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PopArabia licenses 'Go Your Own Way' to Etihad on behalf of our client, Kobalt

PopArabia recently licensed the Fleetwood Mac classic to Abu Dhabi's Etihad Airlines as part of a new campaign on behalf of the airline.

The "Drake" Effect: Thoughts From A&R Exec, Songwriter Spek (PopArabia's Founder)

Spek reflects on how the ways in which consumers listen to music and engage with artists has fundamentally changed with more control now in the hands of the artist, something he refers to as the 'Drake effect'.

PopArabia named one of Forbes Middle East's 2016 Top 50 UAE Start Ups to Watch!






MIDEM MAYHEM - PopArabia in Musicweek

Cannes 13 June 2016 - Imagem and Fuga held well-attended parties at MIDEM in Cannes for music industry executives last weekend. Pictured are Kim Frankiewicz (MD Imagem Music), Yassine Watson-Bedaisi (MD PopArabia) and Matthew Daniel (R2G China).






The 2016 ICMP Ralph Peer II Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Music Publishing honour Midem


Brussels 27 April 2016 - The International Confederation of Music Publishers (ICMP) has today revealed that leading music trade fair Midem is the special honouree of the 2016 ICMP Ralph Peer II Award for Outstanding Contribution to Global Music Publishing - the unique and prestigious prize in the international music publishing field.






PopArabia signs a deal with Warner Chappell Music Publishing


6th December 2015 - Having recently added Warner Chappell Music Publishing to its repertoire, PopArabia now proudly represents all major global music publishers in the MENA region.


This deal was covered by 'Music Week', 'Digital Production' and 'The National'. You can read more about it by clicking the links below:






PopArabia at the 'Emerging Talent' workshop - hosted by Flash Entertainment.


2nd November 2015 - As a part of FLASH Entertainment's 'Emerging Talent' workshop, PopArabia MD Yassine Watson-Bedaisi was invited to discuss the 'Business Side of Songwriting' with UAE's up-and-coming songwriters and musicians.


PopArabia on CNN: Paving the way for future talent straight out of Abu Dhabi.


12th October 2015 - PopArabia is featured in a TV commercial for CNN. The TVC is part of the 'Embracing Entrepreneurship' campaign for Abu Dhabi's twofour54. 

'Rattle The Cage' - (Zinzana) - PopArabia's Music Supervision for Feature Film


December 2015 - PopArabia is commissioned by Image Nation as Music Supervisors for Majid Al Ansari's feature film debut - 'Rattle The Cage' (Zinzana). The film is due for release this year.

'From A to B'  - PopArabia's Music Supervision for Feature Film


24th October 2014 - PopArabia is commissioned by Image Nation to oversee the Music Supervision for the feature film 'From A to B' directed by the acclaimed Emirati Director Ali F. Mostafa.

International Confederation of Music Publishers elect PopArabia's Hussain Spek Yoosuf as Vice-Chair of the Popular Bureau


February 10 2014 - ICMP, the global voice of music publishing held its Annual General Assembly (GA) in Cannes on 2 February in the presence of some 80 publishers from across the globe. A new Board and Bureaux for the term of 2014-2016 were duly elected and we are happy to announce the appointment of PopArabia's Hussain Spek Yoosuf as Vice-Chair of the Popular Bureau. Spek, as Chair of the Middle East Music Publishers Association (MEMPA)  joins Jodie Ferneyhough (CMPA); Paolo Franchini (FEM); Nicolas Galibert (CSDEM); Ken Ohtake (MPAJ); Ralph Peer (NMPA); Cathrine Ruud Norway (MPA); Gustav Stiedl (HMPA) and Anja Wester VMN to the Popular Bureau.

PopArabia Signs deal to represent Sony/ ATV


June 26th 2013 - PopArabia has signed an exclusive deal to represent the global Sony/ATV Music Publishing catalogue across the MENA region. The deal encompasses the recently acquired EMI Music Publishing catalogue to include over 2 million copyrights including songs by The Beatles, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Kanye West and others.

Gulf News Article on Abu Dhabi start ups features PopArabia!


May 19th, 2013- UAE newspaper Gulf News recently featured PopArabia in an article entitled 'Cashing in on ideas'. The article centers on several Abu Dhabi start-ups and the entrepreneurs that founded them. To read the article click the link below!

Summer Is Dubai 2013

PopArabia recently licensed the Mungo Jerry classic 'In the Summertime' for the 'Summer Is Dubai' 2013 campaign. Check out the great advert below for a slice of the UAE:

Welcome To Dubai!


PopArabia recently pitched and licensed the Frank Sinatra classic 'It's Nice To Go Trav'ling' written by Sammy Cahn & Jimmy Van Heusen to Emirates as their in-flight landing film 'Welcome to Dubai' on behalf of Imagem Music Group. Check out the video below:

October 29th 2012

Jingle Punks & PopArabia announce strategic partnership

Jingle Punks today announced their expansion into the Arabic media landscape. The initiative is a collaboration with PopArabia, the leading music publisher and rights consultancy in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), based out of the UAE.

twofour54 announces launch of PopArabia

twofour54 ibtikar has announced it is supporting a music publishing and music rights consultancy called PopArabia, which has secured agreements to become the exclusive representative in the Arab World for Universal Music Publishing Group, the Universal Production Music Library, and Imagem Music Group, the world’s largest independent music publisher. This gives PopArabia exclusive management rights to millions of titles, driving the development of a sustainable commercial music industry in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, based out of Abu Dhabi, UAE.