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1964 - 1976

The beginnings

Jean-Claude Decaux, inventor of the concept of advertising street furniture, installs his first bus shelters in Lyon. It is the first city in the world with over 100,000 inhabitants to be equipped with free bus shelters in exchange for the right to advertise in public spaces.


JCDecaux wins the Paris contract (1,500 bus shelters), which became the company’s national showcase. A new product is born: Citylight Information Panels (CIP).


JCDecaux introduces the concept of the seven-day ad campaign and advertising networks — key marketing and advertising innovations. Street signage and Animated Information and Services Panels (PISA) were also invented.


Muscat Municipality ordered way finding signage from JCDecaux that is still up today on the streets of the city.


JCDecaux develops while continuing its policy of product innovation: Senior® billboards, Electronic Information Boards, multi-service columns, Infobus, which provides travelers with real-time information on waiting times.

2004 - 2020

The Middle East

JCDecaux initiates interest in the Middle East with increasing visits to the region.


Subsidiary established in Dubai Media City with a small development team for the MEA region.


JCDecaux enters the Qatari market with a strategic partnership with ELAN covering advertising Street Furniture, Billboards and Transit advertising for the city of Doha. In the same year, JCDecaux signs advertising concessions for Dubai and Sharjah international airports.


ELAN Decaux secures the advertising concession for Villaggio Mall and extends its market domination in Doha with premium large format.


JCDecaux enters the Saudi market with signing the advertising concession of 26 airports , international and domestic. In the UAE, JCDecaux secures the advertising concession for Al Maktoum International Airport. In Qatar, ELAN Decaux launches Q’Bike in Doha, the first self-service bicycle system in the Middle East.


Setup of the Middle East Regional HQ based in Dubai, JCDecaux Middle East.


JCDecaux launches its operations in Oman through a 20-year advertising street furniture contract with Muscat Municipality. In addition, JCDecaux secures the advertising rights of Concourse A in Dubai International.


JCDecaux wins a 10-year concession for Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Bateen Executive Airport and Al Ain Airport. JCDecaux extends its partnership with Dubai International to Concourse D. In Qatar, Elan Decaux signs the advertising concession of City Center Mall in Doha. In addition, JCDecaux launches O’Bike in Muscat.


JCDecaux extends its market leadership with signing the advertising concession of Muscat and Salalah International Airports.


JCDecaux and Tecom Group developed a global benchmark for smart communities through digital advertising solutions. The futuristic project see sustainable creative installations integrated within Dubai Media City, Dubai Internet City and Dubai Knowledge Park.


JCDecaux  wins a street furniture contract in Dubai, 418 advertising lamp posts positioned along the Jumeirah Beach Road, as well as 50 fully-interactive e-village situated in iconic locations around the city. 


JCDecaux entered the Bahrain market with a 10-year advertising contract for the Bahrain International Airport, awarded by Bahrain Airport Company (BAC).


JCDecaux signed 10-year extension to exclusive advertising contract with Dubai Airports Dubai International (DXB) at the forefront of the airport advertising revolution


JCDecaux wins an exclusive 10-year advertising contract for the new Midfield Terminal of Abu Dhabi International Airport


JCDecaux entered the Kuwait market with the advertising contract for Jazeera Airways Terminal 5