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Trends Reshaping the Advertising Landscape in the Region for 2024

The forecast for the regional advertising market in 2024 anticipates a significant surge, with an estimated growth rate of 6.2 percent, reaching a total value of $6.9 billion. The Middle East's advertising sector is poised for continued expansion throughout the year, building on robust growth experienced in previous periods despite challenges such as the pandemic-induced decline in ad spend observed in 2020.

Highlighted by a report from marketing consultancy Warc Media, this growth trajectory underscores the region's potential to become the world's fastest-expanding advertising market in the coming years. Key drivers include Saudi Arabia's global promotional efforts aligned with the Vision 2030 initiative, the UAE's thriving real estate sector and ongoing infrastructure projects, alongside its status as a luxury and tourism destination.

Significant shifts in consumer behaviour and preferences are reshaping advertising dynamics in the region. Notably, the UAE's position as a premier global retail destination is amplifying the importance of mall advertising as a strategic channel for brands to engage with their target audience. Digital out-of-home (DOOH) advertising is also witnessing substantial growth, buoyed by the competitiveness of digital screens.

Moreover, the rising popularity of connected TV (CTV) and over-the-top (OTT) platforms presents new avenues for advertisers to connect with audiences, particularly in the UAE, which leads the region in OTT consumption. This trend is expected to continue as consumers increasingly shift from traditional TV to digital platforms, offering brands opportunities for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) integration to deliver immersive experiences.

Key trends shaping the advertising industry in 2024 include:

  • Leveraging location data for DOOH: Utilizing real-time location data to tailor messages and enhance engagement.

  • Mall advertising as a rising star: Exploiting the expanding retail market and tourist influx for targeted brand communication.

  • CTV and OTT advertising's emergence: Seizing opportunities in digital streaming platforms for measurable results.

  • AR and VR integration: Harnessing immersive technologies to create engaging brand experiences.

  • Sustainability advertising: Responding to the growing consumer demand for sustainable practices and products.

These trends collectively reflect the evolving landscape of advertising in the Middle East, offering advertisers innovative strategies to connect with audiences amidst a dynamic market environment.



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