TV sales have not escalated in Dubai, even though it was estimated that they would increase ahead of the Euro 2012 football tournament and the London Olympics. "While many industry experts felt that 3D TVs would fly off the shelf, the technology is still highly priced and is still an aspiration technology. There has also been a marked slowdown in flat panel sales and the market is believed to have shrunk," said Niranjan Gidwani, the deputy chief executive at Eros Group, a Gulf distributor for Samsung and Hitachi products.
Skydive Dubai, the world's premiere skydiving center, in association with Go Fast, a
global energy brand, showcased the world's most expensive billboard located in Downtown
Dubai, at 6pm on the 1st of June. In what was deemed to be the most expensive billboard,
Skydive Dubai and Go Fast utilized a Jet Pack to create the interactive billboard.
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, has announced plans to set up a film and television commission to attract international movie makers. The commission will develop an incentive scheme to lure foreign film producers to Dubai. twofour54, the media and creative industries hub in Abu Dhabi, announced a similar plan last week. Its Abu Dhabi Film Commission unit is set to launch the region's first incentives scheme on September 1st, and will offer a rebate of up to 30% to international filmmakers.
Dubai Airports and JCDecaux SA have announced that JCDecaux Dicon has been awarded the exclusive advertising contract for Concourse 3 at Dubai International, extending its partnership with Dubai Airports to 2020. The terminal is scheduled for completion at the end of 2012 and due to open in the first quarter of 2013. Concourse 3 will have an annual capacity of 19 million passengers, boosting the airport's total capacity to 75 million passengers each year.
Facebook is set to open an office in Dubai next week, a move aimed at capturing more advertisers from the GCC region. The office will focus on dealing with advertisers from the Gulf, while digital advertising solutions company Connect Ads will continue to handle advertising from Egypt and Iraq on behalf of Facebook. The office will be in Dubai Internet City, one of the Emirate's free zone business parks, with a staff of three people.
Gift Palace, a service provider in the advertising and promotional gift items industry in Dubai, is leveraging on the cutting-edge animation technology to expand its existing bundle of services and accelerate the innovation of highly interactive 2D/3D ads.
WPP-owned global marketing research company, Millward Brown, specializing in advertising, marketing communications, media and brand equity research today announced the opening of its Dubai office which will cater to its client base in the Middle East.
Winners of this year's Internet Awards have been announced. The winners included du, Ikea, National Geographic, and Bank Audi. The Internet Awards is part of The Internet Show Middle East, an event that addresses issues relevant to the Internet, including how to innovate, strategize and excel in an increasingly connected world.
The region's first mobile trade show, The Mobile Show, proved to be a success as more than 3,000 people attended the exhibition. Held at the Madinat Arena in Dubai, the inaugural two-day event gave businesses and individuals the opportunity to engage with industry experts, leading app developers, and mobile specialists from around the world. "The mobility era is upon us and The Mobile Show is all about bringing together global and regional mobile technology companies to explore ways to benefit from this increased connectivity," said event organizer and general manager of Terrapinn Mathew Wallhead.
The Mobile Show, the Middle East's first dedicated mobile trade show attracted over 3,000 visitors to the event held at the Madinat Arena in Dubai.