PRWeek's weekly roundup of industry hires, departures and promotions. This column for the week commencing 6 July.
The agency will open its doors in London and Manchester, with its UK operations to be led by the comms director of Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs' hospitality group, GG Hospitality.
APCO Worldwide has appointed Mohammad Kamal as its regional creative practice lead.
Portland is restructuring most of its global business under a single P&L, with a new MD appointed for the combined operation and the announcement of several senior departures, PRWeek has learned.
WPP agencies Finsbury, The Glover Park Group (GPG) and Hering Schuppener have announced a formal merger, with the holding company taking a 50.01 per cent stake in the venture.
Lifestyle consultancy Catch Communications has launched a training arm, Catch Academy, in the UAE.
Dubai-based agency Brazen MENA has hired its inaugural client services director, Alexia Lawrence-Jones.
Four Communications has launched a placemaking service to improve the value of places that bring together sector expertise across property, tourism, retailing, culture, sport, social purpose, public affairs, sustainability and digital insights.
Aneesha Rai is in charge of marketing the multi-million-dirham homes of the emirate's wealthiest residents.
As Global Alliance marks its first ever Global Ethics Month, Louay Al-Samarrai, joint MD of Active DMC, says that, far too often, companies are simply paying lip service when it comes to a code of ethics.
Louay Al-Samarrai, managing partner and joint founder of Active DMC, gives a blunt picture on the regional PR landscape, saying it is "behind in many ways".
The latest Hays 2020 GCC Salary & Employment Report also found that hiring activity within PR and marketing was steady year-on-year.
PR pros across the GCC offer their condolences on the death of PR giant Harold Burson.
As a new year begins, PR professionals in the region predict what's in store for the year ahead - and reflect on the successes of 2019.
A PR campaign to determine a new logo that will represent the UAE for the next 50 years led to an international poll which attracted more than 10.6 million votes from 185 countries.
Barcelona's front man is the global ambassador of Expo 2020 Dubai and the face of a new PR-led campaign by UAE-based agency Face to Face.