Region: Middle East

Middle Eastern Tourism RFP

Steve’s breakdown: Firms interested in pitching the Dubai Tourism business must send an email by July 24 to either Qutubuddin Mulla ([email protected]), Arpita Khaarbanda ([email protected]) or Anu Berwal ([email protected]). RFP for USA Market PR Services DUBAI, UAE: Dubai’s Department of Tourism is looking for a PR firm to handle media relations, communications and events in […]

Qatar Nonprofit Seeks International PR Partner

Steve’s breakdown: Proposals are due by Mon., May 18 and here’s the RFP: PR_Agency_International DOHA, Qatar: Qatar-based non-profit Education Above All is seeking a PR agency that can develop and implement an international communications strategy that will help the foundation meet its goals. The global foundation provides educational opportunities to improve the lives of marginalized […]

Global Airline in Talks with Agencies

Steve’s breakdown: As per usual, account review alerts come on Fridays in the afternoon. Ya gotta love that sort of thing so close to cocktail hour. Anyway . . . There’s not much to go on except that if you want in, contact the client TODAY! Qatar Airways CEO is Akbar Al Baker at: [email protected] […]

Planet-saving client gets CMO to grow to Billion Dollars

Steve’s breakdown: SodaStream‘s USA division has named former Coca-Cola marketer Matt Kahn as its first-ever CMO and it looks like he has a bit of a task in front of him. Turn USA into a Billion Dollar company. Better get over there before he gets fired for not reaching his goal. But seriously folks, one […]

Sultanate of Oman issues RFP

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UAE destination seeks 3 mil visitors annually by 2025: Want In?

Steve’s breakdown: Ras Al Khaimah seeks three million visitors annually by 2025 with launch of new tourism strategy but who’s doing the work? Especially advertising to Americans! Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority has today launched its new Destination Strategy 2019-2021. The plan aims to build on the successes of the previous strategy, launched by RAKTDA […]

Nonprofit Seeks Global PR Support

Steve’s breakdown: We got a Middle-East based account review. If interested, please send us a note for the RFP. I know it’s a long shot but it’s worth reading the document. It’s global for crying’ out load. DOHA, Qatar: Global foundation Education Above All has issued a Request for Quotation for agencies that can provide […]

Fast & Fine Dinning Pizzeria has a Challenge

Steve’s breakdown: With locations in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Tokyo, Dubai and Doha, 800 Degrees Pizzeria has some challenges that the new CMO is probably going to need some assistance getting overcome. Their number is (323) 538 – 0275 LOS ANGELES, LA: Concept 800 Degrees Pizzeria, the Los Angeles-based fast-fine dining brand, has announced the appointment of […]

Steal this account: Luxury player in the phone biz

Steve’s breakdown: So the $1000 Mate 10 Pro phone is in talks with AT&T to launch in the USA. They have a few other continents to hit first but we suspect they’ll need some home-grown expertise there in the states. Get the team on it . . . SHENZHEN, China: The phone takes dazzling photos and […]

Ad reviews across the globe give clues to USA

Steve’s breakdown: Sometime when advertising reviews happen away from home, it a preview of things to come. Check out these stories, particularly Hyundai  • Ikea has held meetings with agencies as part of a review of its UK and Ireland CRM account, with an eye to expanding the remit to include digital work.  • Fiat […]

There’s a Mall CMO job available near by

Steve’s breakdown: Mall of the World is a giant project. The biggest even, located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates But this job is based in Pleasant, CA which would make this an amazing international account to steal if you can help find the CMO. The job description is below. PLEASANT, CA: Mall for the World Ltd […]

Airline launches Global PR Review

Steve’s breakdown: Etihad is the airline and Amina Taher, VP Corporate Affairs for Etihad Aviation Group, is the contact. Try their USA number first: 877 690 0767 ABU DHABI, UAE: As a result, Etihad has terminated its relationship with Ketchum, which has been handling PR in the US since 2015. The review also casts doubt on the […]

Intel buys Mobileye

Steve’s breakdown: But what’s going to happen with the Mobileye brand? It might be up to car companies like BMW but we suspect Mobileye will be front-and-almost-center. Their line: Our Vision. Your Safty. BTW: As far as we can see, Mobileye does not have an AOR. SANTA CLARA, CA: First they partnered, and now comes […]

Three RFPs in One Post

Steve’s breakdown: We’s got two PR account reviews and one website development review. Check it out! Addiction Treatment Needs A PR Firm Mountainside Addiction Treatment is seeking a PR agency.  The center is nationally recognized for the effectiveness of its drug and alcohol addiction treatment programs, and their Integrative Care Model provides a comprehensive set […]

Is the AOR getting fired by the Israeli Espresso Club?

Steve’s breakdown: We ask because the client is getting sued over using a George Clooney doppelganger in its advertising. This might not be in your wheelhouse but I had to share. JERUSALEM, Israel: A George Clooney doppelganger is brewing up tensions between two coffee companies in Israel. Nespresso is suing the Israeli Espresso Club for […]

Relaunching Kentucky Municipal Energy Agency

Steve’s breakdown: This could turn out to be a cluster-you-know-what but they will be spending real money. An advertising RFP should be going out early next year. LOUISVILLE, KY: Representatives of 10 municipal power providers met for the first time Thursday as the new Kentucky Municipal Energy Agency, an entity they are banking on can […]

Genband hires Patrick Joggerst as new chief marketing officer

Steve’s breakdown: A short FYI about the client: GENBAND is a global leader in real time communications software solutions for service providers, enterprises, independent software vendors, systems integrators and developers in over 80 countries. FRISCO, TX: Genband has appointed a new chief marketing officer to replace Brad Bush who is leaving the company to pursue […]

Lego’s new CMO & COO

Steve’s breakdown: Coming from Revlon & Coke, we may be seeing a little more excitement from Lego beyond Batman video games. (Not that those aren’t totally cool) She starts January 1st so hold your calls. You could try sending something over to Revlon congratulating her. ENFIELD, CT: The Lego Group has bolstered its senior management […]

Teva buys under-marketed migraine drug

Steve’s breakdown: Zecuity was FDA approved last January but the company, NuPathe, got greedy, went public and lost 66% of its value. So Teva picks up a steal and now with its deep pocket, will properly market this product. At least you’d think that’s the plan so give’m a call. CONSHOHOKEN, PA & JERUSALEM, Israel: Teva Pharmaceutical on […]

Disney puts 9 figure media account in review

Steve’s breakdown: When an American client does a review that will include American ad agencies, even if the account is halfway around the globe, new biz folks should take notice. Here’s a perfect example. BURBANK, CA: The Walt Disney Company has called a review of its Europe, the Middle East and Africa media planning and buying account, […]

In Iraq: Danone creative account review

Steve’s breakdown: Who doesn’t want a client in Bagdad? Well, here’s your chnce, especially if you’re a Danone roster agency. RIYADH, Saudi Arabia: Saudi-based dairy company Al Safi Danone has called a pitch for its creative advertising account in Iraq as part of a bid to bolster its operational presence in the country. The pitch for the […]

Emirates launches luxury private jet service

Steve’s breakdown: Clearly, this is a global business but the USA market will be a main focus in advertising. DUBAI: Emirates has introduced its version of a new private jet service with an Airbus A319. The fast-growing airline issued this statement: Emirates has announced the launch of its luxury private jet service. Customers seeking unsurpassed luxury in […]

Qatar to spread its wings: PR in review

Steve’s breakdown: Qatar Airways is reviewing its UK PR work amid moves to drive up its international profile which could mean more reviews in the future. LONDON, UK: The state-owned flag carrier of Qatar has launched a review of its relationship with retained agency The Brighter Group. It is understood to be in closed talks with […]

$350 million Global media review: Emirates

Steve’s breakdown: They have invited agency networks so if you’re part one of those, it’s time to call headquarters. DUBAI, UAE: Emirates has called a review of its global media and planning account for the first time since 2008. An RFP is understood to have been sent out to the big holding groups, including Publicis, WPP […]

Qatar kicks off agency hunt to boost sporting credentials

Steve’s breakdown: The government of Qatar is understood to have begun a major international agency hunt to position the country as a global sporting power. The competitive pitch is being overseen by the Qatar Olympic Committee. DOHA, Qatar: Last week representatives from a number of large network agencies flew to Doha for early-stage discussions about a […]

CMO finally parks at Zipcar

Steve’s breakdown: We’ve been watching these folks for a while and we hope it’s finally time they get their marketing house in order. Past reports about Zipcar can be seen at this link: CAMBRIDGE, MA: Zipcar, Inc. , the world’s leading car sharing network, today announced that Brian Harrington has joined its management team as […]

Al Jazeera buying Current TV = New Business

Steve’s breakdown: Back in February of 2011 we published an op-ed piece headlined with “The USA, Al Jazeera and New Business“. Back then we talked about the opportunities of marketing to Muslims the same way this country markets to Latinos. This move brings that reality even closer but we’ve adjusted our thinking. Don’t just see […]

Abu Dhabi Film Festival screens agencies for advertising & media

Steve’s breakdown: For those who don’t know, The ADFF aims to encourage and foster the growth of filmmaking in the Arab world by showcasing movies from the region alongside standout productions from prominent international filmmakers. ABU DHABI, UAE: Abu Dhabi Film Festival has called a pitch for both its advertising and media accounts. The annual celebration of film, which […]

Virgin Mobile & FRiENDi hook-up in Africa & Middle East

Steve’s breakdown: Say what you want about Sir Richard Branson, the guy is truely global so if you get in good graces with his company, an opportunity will come. Here’s another one. JOHANNESBURG, South Africa & DUBAI, UAE: Virgin DGroup and FRiENDi GROUP have announced the signing of a strategic partnership agreement for the Middle East […]

McDonald’s review PR account in the Gulf

Steve’s breakdown: This is kind of a big deal. They haven’t reviewed this market in over ten years and I suspect some big changes are coming; maybe even in northern Africa. DUBAI, UAE: McDonald’s has called a review of its public relations account in the Gulf. The incumbent on the business is MS&L, which has […]

Nestlé Middle East Media in Review

Steve’s breakdown: They are being a little hush-hush on this one so get in there eariler than later. DUBAI, UAE: Nestlé has called a review of its regional media buying and planning account. The review is understood to be statutory and in the early stages, with MediaCom the incumbent on the business. Nestlé Middle East […]

2 PR reviews for Saudi Oil Giant Aramco are in the pipeline

Steve’s breakdown: We’ve got a couple of hot potatoes here and no one is talking. On the other hand, it’s a giant account. Just take a look at the featured video where Leslie Stahl of 60 minutes gets a tour of the command center of the company. DHAHAN, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Aramco, one of the […]

Volkswagen calls regional creative advertising review

Steve’s breakdown: The Middle-East VW account says they want to “see what is out there.” It doesn’t sound too motivating but it’s still a great account to work on. DUBAI, UAE: Volkswagen has begun a review of its creative advertising account for the GCC and Levant. The review is at the credentials stage, with an […]

Damas reviews ad brief for Farfasha brand

Steve’s breakdown: This review is underway but if you’re in the neighborhood and have the credentials, there’s a good chance you can get in the pitch. DEIRA, Dubai: Dubai-based gold and jewellery company Damas is reviewing the advertising account for its Farfasha brand. The review is in the early stages, with a number of agencies having […]

Qatar Airways calls $32 million global media review

Steve’s breakdown: Qatar Airways, the national airline for the Arab emirate, is a family owned business so approach with care. The creative portion of the account went into review in February – as reported in The Ratti Report. DOHA, Qatar: The airline, which uses the tagline “The world’s five-star airline”, has approached a number of […]

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