Following the departure of Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz, Manuel Arnaut has been officially named as the incoming Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Arabia, with his new role due to commence on May 7, 2017. Currently Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest Middle East, Manuel has a long association with Condé Nast after initiating his career at Vogue Portugal, and eventually holding the position as Editor at GQ Portugal. In his new role, Manuel will take over direction of Vogue Arabia’s multinational and multilingual editorial team.

“After starting my professional life at Vogue, and having grown up devouring each page of its international editions, I’m deeply honoured to have the opportunity to come ‘home,’ at the helm of Vogue Arabia,” says Manuel. “With the rich heritage of the Middle East as a starting point — and its eyes on the future — Vogue Arabia celebrates the region’s fashion and cultural identity, presenting it to the world in a luxurious, upbeat, and contemporary style. In an exciting climate of modernity and creativity, the team and I are committed to working towards a Vogue Arabia that is the proud voice of the region, representing the strength and allure of the Arab woman.”

Shashi Menon, CEO & Publisher, Nervora and Vogue Arabia adds, “Manuel Arnaut brings over a decade of Condé Nast editorial experience combined with a strong track record of regional success. We look forward to him building on Vogue Arabia’s foundation.”

Who’s next for the top spot at Vogue?

Following the breaking news surrounding Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz’s departure from her position as Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Arabia, all questions point to who is next in line for the top spot. TMN lists out seven worthy contenders for the throne…

  1. Sofia Guellaty: Previously Editor-in-Chief of Arabia, also part of Nervora Publishing, Sofia has extensive experience in luxury fashion titles and is well known for discovering and honing creative Middle Eastern talent.
  1. Manuel Arnaut: Currently Editor-in-Chief of Architectural Digest Middle East, Manuel’s flair for fashion and style and association with one of Condé Nast International’s most reputed titles makes him a strong – and – likely candidate for the role.
  1. Rhea Saran: Previously Associate Editor and Features Editor of GQ India, Rhea was appointed as Editor-in-Chief of Condé Nast Traveller Middle East in September 2013. Renowned fashion journalist, Suzy Menkes may know something that we don’t… Rhea featured not once, but twice on Suzy’s Instagram over the past month.
  1. Ritu Upadhyay: Middle East Correspondent for Women’s Wear Daily for over 10 years, Ritu is well-versed with the Middle East and global fashion landscape, as well as the business and retail side of the industry.
  1. Louise Nichol: Editor-in-Chief of luxury women’s glossy, Harper’s Bazaar Middle East – which runs neck-to-neck with Vogue Arabia – Louise is an obvious choice and a more than able candidate for the role.
  1. Esther Quek: Previously Fashion and Beauty Director at APP for Rake Middle East, Revolution Middle East and Condé Nast Traveller Middle East and currently Editor-in-Chief of Citizen K Arabia, Esther is a well-known personality on the national and international luxury fashion scene.
  1. Alison Tay: Currently Editor-in-Chief of Grazia Middle East, Alison is a regular on the FROW at all the major fashion weeks. With decades of experience in fashion writing, styling and presenting, she’s an obvious candidate for the role.

Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz departs Vogue

It has been confirmed that Saudi Princess, Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz will no longer be Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Arabia. The title, part of Nervora Publishing has already appointed a new editor. Conde Nast launched the online edition of Vogue Arabia in July 2016, followed by the print edition in March 2017.

Vogue Arabia launches in the Middle East

Global media company, Conde Nast has launched Vogue Arabia’s first print issue, available for sale from March 5, 2017, across the MENA region. Following its digital launch in October, the March issue will be published in English with a prominent Arabic section that aims to reach and engage the diversity of readers across the region. The new issue also features supermodel, Gigi Hadid on the magazine’s cover and is titled ‘Reorienting Perceptions’ in English and ‘An Eye on the East’ in Arabic.

Vogue Arabia is a magazine with the authority and insight needed to capture the creativity of a distinctive, evolving and often misrepresented part of the world,” says Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Arabia.

Finalists for the DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize chosen

Vogue Arabia and the Dubai Design and Fashion Council (DDFC) have selected 10 ready-to-wear and accessories finalists for the 2016 DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize. The prize, awarded to the Arab world’s most promising fashion talent, was launched in 2015 in partnership with e-commerce platform Farfetch and aims to invigorate regional talent by providing a yearly programme for emerging Middle Eastern designers to showcase their abilities. Over 100 different designers from 12 countries across the Arab world applied this year and, following a vote from the selection committee, five ready-to-wear and five accessories designers have been chosen as finalists. Viewers can follow the ten Fashion Prize finalists at, or on social media using the hashtag #FashionPrize.

Winners of the DDFC/Vogue Fashion Prize will be announced this Autumn, with the winning ready-to-wear and accessories designers receiving a financial production grant as well as the opportunity to sell their collections to a global audience exclusively on and through a retail pick-up from Farfetch boutique partners; Browns, London; Curve, USA and Al Ostoura, Kuwait. Winners will also receive an advertising campaign promoting their retail launch, media/press coverage and mentorship.

“The Fashion Prize aligns with our vision to invest in ecosystem development and elevate the regional fashion scene,” says Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz, Editor-in-Chief, Vogue Arabia. “There’s no shortage of emerging talent in the Arab world and with the power and scale of the Vogue brand as well as partners like Farfetch, the Fashion Prize will provide our region’s designers with a larger opportunity to compete on a global stage.”

Nez Gebreel, CEO, Dubai Design and Fashion Council, adds “Being backed by a prestigious brand such as Vogue gives our nominees a tremendous opportunity to showcase their talent and creativity on the global fashion scene, I am confident that the designers from this year’s edition of the Fashion Prize will contribute to strengthening the region’s authority internationally.”

Vogue Arabia set to launch in the region

Conde Nast is set to launch an online edition of Vogue Arabia this Autumn, in partnership with Dubai-based media agency Nervora. The Middle Eastern edition of the luxury fashion title will be headed up by Editor-In-Chief, Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz. The website will be launched in Arabic as well as English and followed by a print magazine due to begin publication next Spring.

Vogue Arabia will be the 22nd edition of Vogue in print from Conde Nast and the magazine’s headquarters are to be located in Dubai. It will be distributed across the Gulf in Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, as well as targeting the wider MENA region. Daniela Agnelli, who previously worked on London’s Telegraph magazine for 15 years and a number of publications in the UK as well as the U.S. will be joining the publication as Fashion Director. Caterina Minthe, current Managing Editor at, also part of Nervora, will join the team as Features Director.

“Nearly four years ago, we embarked on a mission to change the fashion landscape in the Middle East with,” says Shashi Menon, CEO, Nervora. “That mission continues — and grows markedly — with Vogue, the world’s pre-eminent fashion publication. We couldn’t be more thrilled.”

Jonathan Newhouse, Chairman and Chief Executive, Condé Nast International adds “There has been a growing demand for Vogue in the Arab world for some time, and now the time has come to make it a reality.”