26 April 2017


Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

Brands Attending



35+ Professional Speakers


Building on the success of the 2016 event, the Festival of Media MENA will return to Dubai on 26 April 2017.

Senior level executives from the world’s biggest brands, marketing and media agencies, will come together for to network and learn about the latest trends and techniques in the industry.

Also returning this year is the Festival of Media MENA Awards, celebrating the best in media thinking across the region. The winners will be announced during a celebratory evening on 26 April.

2016 brand attendees included


If you would like to be considered for a speaking opportunity in 2017, please contact Liza Koromila, Senior Conference Producer at

Cameron Worth

Founder, SharpEnd

David Indo

Co-founder and CEO, ID Comms

Gillian Melrose

Head of APAC, Truffle Pig

Markus Wulff

Digital Innovation Manager, The Absolut Company

Michael Tiffany

Co-Founder and CEO, White Ops

Nick Graham

Global Director, Digital Marketing and Media, Huawei

Sarah Messer

Director - Media Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan, Nielsen Middle East

Will Swayne

Global President, Carat

Yousef Tuqan Tuqan

Group VP, Brand Marketing & Loyalty, Jumeirah Group


We are currently working on finalising the agenda for 2017. Below you can see a list of topics to be discussed. Please check back for regular updates.

Is the current agency model broken?

Find out what the new agency model needs to look like, what the key challenges are and how does this affect the client-agency relationship

Beating the fraudsters

Ad fraud is the biggest form of cyber crime on the planet, but how do we stop it from happening?

If media is heart, data is the heartbeat

What is your approach to gathering data and how do you ensure you implement the right processes in order to measure and analyse data? Learn how to put in place the right marketing strategies using them to their full potential.

Internet of Things: A way of life

IoT has transformed the way consumers interact with brands offering unique personalised experiences through connected devices. This session offers an insight into how a challenging brand can expand its reach, embrace IoT and stand out from crowded markets. Explore the latest trends through real case studies showing how innovation results into growth.








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One day conference agenda focusing on hot topics within the industry
Hear from the MENA’s most prominent brand CMOs, most powerful media executives and most pioneering innovators.
Gain invaluable knowledge and best practice tips from the world’s leading industry experts


The perfect platform to connect and do business with clients old & new
Experience our popular Welcome Drinks Reception, Happy Hour Drinks Reception and Award Winners Presentation Evening
Network with high profile representatives from global brands, media owners and agencies


Celebrating the best in creativity & media innovation from across the region
Great for networking and client entertainment as well as a chance to reward and motivate your own team for their hard work
Categories span media, content, brand marketing & communication, mobile, digital and adtech


emerge gives you access to the region’s hottest adtech and martech start-ups
See each start-up pitch live on stage throughout the Festival and choose your favourite to win our coveted emerge award
Be first in line to see the latest technologies in our emerge demo zone and discover the unicorn of tomorrow

TICKET PRICES / secure the best ticket price now

Conference Only Ticket

1,690 AED

Ticket includes:

Access to 1 day conference agenda
Access to Welcome Drinks Reception
Access to Happy Hour drinks reception
Complimentary delegate lunch
This ticket does not include access to the Awards Winners Presentation Evening

Awards Only Ticket

2,450 AED

Ticket includes:

Access to the Awards Winners Presentation evening
Incredible evening of networking and fun
Live entertainment
Access to the Awards after party
This ticket does not include access to the conference agenda

EVENT FAQS /find your answers

All you need to bring is your confirmation email to register and don’t forget your business cards for networking!
When arriving for the event, head to the registration desk to collect your delegate badge, you will need your confirmation email and a business card to receive your badge.
You will not receive a physical ticket for the Festival. Upon arriving at the event you will need to visit our registration desk to collect your delegate badge.
Please ensure you have completed your registration through to the confirmation page. If you have not received a confirmation email, please check your spam filter or contact to request a new one.
You do not need to sign up to any of the conference sessions over the two days. Please refer to the agenda for session details.
Your delegate ticket includes the Welcome Reception drinks, access to the two day conference, Happy Hour drinks and complimentary delegate lunch - See our different ticket options for more details
If you have purchased a Conference + Awards ticket or an Awards only ticket, you will have full access to attend the Awards winners presentation. If you have purchased a Conference Only ticket or a 1 Day ticket, then you will need to purchase a separate awards ticket in order to gain access to the Awards winners presentation. Buy Awards Tickets here.
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Please contact Grace Maroun for available partnership opportunities.
Please contact Liza Koromila for available speaking opportunities.
Dress code for the Festival is Smart/Business wear.

Event Location

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Crescent Road
The Palm Jumeirah
United Arab Emirates

Tel: +971-4-818 2222

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