CARMA wins at AMEC

Media intelligence firm, CARMA secured three awards at the International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC) annual awards that took place in Bangkok on May 18, 2017. Along with two gold awards for ‘Best multi-market reporting’ and ‘Best use of integrated communication measurement’, CARMA’s CEO, Mazen Nahawi was also awarded the ‘AMEC Lifetime Fellowship Award’ during the two-day global summit.

“These awards demonstrate the emphasis we place on providing real value to our clients,” says Mazen. “Utilising media intelligence is no longer just good practice for companies, as you can see from the results, it also plays a critical role in formulating key corporate strategies.”

New appointments at Time Out GCC

Time Out Abu Dhabi welcomes Paul Clifford to the role of Editor. Formerly Group Editor of Guides and Food, Paul will now lead the team of Deputy Editor, Liz Cookman; Food Editor, Vanessa Fitter and Section Editor, Chris Maxwell. Shaikh Saleh, previously Digital Marketing Executive for the Time Out GCC group will now take on a new role, which will focus specifically on Time Out Abu Dhabi.

Following Melanie Smith’s appointment as Deputy Editor in January 2017 and Tim Skinner’s appointment as Deputy Digital Editor in March, Time Out Dubai has appointed Amy Mathieson, former Guides Editor at Time Out GCC, to the role of Food and Features Editor. Previously Editor at Time Out Doha, Sofia Vyas joins the Dubai team as Music & Nightlife and Art Editor. The new members will work with the existing team of Editor, Holly Sands; Digital Content Executive, Jeffrey Casiño and Editorial Assistant, Rodelito Mamuad.

The Social Shop by Aurora launches

Social media agency, The Social Shop has launched in the UAE, under the umbrella of Aurora Advertising. Founded by social media specialist Annie Meikle, and Iona Al Suwaiadi, Founder of Aurora Advertising, The Social Shop offers a one-stop solution for organisations and corporates looking for quality solutions to their social media needs. The new agency will also focus on content creation, community management, influencer outreach, reporting and analytics as well as training and strategy.

“I saw a gap in the market for a quality, cost effective social media offering based on solid storytelling and backed up by analytics,” says Anne Meikle, Co-Founder, The Social Shop. “We offer a comprehensive social listening service and training solutions, which also sets us apart from our competitors.” 

New appointment at Coffee Communications

Dubai-based brand consultancy and communications agency, Coffee Communications has welcomed Joelene Kenneth to the role of Public Relations Assistant. A recent graduate of Murdoch University Dubai, Joelene holds a degree in Communications with a major in public relations. In her new role, she will play an integral role in supporting the agency’s founders, Natasha Eskedt and Bianca Ellis and work on account administration across PR and social media.

“We are thrilled to have Joelene on board as we start to expand the Coffee Communications team adding fresh and hungry talent will be integral to helping us to continue to grow and we are excited for what lies ahead!” says Bianca Ellis, Co-Founder, Coffee Communications.

Mahitab Hosny joins House of Comms

Integrated communications agency, House of Comms has appointed Mahitab Hosny to the role of Account Manager. With experience in the PR industry and having been UAE for over 20 years, Mahitab graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in public relations from the American University of Sharjah and most recently worked with DABO & Co, where she was an integral member of the consumer team offering her expertise in F&B, hospitality and fashion. In her new role, she will join the team as bilingual Account Manager to work across House of Comms’ Arabic and English portfolio of clients across the Middle East.

“I have an immense passion for PR and love working on fun consumer brands,” says Mahitab. “House of Comms has built a very strong name in the market and has an incredible reputation and roster of clients. I am so happy to be working on some amazing brands at such a reputable agency and to be joining at an exciting time as it expands it’s offering with digital and experiential capabilities.”

Dubai Lynx makes new appointment

Dubai Lynx has appointed Kamille Marchant to the role of Event Manager. Kamille has experience in the events industry having founded ThoughtFire, her own events and PR agency in South Africa and most recently worked across healthcare exhibitions such as Arab Health and Building Healthcare in the MENA region. In her new role, she will attend events for the advertising and communications industry and take the lead on event operations as well as support the delivery of Dubai Lynx to the highest possible standard.

“I couldn’t be prouder to join the Lynx team and such a well-respected event,” says Kamille. “I look forward to strengthening and building relationships in the industry.”