The Gulf's best digital newsmedia was celebrated in Dubai last night, during WAN-Ifra's Middle East Conference.
More than 70 projects had been entered in the 2019 Middle Eastern Digital Media Awards across ten categories.
The annual awards recognise unique and original digital media projects - from new approaches to digital subscriptions to powerful native advertising campaigns.
The Middle East winners now go forward to WAN-Ifra's World Digital Media Awards, which will be will be announced at the World News Media Congress in Glasgow from June 1-3.
Digital Media Middle East continues today.
The Middle Eastern Digital Media Awards winners (with links) are:
Best News Website or Mobile Service
1st Place Abouther.com Sayidaty Magazine, Saudi Research & Publishing Company, Saudi Arabia https://www.abouther.com "I think this an admirable initiative within the frames of what can be published within the country. One of my favourite projects," noted one of our judges of the winning entry.
2nd Place Arab News: Road to 2030 Arab News, Saudi Research & Publishing Company, Saudi Arabia http://www.arabnews.com/road2030
3rd Place AlBayan.ae News Site Al Bayan, United Arab Emirates https://www.albayan.ae
Best in Lifestyle, Sports, Entertainment Website or Mobile Services
2nd Place Hiamag Hia Magazine, Saudi Research & Publishing Company, Saudi Arabia http://www.hiamag.com
Best Use of Online Video
1st Place Saudi National Day Arab News, Saudi Research & Publishing Company, Saudi Arabia http://www.arabnews.com/node/1376216/saudi-national-day----timeline-saudi-arabia's-history
2nd Place Video First at The National The National, United Arab Emirates https://www.thenational.ae
3rd Place 24/2 Al Arabiya, United Arab Emirates https://twitter.com/24IN2MIN/status/1077209783713751041
Best Data Visualisation
1st Place Global Youth Index for Misk Foundation Ratchet Ltd. https://vimeo.com/316757729/8b764ab4e4 "Very fun and creative way to display heavy data," said a judge. "Design and animation had introduced the content in a more appealing way to the target youth audience."
2nd Place Data Visualisation Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates http://interactive.khaleejtimes.com/global
3rd Place Simplicity ALAYAM, Bahrain http://www.alayam.com
Best Paid Content Strategy
1st Place (tie) Harvard Business Review Arabia Haykal Media FZ LLC, United Arab Emirates https://hbrarabic.com/ "Very good example of first-mover in a difficult paid content Arabic market. Excellent content," noted a judge of the winner in this category.
1st Place (tie) An-Nahar Premium An-Nahar Newspaper, Lebanon https://www.annahar.com/premium
Best Native Advertising / Branded Content Campaign
1st Place Lexus - Safe Driving - because you deserve it! Sayidaty Magazine, Saudi Research & Publishing Company, Saudi Arabia https://cars.sayidaty.net/
3rd Place Aljamila - Johnson & Johnson campaign Al Jamila Magazine, Saudi Research & Publishing Company, Saudi Arabia https://youtu.be/64U8zB4cCKI
Best Digital News Start-up
1st Place Daraj Daraj, Lebanon http://www.daraj.com
2nd Place Whatsapp Khaleej Times, United Arab Emirates https://www.khaleejtimes.com/nation/dubai/khaleej-times-news-alerts-on-whatsapp-heres-how-to-subscribe
3rd Place Al Bilad EST. for Journalism & Publishing Saudi Arabia https://albiladdaily.com/
Best in Social Media Engagement
1st Place Your Voice is Heard campaign Sayidaty Magazine, Saudi Research & Publishing Company, Saudi Arabia https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhtesT2BASc "Projects of this kind are of great importance and necessity," said a judge about this winning campaign.
2nd Place Alhudood Social Media Alhudood https://alhudood.net
3rd Place Hia Social Media Hia Magazine, Saudi Research & Publishing Company https://www.facebook.com/hia.magazine/
Best Marketing Campaign for News Brand
1st Place The News Women Power 50 Jang Media Group http://womenpower50.com
2nd Place Sayidaty Eeshooha Jarrabooha Show Sayidaty Magazine, Saudi Research & Publishing Company, Saudi Arabia https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrBM0fc62CWWQvm9PWzsjTw
3rd Place Hia Brand Hia Magazine, Saudi Research & Publishing Company, Saudi Arabia https://www.hiamag.com
Best Digital Project to Engage Younger and/or Millennial Audiences
1st Place Al Jamila Beauty School Al Jamila Magazine, Saudi Research & Publishing Company, Saudi Arabia https://school.aljamila.com/ "A great new concept to engage young women," one of our judges said of the winning entry.
2nd Place Saudi Women Entrepreneurs Investment Program (Ahalina & Sayidaty) Sayidaty Magazine Saudi Research & Publishing Company, Saudi Arabia https://bit.ly/2E90Je0
3rd Place Alhudood's Online Platform Alhudood https://alhudood.net/
Pictured: Daraj, from Lebanon, won the prize for best digital news start-up
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