First-ever Arabic Communications Awards honors top PR teams

  • DUBAI: More than 20 public relations agencies and in-house communications teams competed for the honors across 22 categories at the first edition of the Arabic Communications Awards, hosted recently by the Middle East Public Relations Association. The event is considered a significant develop...
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Emerging company XGUARD to educate local Saudi businesses on new tech

  • RIYADH: Non-fungible tokens and blockchain technologies took the world by storm, dominating everything from the art space to advertising. Web3, a new blockchain-based version of the internet, and the metaverse are still fairly new concepts, but it seems like they are here to stay with more and ...
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Amazon to allow Prime users to unsubscribe in two clicks after EU complaints

  • BRUSSELS: US online retail giant Amazon has made it easier for users to cancel their subscriptions to its fast shipping club Prime with just two clicks, following complaints from consumer groups, the European Commission said on Friday. European Consumer Organization (BEUC), the Norwegian Consu...
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Abu Dhabi Media names Starzplay as its exclusive partner for advertising sales

  • ABU DHABI: Abu Dhabi Media, the UAE-based public broadcaster and media company, has appointed streaming platform Starzplay to exclusively handle advertising sales and commercial services for its entire portfolio. As part of the long-term deal, Starzplay, supported by its shareholder E-Vision,...
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‘TikTok is home to a new kind of shopping culture: community commerce’

  • DUBAI: Last year, TikTok overtook Google as the most popular website, according to internet-security company Cloudflare. The unprecedented popularity of the short-form video app has spurred a new wave of content creators and influencers, and given rise to new types of content and shopping trend...
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Yemen journalist burned to death in Aden IED blast

  • AL-MUKALLA, Yemen: A Yemeni journalist burned to death when an IED explosion ripped through his car in the southern city of Aden, the country’s interim capital and seat of the Presidential Leadership Council, security officials and media reports said. A local security official told Arab ...
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Morocco bans British ‘Lady of Heaven’ film about Prophet Muhammad’s daughter

  • DUBAI: Morocco is the latest country to ban the British film “The Lady of Heaven” from being screened or commercialized across the country. On Saturday, Morocco’s Council of Ulema strongly condemned the contents of the movie, saying that it constitutes a “flagrant falsification of facts” and ...
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Saudi Broadcasting Authority celebrates preservation of 1.4m film and radio materials

  • JEDDAH: The Saudi Broadcasting Authority on Thursday announced the preservation of 1.4 million film and radio materials, saying this process had been done manually over decades before the materials were 100 percent digitally preserved. Its announcement coincided with International Archiv...
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Non-Saudis banned from publishing ads on social media without license

  • RIYADH: Non-Saudi residents and visitors to the Kingdom have been prohibited from posting ads on social media without a license, with those who ignore the ruling facing a possible five-year prison sentence and fines of up to SR5 million ($1.3 million). The Saudi General Authority for Audiovis...
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UK cinema chain cancels film screening after Muslim activist protests

  • LONDON: UK cinema chain Cineworld said on Tuesday that it has canceled all screenings of “The Lady of Heaven” following protests by Muslim activists claiming the film is blasphemous and offensive.  The film, which tells the story of Prophet Muhammad’s daughter Fatima, was picketed by Mus...
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