertainment companies in the Middle East, has announced that it will begin production on three new feature films in the final quarter of 2016.

  • Initiative MENA appoints Wadih Shamma as Regional Investment Director

    Initiative MENA has announced the appointment of Wadih Shamma as Regional Investment Director, Initiative MENA. In this role, Wadih will lead Initiative MENA’s trading across the region. His mandate will include setting and developing a comprehensive trading strategy for Initiative’s business, as well as creating key collaborations for region-wide integration.

  • Majid Entertainment Supports MIP Junior International Pitch to Discover New Talent and Partners from Around the World

    Hundreds of kids’ entertainment producers and creators from around the world gathered under one roof between in Cannes earlier this week, to battle it out and showcase their unique creative concepts at the 2016 MIP Junior International Pitch competition. Leading the jury for judging panel was the General Manager of Majid Entertainment, a subsidiary of the leading Abu Dhabi Media Company, that lent its industry expertise in the development and production of kid’s content for broadcast at the international event.

  • Majid Kids TV channel celebrates first anniversary

    Majid Kids TV is celebrating its first anniversary today, marking a glorious year of entertaining and educating Arab young generation.  Founded as an ode to the hugely popular Majid magazine launched over 37 years ago, Majid TV has successfully provided young audiences over the last 12 months with rich content showcasing the region’s authentic tradition, values and culture.

  • Manuel Arnaut appointed Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Arabia

    Manuel Arnaut has been appointed Editor-in-Chief of VogueArabia, effective 7 May 2017, as announced today by Shashi Menon, CEO & Publisher, Nervora and Vogue Arabia.


    IPG Mediabrands announced today that, effective immediately, Mat Baxter has been appointed Global Chief Executive Officer, Initiative. Jim Elms, the group’s previous Global Chief Executive Officer, is named Chairman of Initiative, and takes on new responsibilities as Managing Director, Interpublic. In this role, Jim will be part of the group’s efforts to drive increased collaboration between IPG Mediabrands and the broader network of Interpublic agencies.

  • MBC entertainment and satirical shows dominate social media engagement this Ramadan

    The Holy month of Ramadan is an important time for television viewership in the Middle East, with a huge surge in TV viewership, particularly, for Arabic dramas. However, according to Meltwater, a global media intelligence firm, an analysis of social media reactions around popular MBC TV channel’s Ramadan programs, show that people in Arab countries were more engaged with Arab entertainment and reality shows during Ramadan 2016.

  • Media Konnect, the Exclusive Social Digital Platform for the Media and Entertainment Industry, Launches in the UAE

    Media Konnect, the first-of-its-kind digital social platform for the global media and entertainment industry, established by Krian Media, was launched today in the UAE. The unique platform aims to provide end-to-end solutions for the film fraternity; bridging the knowledge and connections the film industry being exposed to.

  • Media’s Positive Role Highlighted at Glittering Aster Media Awards Ceremony

    The inaugural edition of  Aster Media Awards saw luminaries emphasizing the critical role of media in ensuring inclusiveness in society and reiterated the immense impact that journalism of positive kind can have on the nation. At a glittering function held in New Delhi recently, The Award in the International category was shared by Sajila Sasheedharan for her story in Khaleej Times and Anand Raj of Gulf News, Sarika Malhotra from Business Today and Manoj Sharma from Hindustan Times were the joint winners in National (India) category. Regional category was won by Sinoj Thomas from Malayalam Manorama. Aasheesh Sharma and Asad Ali got a Special Mention from the jury for  quality of reporting on a news story published in  HT Brunch magazine.  Winners were felicitated with cash prize of Rs. 500,000 each along with a citation to a total award value of Rs.2, 500,000.


    The TV market outlook for Africa & the Middle East published by IDATE Digiworld has forecasted that the television market in Africa and the Middle East is set to grow by 30% from 2016 to 2021, an increase of almost US$3.5 billion, making the MEA region one of the fastest growing global markets.

  • Middlesex University Dubai awarded ‘Best Media Centre’ by Forbes Middle East

    Middlesex University Dubai was awarded ‘Best Media Centre’ at the Forbes Middle East Higher Education Awards 2019 last week. The title was awarded in recognition of the outstanding curricula, achievements, and facilities of the University’s esteemed Media School. The University was previously recognised by Forbes Middle East in 2012 when its MBA Programme was ranked number one in Dubai. It was also voted as the ‘University of the Year’ by earlier this year.

  • MidEast Watch & Jewellery show attracts the attention of media figures and social media influencers

    The 41st edition of the MidEast Watch & Jewellery show, which is taking place at the Expo Centre Sharjah till October 1, garners a great deal of media attention, with a keen interest shown by traditional media outlets, as well as social networking platforms, to cover the event.

  • Ministry of Health and Prevention Launches its Media Campaign

    Under the slogan “Dream Small... It adds up”, the Ministry of Health and Prevention launched its media campaign as part of the “With You” Initiative, which started with the aim of encouraging the Emirati society to exercise by adopting a simple healthy life style.

  • Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre and National Geographic Announce Four-Year Partnership to Document UAE’s Extraordinary Journey into Space

    National Geographic today announced a four-year partnership with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) to document the UAE’s extraordinary journey into space. In a four-part documentary series, National Geographic will present to the world the UAE’s meteoric rise into space, its exceptional achievements and its boundless ambitions.

  • MY Communications opens its Dubai headquarters

    MY Communications, a leading communications and digital marketing company, has announced the opening of its headquarters in Dubai, UAE. Its services span the areas of public relations, new media, digital marketing and advertising.The company is seeking to expand its network across the GCC and North Africa.

  • National Geographic Abu Dhabi premieres ‘Before the Flood’ - Leonardo DiCaprio’s two-year journey against climate change

    National Geographic Abu Dhabi is set to premiere ‘Before the Flood,’ a 96-minute commercial free documentary created over a two-year period that captures Academy Award-winning actor and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio’s inspiring journey as he searches for solutions and outlines the real impact of climate change. These include increasing dangers of temperature rise and drought in regions such as the Middle East.

  • National Media Council and Sony MEA join hands to conduct photography workshops

    The National Media Council (NMC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Sony Middle East and Africa (MEA) to organise a series of photography workshops for its photographers and other media professionals.

  • New banking industry report urges GCC banks to increase interaction and engagement in social media to accelerate growth

    A newly released industry report has urged the GCC banking sector to implement a shift towards becoming more interactive and consumer-engaged through diverse social media platforms. The report, which is entitled ‘Social Media and its impact on the GCC Banking Sector’ and was recently launched by Orient Planet Research (OPR), a subsidiary of Orient Planet Group, recommends that the region’s banking and financial institutions should not ignore the widespread consumer adoption and the potential power of today’s social media. GCC banks should look beyond social media as a simple marketing tool but rather see it as an essential factor in the move to develop relevant actionable insights and gain real value from consumer interaction.

  • New Program Will Help Arab Journalists Sort Fact from Fiction on Social Media

    More than two thousand journalists across the Middle East and North Africa will strengthen how they use social media to verify information, engage audiences and protect themselves online, through a new initiative from the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) and the Facebook Journalism Project.

  • Not only the tournament - France wins most-streamed game as well!

    In the most-streamed sporting tournament, by volume of data, in Akamai history, France not only took home the trophy in Russia, they also won the most-streamed game.  The highest traffic peak on the Akamai platform during a single game of the tournament was during the semi-final between France and Belgium, during which bandwidth reached 22.52Tbps.  To put that in context, four years ago, the peak in Brazil was 6.88Tbps. The France-Croatia final drove the second-highest bandwidth peak of the tournament at 20.66Tbps.