Middle Eastern Digital Media Awards winners honored in Dubai

Digital Media Awards
Winners of the 2018 Middle Eastern Digital Media Awards celebrate with WAN-IFRA dignitaries at the organization’s 13th Annual Middle East Conference in Dubai

The winners of WAN-IFRA’s Middle Eastern Digital Media Awards for 2018 were honoured at the close of the first day of the 13th Annual Middle East Conference, which took place at The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina from 28 February through 1 March.

WAN-IFRA’s Digital Media Awards are held throughout the year in every major region in the world. They are the most prestigious recognition of best practice innovation in digital publishing. The winners of the Middle Eastern Awards competition are automatically eligible for WAN-IFRA’s World Digital Media Awards, which recognize the very best digital initiatives globally.

Here is a complete list of winners:

~ Best News Website or Mobile Service 2018

Winner: Al Bilad EST, Saudi Arabia

~ Best in Lifestyle, Sports, Entertainment Website or Mobile Services 2018

Hia Magazine, UAE

~ Best Use of Online Video 2018

Winner: The National, UAE

~ Best Data Visualisation 2018

Khaleej Times, UAE

~ Best Innovation to Engage Youth Audience 2018

Khaleej Times, UAE

~ Best in Social Media Engagement 2018

Rudaw Media Network, Iraq

~ Best Digital News Start-up 2018

Sayidaty Magazine, UAE

~ Best Digital Marketing Campaign 2018

Hia Magazine, UAE

~ Best Branded Content Project 2018

Ethos Interactive, Saudi Arabia

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