The Dentsu Marcom office in Dubai was formally opened on Wednesday, March 22, 2006, at the swish Shatha Tower in Dubai Media City by T. Mataki, President and CEO, Dentsu Inc. Welcomed by Sandeep Goyal, Chairman, Dentsu Marcom Middle East, Mataki cut the ribbon in the presence of M. Ishibashi, CEO, Dentsu Asia, Singapore.
Among those present at the inauguration of Dentsu’s newest global frontier were Bhaskar Das, Executive President, The Times of India Group, G. Krishnan, CEO, TV Today, Raj Nayak, CEO, NDTV Media, and Sunder Swamy, Chairman, RK Swamy/BBDO and President AAAI, I. Venkat of Eenadu.
Those present from the local Dubai ad industry included Avi Bhojani of Bates Pan Gulf, Ajay Shreekhande of Lowe Dubai, Jean Pierre Tannous of Mediasat, Mark Denton of Ten Sports, Cheriff Tabet of Drive Communications, and Tariq Daouk of Starcom.
Also present were Yukio Honda of Honda Dubai, Shirish Deshmukh of Tetley and Sunil Chaddha of Rivoli Group, amongst others.
“We are happy to be in the fast growing market of the Middle East,” said Mataki.
Commented Sandeep Goyal, “Dubai promises to be a big operation in the months to come for us.”
Manish Vasisht is the General Manager of Dentsu Dubai and Nikhil Ferriera heads the client servicing function.
Dentsu hopes to work with a mix of global, Japanese and local clients. Alukkas, one of Dubai’s largest jewellery retailers, has already worked with Dentsu Marcom on a recent assignment. Dubai Police is one of the clients of the new agency. Dentsu Marcom Dubai also launched the Honda City in the region last month.
Dentsu Marcom Middle East is a 51:49 joint venture between Dentsu Inc. and Sandeep Goyal-owned Mogae. Goyal is the Chairman of the Board of the new agency.
Dentsu Inc partners with Sandeep Goyal to set up 51:49 JV in Dubai, kicks off with two clients