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.

New Beauty Editor for Arabia

Elizabeth Whiston-Dew has today joined as Beauty Editor. Formerly Beauty Editor of the Emirates Woman Group at Motivate Publishing, Elizabeth has spent the past three years working across titles such as Emirates Woman, Emirates Bride, Spend It and Luxe. Elizabeth will now oversee all beauty pages within Arabia, which is an English and Arabic language online magazine.

“I am delighted to be named the new beauty voice for, joining the task force of tastemakers at this pioneering publication,” says Elizabeth. “I will report daily on all things beauty, from pending trends to insider tips along with all the trinkets to propel our discerning readers to the next level of beautiful.”

Shashi Menon, CEO & Publisher, added: “We’re thrilled to welcome Elizabeth to the team. Her background in beauty and journalism makes her a natural fit for the publication and our authoritative style of reporting. We look forward to continuing to publish the best content — and first — for our broad regional and international audience.”

Contact Elizabeth at / +971 (0)4 422 5766 Arabia launches smartphone app Arabia has announced the launch of its iPhone app, available now in the iTunes App Store. Pledging to bring the latest and greatest fashion news from the Middle East and around the world, the app will cover the world’s leading fashion shows, parties and people. An iPad first edition will be available soon. Arabia launched in October 2012 as Condé Nast’s first fashion publication for the Middle East – and the first ever Arabic publication.