By: Mariam Elhamy
Each year major companies like Vodafone, Orange and Etisalat battle it out with their Ramadan ads for who brings the best commercial to the game. To make it into a real online competition we’ve put together some of the most popular/creative Ramadan commercials we’ve seen so far, and you be the judge!
Round 1: Etisalat, Vodafone, Orange and We
Of course, we had to start with the most talked about Etisalat’s Mohamed Ramadan and Van Damme ad which features Mohamed Ramadan and Van Damme fighting to see who’s the strongest. Some shots show Van Damme talking in Arabic and saying things like “Egriiii” and “Netkalem” which shows how much effort he put into filming, thank you Van Damme for learning Arabic for us!
Then comes the ever so famous Vodafone Gama3 7abaybak ad, which shows memories of Amr Diab when he was younger. Reminiscing his childhood friends as they reunite to recreate their old memories. Then to put real meaning to Gama3 7abaybak, Egypt’s beloved stars Ezzat Abou Aouf, Sawsan Badr, Ghada Adel, Menna Shalaby, Dina El Sherbiny, Ashraf Abdelbaky, Riham Abdel Ghafour, Ahmed Malek, Ahmed Fahmy, and Hassan El Shafei gather around the table to celebrate Ramadan, chapeau Vodafone!
We cannot miss the fact that Orange stirred our emotions with this touchy ad, featuring Tamer Hosny and Nancy Ajram making “Far2 Kbeer” in other people’s lives.
Bringing together the comedy duo that never fails to make us laugh: Karim Abdel Aziz and Maged El Kedwany is a clever move from We. Adding in the Indian theme is a plus.
Round 2: NATIONAL BANK OF EGYPT, nbk, banque du qaire, AND BANQUE MISR
National Bank of Egypt’s bank robbery advert is hilarious! With the robbers finding out that the branch they’re robbing is actually electronic and that there’s no money!
NBK’s ads are super creative and super funny! A few workmates pick on one employee who has a problem with banks and loans.
Banque Du Caire wills us to chase after our dreams and not be afraid of judgment and it’s just the amount of inspiration that we needed… Plus some cash.
Ebn Masr Ded El Kasr! No need to say more Banque Misr.
Round 3: AlMarasem Development and Madinaty
AlMarasem Development advert made the list with its interview theme. Three interviewers ask typical questions like “Sell me this pen” and “Where do you see yourself in 10 years” and the answers are so witty it cracks you up!
Really Assala what have you done this time? Everyone’s talking about how dramatic Assala sounds in Madinaty’s ad. I mean, do you really need so much emotion to advertise for a compound?
Round 4: Carrier and Sharp
Carrier’s really simple but funny ad makes the list. It makes fun of a few stereotypes that we meet every day in a cool way.
How can you turn daily routine activities into an experience? Ask Sharp!
Round 5: Fresh and Tornado
Y2ema Fresh Y2ema Balash… How catchy is that?
Musical ads are just so creative especially if they’re made on a classic song for kids right? NO, They’re not!
Round 6: Nescafe
I think we all agree that even though Nescafe has no competitors, they have outdone themselves in their hilarious ads about studying and procrastinating. We keep watching it over and over and just laughing!