After a hugely successful first edition in 2015, Festival of Media MENA is back this year with a fabulous lineup of speakers and a glamorous night to celebrate the best media work in the region. The conference will take place at the The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi from 9 am to 5:30 pm, while the awards night will be held at Music Hall, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, on April 20. The prestigious event will bring together the sharpest minds in the region from advertisers, media agencies and media owners.
Mixing global expertise with regional insight, the daylong conference will feature prominent speakers from the likes of Google, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Omnicom Media Group, and Group M to serve as a knowledge-sharing hub for industry leaders to discuss and debate key topics and issues integral to the advertising and marketing arenas. The riveting keynote speeches and thought-provoking panel discussions are aimed at providing speakers with a critical understanding and perspective of the media landscape not only in the region, but also around the world.
In line with the entrepreneurial spirit of the region and to encourage fresh ideas, Festival of Media MENA is proud to announce Emerge, a platform for startups to battle it out and win the attention of the jury. 10 startups. 5 judges. 90-second pitches.
Alexandre Hawari, Co-CEO of Mediaquest, states: “We are extremely excited to be hosting the ninth edition of the Festival of Media and the second edition of its presence in the MENA region here in Dubai. We’ve seen some great work being entered this year and compelling insights from our guest speakers to be shared with the advertising and marketing professionals.”
Charlie Crowe, chairman and editor-in-chief of C Squared, adds: “I created the Festival of Media concept back in 2007, to establish a platform that encourages talent to compete in the creative marketing fields and enable the MENA region to be recognized globally for its outstanding contribution to the fields of marketing, advertising and digital. I am extremely excited to see what this year offers in terms of industry research, insights and creative communication campaigns.”