Sharjah Media Corporation launches first English language radio station

Sharjah Media Corporation has launched the first English language radio station, Pulse 95 in Sharjah. Pulse 95 will focus on presenting a mix of local and international news, interviews, features, chart-topping hits and popular music in acoustic format.

The new station will also feature three main daily live shows and will see the appointment of a new team of presenters. Omar Al Busaidy, who most recently worked with AbuDhabi Tourism Authority, Sara Al Madani who previously worked with the Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Sally Mousa, who was previously a Presenter for Dubai Today will be presenting ‘The Morning Majlis’ from 7am – 10am. Anna Roberts having previously worked at Dubai 92 and Virgin Radio will host ‘Musafir in the City’ from 4pm – 5pm. Hassan Dennaoui also known as Big Hass and Ana Schofield who most recently worked with Dubai 92 will present ‘Yalla Home’ from 5pm – 8pm.

“We have ensured that every aspect of the content is consistent and the introduction of the acoustic music element follows that perfectly, being complementary rather than intrusive,” says Mohammad Yanez, Head of Pulse 95. “Our goal is to be a totally inclusive, fun, trusted, feel-good station, bringing the listeners positive upbeat stories of real people. We are the first English station in Sharjah, but we are not aiming purely at listeners who are native English speakers. Pulse 95 is still very much an option for people who understand English and still enjoy the format and content of the shows even though it may not be their first language.”

markettiers appoints new Account Executive

Broadcast specialist agency, markettiers welcomes Hadeel Mansour to the role of Account Executive. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication and Media Studies from the American University of Sharjah, and a Baccalaureate in Economics and Social Studies from Lycee Francais Louis Massignon – Abu Dhabi, Hadeel most recently worked with as Customer Experience Coordinator, where she worked on planning and research. In her new role, she will work with clients across the region while using her trilingual skills in Arabic, English and French to sell stories and content to Arabic media, and enable the company to access Arabic audiences as well as gain recognition among native and expat communities.

markettiers is a wonderful place to kick-start my career and I am grateful for having this opportunity,” says Hadeel. “What I respect most about markettiers is that it’s unique as it focuses on broadcast PR. I find it essential to work in an agency that emphasis on visual and videography as well as the PR aspect of things. I still have tons to learn and I am confident that the markettiers team will have a great impact on that.”

Millennium Airport Hotel makes new appointment

Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai has appointed Sheryl Aquiatan to the role of Assistant Marketing Manager. With over ten years of experience in the hospitality industry, Sheryl previously worked with Ramada Hotel Bur Dubai, Millennium Plaza Hotel and most recently with Wyndham Hotel group for Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach and Ramada Sharjah. In her new role, she will manage the new and upcoming initiatives following the launch of the hotel’s new facilities and develop new marketing strategies to contribute to the growth of the hotel’s reputation across the region.

“Rejoining the Millennium group is really exciting,” says Sheryl. “I am proud to be part of the growing team and thankful for this opportunity. I look forward to building on the fantastic reputation of Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai.”

Arab Woman Awards UAE 2016 pays special tribute

The Arab Woman Awards UAE 2016 is set to take place on Saturday, December 10, 2016 in Sharjah in honour of the late Vice-chairperson of NAMA Women Advancement Establishment, Ameera BinKaram. The private event will include an exclusive video of Ameera as a special tribute from the establishment itself. The awards will also focus on raising public awareness of the significant achievements by Arab women and to provide young women with inspirational role models.

“Like everyone we were shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of Ameera BinKaram,” says Sue Holt, Executive Director, ITP Publishing. “Ameera was a previous Arab Woman Award winner, who then became the chair of our judges’ board. She was an amazing and passionate person, who celebrated the successes of women from across the region. It is with great pride that we are taking this year’s award ceremony to Sharjah as a sign of respect and to honour her significant contributions.”

Bride Club ME named Best Wedding Website in the UAE

Bride Club ME has been named Best Wedding Website in the UAE at the Sharjah Bridal Fair Awards. The award was presented to Rhiannon Downie-Hurst, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Bride Club ME, from a pool of 10 shortlisted entrants.

“Winning this award is an honour and to see that our hard work is being officially recognised is an indescribable feeling,” says Rhiannon. “I am so proud of how far Bride Club ME has evolved since our launch in 2013 and we have many more exciting developments to come.”

Sharjah forms Strategic Partnerships

The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has forged a number of partnerships in order to draw attention to the cultural enrichment of Sharjah. Through these partnerships, SCCI will collaborate with Twitter, Forbes Middle East, Brag Events and Careem in order to raise awareness of the Emirate as a destination for entrepreneurs as well as established businesses.

“Sharjah’s strength has always come from the people who share a love for the city, so it’s only natural that we continue to encourage business opportunities and economic growth as we strive to build the next entrepreneurial ecosystem in the Emirate,” says Sara Al Madani, Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry Board Member and Member of the ShjSeen Board of Trustees. “This is the first time a Government organisation in Sharjah has partnered with a company like Twitter. Having the best online engagement ranks high on our strategy and our partnerships with Twitter, Careem, Brag and Forbes will give us the means to share with the world what Sharjah fans already know.”

Kinda Ibrahim, Director of Media Partnerships, Twitter, adds “We are excited to work with the Chamber of Commerce to leverage Twitter’s real time, conversational and public network. This partnership will help the Chamber of Commerce connect with people in the UAE and across the world, as well as highlight Sharjah as a centre of excellence for business in the UAE.”

1971 and –ING to host Contemporary Heritage

1971 Design Space and -ING creative community have teamed up to host a one day event under the title Contemporary Heritage on January 23, 2016 at the 1971 Design Space, The Flag Island, Sharjah. International and local creative leaders will gather to discuss what heritage is and what their views are on implementing it within their work through a program of talks, workshops and a creative panel. Speakers confirmed for the event include Australian Artist and Designer Gemma O’Brian who specialises in lettering, illustration and typography and Verena Michelitsch, an Austrian Graphic Designer and Illustrator.


New social media components added to IGCF 2015

The upcoming edition of the International Government Communication Forum (IGCF) is to include two new components – the Social Media Corner and the Social Media Award. Organised under the patronage of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, IGCF 2015 will run from February 22-23, at the Expo Centre, Sharjah.

Located at the forum’s foyer area, the Social Media Corner will encourage the forum’s participants and social media users to directly express their views, share comments and ask questions; this will be done via tweets, Instagram images or video messages, which can be recorded using a booth designed specifically for the purpose.

Sponsored by Microsoft, each session at IGCF 2015 will announce two winners of the Social Media Award for the best Instagram photo and the best tweet. The top three tweeters using the forum’s official hashtag #IGCF15 will receive an award at the conclusion of the forum, bringing the total number of selected winners across to the two-day event to 15.

“In an increasingly tech-savvy world, any forum on government communication can only be relevant if it involves the active participation of its main stakeholders, the public,” says Jawaher Al Naqbi, Manager, International Government Communication Forum. “Aiming to step up the focus on social communication and strengthen relations between individuals and institutions, the Social Media Corner and Award will efficiently leverage dialogue and the exchange of creative ideas to ensure a more effective forum.”