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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1 November, 2018  The Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA) announced the finalists for the 2018 MEPRA Awards today, with more than 30 agencies and in-house communication teams shortlisted to win across 26 categories. Finalists will be awarded Gold, Silver or Bronze during a black-tie gala event on 28th November 2018 in Dubai.

 

This year marks the 10th edition of the ceremony, the communications industry’s most prestigious event, which celebrates and recognises the most creative and impactful practitioners in the Middle East. The annual MEPRA Awards is open to all Middle East based agencies, corporates, government organisations and non-profits working in the communications profession.

 

APCO Worldwide, ASDA’A BCW, Cicero & Bernay, Four Communications Group, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Seven Media and Weber Shandwick MENA are in the running to win the coveted Large Agency of The Year award, while Acorn Strategy, Brazen, Kekst CNC, Markettiers, SOCIATE and Taqarabu Hybrid Communications will compete for the Small Agency of the Year title. The sought-after In-House Team of the Year award is also split by size, with Emirates Global Aluminium and Etihad Aviation Group vying for Large In-House Team of the Year and Dubai Properties and Marriott International contending for Small In-House Team of the Year.

 

For the first time the Dave Robinson Outstanding Young Communicator of the Year Agency & Corporate winners will receive a MEPRA Academy scholarship. Both the agency and corporate winners will be rewarded with eight complimentary training sessions from the 2019 MEPRA Academy calendar to assist with their continuous professional development.

 

This year saw 231 entries submitted for the 10th MEPRA Awards, which were assessed by a panel of more than 50 regional and international industry experts to select the 2018 finalists and winners. The judging process was also reviewed by AMEC CEO Barry Leggetter, who served as an independent adjudicator.

 

 

MEPRA Awards Judge and Managing Director of Hanover Middle East, Jonty Summers said:

“The quality of entries submitted for this year’s Awards is very strong. There are some real stand-out entries, highlighting how public relations teams in this region are delivering impactful business results for organisations through creativity, storytelling and thoughtful planned campaigns. This year’s MEPRA competition is tough, and those recognised as finalists should be immensely proud of their work.”

 

This year, shortlisted entries were limited to 10 per category. For categories, which received a larger collection of entries, only the top 10 were shortlisted, even if the submission reached over the 70% scoring threshold. This was the case for Best Use of Influencer, Best use of Digital PR, Best Use of Traditional Media Relations, Best Sustainability and Social Impact Campaign, Best Integrated Campaign, Corporate Reputation and Best Launch Live Event or Stunt.

 

MEPRA Awards Adjudicator and AMEC CEO Barry Leggetter said:

 

“I was impressed not only by the high standard of the entries but the sheer vibrancy of public relations work in the Middle East that the entries showed. What I liked was the care the judges took to provide entrants with constructive feedback and a clear rationale behind their scoring. Having a judging panel of 54 judges gave a high level of transparency to make sure each entry was scored fairly and ethically.”

 

For the first time, the MEPRA Awards will be preluded by a series of industry events under the brand name REMAP, which including a creative communications congress, and masterclass workshops. The two-day festival will focus on the evolution of modern public relations, building connections through content and tapping into the minds of content creators to unleash the undiscovered realm of creative thinking. REMAP will provide practitioners from across the region the chance to learn, share knowledge and celebrate the best through one event in Dubai.

 

The 2018 MEPRA Awards and REMAP Festival is supported by corporate and agency partners including, APCO Worldwide, Etihad Aviation Group, Mubadala Investment Company, Four Communications Group, Hanover Middle East, Multiply Consultancy, Hill+Knowlton Strategies, Kingston Stanley, ACWA Power, Middlesex University Dubai and PRWeek.

 

Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 MEPRA Awards Gala. Visit www.mepra.org/awards or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To view the full list of finalist visit: www.mepra.org /awards    

About MEPRA:

The Middle East Public Relations Association (MEPRA) is the leading industry body for the public relations and communications industry in the Middle East. MEPRA has more than 1,000 members, which include consultancies, corporates with in-house public relations functions, and individual industry professionals. The organisation was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in the United Arab Emirates. MEPRA drives growth and sets standards of excellence in regional public relations. It is the unique voice for the industry and aims to nurture the development of public relations professionals. 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 24, 2018  Nashwa Al Ruwaini, the Emirati entrepreneur was one of the winners of the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice 2018. She was awarded for all her philanthropic efforts in revolutionizing the image of women in the Middle East as well as all her charitable activities that she has undertaken to improve the lives of women and children through her humanitarian organization-the Nashwa Foundation.

Al Ruwaini was granted the award in Mumbai India at a ceremony organized by the Harmony Foundation following a conference with the theme of ‘Protect Her Empower Her’ focused on the empowerment of the girl child where Al Ruwaini spoke about the role of lobbying for laws, society and technology in protecting and empowering young women-a cause Al Ruwaini is very dedicated to. She received the award from the great grandson of the legendary Mahatma Gandhi, Mr. Shri Tushar Arun Gandi in the presence of His Excellency Mohamed Al Jalah Al Teneiji, the UAE Consul General in Mumbai and is the first Emirati woman to win this Award.

On the occasion, Nashwa Al Ruwaini said, “It is such a great honour to win this accolade that I am extremely proud of and that is very dear to my heart. This is especially the case as Mother Teresa is one of my favourite role models who I aspire to be just as charitable and because it serves as a reminder that I need to continue my philanthropic work which I find to be just as important as my professional career. I believe that it is my role and purpose to always give back to the community, especially to women and young girls so that they can lead healthy lives and not be subjected to any form of oppression or injustice and I will continue to work towards this goal especially in the Middle East.”

She also added that under the wise guidance of the UAE leadership, especially Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak also known as the ‘Mother of the Emirates,’ women are provided with all the necessary resources and systems allowing them to succeed, fulfil their goals and be an integral and significant part of the society and that she wished this was the case for all women and young girls in the region.

Former winners of the Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice include in 2016 His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the United Arab Emirates, Mahatir Mohamed, the Dalai Lama and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai.

This year other awardees alongside Nashwa Al Ruwaini include the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize 2018 Nadia Murad, a Yazidi survivor and Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist who provides medical, legal, psychological and economic support to survivors of rape.

 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 25 October 2018, (AETOSWire): Neil McMaster, GAC Dubai’s General Manager for Contract Logistics, took to the stage twice at last week’s inaugural Logistics & Transport Awards: once, to accept the FMCG Logistics Provider of the Year accolade on behalf of the company; and again when he was named Supply Chain Manager of the Year.

                                                                                                       

The company award recognises GAC’s excellence and innovation in keeping up with growing demand for the fast moving consumer goods sector covering food & beverages, retail, e-commerce and more. It came just months after GAC Dubai clinched the FMCG Supply Chain of the Year Award for the second year running in the Logistics Middle East Awards, and a day after the GAC Group won the Transportation & Logistics accolade in The Maritime Standard Awards.

 

Neil’s strong organisational and problem-solving skills in managing the complex multi-streamed contract logistics and 3PL operations earned him the Supply Chain Manager of the Year title. Not only has he been the driving force behind the expansion of GAC’s services for the business and daily running of GAC Dubai’s contract logistics operations, he also played a leading role in the planning, construction and opening of the company’s newest facility - a purpose-built, 45,900 pallet position two-chamber temperature and humidity-controlled contract logistics facility at Dubai South.

 

In accepting the awards, Neil said neither would have been possible without the dedication of his incredible team, the support of the GAC Board and the trust from longstanding customers and partners.

 

Ronald Lichtenecker, Managing Director of GAC Dubai, added: “It is particularly fitting that we should celebrate this double success in the year that we celebrate the 25th anniversary of GAC’s opening of the first Distribution Centre in Dubai. That same pioneering spirit and commitment to operational excellence has marked the continuous growth and development in the field recognised by these latest awards.”

 

GAC has been a leader in FMCG supply chain management in the Middle East for a quarter of a century. Its flagship Distribution Centre has over 50,000sqm of warehousing space dedicated to food & beverage and other FMCG cargo and 1,800sqm of purpose-built food grade and general Value-Added Services (VAS) facilities. Its newest contract logistics facility, at Dubai South, is now operational and brings the company’s total capacity in the Emirate to more than 170,000 pallet positions serving local and regional customers.

Editor’s Notes

 

About GAC Group

GAC is a global provider of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services. Emphasising world-class performance, a long-term approach, innovation, ethics and a strong human touch, GAC delivers a flexible and value-adding portfolio to help customers achieve their strategic goals.

 

Established since 1956, GAC employs over 9,000 people in more than 300 offices worldwide.

 

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In a New Emirati Global Achievement

 

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 24, 2018—(AETOSWire): His Excellency Majid Ali Al Mansouri, Secretary General of the Emirates Falconers’ Club, was elected with a great majority by the delegates as President of the International Association for Falconry and Conservation of Birds of Prey (IAF) at the conclusion of the General Assembly held on the 22nd of October 2018 in Bamberg, Germany. This is a new achievement for the UAE and its valuable efforts in preserving human heritage, preserving falconry and sustainable hunting. Formerly the UAE led one of the most important achievements in falconry history which was the registering of the falconry heritage in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in UNESCO which happened in 2010.

 

The IAF is a non-profit organization founded to preserve the art of falconry with 115 clubs and falconry institutions in more than 90 countries, representing more than 70,000 falconers around the world.

 

His Excellency Majid Al Mansouri expressed his pleasure in representing the UAE in the IAF and winning the Presidency, and he said, "The UAE's leadership of the IAF is a crowning of the UAE achievements in this field for decades and it increases the importance of winning the Presidency of the IAF that happened in the year where we celebrate the centennial of His Highness Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Due to his vision In 1976, falconers gathered from all around the world to discuss the future of falconry, which means that the UAE's leadership of the IAF is an extension of the efforts of Sheikh Zayed, the First Falconer and one of the most important environmentalists in the world, whose vision reached what modern nature protectors later defined as sustainable hunting."

 

 

His Excellency extended his sincere thanks and appreciation to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces for their unlimited support in safeguarding heritage in various fields, especially Arab falconry. He also thanked His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Ruler's Representative in Al Dhafra Region and Chairman of the Emirates

 

Falconers’ Club, who has been directing and following up the efforts and achievements of the Emirates Falconers’ Club since its establishment.

 

In particular, during his tenure as Vice President of the IAF for the Middle East and North Africa region he developed the IAF strategy for this region and as a founding member of the Emirates Falconers’ Club and Secretary General has contributed to the Sheikh Zayed Program to launch falcons which has succeeded in releasing to the wild more than 1,600 falcons. He also established the Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital and worked on projects to increase Houbara. He was awarded the ‘Best Environmental Personality Award’ in the GCC in 2008.

 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, October 24, 2018—(AETOSWire)-- Nashwa Al Ruwaini, the Emirati entrepreneur was one of the winners of the Mother Teresa Memorial Award for Social Justice 2018. She was awarded for all her philanthropic efforts in revolutionizing the image of women in the Middle East as well as all her charitable activities that she has undertaken to improve the lives of women and children through her humanitarian organization-the Nashwa Foundation.

Al Ruwaini was granted the award in Mumbai India at a ceremony organized by the Harmony Foundation following a conference with the theme of ‘Protect Her Empower Her’ focused on the empowerment of the girl child where Al Ruwaini spoke about the role of lobbying for laws, society and technology in protecting and empowering young women-a cause Al Ruwaini is very dedicated to. She received the award from the great grandson of the legendary Mahatma Gandhi, Mr. Shri Tushar Arun Gandi in the presence of His Excellency Mohamed Al Jalah Al Teneiji, the UAE Consul General in Mumbai and is the first Emirati woman to win this Award.

On the occasion, Nashwa Al Ruwaini said, “It is such a great honour to win this accolade that I am extremely proud of and that is very dear to my heart. This is especially the case as Mother Teresa is one of my favourite role models who I aspire to be just as charitable and because it serves as a reminder that I need to continue my philanthropic work which I find to be just as important as my professional career. I believe that it is my role and purpose to always give back to the community, especially to women and young girls so that they can lead healthy lives and not be subjected to any form of oppression or injustice and I will continue to work towards this goal especially in the Middle East.”

She also added that under the wise guidance of the UAE leadership, especially Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak also known as the ‘Mother of the Emirates,’ women are provided with all the necessary resources and systems allowing them to succeed, fulfil their goals and be an integral and significant part of the society and that she wished this was the case for all women and young girls in the region.

Former winners of the Mother Teresa Award for Social Justice include in 2016 His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in the United Arab Emirates, Mahatir Mohamed, the Dalai Lama and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai.

This year other awardees alongside Nashwa Al Ruwaini include the winners of the Nobel Peace Prize 2018 Nadia Murad, a Yazidi survivor and Denis Mukwege, a gynecologist who provides medical, legal, psychological and economic support to survivors of rape.

 

*Source: AETOSWire

 

Annual Mobile Event Convenes Industry Experts and Government and Regulatory Officials to Debate Key Issues in Region

LONDON-- (BUSINESS WIRE/AETOSWire)-- The GSMA today announced the first speakers for its Mobile 360 Series – MENA (Middle East and North Africa) conference taking place on the 26-27 November 2018 in Dubai. The two-day event, which is now in its sixth year, will take place as a standalone event for the first time at the new location of the Westin Mina Seyahi Hotel. The event brings senior-level delegates together to debate and discuss the latest issues, opportunities and challenges facing the region, through a mix of keynote presentations, panel discussions and workshops. This year’s event will place a particular focus on the region’s investment in transformative technologies including artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and 5G.

“The region’s significant investment in mobile technologies has fueled a rapid digital transformation, marked by growing subscriber numbers, high levels of mobile broadband adoption, and the development of a plethora of innovative new businesses,” said Michael O’Hara, Chief Marketing Officer, GSMA. “Of course this is an incredibly diverse region and we will also cover the requirements of emerging markets in addition to the impact of newer disruptive technologies. We look forward to welcoming delegates to this year’s show.”

The first speakers confirmed for the event include:

  • Hatem Dowidar, Chief Executive Officer International, Etisalat
  • Imen Benzine, CMO, Algerie Telecom
  • Dr Ling Wu, Chairman, Carrier Blockchain Study Group (CBSG) Consortium
  • Osman Sultan, CEO, Du
  • Rafiah Ibrahim, President Middle East and Africa, Ericsson
  • Mohie Elrafey, CMO, GE Healthcare, Eastern Growth Markets
  • Jawad Abbassi, Head of MENA, GSMA
  • John Giusti, Chief Regulatory Officer, GSMA
  • Anthony Butler, Leader and Chief Technology Officer, IBM Blockchain Services, Middle East and Africa
  • Jaime Galviz, COO and CMO, Microsoft MEA
  • Thierry Millet, CEO, Orange Tunisia
  • Navin Gupta, Managing Director, South Asia and MENA, Ripple
  • Daichi Nozaki, VP Global Business, SoftBank
  • Nasser bin Suleiman Al-Nasser, CEO, STC
  • Ahmed El Beheiry, CEO, Telecom Egypt
  • Aysem Ertopuz, EVP Digital Services and Solutions, Turkcell
  • Scott Gegenheimer, CEO Operations, Zain Group

Hatem Dowidar, Chief Executive Officer, Etisalat International said: “The telecom industry has evolved with digitization taking precedence across our businesses and all government initiatives. Such a global event, brings digital innovations to the forefront and provides a platform for senior executives across the industry to engage and gain insight into industry trends and technologies. This is also in line with our strategy to actively participate and drive digital initiatives that will make a larger impact on the society at large.”

Mobile 360 – MENA, which attracted senior-level leaders from mobile network operators, network infrastructure vendors, governments and regulatory bodies last year, offers delegates an opportunity to gain critical insight from senior industry leaders. The first day of the show will address the application of new technologies and their impact on different sectors of the economy, including topics such as blockchain, AI in enhancing the customer experience, cybersecurity risk, digital identity and the Internet of Things. The second day will focus on infrastructure, policy and the regulatory approaches necessary to drive further innovation in the 5G era. It will include a keynote on ‘Digital Transformation and Strategic Partnerships’, highlighting how operators can play a key role in the digital future. There will also be a workshop on the subject of ‘Sustaining Innovation and Investment in North Africa’.

Industry leaders supporting the event include Etisalat (Host Sponsor) and Huawei (Headline Sponsor), as well as Ericsson, Facebook, Intelsat and Matrixx Software (Supporting Sponsors). The GSMA recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Etisalat to support with the organisation of the Mobile 360 Series conference in the MENA region for 2018 and 2019.

For further information on Mobile 360 – MENA, including sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.mobile360series.com/mena/. Follow developments and updates on Mobile 360 – MENA (#M360MENA) on Twitter @GSMAEVENTS, on Facebook www.facebook.com/Mobile360Series and LinkedIn on www.linkedin.com/company/gsma-mobile-360-series. Download the event app for further information: www.mobile360series.com/app/.

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About the GSMA

The GSMA represents the interests of mobile operators worldwide, uniting more than 750 operators with over 350 companies in the broader mobile ecosystem, including handset and device makers, software companies, equipment providers and internet companies, as well as organisations in adjacent industry sectors. The GSMA also produces the industry-leading MWC events held annually in Barcelona, Los Angeles and Shanghai, as well as the Mobile 360 Series of regional conferences.

For more information, please visit the GSMA corporate website at www.gsma.com. Follow the GSMA on Twitter: @GSMA.

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Innovations in the automotive industry are not only helping to open up new revenue channels but might be the only way to survive in a challenging time for a lot of automotive companies, notes Mobility Team at Frost & Sullivan

 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 24 October 2018 –(AETOSWire)Innovations are impacting every single space of the automotive and mobility industry. Almost nothing is left unchanged - Starting from the way vehicles are being designed using additive manufacturing, to light-weight and eco-friendly materials being used in car manufacturing, to Big Data applications, to a better understanding of customers, aftermarket and end of life of vehicles. However, the question is: Will GCC mobility industry players be able to employ innovations to secure long-term growth and sustainability?

 

GCC Automotive Industry: Innovations as the Engine of Future Growth, a recent white paper from Frost & Sullivan’s Mobility practice discusses the main innovations impacting the global mobility / automotive industry nowadays, the best practices of applying innovations in GCC mobility industry, future opportunities for innovation-driven business models in GCC and more.

 

Click here for complimentary access the whitepaper and for more information on this analysis.

 

"We see much more effort from companies active in the mobility space to become leaner, customer-focused and more innovative than ever before in the GCC,” said Frost & Sullivan Mobility Principal Consultant Vitali Bielski. “Connectivity is the main enabler for innovative mobility solutions and GCC customers are incredibly connected, so it's just a matter of time until companies start to fully realize the potential available to them.”

 

Some of the disruptive innovations impacting the GCC mobility industry include blockchain technology, and Dubai's RTA end-to-end vehicle lifecycle management initiatives powered by blockchain might be just the beginning of a wider implementation of this technology in the mobility area. Car sharing, ride-hailing business models are already firmly present in GCC and are likely to become even more widespread in the future.

 

A few key opportunities opening up in an increasingly digitalized and connected mobility space in the GCC are Crowd-sourced delivery, B2B e-commerce in the spare parts and accessories space, and subscription-based business models. From a regional perspective, the Dubai government going paperless from 2021 is creating an incredible example for companies which are considering digitalization of their activities, and that is, not only from GCC, but also from a global perspective.

 

GCC countries' economies (some more than others) are being challenged by continuous instability, especially in the automotive domain. This means, most companies and Government bodies are utilizing the opportunities to streamline their operations and focus on leaner business models. Customers, on the other hand, are starting to make more balanced decisions and increasing their focus on the value of the products or services delivered to them. This creates opportunities for both existing companies which can adjust their offer to better address needs of the customers, and for new companies which disrupt the way the business has been doing in the mobility space in the GCC.

 

While current unfavorable economic situation challenges the way companies and individuals approach mobility in GCC, most of the changes can be utilized to bring positive impact in the long run. Getting ahead of global trends and exploring new revenue channels like shared mobility, on-demand transit, e-retail for parts and accessories can boost the region’s global attractiveness and support growth in the long term.

About Frost & Sullivan

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