Festival Passes

Club Pass

What does a Club Pass include?
A Club Pass includes full access to the Festival plus accommodation at the Mina A Salam hotel. You can choose between a Club Pass that includes 3 nights’ or 4 nights’ accommodation. Please see here for options and prices.

Who can purchase a Club Pass?
Those wishing to purchase a Full Delegate or a Young Lynx pass will also have the option of choosing between a Club Pass (3 Nights) and Club Pass (4 Nights). Please see here for options and prices.

What happens if I cancel my Club Pass?
We do not issue refunds or credit for cancellations and your hotel reservation will also be cancelled.
Please see our Terms and Conditions for further information.

Young Lynx Delegate Pass

Who is eligible for the Young Lynx pass?
The Young Lynx pass is for young professionals, aged 32 or under (born on or after 11 March 1987).

For a Young Lynx pass, do I need to upload any documents?
As a Young Lynx you are required to upload proof of age (e.g. a copy of your passport or driving licence) when registering online.
Please note you will not be able to complete your registration without uploading your proof of age.
Please note that Young Lynx passes are only confirmed once the registration has been processed and approved by the Festival office. Please ensure you meet the criteria before completing the registration.

Young Lynx Competition Pass

Who should enter?
The four competitions attract teams of copywriters, marketers, art directors, designers, and PR/communication professionals from agencies and client companies.

Competitors must be 32 or under (born on or after 11 March 1987) and not in full time education.

For more information, click here.

How do I take part in the competitions?
You need to apply to take part in the Young Lynx Competitions. To apply or for more information please contact younglynxcompetitions@dubailynx.com.

Who can take part in the Young Lynx Competitions?

PRINT
To be eligible to compete in the Print competition the team must be made up of two young professionals, aged 32 or under (born on or after 11 March 1987), working in creative communications /advertising/ digital agencies. Freelancers will be accepted to compete in this competition.

PR
To be eligible to compete in the PR competition the team must be made up of two young professionals, aged 32 or under (born on or after 11 March 1987), working for PR agencies or specific in-house PR departments in agencies. In-house PR departments of clients are not allowed to take part in the PR competition.

MEDIA
To be eligible to compete in the Media competition the team must be made up of two young professionals, aged 32 or under (born on or after 11 March 1987), working for media agencies or specific in-house media departments in agencies. In-house Media departments of clients are not allowed to take part in the Media competition.

INTEGRATED
Two of the team members must be working in creative communications /advertising/ digital agencies and one of the team members must work for a client company that engages the services of advertising and communications (e.g. Intel, Coca-Cola).


How do the Competitions work?

Young Lynx Print Competition

The Young Lynx Print competition challenges 2 talented young creatives to create a print ad within 24 hours with each participating country represented by one creative team. The teams are briefed the evening before the competition by the client, which is a charity or public service organisation. Their identity is kept secret until the briefing begins where their name, objectives, strategies and target audience are revealed by a senior member of the charity. Teams must then work against the clock to create and print their ad ready for judging. This is a high pressure and intense competition with teams working in exactly the same environment with exactly the same tools and equipment at their disposal. After the briefing, the teams start working on their own. They will have access to their workstations between 08:30 - 18:00 to create their print ad which will be judged by the Cannes Lions Print and Publishing Jury. This is a true test of the teams’ creative metal and an energetic and exciting competition.

Young Lynx PR Competition

The Young Lynx PR Competition offers the opportunity to young professionals working in PR agencies to test their skills and showcase their talent. After collecting their badge at Dubai Lynx, teams are briefed and given insights from the panel of judges selected by the Festival. The brief will be set by a charity or non-profit organisation that will act as the ‘client’. The competition will show how PR is effectively used to engage audiences with an organisation or a specific topic that the ‘client’ is dealing with. Teams are asked to think bravely and use a big creative idea to solve the client’s brief.

Each team will have access to the competition area between 08:30-18:00. They will be asked to deliver a 10 slide presentation explaining their innovative PR Strategy.

Teams will present their work in English to a select media jury. With 5 minutes to present and 5 minutes for questions, teams need to make sure their campaign is clear and concise and be ready to answer any questions from the Jury.

Young Lynx Media Competition

The Young Lynx Media Competition challenges the brightest professional minds working in media agencies to demonstrate their strategic thinking and innovative approaches to solving an important marketing challenge to drive critical business success. A charity or non-profit organisation, whose identity will remain secret until the competition, will present the brief onsite during Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity.

Each team will then be required to generate the necessary insight to develop an innovative media strategy. Each team will have access to the competition area between 08:30-18:00. They will be asked to deliver a 10 slide presentation explaining their innovative Media strategy.

At 18:00 teams will need to hand in their work and can start practicing for judging the following day. Each team will present their work in English to a select media jury. With 5 minutes to present and 5 minutes for questions, teams need to make sure their campaign is clear and concise and be ready to answer any questions from the Jury.

Young Lynx Integrated Competition

The Young Lynx Integrated Competition brings teams of three, made up of 2 creative and one marketer, answer an integrated client brief that challenges their creative thinking and media planning skills, and gives them the chance to show off their creative strategy to big industry names.

The charity or NGO briefs the teams on-site at Dubai Lynx before the competition begins, giving them the objectives and target audience. They then have 24 hours to answer the brief, before showcasing a 10-slide presentation including at least one piece of supporting material to a panel of big industry names who will decide on the Bronze, Silver and Gold winners.

Each team will present their work in English to a select media jury. With 5 minutes to present and 5 minutes for questions, teams need to make sure their campaign is clear and concise and be ready to answer any questions from the Jury.

What is the Prize?

The winning teams of Young Lynx competitions will be recognised in front of their industry peers at the Dubai Lynx awards to be held on Wednesday 11 March 2020. The Gold winning teams from each competition win a pass to next year’s Dubai Lynx International Festival of Creativity.

Student Pass

Who is eligible for the Student pass?
This pass is available to full-time students, aged 25 years or under (born on or after 11 March 1994) and who are not employed/have never been employed in the industry.

For a Student pass, do I need to upload any documents?
You will be required to upload copies of the following documents when registering online:

-Proof of age (e.g. a copy of your passport or driving licence)
-Student ID
-Enrolment letter (confirming you are in full-time education)

Please note you will not be able to complete your registration without uploading your documents.

Please note that Student registrations are only confirmed once the registration has been processed and approved by the Festival office. Please ensure you meet the criteria before completing the registration.

Press Pass

Who can apply for Press Accreditation?
Dubai Lynx press accreditation is strictly reserved for editorial team members (editors, journalists, reporters, photographers, broadcasters) and full-time freelancers (with evidence of at least six months experience with the publication). 
Other professionals (including publishers, advertising, marketing, sales or PR personnel, researchers, analysts, agency or client staff etc.) must register as a delegate. 
Please note: speculative assignments or applications made by individuals already employed in the industry will not be considered. 


How do I apply for Press Accreditation?

Before filling in application form, please ensure that you can provide proof of press, as required: 

  • Copy of valid 2019/2020 press card
  • Commissioning letter on company letterhead outlining intended coverage (must be signed by and include the direct contact details for Editor-in-Chief)
  • Acceptance of our Code of Conduct
  • Recent by-lined coverage of industry related articles (no more than 1 month old - returning media should also provide 2019 Festival coverage)
  • Copy of editorial masthead listing your name as an editorial contributor or link to an official author page
  • Links to online presence: LinkedIn, Twitter, Personal website or blog
  • Information about your Media Outlet.

Apply for Accreditation here.

How can I be added to the press release distribution list?
To ensure you that you are receiving the most recent news and press information for the Festival, please email press@dubailynx.com who can add you to their mailing list.

How do I receive the attending media list?
In the build up to the Festival, the press team will share an attending media list on a regular basis. To receive these updates, please email press@dubailynx.com.

Please note that these lists should only be used with regards to arranging media activity surrounding Dubai Lynx.