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DDB Dubai And TNA/DDB Egypt Make Their Mark At The MENA Cristal Awards 2013

PARIS, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- DDB Worldwide (ddb.com) announced today that the agency has been awarded a series of prestigious medals at the eighth edition of the MENA Cristal Awards in Mzaar, Lebanon, held from February 5 to 7, 2013.

DDB Dubai picked up their first Grand Prix (Grand Cristal) and a Gold (Cristal) in the Radio category for their work for Al Ghandi Electronics (Whirlpool, Explore the Silence). In the same category, DDB Dubai also received a Bronze (Emerald) for Wrigley's "Spare Your Mouth the Ordeal" campaign.

In the Press category, DDB Dubai received a Gold (Cristal) for Henkel's "Keep the Color" campaign, created in collaboration with Tribal DDB Dusseldorf. The campaign was also recognized in the In-store Posters and Displays and Outdoor categories and received two additional Silver awards (Sapphire). DDB Dubai was also recognized in the Print Craft category with Henkel's "Stain Communities" campaign for which it won a Bronze Cristal (Emerald).

Firas Medrows, Executive Creative Director at DDB Dubai, commented, "It's a great start for the award season indeed. This year's performance at MENA Cristal was outstanding for us. Our passion, dedication and hard work have paid off. With almost the same number of entries and shortlists as last year, we've more than tripled our winnings. We are hungry for more and will continue to challenge ourselves to develop winning innovative creative ideas to engage with consumers. Our goal is to raise the bar and improve our creative product year by year. Enough said, time to celebrate."

TNA/DDB Egypt also won three awards at the MENA Cristal Awards ceremony: one Gold (Cristal) in the Film category for their work for National Bank of Egypt ("You Don't Belong Here" campaign), as well as a Bronze (Emerald) in the Film category for their work for Eva Pharma (" Golden Pack"), which also won one Silver (Cristal) in the new category of Arabic Culture.

Basel El Deeb, TNA/DDB Egypt Managing Director and Head of Creative, believes that "hard work, creativity, dedication and team spirit were the major factors that made TNA/DDB Egypt the only agency from Egypt to bring back a Gold award in the Film Cristal category this year. We're confident that the Cristals of this year will only mark the beginning, of a series of wins in a prestigious awards rally."

All campaigns can be viewed here: http://menacristal.com

Contacts:

For Regional Communications:

Melanie Vignon  DDB MEA Director of Communications   Melanie.vignon@ddb.fr   Tel: +33 1 53 32 61 33

For Local Communications:

UAE, DDB Dubai  Dominic Gothard   DDB Gulf SVP Business Operations  Dominic.Gothard@ddb.ae  

Egypt, TNA/DDB Egypt  Basel El Deeb   Managing Director & Creative Director   basel.eldeeb@eg.ddb.com  

About DDB    DDB Worldwide ( www.ddb.com) is one of the world's largest and most awarded advertising and marketing networks. In 2012, DDB was named Advertising Network of the Year by  Campaign, as well as Agency of the Year and Digital Agency of the Year by  Strategy magazine. At the prestigious 2012 Cannes International Festival of Creativity, DDB won 82 Lions, the most ever for the network. In addition,  The Gunn Report has listed DDB as one of the Top 3 Global Networks for the last 12 years. The agency's clients include Volkswagen, McDonalds, Unilever, Mars, Johnson & Johnson, and Exxon Mobil, among others.

Founded in 1949, DDB is part of the Omnicom Group (NYSE) and consists of more than 200 offices in over 90 countries with its flagship office in New York, NY.

About Omnicom Group Inc.

Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE-OMC) is a leading global marketing and corporate communications company. Omnicom's branded networks and numerous specialty firms provide advertising, strategic media planning and buying, digital and interactive marketing, direct and promotional marketing, public relations and other specialty communications services to over 5,000 clients in more than 100 countries.

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