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.”

In The Hot Seat – Dave Cleary

Team TMN sit down with Dave Cleary, Host of his own show, Loud and Cleary on 97.8 Dance FM, who talks about how he started out in the broadcasting industry in the Middle East and what he thinks of it now…

Name: Dave Cleary

Age: I forgot, need to check my passport

From: United Kingdom

Current job title: Host of Loud and Cleary on 97.8 Dance FM

When did you first arrive in Dubai?


Where did you work prior?

I started out in the region as a part of 104.8 Channel 4 FM when it launched in 1997, and other roles that followed includes Emirates Radio, Nile FM, Radio 1 and Radio 2.

What were your first impressions of the broadcasting industry in the Middle East?

It seemed in a bit of a time warp, I was part of 104.8 Channel 4FM’s launch in 1997, Dubai was in need of a new station. At the time the only other station was Dubai FM. I remember going back to the UK and people had not really heard that much about Dubai – how things have changed, as now everyone knows Dubai. It’s a big global player now.

Has your opinion changed much?

Very much so, I think radio here has really developed and can now rival any major city such as Sydney or Vancouver.

Tell us about your current role…

I present Loud And Cleary weekdays from 4pm until 8pm on the only dance station in the region, Dance FM

What challenges do you face?

Trying to do a good radio show!

What do you think of the quality of radio stations in the region?

I think there are many good stations and presenters on air now in this country. Radio here has really developed to a standard I consider to be as good as markets in Australia and Canada. When I first arrived it was just British nationals on air – it’s great to hear so many different accents these days.

With the increasing demand of visual content, how has radio managed to stay relevant today?

Radio will always be around, it’s the ‘now’ element, and the ‘friend’ element of it. Radio has had to evolve and has to be more visual such as being able to see live in the studio and being very active on digital platforms and so on. May radio live long and prosper!

Has culture in the Middle East posed a challenge or an advantage in the advancement of radio in the region?

When I first came to Dubai I was a bit shocked at what you can and can’t say or do, but now I really feel things have opened up. Its great to do a radio show knowing that you respect peoples cultures and I think in the end it makes you a better radio presenter.

What’s the most rewarding part of your job?

It’s happened a few times, I have been out and someone has come up to me and said, “I grew up listening to you thanks for being part of my life”. When you hear that you understand that sometimes you have an impact on people.

How would you rather be contacted at work?

On phone.

Describe yourself in five words…

Hardworking, ambitious, a team worker, creative and none of the above.

What inspires you?


What’s your most overused saying?

It’s going to be ok, and life is too short.

Five things you can’t live without?

Social Media, my passport, radio, air conditioning and traveling.

What’s the most exciting thing that has happened to you in your career?

I think when I won Best Radio DJ in 2014 and 2016 at the Ahlan! People’s Choice Awards – I never expected it at all.

If you weren’t in your current role, what would you be doing?

Traveling the world until I ran out of money.

What is your favourite form of media (i.e; TV, radio, print)?


How do you see radio changing in the Middle East in the coming years?

The digital age is here for sure – listeners like instant access to the host or presenter, but I think the digital and FM platforms can compliment each other. And as for presenters, you need to offer more than just a cool voice with “that was and this is…”.

Radio 1 and Radio 2 make a comeback

Abu Dhabi Media has officially launched Radio 1 and Radio 2 stations, part of the Abu Dhabi Radio Network. Previously managed by Gulf News Broadcasting, the two radio stations ceased operations late last year and have now re-launched with an all new team of presenters. Radio 1 airs on 100.5 FM in Abu Dhabi and on 104.1 FM in Dubai, while Radio 2 airs on 106 FM in Abu Dhabi and 99.3 FM in Dubai. The stations offer six main programs:

Radio 1:

  • Daily, 6am – 10am: ‘Breakfast Show’, hosted by Nimi and Mark
  • Sunday to Thursday, 10am – 3pm: ‘Fresh and First’, hosted by Chiara
  • Daily, 3pm – 7pm: ‘Drive’, hosted by Dane and Gem

Radio 2:

  • Daily, 6am – 10am: ‘Morning Show’, hosted by Richard Allen and Laura Naylor
  • Daily, 10am – 3pm: ‘The Breeze’, hosted by Sonya Mac
  • Daily, 3pm – 7pm: ‘Drive Time’, hosted by Jason King

“The official launch of Radio 1 and Radio 2 under Abu Dhabi Media underscored our strategic efforts to create tangible change in media content at Abu Dhabi Media, and diversify the media brands under it’s umbrella,” says H.E. Mohamed Ebraheem Al Mahmood, Chairman and Managing Director, Abu Dhabi Media. “The addition of Radio 1 and Radio 2 reaffirms our continuous commitment to enhancing Abu Dhabi Media as a comprehensive and diverse media platform. It also highlights our on-going efforts to further advance the media sector in the UAE and the region by supporting all traditional and modern media.”

Radio 1 and Radio 2 to return

UAE-based radio stations Radio 1 and Radio 2 are set to return to the airwaves, after being closed by Gulf News Broadcasting on June 30, 2016. The stations will now be operated by Abu Dhabi Media Company – the licence holder for the stations – and will feature the same formats but with an updated look and feel.
“Abu Dhabi Media confirms that it will assume management of Radio 1 and Radio 2 at the end of July 2016,” says Abdul Rahman Awadh, Executive Director, Radio, Abu Dhabi Media. “The Radio stations were originally owned by Abu Dhabi Media and will continue to reflect Abu Dhabi Media’s ongoing commitment to providing diverse content that appeals to all aspects of society. Both radio stations will resume broadcast on the same frequencies, for which Abu Dhabi Media holds exclusive rights. We are currently investing in bringing new concepts and ideas to the content of Radio 1 and Radio 2.”

Media community unite to help friend in need

The UAE’s media community is uniting to help Jeff Price, who has been diagnosed with a rare brain condition that his medical insurance won’t cover. A member of the media community in the UAE for over 22 years, Jeff has hosted numerous radio and TV shows, helped to launch City 7 TV, Radio 1 as well as Radio 2 and voiced family entertainment for many premium events such as Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens, Legends Rock Dubai Tennis and Dubai Duty Free Tennis. He has championed causes across the region and raised funds for a number of charities, projects and causes.

Family, friends and colleagues of Jeff have helped to cover his initial surgeries, but he now needs to raise more than AED300, 000 in order to have a valve fitted for a third time to reduce pressure on his brain and for the further medical treatment that will be required in this complex diagnosis. To help, visit

GN Broadcasting welcomes Director

GN Broadcasting has welcomed Steve Pulley to the role of Broadcasting Director. With 30 years of international radio experience across companies such as Virgin Radio International and Arabian Radio Network, Steve was most recently General Manager of Bamboo Media, where he provided services to international radio stations and local businesses looking to improve premium content services. Having recently returned to Dubai, Steve will now be working across UAE radio stations Radio 1, Radio 2, Josh and Hayat FM in his role as Broadcasting Director.

“It is an exceptionally exciting time for the radio business,” says Steve. “Radio remains a key medium for all UAE residents who want music, fun and information – when and where they want it. On whatever platform, it’s still the most affordable way for advertisers – big and small – to consistently reach new and existing customers, especially those who are increasingly on-the-go. GN Broadcasting will be working smarter and harder than ever to entertain listeners and provide innovation for Advertisers.”