Aquarius to discontinue production

Falling under the umbrella of GN Media, women’s monthly, Aquarius has ceased operations. A long-term staple in the lifestyle sector, the magazine featured content on topics ranging from relationships, health, parenting and careers to fashion, beauty and travel. With June 2017 being its last print issue, the UAE-based title’s digital edition,, will also be discontinued.

InsideOut welcomes new Editor

Interiors and design title, InsideOut, part of GN Media, has appointed Mairead Walsh to the role of Editor. Previously Travel Editor for the Contract Publishing Division at GN Media, Mairead took on the role of Associate Editor for InsideOut six months ago, before being promoted to Editor. In her new role, she will oversee all editorial content for the title as well as lead and grow the InsideOut brand.

“For the past 12 years, InsideOut magazine has been one of GN Media’s leading print tites,” says Katie Heskett, Publisher, GN Media. “With exciting developments in digital and events – including this year’s InsideOut Reader Awards and Home of the Year campaign, we are thrilled to have Mairead leading the future of the brand into new arenas and audiences.”

Mairead adds, “Design and interiors is a burgeoning industry in the UAE and this is a very exciting time to lead the magazine. I hope to bring more engaging, innovative and dynamic design content to our audience through a range of platforms and showcase industry talent and experts to inspire interior enthusiasts.”


Gulf News launches

Gulf News, the flagship news brand of GN Media, has launched a new platform, As a leading title in the region, Gulf News combines its expertise and resources to launch a one stop shop for finding, buying and selling of property, motors, careers and classifieds. The launch is also supported by a multi-channel marketing campaign to create awareness of the brand’s presence and to introduce ‘Sami the Octopus’ to the region.

“We have developed to make finding, buying and selling simpler, faster and easier than ever before,” says Matthew Moore, Marketing Manager, GN Media. “We found from talking to our audiences that there was a demand for a product that brings those important searches we make into one place, but crucially whether it is listing something to sell or looking for something to buy, the demand is for fast and accurate results. People are busier than ever and it takes up valuable time having to go to different sites, and then frustrating when your experience and the results are not what you expected. is fast, effective and provides a great user experience.”

#GNTECH welcomes new Deputy Editor

Online and print technology title #GNTECH, part of GN Media, has appointed Daanesh Kalyaniwalla to the role of Deputy Editor. Previously a freelance writer for the technology blog and monthly supplement, Daanesh will now be responsible for editorial content creation and production as well as their social media accounts.

“Technology has always been one of my greatest passions and I’m extremely happy that I’ve been appointed by #GNTECH to grow with the brand,” says Daanesh Kalyaniwalla, Deputy Editor, #GNTECH. “I take pride in being part of Gulf News Media and look forward to working with my wonderful team.”

GN Media closes broadcasting division

Following strategic review of internal operations, Gulf News Media has today announced that it will be closing its broadcasting division effective September 30, 2016. Having come to an agreement, all operations will be managed by Umm Al Quwain Broadcasting including Josh on Frequency 97.8 and Hayat on Frequency 95.6.

Sonam Basantani steps down at Gulf News

After three and a half years working as Beauty Writer & Stylist for Aquarius, Friday, Alpha and other contract publications, Sonam Basantani today steps down at GN Media. Sonam will move into a freelance role where she will focus on beauty styling and writing, plus fashion styling.

“I’m really looking forward to becoming a freelance stylist and writer,” says Sonam. “My time at Gulf News has really helped me grow in the areas I love and identify the direction I would like to move in. I am looking forward to some new and exciting projects.”

For further information, contact Sonam Basantani at or follow Sonam on Instagram @sonambasantani