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IAA Kuwait 3rd Ramadan Ghabka


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Photo above: Paragon Marketing Communications (Bronze sponsor) table at the IAA 3rd annual ghabga 🙂

KUWAIT: The International Advertising Association (IAA) held its annual Ghabqa on Tuesday evening at the Holiday Inn Hotel in Salmiya. Representatives of advertising agencies, various business establishment and the local media attended the event, in addition to members of the IAA and other public figures. The association’s third annual Ghabqa was sponsored by Al-Seyassah daily newspaper as a gold sponsor; Jothen and Marina FM as silver sponsors; and Knockbook, M2R, Mediaedge, Paragon, and PH7 as bronze sponsors.

The turnout at the event exceeded the organizers’ expectations, and the hall, which had been prepared for more than 300 guests ultimately had to accommodate more than 400. The organizers said that many of the guests had not confirmed their attendance at the Ghabga beforehand, asking everyone to send prior confirmation for future events.

The event began with a welcoming speech from the president of the IAA Kuwait Charter, Louai Al-Asfahani. This was followed by the presentation of honorary gifts to the event sponsors. Speaking to Kuwait Times about the IAA’s mission, Al-Asfahani said that the association aims to promote excellence in communications. There are several grounds that we work on, among which the elevation of the level of communication, promoting ethics in the work environment, and the protection of freedom of commercial speech,
said Al-Asfahani.

Many people think that freedom of commercial speech is something that is a given, while in fact in many countries there are regulations that limit what can go into an ad and what cannot; this can range from tobacco ads, to ads featuring children and those featuring certain dress codes. One of our goals is to protect the right of the consumer to understand the manufacturer’s message, and to promote freedom of commercial speech,” she explained.

Asked about the level of advertising in Kuwait, the IAA Kuwait president said that the country is only now beginning to take steps in the right direction concerning this issue. “I will be honest with you; Kuwait is only starting to head in the right direction, after running for a long time in the wrong direction,” Al-Asfahani said, adding that the turning point took place with the establishment of the IAA in 1996.

During the Ghabqa, local charity foundation Bayt Abdullah was given an opportunity to present a short film about the importance of building children’s hospices, such as the one which it provides, and the role that they play in providing help for children diagnosed with cancer. The event also included a raffle for gifts presented by the Kuwait Times for the Ghabqa guests.

Source: IAA holds its third annual Ghabqa

Related link: IAA Kuwait 3rd Annual Ghabka Event

In the above photo’s (by ads2blog) you can see the main stage with the sponsors logos, the signed banner with the code of ethics and the video presentation of Bait Abdalla charity organization.

Official IAA press release below;

Third annual Ghabqa hosted by the IAA

Kuwait, 17th August 2010, the International Advertising Association (IAA), Kuwait Chapter hosted its third annual Ghabqa at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Salmiya. The event was attended by more than 350 representatives from advertising agencies, business establishments and the media, in addition to members of the IAA and other public figures who all enjoyed a fine evening of socializing and dining.

Arab Times and Al Seyassah Newspaper were gold sponsors of the association’s third annual Ghabqa, Al Jothen and Marina FM silver sponsors, whereas Paragon Marketing Communications, Knockbook, M2R, Mediaedge and PH7 were bronze sponsors.

The event began with a welcome speech by Louai Alasfahani the President of the IAA, Kuwait Chapter, which was followed by the felicitation of the sponsors through gifts. In his speech, Louai Alasfahani highlighted IAA, Kuwait Chapter’s goals, stating that “The IAA aims at promoting excellence in communication and there are several grounds that we work on, among which the elevation of the level of communication, promoting ethics in work, environment and the protection of freedom of commercial speech are key”.

He further explained “Many people think that freedom of commercial speech is something that is a given, while in fact in many countries there are regulations that limit what can go into an ad and what cannot; this can range from tobacco ads, to ads featuring children and those featuring certain dress codes. One of our goals is to protect the right of the consumer to understand the manufacturer’s message and to promote freedom of commercial speech”.

As part of the IAA’s social responsibility commitment, local charity foundation Bayt Abdullah Children Hospice (BAACH) was given the opportunity to introduce their hospice to the guests through a heartwarming film screening about the importance of building children’s hospices and the role that they play in providing help for children diagnosed with cancer. This was followed by raffle draws from the sponsors where the guests enjoyed music and entertainment from Marina FM.

The event was a great success in bringing together the industry and the efforts of the IAA Kuwait Chapter showed in making the evening a memorable one for all the guests and the industry. Visit the IAA official website www.iaaglobal.org to know more about the organization or to follow IAA events in Kuwait visit bloganubis.com/category/iaa-kuwait-chapter.

Welcome speech by Louai Alasfahani, President – IAA Kuwait Chapter and Managing Partner of Paragon Marketing Communications (IAA 3rd annual ghabka Bronze Sponsor).

Full house 🙂

Speech by Gabi Deeb, IAA Kuwait Chapter (member) and Marketing Director of both the Arab Times and Al Seyassah (IAA 3rd annual ghabka Silver Sponsor)

The entire industry under one roof, the IAA Kuwait Chapter roof 😉

Louai Alasfahani (President of the IAA Kuwait Chapter) presenting Gabi Deeb (IAA member) a token of appreciation for sponsoring the IAA 3rd annual ghabka as a Gold sponsor.

Center: Shaikh Dawood S. Al Sabah (IAA Kuwait Chapter memebr)

From left: Shaikh Dawood S. Al Sabah (IAA Kuwait Chapter member), Louai Alasfahani (President – IAA Kuwait Chapter), H.E. The Bulgarian Ambassador Ilko Shivatchev

Louai Alasfahani (President – IAA Kuwait Chapter) honoring Mr. Husain Deab Marketing Director of Al Jothen (Silver sponsor of the 3rd IAA ghabka)

Lovely evening filled with lovely people from all corners of the industry, agencies, media and clients.

Louai Alasfahani (President – IAA Kuwait Chapter), H.E. The Bulgarian Ambassador Ilko Shivatchev in front of the Code-Of-Ethics

Adnan Saad (Board Member – IAA Kuwait Chapter) presenting a token of appreciation to Islam of Knock Book (Bronze sponsor of the 3rd IAA Ghabka)

The more, the merrier 🙂

Shaikh Dawood S. Al Sabah receiving a trophy on behalf of Paragon Marketing Communications as a token of appreciation for sponsoring the IAA 3rd annual ghabka. from Waleed Kanafani (Treasurer – IAA Kuwait Chapter).

The Paragon Marketing Communications team.

Louai Alasfahani (President – IAA Kuwait Chapter) Presenting Ziad Mazoub the marketing manager of Rai (Arabic daily newspaper) with gifts (curtesy of Kuwait Times English daily newspaper) also in the photo (center) Adnan Saad (Board member – IAA Kuwait Chapter).

Louai Alasfahani (President – IAA Kuwait Chapter) Presenting Team Y&R Deputy Manager his raffle-draw prize. (curtesy of Kuwait Times English daily newspaper) also in the photo (left) Adnan Saad (Board member – IAA Kuwait Chapter).

From left: Adnan Saad (Board member – IAA Kuwait Chapter) presenting Mahmod Wehbe, European Center – General Manager his raffle-draw prize.

Louai Alasfahani (President – IAA Kuwait Chapter) Presenting Fadi Al Abras, ABRASSCO – General Manager his raffle-draw prize.

Walid Kanafani (Treasurer – IAA Kuwait Chapter) presenting Barbie her raffle-draw prize.

Walid Kanafani (Treasurer – IAA Kuwait Chapter) presenting Inas her raffle-draw prize.

Al Fouda asking ex-IAA board member Bassam Ghraib some questions on stage.

Photographing the photographers 🙂 a photo of reputed Uwe W, his wife and Mark.

The dynamic duo ;p

From left: Rami Iqbal, Ziad Majzoub, Ex-IAA board member Saeid Zin El Deen and Ex-IAA board member Farid Salom

From left: Mirna Harb. From right: Amera

The IAA Kuwait Chapter is proud to have supported the Bait Abdalla initiative .

Published in Network News, Issue #31 September 2010, Page: 3.

http://www.iaaglobal.org/_backup/resources/RSRC/2/newsletter/Network_News-Issue_31.pdf

Published in Al Seyassah. August 19th 2010. Pages: 34-35.

Published in Kuwait Times. August 19th 2010. Page: 5.

Published on pages: 86-87.

Published in LaNa magazine. Issue: 96. Page: 188.

Published in Men’s Passion. Page: 78.

Published in Student Talk.

Published in Al Yaqaza weekly magazine.

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1 Response to “IAA Kuwait 3rd Ramadan Ghabka”


  1. 1 A.Kouta
    August 16, 2010 at 11:11 am

    Nice Creative … PENCIL ADV.


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ANUBIS was a very old god of the ancient Egyptians, universally worshipped throughout the land and became considered the gatekeeper and ruler of the underworld; the “Guardian of the veil“ he was “Lord of the Cleansing Room” and the opener of the roads of the North. “He observed the weighing of the deceased’s heart against the feather of Maat [Truth] and reported his findings to the jury of the gods.

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