Coronavirus: Top crisis communication guidelines for brands in the region

Fact-based and real-time communication is critical

Twitter urges 5,000 global employees to work from home

Twitter has said it’s mandatory for employees in Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea to work from home over coronavirus fears

Dubai Lynx postponed amidst coronavirus concerns

The event has been rescheduled from March to September

Abu Dhabi’s twofour54 appoints new CEO

Garin served as the CEO of Image Nation Abu Dhabi since February 2011, prior to joining twofour54

Lebanese TV presenter Najwa Kassem dies in Dubai

Kassem, 51, had been working with the Al Arabiya news channel since 2003

Twitter suspends 90,000 accounts in Saudi

Researchers traced the source of the coordinated activity to a Saudi-based social media and marketing company

Dubai slams ‘smear campaign’ against UAE products

Dubai Media Office asserted that all products manufactured in Jebel Ali were subject to quality checks

Revealed: Top brands that consumers in the UAE, Saudi recommend

Emirates was chosen as the most recommended brand in the UAE

Many consumers across UAE, Saudi unfollow social media influencers – report

The survey revealed that 79 per cent of consumers unfollowed social media influencers due to contrasting values and increased promotional content

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Social space: A roundup of all the social media news from the GCC in October

Fadi Khater, founder and managing partner of digital marketing agency Netizency, provides an overview of social media trends in the region

Netflix to raise $2bn to fund content

The streaming company faces stiff competition from rivals

New festival launched to support Dubai’s media industry

ON.DXB is scheduled to take place in November

Dubai radio presenter Lucy Stone dies

The radio presenter worked with Dance FM 97.8 in Dubai

Saudi-owned Muvi Cinemas partners with Motivate Val Morgan for advertising

Saudi-owned Muvi recently opened its first cinema in the kingdom

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Social space: A roundup of all the social media news from across the GCC

Fadi Khater, founder and managing partner of digital marketing agency Netizency, provides an overview of social media trends in the region

Expat in Kuwait arrested, faces deportation for insulting Kuwaitis on social media

The Gulf country has strict laws regulating social media activity

Advertising from the heart: Exclusive interview with Jacques Seguela

We speak with the French advertising legend about Havas, technocracy, and why now is the time for the Middle East’s communications industry

Bahrain says following ‘biased’ social media accounts could result in legal action

The country has warned against following and circulating “inflammatory” social media accounts that promote “sedition”

UAE’s Image Nation, Majid Al Futtaim and MBC partner to develop local film, TV content

The partnership will support regional projects from inception to distribution

JCDecaux wins 10-year advertising contract for Abu Dhabi’s new Midfield Terminal

Abu Dhabi’s Dhs10bn Midfield Terminal is slated to open by the end of this year

Jeddah-based newspaper Saudi Gazette stops print-run, goes digital-only

The Jeddah-based English language newspaper began in April 1976

Dubai Lynx – sessions to watch

As the region’s creative industry prepares for the annual Dubai Lynx festival, we take a look at some of the highlights at this year’s event

Saudi Arabia says has ‘nothing to do’ with Bezos-AMI dispute

Jeff Bezos accused American Media Inc of trying to blackmail him due to political pressures

Netflix begins streaming its first Emirati TV series, Justice

The 18-episode series has been produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi and Beelink

Dubai radio presenter James Aramouni dies at 28

James Aramouni joined Shock Middle East in October 2017 as the Dance 97.8 Drive Time presenter

Netflix pulls comedy episode in Saudi after receiving complaint

The episode discussed Saudi’s role in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi

UAE Central Bank warns against opening fraudulent WhatsApp messages

Malicious WhatsApp messages claiming to be from the central bank are being forwarded

Up to 80% of UAE residents plan trips to take photos for social media

Survey finds 33 per cent plan and practice their poses for the photos beforehand

Dubai-based OSN CEO Martin Stewart departs, new chief appointed

OSN board member Patrick Tillieux takes over the role with immediate effect

Kuwaiti investment firm KIPCO hires Goldman Sachs for OSN sale

Dubai-based pay-TV operator OSN has been facing fierce competition in the region