Condé Nast Traveller – Editorial team announced

Today marks the start of the Condé Nast Traveller editorial team formation, with three key team members announced. Effective immediately, Rhea Saran will take the lead as Editor-in-Chief, with Grazia Middle East Deputy Editor, Jenny King, moving across to join the team as Deputy Editor at the end of September. Sabina Parkinson joins as Art Director, with more team to be announced imminently. Part of the ITP group, this will be APP’s first publication under licence agreement with Condé Nast International and marks the luxury travel title’s debut in the Gulf region.

“The readers of Condé Nast Traveller are discerning, affluent and cultured.  They expect a superior, memorable travel experience and we look forward to showing them how and where they can receive this, both globally and within this region,” says Ali Akawi, Managing Director of APP & ITP Consumer. “Travel is an important part of the lives of people in the Gulf whether this is for leisure or business. Testament to this is the fact we have three of the world’s leading airlines based here and an abundance of international five-star hotels.”

Contact the Condé Nast Traveller Middle East team at, or call +971 (0)4 444 3000

Arabian Woman to launch online

Arabian Woman has announced it will launch an online edition by the end of 2013. After fourteen years as a front-runner in the Saudi Arabian consumer magazine market, and with a presence across the wider GCC,  the magazine is taking steps forward to compete in the ever-competitive magazine market. With a fresh new look – unveiled in the August issue – a new Dubai Media City office, and a new Editor, things are certainly shaping up.

“The Arabian Woman website is currently under development and we’re hoping to launch it within the next couple of months,” says Senior Editor, Sherry Tenorio. “We understand the importance of having a strong online presence, as well as interactive social media platforms. That, combined with our high-quality print publication will provide both our readers and clients with the whole package”.


Nadia Haj Hassan joins Living Well Magazine

Nadia Haj Hassan has been announced as the new Fashion Editor of Jordan-based Living Well Magazine, after Tamara El-Nimer stepped down after six successful years at the title. Tamara has decided to leave to pursue a degree in higher education. Nadia will be in charge of the fashion and beauty pages of the best-selling lifestyle magazine.

What’s On Awards 2013 – nominations now open

Voting is now open for the What’s On Awards 2013, in association with Dubai First. Now in its twelfth year, the awards celebrate the UAE’s crème de la crème of hospitality, entertainment and leisure, with two lavish award ceremonies. The What’s On Abu Dhabi Awards is set to take place at the Ritz-Carlton, Abu Dhabi on October 22. This is followed closely by the What’s On Dubai Awards, which has retained its prime location at Dubai Media City Amphitheatre on November 27,  2013.

Visit to nominate clients or enter your votes. Voting for What’s On Abu Dhabi Awards ends September 19, 2013, while the What’s On Dubai Award nominations close on October 10, 2013. For more information, visit

Tickets for this event are available for purchase through the What’s On Box Office –

3monkeys open first overseas office

UAE-based creative agency, 3monkeys, has announced the opening of its first overseas branch, 3monkeys Inc, in San Francisco, California, USA. Operations commence on September 1, 2013, with CEO Marc Mikulla, one of the three founders of 3monkeys, heading up the team. Located in the heart of the Mission district, 3monkeys expanded due to international demand for their unique and specialised offerings.With a network of partners across the world, such as Ventuz Technologies, Mediascreen Munich and RealLifeConnect and vast experience in large scale events, primarily focusing on the automotive, IT and communications, and the financial industries, 3monkeys continue to push the boundaries of creativity and technology.

Nominate now for BBC Good Food Awards 2013

Now in it’s fourth year, the BBC Good Food Middle East Awards 2013 nominations are open. From the finest restaurants to dining experiences and home cooking products, the awards recognise the region’s most prestigious culinary outlets. Nominations end on September 30, 2013 after which the top ten nominees in each category will be listed on their website for continued voting. You will also get another chance to vote for the winners from that list between October 15 and November 15. Winners will be revealed at the gala awards event in January 2014. More details to come.

For more information, visit

Alice Nikalls bags permanent post at Hello!

Having joined Hello! Middle East on a temporary basis in earlier this year, Alice Nikalls has now accepted a full-time position within the publication. As Junior Writer, Alice will cover features, news and local interest stories – including launches and events.

“I joined Hello! Middle East in May 2013 and have been fortunate enough to interview some local personalities, snoop around some fabulous homes and dine in some of Dubai’s best restaurants,” says Alice. “Hello! Middle East is a small yet dynamic team and I’m excited to be a part of it for the long-term”.

Al Jazeera to sue AT&T

It’s only been a matter of days since Al Jazeera America launched, but it has already hit rocky ground. The Qatar-based television network plans to sue American-based telecoms group, AT&T, for dropping it from the U-verse television subscription service. The blow came just one day before Al Jazeera America went live on August 20, 2013, instantly  rocking its potential viewing figures by taking its distribution down from 41 million homes to just 36 million homes. This was the second such setback for Al Jazeera America, having bought the Current TV network from former United States Vice President, Al Gore, in January this year. Within hours of the deal being signed, Time Warner announced it would no longer be carrying the channel, immediately wiping nearly 20 million homes off the 60 million reach that Current TV initially had.

It’s not all bad news however, with a number of positive reviews – mixed with the predictable cynicism – some media heavyweights are predicting it may not be long until Al Jazeera America is picked up by more networks.