Ahmad Daabas joins Sharp Magazine

Ahmad Daabas has been named Fashion Director of Sharp Magazine Middle East, published by Dubai-based Oryx Gulf Media. Having founded online men’s magazine in 2012, Ahmad will continue to work as Editor for the online publication, on top of his new role with Sharp Magazine Middle East. With five years of experience in journalism, Ahmad will now work as Fashion Director across both English and Arabic editions of the magazine, working alongside fashion and lifestyle partners to produce the title.

“I believe that joining an international title such as Sharp Magazine in its Middle East editions will add a lot to my media career,” says Ahmad Daabas. “Especially as this is a magazine focussed on affluent, influential men, who we need in our part of the world.”

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.