The Middle East (TME) magazine was established in London more than 40 years ago and today attracts more than 50,000 readers from around the world.
The Middle East has seen some remarkable changes over the course of the past four decades. The Gulf states of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates are now important players on the world stage but 40 years ago few of those nations could boast even the most rudimentary road networks linking one part of the country with the other. Today, they dominate international oil markets, boast some of world’s most attractive and sought after tourist destinations and look forward to hosting EXPO in 2020 and the Fifa World Cup in 2022.
The Middle East magazine has grown up along side these nations since 1974 to become among the most respected and trusted source of information on the region. It takes a reasoned and analytical approach to current affairs and economic and financial developments. It is unashamedly pro-Arab but never sycophantic in its approach. Its cultural section, Mosaic, is recognized as being a pioneer of artistic innovation and development. The magazine has proved to be an invaluable resource to politicians, diplomats, business people and students. Through its pages we can chart the rise and, sometimes, the fall of political leaders; the achievements of some of the region’s most dynamic minds; the successes and failures of multi billion dollar projects from the Suez Canal to Masdar, the world’s first sustainable eco-city.
The magazine covers a range of topics, including current affairs, economy, banking and finance as well as the arts. We strongly believe that art and culture are becoming increasingly vital components in uniting the people of the Arab world and taking the message of their innovations and achievements to a wider, global audience, especially in these turbulent times.
We believe our journalists, both past and present, are unparalleled in their knowledge of the Middle East region. They include Adel Darwish, who is regularly called upon by a number of global television stations, including the BBC, Sky and CNN for his opinions on regional developments; Frank Gardner, the current security expert of the BBC; Mustapha Karkouti, Sharif Nashashibi, Hafsa Kara, Sylvia Smith, expert oil analyst Graham Benton, the well known feminist and academic Dr Nawal Saadawi; international economist Moin Siddiqi, Jim Muir, the Palestinian writer and broadcaster Nadia Hijab and dozens more.
Over the years The Middle East has had a number of editors both Arab and non-Arab. The current editor, Pat Lancaster, has worked in the Arab media for over 30 years and continues to travel, write and broadcast on the area.