The Entertainer mobile App now live in UAE

Discount voucher publisher, The Entertainer, has announced its highly anticipated mobile App is now live in the UAE, with the wider GCC to follow in the coming few days. Founded in 2001 as a Dubai-based discounted dining and activity guide, The Entertainer has now grown into a successful international company distributing 2-for-1 offers across 24 destinations throughout the Middle East, Asia, Africa and Europe.

The App will run alongside the printed publication and will offer customers 2-for-1 offers on the best restaurants, cafes, spas, nightspots and attractions.

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ZenithOptimedia celebrates 25th birthday

ZenithOptimedia is today celebrating its 25th birthday. On 30 October 1988, Zenith Media opened for business in a converted warehouse in Paddington, London. Created from the media buying departments of Saatchi & Saatchi, BSB Dorland and KHBB, it went on to become the first worldwide media “dependent” agency.

Steve King, CEO, Worldwide, ZenithOptimedia, said: “I feel enormously proud and humble that I have been with the network since our launch as Zenith Media in 1988. While our business has changed beyond all recognition in scope and scale, I believe that the enduring success of ZenithOptimedia is testament to the fantastic people and spirit around the network and the clear purpose and direction that we derive from our ROI focus.”

“The fact that our agency has grown five-fold in the past five years is testament to our ability to deliver revolutionary communications solutions – in real time – and across all paid, owned and earned digital media channels,” said Firas El Zein, CEO of Zenith MENA. “At Zenith MENA, our vision is – and always has been – centered on spearheading multimedia trends across the region. As part of this winning strategy, we have, in the past two years, successfully launched Newcast – a specialist branded content and experience division – as well as Performics MENA, the region’s leading performance marketing agency. In light of ZenithOptimedia’s 25th anniversary, it gives me great pleasure to affirm that these new entities further cement our position as a pioneering ROI agency.”

To mark the 25th anniversary, ZenithOptimedia is embarking on a major global futures study to look at how the world could change over the next 25 years. The study will look at how the world’s economies will develop, how our societies will change, how advances in technology will improve our daily lives and how we might enjoy entertainment in the years to come. ZenithOptimedia will publish the study in December.

Will Rankin confirmed as Editor of Diners Club

Will Rankin has been confirmed as the new Editor of Diners Club Magazine, an exciting new upmarket lifestyle magazine aimed exclusively at Diners Club’s 15,000 regional members. Will, who has been a journalist for twenty years, was previously launch editor of The Oath magazine, and is currently a freelance Editor who works across a number of titles including his own lifestyle website,

Will aims to encapsulate Diners Club ‘Belong’ philosophy by writing about lifestyle matters such as fashion, travel, motoring and fine dining… interviewing movers and shakers, explaining what it means to be part of the exclusive global club that is Diners Club.

“I launched Banker Middle East, so while I have financial understanding, this is surely a dream job for any journalist and includes the sexy end of the financial world,” says Will. “It should be a great read, and fun to compile. The publisher has massive enthusiasm, creativity and deep faith in the magazine.”

Contact will at

Ben Rossi bids farewell to CNME

Computer News Middle East (CNME) Editor Ben Rossi bids farewell to CPI Media Group and its flagship magazine title this week as he prepares to leave Dubai for his new editorial role in London. Ben joined CNME – the Middle East’s leading technology publication – as Sub Editor in January 2012 and was promoted to Editor in August 2012 at the age of 23. This Thursday will mark his last day at the title.

Ben commences his new role as Editor of Information Age print magazine and online publication on November 4, 2013. Information Age is the UK’s leading monthly IT publication.

“I owe a lot to CPI for giving me the opportunity to be the editor of its flagship magazine at such a young age,” says Ben. “It was a great honour being able to put my stamp on a brand and title as superb as CNME. CPI is a fantastic publisher to work for and it will be very sad leaving having made some great friends at the company. I’ve had a terrific time in the Middle East, but am now looking forward to my new challenge at Information Age in London.”

Computer News Middle East (CNME) is now seeking a new Editor. Anyone interested can contact


Starcom MediaVest Group launch Zero Dot

Starcom MediaVest Group (SMG) announced today that it has launched a new unit at the company, Zero Dot, a new generation of brand consulting, experience design, strategy and original creation of content.

Zero Dot, led by Jonathan Hoffman, SMG President, Experience Design, the unit provides a new way for brands to think about creativity and ideas and its work is inherently designed for the digital age, across multiple screens—social and participatory at the core. Designed to work quickly, in an integrated fashion with a fast, agile process, Zero Dot yields ideas for clients who can take them to market faster than typical integrated marketing approaches.

“Consumers are at the centre of everything we do,” says Laura Desmond, SMG CEO. “Keeping ahead of their pace of change and connecting with them in real-time is a part of our DNA. Today’s converged media world has created a need for more agile, multidisciplinary solutions, which is where Zero Dot comes in—serving as a consultancy that can create a new breed of experiences and catalyse speed to market so brands can engage today’s consumers in the moment.

Zero Dot will collaborate with all SMG agencies and Centres of Excellence (COE) and joins a strong group of emerging media and content units at the company, including Liquid Thread; SMG’s global data and analytics COE; its emerging mobile and social COE; Big Fuel, SMG’s social agency; and its Search COE. Zero Dot will expand globally throughout 2014.

New Editor announced for

Ruba Nesly has been announced as the new Editor and PR executive for online magazine Nawa3em. Based in Dubai, Ruba – who is a media and journalism graduate from Damascus University – will be responsible for covering events and conducting interviews.

“Working at Nawa3em is a fantastic career opportunity for me,” says Ruba. “Each day here is different and brings a new adventure, experience and excitement “

Contact Ruba  at / +971 (0)4 441 8415

Oryx Gulf Media launch L’Officiel Hommes

Oryx Gulf Media, publisher of the L’Officiel group of titles and BBC Top Gear, has announced the official re-launch of L’Officiel Hommes Middle East, the leading men’s fashion magazine published by Les Editions Jalou. Available in both Arabic and English editions, the bi-annual magazine will have a print run of 55,000 copies and will be available across the Arab world.

“L’Officiel Hommes is an iconic French magazine with various international editions and it is with a great sense of pride and accomplishment that we add the Middle East to Jalou’s growing footprint across the world,” says Souha Abbas, Publishing Partner and Group Editorial Director at Oryx Gulf Media. “We have assembled an incredibly talented and seasoned team to bring this magazine to life and remain confident that it will satisfy the market’s hunger for a dedicated men’s fashion magazine of international calibre but with local sensibility.”

The launch issue includes interviews with Dean and Dan Caten of Dsquared2, Michael Kors, Emirate film director Abdulla Al Kaabi and London-based menswear designer Khalid Al Qasimi with exclusive Robert Pattinson photographs by Nan Goldin courtesy of Dior Parfum for the new Dior Homme fragrance campaign. Various writers of the French and Italian editions have also contributed to the debut issue.

“This is an interesting and exciting era for men’s fashion and the re-launch of L’Officiel Hommes Middle East could not have come at a more poignant time,” expressed Hassan Al-Saleh, Chief Editor of L’Officiel Hommes Middle East. “We are incredibly proud of our launch issue. The content is editorially stimulating and visually captivating.”

Oryx Gulf Media first re-introduced the women’s fashion title L’Officiel in April of this year, followed by the L’Officiel Kids supplement. The Dubai-based publisher plans to launch L’Officiel Art Middle East in November.

Luxury Lifestyle platform Buro 24/7 goes live

The new online magazine Buro 24/7 Middle East has today gone live. The luxury lifestyle platform run by Russian fashion icon Miroslava Duma and local Emirati entrepreneur, Salama Alabbar, is an extension of the existing and highly respected The Middle East version will host up-to-the-minute news from the world of fashion, film, art, current affairs, literature, music, cars and much more.

Log on now at or follow Buro 24/7 Middle East on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest @Buro247ME.

For further information, contact Editor-in-Chief Holly Williams at


ITP partners with Sayidaty for Arab Woman Awards

ITP Consumer, the region’s largest publisher of English language women’s magazines, has announced a ground-breaking partnership with Sayidaty as media sponsor of its Arab Woman Awards for the coming year.

The media partnership will include the Arab Woman Awards official publications being distributed with Sayidaty, on-site interviews with the winners featured on, post-event coverage of the event plus the magazine also plans to utilise the events to launch its own marketing initiative called ‘Sayidaty celebrates women’ which it will unveil at the Arab Woman Awards UAE in December at the Sofitel Abu Dhabi.

“Sayidaty is the region’s most popular Arabic language lifestyle magazine so it seemed a natural fit for us to partner with such an authoritative awards that so actively promotes the achievements of women,” says Mohammed Fahad Al-Harthi, Editor of Sayidaty. “We are a pan-Arab publisher so the Arab Woman Awards were particularly attractive to us due to their ‘across GCC’ vision.’

The Arab Woman Awards is the GCC region’s only pan-Arab awards to recognise Arab females in areas including business, charity, the arts and design. The awards now run annually in the UAE, Kuwait and Qatar with the first KSA awards launching in early 2014 with the support of Princess Reema Bandar Al-Saud. A Bahrain edition is planned for 2015.  The award winners are selected by a private Judges Board from each country which follow strict criteria to determine each winner.  Now in its fifth year the awards have recognised over 150 women to-date with leading businesswomen, doctors and educators including HE Fatima Al Jaber, Dr Manahel Thabet, Sheikha Hessa bint Khalifa Al Maktoum, Bothaina Al Ansari, Moudhi Al Hajiri , Sheikha Souad Al Sabah, and many more. The awards are presented at private, invitation only ceremonies with the winners and their achievements published in an official Arab Woman Awards commemorative book.

“Sayidaty has always been a great supporter of the awards through its post-event coverage and attendance,” says Sue Holt, Deputy Managing Director of ITP Consumer and founder of the Arab Woman Awards “We are delighted to formalise this partnership and create an annual calendar in which to jointly celebrate amazing women.”

For more information on the Arab Woman Awards, contact: Marianne Bassil, Marketing & Events Manager, ITP Consumer / +971 (0)4 444 3814


New Content Director to join Seven Media

Anthony Richardson has been confirmed as the new Content Director at Seven Media. The former Assistant News Editor for The National and most recently Bureau Chief at Bloomberg in Hong Kong, will commence his new role on November 3, 2013.

In addition to editing all English language output from the agency including press releases, collaterals and social media plans, Anthony will also oversee the corporate brochures division and the multimedia team. Anthony will work closely with Janty Nakhesh who heads up the Arabic team to ensure all content produced is of an exceptional standard.

“We’re very much looking forward to Anthony joining the Seven Media team,” says Gregg Fray, Co-Founder of Seven Media. “We are continually looking to strengthen our team and with a wealth of experience, we feel Anthony is the perfect candidate to ensure our content creation remains at the very best of standards as our company grows.”