Xpress to cease print publishing

Dubai-based weekly tabloid newspaper, Xpress has ceased print publications. Published by Gulf News, the final edition was published on August 30, 2018 and will continue to exist online. 
“Xpress lived on for more than 11 years, bringing readers quality community stories and investigative reports of high international standards,” says Abdul Hamid Ahmad, Editor-in-Chief, Gulf News. “And for most of these reports, we had to dig deeper to collect information and meticulously check the facts before we published them. Many of these reports were picked up by the foreign media. The stories exposed fraud, they uncovered crime, and they put the spotlight on unfair dealings. I would like to thank our readers, who placed their trust in us, the editor of Xpress and all the staff, who were a part of its launch, its journey and its success.”

New Deputy Editor at A&E Magazine

Lindsay Judge has joined fashion and lifestyle title A&E Magazine as Deputy Editor. Having previously worked as Fashion & Beauty Editor at Gulf News since November 2014, and as Fashion & Beauty Editor at Ahlan! Magazine, part of ITP Publishing before that, Lindsay brings a wealth of experience. Lindsay will work alongside Editor-in-Chief Lara Mansour Sawaya compiling features and fashion shoots for the monthly title.

“I’m so excited to be joining the A&E team and really excited to pursue my career further into the world of luxury fashion,” says Lindsay. “I look forward to being part of putting together this beautiful magazine each month.”

Jennifer Gibson goes freelance

Jennifer Gibson, former Editor of good magazine, part of Motivate Publishing has gone freelance. Having joined Motivate in 2016, Jennifer has over 15 years of experience in journalism and has worked on as well as contributed to a number of titles including VIVA, Hello! Middle East, What’s On Dubai, Emirates Man, Emirates Woman, Jumeirah, The National, The Telegraph and Gulf News. She also worked in broadcasting as News Presenter and Commentator on Dubai 92 as well as Dubai Eye. Following her relocation to the UK, she will continue to work across publications in the UAE and UK as a freelance Editor.

“It has been an honour to edit good magazine since August 2016, to work with an incredible team of brilliant people and to meet so many of the innovators, entrepreneurs, environmental activists and charity campaigners who are doing so much to take community life here in Dubai forward,” says Jennifer. “The time has come for us to make a move to be closer to our families, but I look forward to continuing to work with so many of the brilliant editors and journalists I’ve met during my time here – and to the opportunities my continuing work here will allow for lots of visits to escape the Scottish weather!”

SOCIATE welcomes new PR Assistant and Copywriter

Dubai-based marketing and PR agency, SOCIATE has appointed Nichole Miranda to the role of PR Assistant and Copywriter. Nichole has previously worked with publications such as Gulf News, Diners Club and Read magazine. In her new role, she will work on creating engaging content and assisting the PR team with a variety tasks.

“While I majored in public relations at university, I’ve always played for team journalist and I am looking forward to learning a wealth of new skills at SOCIATE,” says Nichole. “My colleagues are a brilliant bunch who tirelessly make a group effort, every day, to support the company. I’m incredibly excited to be working with this homegrown brand.”

Online sustainable lifestyle magazine goes live

The first digital eco and sustainable magazine in the Middle East, launches. Founded by Anthea Ayache, she brings with her a diverse background in journalism, having previously worked at Friday magazine part of Gulf News as Senior Features Writer and most recently with its radios stations Radio 1 and Radio 2 as Radio Presenter. offers content from around the world ranging from the latest news, zeitgeist reports, exclusive interviews with eco heroes and a focus on social businesses that have positively impacted the environment with an aim to engage, inspire and enhance the lives of readers across the UAE. The online magazine will also include lifestyle features on fashion, beauty, food and travel with an eco and philanthropic twist that is accessible by readers and an option to subscribe to receive newsletters, discounts and tailored information.

The new launch will also see the appointment of Karen Pasquali Jones to the role of Managing Editor, having worked in the UK with Love It! magazine, part of News UK and Sky magazine before moving to the UAE and most recently working with Friday magazine as Editor. In her new role, she will contribute and manage the editorial content of the online magazine.

“We’re thrilled to bring something completely new and unique to Dubai,” says Anthea Ayache, Founding Editor, “ isn’t just a website, it’s a brand and a way of life. We’re here to help, inspire and encourage everyone to be the best they can be and to look after themselves, the community and the planet. We deal with subjects from the hyper-local to global in an engaging way.”

Dubai Editor charged in murder case

Francis Matthew, Editor at Large of Gulf News has been charged with the murder of his wife, Jane Matthew. Francis, a respected journalist who worked for The Economist prior to his move to Dubai in 1990, held the role of Gulf News Editor from 1995 – 2005. The 60-year-old British national played a considerable role in the development of UAE publishing since moving to the UAE, but will now be sentenced after admitting to an assault on his wife last Tuesday, which led to her death.
“We are shocked and saddened at this tragedy,” says Abdul Hamid Ahmad, Editor-in-Chief and Executive Director Publications, Gulf News. “We pray to the Almighty that her soul rests in peace and that the family is given the strength and patience to overcome this very difficult situation. Gulf News’s thoughts and prayers are with the family. We request that the family be given the privacy they need to cope with their grief.”

Chasing Zest goes live

Online outdoor magazine, launches in the UAE. The new platform aims to bring together a community of like-minded people, whilst also inspiring readers to make positive lifestyle changes. Founded by Rachael Bruford, who previously worked with Gulf News, Outdoor UAE and most recently – the magazine will focus on activities such as cycling, running and active traveling as a significant component during the summers. In addition, it will also feature qualified experts from fields such as nutrition, fitness, psychology and yoga to deliver articles and respond to queries from readers.

“We want our audience to think of as their own personal inspiration website, full of features about how to embrace an active, outdoor lifestyle,” says Rachael Bruford, Founder, “With an inherent sense of adventure, we look forward to sharing rousing interviews with incredible people.”

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.”