Farooq Salik goes freelance

Farooq Salik, former Senior Photographer and Studio Manager at Motivate Publishing has gone freelance. Having joined Motivate Publishing in 2005, Farooq has over 15 years of experience and has worked across a number of consumer and customer publications including Hello!, Emirates Woman, What’s On, Golf Digest, Emirates Man, Dubai Voyager, good, Gulf Business and Campaign. He will continue to work as a professional photographer for studio, on location and for events as well as offer creative social media content and services.

“I had a fantastic time working at Motivate, but I felt like the time was right to move on and make use of the experience I gained from working for a period of over 11 years at Motivate,” says Farooq. “I’m really excited about taking this next step and seeing what challenges lie ahead. I want to establish a reliable and efficient image and work as a social media content provider in the market which I feel is very rare here in Dubai.”

Neil King joins Gulf Business

Motivate Publishing has welcomed Neil King to the role of Editor at Gulf Business. With over 10 years of experience in journalism, Neil most recently worked at ITP Publishing as Editor of CEO Middle East and Arabian Business StartUp. In his new role he will oversee the monthly magazine, as well as online content for
“Motivate’s stellar reputation precedes it, so it’s a privilege to join the company as Editor of Gulf Business,” says Neil. “I’ve joined a very talented team and I’m excited about the ambitious plans we all have for the magazine and the website in the coming weeks, months and years.”


Gulf Business gets a make over

Regional business magazine Gulf Business has been given a new look and approach to content. Through a portfolio of interactive editorial tools, the title enables its readers to enhance their professional development and maximise profits for business. The changes made mean that the Gulf Business team will now be able to cherry pick content from across the region and beyond, with a focus on exclusive scoops and breaking news.

“This new model focuses on high-end in-house journalism and high-quality external commissioning, falling somewhere between The Huffington Post and Buzzfeed in terms of our innovative approach,” says Dean Carroll, Group Editor, Business Division, Motivate Publishing. “It means we are able to deliver expert content across a number of sectors and countries. Everything from banking, energy and property to transport, education, technology and much more.”


Eleanor Dickinson joins Motivate

Motivate Publishing has welcomed Eleanor Dickinson to the role of Reporter, working across Gulf Business and Campaign Middle East. This is Eleanor’s first role in Dubai, she previously worked in the UK as a Trainee News Reporter for The Cambridge News, covering everything from crime to politics to punting wars and royal visits. As a reporter for Gulf Business, Eleanor will be writing news and features on major developments in the business and technology industries in the Middle East. For Campaign Middle East she will be covering news within the advertising, PR and media industries as well as writing more in-depth pieces on the subjects.

“I am thrilled to be exploring these new journalistic challenges with Motivate in Dubai,” says Eleanor. “I’m really looking forward to reporting on many of the great stories the UAE has to offer.”

Motivate Publishing welcomes Dean Carroll

Motivate Publishing has appointed Dean Carroll as Group Editor of the Business division of titles. Dean has worked as a senior journalist across print and digital media for 15 years, before spending 12 months working in marketing and communications for the technology firm Centralway, in Switzerland. His editor’s blog for was recognised by the Reporting Europe Prize, and he has had academic work published in a number of noted journals. In his new role, Dean will oversee titles including Gulf BusinessThe Week, Campaign Middle East and Business Traveller Middle East.

“The decision on whether to join such a talented team at Motivate was not one I had to procrastinate over,” says Dean. “With such a diverse range of leading, multi-platform titles, the company remains ready to push the boundaries of what is possible in publishing – even after all these decades of success. Long may it continue.”

Ankush Chibber joins Gulf Business

Ankush Chibber has joined Motivate Publishing as Editor of Gulf Business. Ankush was previously based in India, where he was Executive Editor for Entrepreneur Magazine, and in his new role he will be breaking Middle East business and finance news.

“I feel privileged to have joined an amazing team of journalists at Gulf Business,” says Ankush. “It’s an exciting time to be in the region and we as a team are aiming to further grow the magazine’s readership here as well as expand its digital presence.”

Alicia Buller to leave Motivate

Alicia Buller has announced that she will be stepping down as Editor of Gulf Business as of April 30, 2014. With over 10 years of journalism experience specialising in Middle Eastern business, Alicia is now accepting work as a freelance writer and editor. Her portfolio includes both business and consumer titles, such as Arabian Business, Revolution, Campaign and Mail Online.

“I have enjoyed my time at Motivate, it was exciting and challenging to launch,” says Alicia. “I look forward to working on a wide range of projects within the UAE and beyond; with so much happening in Dubai right now, there’s certainly a lot to be writing about!”

Neil Churchill joins EDGAR as Online Editor

Neil Churchill has joined men’s luxury lifestyle title, EDGAR Middle East as Online Editor. Previously reporter at Gulf Business, Neil will launch of the magazine’s online platform,, which is currently under construction.

“I’m hugely excited to be joining the EDGAR team to help launch the website,” says Neil. “Not only is the region’s luxury segment booming but the switch to digital media is finally catching on in the Middle East, and it’s fantastic to be a part of that.”

Neil will cover content including art & culture, business, motoring, aviation, horology, style, tech, yachts, hotels, travel, sport, bars and restaurants.