MENA Effie Awards celebrate winners
DUBAI: The regional winners of this year’s MENA Effie Awards were announced at a ceremony in the glamorous environment of the Pavilion, Armani Hotel Dubai. This marks the eighth edition of this annual program, which honors the greatest and most effective marketing campaigns in the region. More than 1,500 people, including some of the most talented marketers in the region, attended a gala finale, with awards across 23 categories in what is widely considered to be the gold standard of regional creative marketing brilliance.
Alexandre Hawari, Co-CEO of Mediaquest Corp, said: “The well-considered and creative entries this year attained an extremely high standard, providing a tremendously challenging range of choices.”“We had some of the most notable and highly-regarded regional creative figures participating as judges for these awards, to help us distinguish the best marketing campaigns across the region,” he added. “Both of these factors mean that all of those who won at this occasion can take great pride in the ultimate regional endorsement towards the quality and effectiveness of a marketing campaign, brand advertiser or agency.”
Hawari continued: “As organizers of the MENA Effie Awards, we would like to congratulate all of this year’s winners. We would also like to give great credit to the runners-up, who came very close to being worthy winners in close contests. This ceremony proved to be a night to remember for all involved in this benchmark for regional marketing success and I would like to thank everyone who organised and participated in an enjoyable and rewarding evening.”
Commenting on MENA Effie 2016, Majed Al Suwaidi, Managing Director, Dubai Media City, said: “Dubai Media City sponsored the MENA Effie 2016 Awards to reiterate the importance of fostering a creative ecosystem for the region, especially at a time when the wider industry undergoes a digital transformation. Our endorsement to MENA Effie 2016 stems from our keenness in recognizing our business partners and the wider creative community who are leading change in the evolving advertising industry.”
He added: “The engaging and thought-provoking campaigns that we witnessed at the MENA Effie 2016 are a testament of the great work that is being produced regionally. We witnessed some integrated campaigns that showcased how brands are embracing new technologies to engage with consumers in a smarter and more effective way.” The winners under the Product & Services category were: Automotive: Leo Burnett Cairo for Renault Egypt; Travel, Tourism and Transportation: Memac Ogilvy Label Tunisia and Memac Ogilvy Algeria for ONTT (Silver)
Entertainment & Sports:Leo Burnett Dubai and Starcom Dubai for du telecom and Impact BBDO Dubai and OMD Beirut for LotoLibanaise; Telecommunications/ Mobile sand Internet: J. Walter Thompson KSA for Saudi Telecom Company - STC, and FP7/CAI for Orange (Mobinilrecently re-branded to Orange); Retail & Luxury: JWalter Thompson KSA for Jarir Bookstore, Personal Care Products won by Mindshare MENA Dubai for Nana (Silver); Non - Food FMCG:TBWA\RAAD Dubai and OMD Dubai for Pril (Silver); Media: Publicis ME Dubaiand MEC MENA Dubai for MAGGI and FP7/CAS and UM MENA for Coca-Cola Morocco.
Healthcare Services: FP7/CAI for Baheya Cancer Hospital; Food & Beverage - FMCG: Publicis ME, Dubai for NESCAFE Arabiana and FP7/CAI and Initiative Media Cairo for Labanita; Electronics / Computers: Starcom Dubai for Samsung Gulf Electronics (Bronze); Cosmetics and Fragrances: Digital Republic Linked By Isobar for Pond’s (Bronze), and Banking; Finance and Insurance: J. Walter Thompson Kuwait for Boubyan Bank.
The winners under the Specialty category were: Social Good - Non-Profit: Leo Burnett Beirut and MSL Group Middle East (Beirut) for KAFA; Social Good - Corporate Brands: J Walter Thompson Beirut for Bou Khalil SupermarchÈ; Branded Content: J Walter Thompson KSA for Jarir Bookstore and FP7/CAI and Initiative Media Cairo for Labanita; Seasonal Marketing: Impact BBDO Dubai for Sadia and FP7/DXB and Memac Ogilvy & Mather Dubai for Coca-Cola Middle East; Single Media Company Activation: Mediavest|Spark for Project We Forgot and J Walter Thompson Dubai for Friends of Cancer Patients (both Silver)
Media Idea: J.Walter Thompson Beirut for Bou Khalil Supermarche; Best Youth Marketing Campaign: J. Walter Thompson Experience Cairo for Vodafone Egypt Brand Experience: TBWA\RAAD Dubai and OMD Dubai for Pril and FP7/DXB and UM MENA for Fanta; New Products / Services Category: Impact BBDO Cairo for TECNO. The Special Competition category saw FP7/DXB winning in Shopper Marketing with their campaign for Puck.