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The Immortal Awards of MEA begins with support from BIG KAHUNA FILMS

The Immortal Award, an annual competition that celebrates creativity and production excellence in the advertising and marketing industry of the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, was held in Dubai, where creative and production leaders gathered to assess and honour outstanding work in the field. With the support from Big Kahuna Films, the jurors voted on a shortlist of 25 projects, which had scored highest in the online round of judging prior to the in-person sessionThe six projects will now stand a chance of winning an Immortal Award or picking up a Commendation at the global jury day on Thursday, December 7th. They will be joined by the 7 European Finalists, as well as the forthcoming Finalists from the North America, LATAM, Asia and ANZ jury sessions. This year’s MEA jury was composed of: Yasmina Boustani, Creative Director at Leo Burnett Dubai; Pierre Carnet, Managing Director at MassiveMusic Dubai; Rola Ghotmeh, Founder and Chief Creative Officer of The Creative 9; Marie Claire Maalouf, Chief Creative Officer of Edelman UAE; Raphael Nassoura, Executive Creative Director and GM of Momentum UAE; Ali Rez, Chief Creative Officer MENAP at Impact BBDO Group; Eddy Rizk, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BIG KAHUNA FILMS; Aliza Siddiqi, Senior Copywriter at FP7McCann Dubai; and Thomas Young, Creative Director at MullenLowe MENA.Pierre Carnet, Managing Director, MassiveMusic Dubai shared: “It was a great pleasure and honour to be a part of the jury panel for the Immortal Awards MEA 2023. Seeing the fantastic work coming out of our region was very inspiring, demonstrating the ambition of local brands and marketers, but also a clear trend towards value-driven marketing and using brand platforms to help implement change.”He continued, “The six projects we have shortlisted as a jury are to me a representation of the burgeoning creativity we find in the Middle East and Africa, where the sky is the limit in terms of what can be achieved. Whether this means pushing new technologies in never seen before ways, creating new product-driven concepts, using marketing to influence policy and culture, or just having good old fun with a brand - year after year the region continues to impress and improve. I cannot wait to see what next year has in store.”Thomas Young, Creative Director at MullenLowe MENA went on to share what surprised him about the work this year. He said, “I was really surprised at the consistent level of quality work coming out of UAE and KSA. You start to now think if the so-called ‘gap’ even exists between West and East in terms of standard of work. Such is the rise in the level of thinking. It gets better every year. Ali Rez, Chief Creative Officer at Impact BBDO Group MENAP shared his thoughts: “The Middle East continues to produce some of the most incredibly creative work – the six projects we picked are not only the best from the region, but some of the best we saw this year coming from anywhere in the world. The jury had very interesting discussions around regional relevancy, bravery in creativity, and the impact the work had on the brand, given the objectives of the campaign.”Finally, Eddy Rizk, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BIG KAHUNA FILMS commented: “This year's jury displayed a commendable balance, having been presented with some truly outstanding pieces to evaluate. I'm hopeful to see an increase in contributions from the region, and that's what we should aim for in the upcoming years.”
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The Ned Doha welcomes Massimiliano Binda as Managing Director

Doha, Qatar – The Ned Doha, a hotel and private members' club, is pleased to announce the appointment of Max Binda to the position of Managing Director. Max will be responsible for charting the strategic course and overseeing the day-to-day operations of both the hotel and the Club, with a steadfast commitment to further enhancing the quality of service and experiences for members and guests.With an impressive career spanning over three decades in luxury hospitality and private clubs, Max Binda brings a wealth of expertise to The Ned. Max's career includes serving as General Manager at London's The Connaught, and as Hotel Manager at Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group in Shanghai, China. Notably, he also led as Chief Executive Officer at Les Bordes Estate in France.Max has also made significant contributions during his tenure at establishments including the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam, and 18 years of hands-on operational experience with Mandarin Oriental Hotel group in six different countries. Fluent in English, French, Italian, and German, his linguistic skills complement his multifaceted experience across different cultures and markets. Since joining The Ned Doha, Max has been deeply engaged in its operations, bringing his experience to the forefront. With a vision to elevate the membership experience at Ned’s Club Doha, Max, in collaboration with the team, has identified opportunities to refine the Club’s offerings.Commenting on his new role, Max Binda said: "I am thrilled to be a part of The Ned Doha and eagerly anticipate the opportunity to contribute my experience towards enriching the Club and hotel’s offerings. The team’s unwavering dedication to excellence is truly commendable, and together, we are committed to creating exceptional moments for our members and guests."The Ned Doha, located in the former Ministry of Interior building, continues to be a symbol of architectural significance and historical richness. Crafted by Lebanese architect William Sednaoui in the 1970s, it offers panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf and city parklands, aligning with the character of other Ned locations across the globe.