Vogue Arabia makes new appointment 

Vogue Arabia has appointed Ravi Raman to the role of Associate Publisher. With over 20 years of experience in content strategy, revenue generation and brand marketing, he has previously worked with Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East and The Telegraph and most recently worked with Khaleej Times where he held the role of Senior Vice President. In his new role, he will deliver influential content and brand experience for readers.

“I am excited to join such an iconic brand and an immensely talented team,” says Ravi. “Within a short span the premium portfolio of Vogue Arabia, Pop Sugar and other experiential platforms have been established as the strongest voice in the region. In an increasingly connected world, readers are getting extremely choosy about where they spend their time.”

Brazen PR makes new appointment

Aya Ahmed has joined Dubai-based PR and content marketing consultancy, Brazen PR as Head of Arabic and Content. With experience in the media and PR industry, Aya previously worked with Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East as Marketing Executive and most recently with Mojo Group Dubai as Head of Content Production and Media Relations. In her new role, she will strategically strengthen Arabic content and media relations, as well as creative concepts for the consultancy’s PR and social media accounts including Atlantis, The Palm, Wendy’s and Bio-Oil.

“Aya has a wealth of expertise across the MENA region working with brands such as Mercedes Benz, Rivoli and Bioderma,” says Louise Jacobson, Managing Partner, Brazen PR. “Her strength of creating and executing successful PR and digital campaigns coupled with her deep understanding of the regional landscape will be a fantastic addition to Brazen and we are really excited to welcome her to the team.”

Bloomberg Businessweek releases special issue

Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East has released its The Year Ahead: 2016 special issue today, a guide to the companies, economies, people and enterprises that are predicted to shape the coming year. The special issue is divided into five sections: economics, technology, industries, energy and politics. The content is from the region and around the world along with charts, graphics and data to help readers navigate the business trends and challenges in store over the next twelve months.

The issue highlights 25 companies to watch in 2016. The list is comprised of both household names and lesser-known up-and-comers who have interests in the Middle East.

“This issue is a result of months of planning, countless hours of reporting, designing and debating,” says Ravi Raman, Associate Publisher, Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East. “We have prided ourselves to be different and cutting edge and the in-depth stories, charts, lists, illustrations and analyses will make The Year Ahead: 2016 a must-read for all executives.”


Executive Life relaunched

Following a brief hiatus this summer, Executive Life magazine has been revamped and relaunched. With a different theme for every issue, the magazine is aimed at professionals interested in luxury living, covering topics from classic cars, timepieces and tailoring, to fine dining and luxury properties. Published once every two months by UMS International, Executive Life will be sent to all subscribers of Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East. The title will also be available from book stores and supermarkets, with the relaunched edition – The Style Issue – out now. An Executive Life website is expected to launch by November 2015.

“Each edition of Executive Life tackles vital issues like wealth management, looking and feeling good, traveling smarter and exploring new destinations,” says Ravi Raman, Vice President, UMS International. “It’s the perfect lifestyle accompaniment for our readers, who are discerning and demand an intelligent read.”



Bloomberg Businessweek to support Arab IPO Summit

Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East announced its support for the Arab IPO Summit, to be held from September 14, 2015 until September 17, 2015 in Dubai. Organised by UMS International and set to be held at Taj Dubai, the summit will focus on the latest developments, challenges and investment opportunities in the regional financial market. Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East will act as the Arab IPO Summit’s Media and Research Partner – a role which will entail handling all press communications for the summit, as well as sending invites and covering social media.

For further information, contact Fathima Dhanani at / +971 (0)4 432 9467

Gulf News appoints new Personal Finance Editor

Gulf News has appointed David George as Personal Finance Editor. In his new role, David will be editing a range of financial supplements under the Gulf News Focus brand of Gulf News. He will be managing all editorial output across these titles, together with any associated multi-platform activity.

David previously worked as part of the launch team at Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East, where he joined as Deputy editor in August 2013. In this role, he was responsible for editing and contributing to the fortnightly magazine. David also helped to launch the online and Arabic editions of Businessweek Middle East as well as the Focus On reports, which are industry-specific reports on key themes. Prior to this, he worked at the Middle East Economic Digest (MEED) for over three years.

“It’s an exciting time to join Gulf News and I hope to capitalise on my experience over the past years to support the supplements division in order to create great titles that appeal to our readers and extensive client base,” says David. “A key part of the role will be developing digital and live events around our existing print titles.”


Rahul Odedra joins Bloomberg Businessweek ME

Rahul Odedra has joined Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East (ME) as Deputy Editor. He will be working on the fortnightly publication under Editor Cathal McElroy.

Rahul previously worked as Editor of at ITP Publishing and contributed as Deputy Editor at Hotelier Middle East magazine. Prior to moving to Dubai in 2014, Rahul was based in the UK, working across different titles including Professional Adviser and The Moodie Report.

Bloomberg Businessweek launches Arabic edition

Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East, in partnership with United Media Services International (UMS), has officially launched its Arabic edition for the Middle East market.

Published monthly and with a targeted circulation of 30,000, the Arabic version will focus on an audience of business leaders based predominantly in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar. The new edition will carry fresh content and articles written especially for an Arabic audience, as well as selected articles from the Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East title. This will provide readers with detailed analysis and access to CEOs, dealmakers and industrial decision makers as well as global content drawn from Bloomberg’s 2,400 journalists worldwide, in addition to financial content from UMS’s regional network of bureaus and editors.

Bloomberg Businessweek ME appoints new Editor

Cathal McElroy has been appointed at the new Editor for Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East. Formerly with ITP Publishing Group, Cathal was Editor for MEP Middle East since 2012 and brings to his new role a range of editorial experience, having previously been based in the UK working with the BBC and in online media before moving to the UAE. In his new position, Cathal will oversee the fortnightly English publication, which provides a compelling mix of local and international business, politics and social content.

Bloomberg Businessweek launches today

After much anticipation, the English language edition of Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East hits the newsstands today. The fortnightly publication – which is a regional edition of the popular US publication – aims to provide insightful news and analysis critical to regional business leaders, exploring everything from global economics, technology and finance to travel, fashion and lifestyle pursuits.

“We’re aiming to set a new benchmark for business publications in the Middle East with the launch of Businessweek,” says Aaron Greenwood, Managing Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek Middle East. “We’ve worked hard to combine the cutting edge look and feel of the US edition with a very strong focus on local issues. About 80 per cent of our content is produced locally, so it really is a unique proposition. Our expectations are very high for the magazine. Hopefully, readers will embrace it as a truly regional publication.”