The Coca-Cola Company lights up Burj Khalifa to introduce new global brand philosophy and visual identity to the Middle East


The Coca-Cola Company illuminated the iconic Burj Khalifa to officially unveil its new global philosophy, ‘Real Magic’, alongside the ‘Hug’, a new perspective on its famous logo.

‘Real Magic’ marks the first new global brand philosophy for Coca-Cola since 2016. It refreshes Coca-Cola’s promise – to unite and uplift people every day – with renewed relevance for the world we live in today.

The philosophy is built around key lessons learned over the last 18 months: that we can find magic all around us when we come together in unexpected moments that elevate the everyday into the extraordinary. It also acknowledges the many contradictions experienced as new generations find harmony and human connection in a virtual and divided world.

“Magic isn’t about the unbelievable or mystical, but about those moments of real human connection. Real Magic can happen at any given moment and can be extraordinary,” said Tarun Sabhlok, Region Marketing Director – Middle East at The Coca-Cola Company. “The Real Magic philosophy is rooted in the belief that differences can make the world a more interesting place, so there was no better place to celebrate the Real Magic of humanity than in the most diverse nation in the world, on the most iconic landmark in the region – the Burj Khalifa.

‘Real Magic’ was launched alongside the ‘Hug’ – a refreshed visual identity and new perspective on the brand’s famous logo. Inspired by Coca-Cola’s classic packaging, the ‘Hug’ logo lifts the curved Coca-Cola trademark on bottles and cans to provide a visual signature that will embrace and frame moments of magic.

Added Sabhlok: “Coca-Cola has existed for over a century, recognized the world over as a universal symbol of optimism. It is more than just a drink; it is magical, and the new Real Magic philosophy captures that perfectly.

Coca-Cola is collaborating with renowned artists, photographers and illustrators to bring the concept of ‘Real Magic’ to life by embracing the ‘Hug’ logo. Through their own distinct and unfiltered lenses, the artists will create moments of everyday magic in ways that are inclusive and collective, yet individual and expressive. Design partners include global companies Wieden+Kennedy London, KnownUnknown and Kenyon Weston.