Chess [noun]:

is the ultimate game of planning and strategy, the sport of intellectuals, and is rumored to have been invented right here in the Middle East over 15 centuries ago.

Gambit [noun]:

  • An opening move in chess where a risk is taken to secure an advantageous position.
  • An action or set of actions you carry out in order to gain an advantage in a situation or game.
  • A remark made to start a conversation with someone

What Is Gambit?

Gambit Communications is a consultancy founded by Jamal Al Mawed bringing together experienced communications talent spanning agency and client side, corporate and consumer, regional and international.

We aim to be the region’s first ‘premium’ agency, in that we hire only the best of the best  at every experience level. Our unique business model allows us to pay for the best and retain the best without passing that cost on to the client.

Our aim is to offer you the strategic thinking, digital acumen, communications expertise,  creative executions, influencer relations and practical thinking that will allow you to achieve your business objectives, start conversations and stay one move ahead of your competition.

The Players: Our Team

Jamal Al Mawed
Founder and Managing Director

Kathleen Burbridge
Senior Account Director

Tony Sidgwick
Account Director

Mirna Tamimi
Senior Account Manager

Gaurang Shah
Head of Finance

Dalia Baddar
Senior Integrated Communications Manager

Judy Bakieh
Senior Integrated Communications Manager

Mohammad Al Sayed
Senior Account Manager – Regional

Nour Aboulaban
Senior Account Manager

Suzana Saoud
Senior Account Manager

Alexandra Richards
Account Manager

Sarah Alsalem
Senior Account Manager

Mariam Bouraoui
Junior Account Manager

Vanessa Olsson
Junior Account Manager

Jana Al Jilani
Junior Account Manager

Shahnaz Al Jumaily
Senior Account Executive

Olufunke Akinwumi
HR & Admin Executive

Rana Saleeby
Head of Arabic

Showkat Rather
Senior Account Manager – Sustainability & ESG

Aiham Soufi
Senior Arabic Content Executive

Mary Paulose
Senior English Editor

Jala Hammouda
Account Executive

Siobhan Eagles
Junior Account Executive

Aisha Almawed
Account Executive

Sara Al Dehni
Integrated Communications Executive

Angie El Halaby
Account Executive

Reem Tamimi
Senior Account Executive

Ali Samhan
Account Executive

Mohammad Chaaban
Junior Account Executive

Lina Saeed
Account Executive

Dana Ghalayini
Junior Integrated Communications Executive

The Game: Our Services

Public Relations

Thought Leadership Media Relations Crisis Communications Media Training

CSR Strategies Event Management Editorial Services Strategic Planning

Social Media

Content Planning Campaign Management Monitoring & Analysis Page Management

Influencer Engagement

Content Development Creative Executions Visual Communication

Skill Level: Our Brand Experience

“Of the modes of persuasion  furnished by the spoken word  there are three kinds: Ethos…  Pathos…Logos…”

– Aristotle

Ethos: Character & Credibility

Pathos: Appeal to Emotions

Logos: Appeal to Logic

Gambit’s ‘Ethos’: Our Character and Credibility


Let’s Play


Gambit Communications, The Binary by Omniyat, Offices P3-14 & P3-15, Business Bay, Dubai

PO Box
48104, Dubai


+9714 578 6446