Tag Archives: Middle East

McLaren cars speed into the Middle East soon

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This region already has a fair amount of luxury-loving petrolheads, but there’s still room for one more. Enter Mclaren, the performance car maker better-known for its Formula 1 racing:

The Middle East is on track to host McLaren Automotive’s first regional retail network, bringing to the market what is expected to be one of the world’s most desirable cars. The new range of high-performance sports cars will share the same headquarters that today hosts over 50 years of McLaren motorsport and performance sports car heritage, from Bruce McLaren’s 1954 Austin 7, to the record-breaking and legendary McLaren F1 road car of the ‘90s, and the most successful supercar ever in its price bracket, the Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren.

McLaren hopes to have moved in by 2011, the same time it’s due to release its next-gen supercar. That gives you a little time to start saving then, these cars don’t come cheap.

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HTC Android mobiles to land this year

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We recently caught up with Kevin Chen, general manager of HTC Middle East, Africa and CIS, to grill him over the lack of Android handsets in the region. While he wouldn’t comment on specifics, he did concede that the G1 was coming to the Middle East sometime in Q3 this year. It’s still too early to talk prices, but Mr Chen did admit HTC would be talking to a service provider about distribution and data plan subscription deals (much like Etisalat’s iPhone deals). This comes just after HTC CEO Peter Chou told attendees at a press conference in Taipei that it expects three new Android phones in 2009. We already know about the Magic, but what about the other two? We’ll keep our ears to the ground.

New blog watch: Campaign Middle East

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Word up to Stuff’s international stablemate Campaign, which has just launched its new blog. The Mighty Rouge and his merry band of marketeers have started posting with abandon, and we hope you’ll join them for the latest news, views and rumours in Middle East advertising, marketing, PR and publishing. We also hope they’ll be good enough to let their readers know about us. Cough. (Think they got the hint?)

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