Times of Oman wins at Asian Media Awards

Times of Oman has been awarded a gold medal at the Asian Media Awards 2017 in Malaysia. Held by the World Association of Newspapers (WanIfra), the event saw Times of Oman win a gold medal in the category of magazine infographics to recognise its high publishing standards for it’s 2016 national day’s detailed supplement, as well as a silver medal in the newspaper graphics category.

“The graphics team can be rightly proud of their work, especially for the ‘land of frankincense’ supplement that not only looked amazing, but smelled good too – as the pages were infused with frankincense,” says Scott Armstrong, Chief Executive Editor, Times of Oman. “It was a beautiful product and worth remembering that the online version of this project also scooped Gold for Data Visualisation at the Middle East Digital Awards in Dubai just last month.”

Cicero & Bernay expands operations in the GCC

Public relations consultancy, Cicero & Bernay (C&B) has signed a new affiliation with Bahrain-based public relations agency, Daily Public Relations (Daily PR) and Oman-based boutique marketing and communications agency, ProComms as part of its expansion plan into the GCC. The new strategic partnership will see both regional agencies enhance C&B’s presence and grow its client portfolio across the GCC by providing PR services and strategies, as well as on-ground support and development of targeted communication to cater to the growing markets in Bahrain and Oman.

“Daily PR and ProComms both share C&B’s ethos – delivering tailored and impactful communication services for clients – and we look forward to working closely with them to deliver even more comprehensive and targeted programmes,” says Ahmad Itani, COO, Cicero & Bernay. “By sharing complementary insights, we will enrich C&B’s already highly effective delivery across both of its markets and the wider MENA region.”

Dentsu Aegis and M21 form new partnership

Dentsu Aegis Network has appointed full service agency, Media 21 (M21) as its exclusive partner and representative in Oman. The partnership will see M21 offer communication services such as media planning and buying, creative, events, media production, digital and social media to Dentsu Aegis’s clients in Oman. The new appointment will also serve as a part of Dentsu Aegis’s expansion plan to offer its communication solutions to its clients across the region.

“This partnership is another important step in continuing our expansion across the Middle East,” says Ramzi Haddad, Managing Director – Emerging Markets, Dentsu Aegis Network. “M21’s extensive experience and understanding of the media landscape in Oman and breath of services makes them the perfect partner. We are confident that we will begin to see significant growth in ad spends in Oman – particularly in the digital space, so we want to make sure we are ready.”

Times of Oman wins at the Middle East Digital Media Awards

Times of Oman has been awarded the Best Data Visualisation Award at the Middle East Digital Media Awards 2017 in Dubai. The awards were presented by the World Association of Newspapers (Wan-Ifra) and recognised Times of Oman with a gold for its microsite that explored Oman’s century old relation with Frankincense. The event also celebrated Times of Oman’s win for Best Website, Best Use of Video, Best News Mobile Service and Best Use of Social Media.

“I’m thrilled that Times of Oman has again been named as one of the best digital operators in the Middle East,” says Scott Armstrong, Chief Executive Editor, Times of Oman. “It’s a fitting reward for the hard work of the team across digital, as well as winning for data visualisation again for their amazing project it was great to see the Times TV team rewarded and essentially being named as the best English online video service in the region.”

New appointment at HOT Media

Dubai-based publishing company, HOT Media Publishing has appointed Mohamed Galal to the role of Business Development Manager. With over nine years of experience, Mohamed previously worked with Motivate Publishing as Advertising Manager for Gulf Business magazine, with Crestcom as Senior Training and Business Development Manager and most recently with ATL Media as Advertising Manager – Sales. In his new role, he will work on increasing sales and revenue as well as finding new businesses for HOT Media and overseeing its markets in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait, Bahrain, Lebanon and Egypt.

“I’m excited to join HOT Media and be back in the media and publishing industry,” says Mohamed. “I look forward to working with the wonderful team at HOT Media and contributing towards making this year yet another outstanding year for the company.”