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Mar 18 2009

Zahrat Al Khaleej Celebrates 30th Anniversary

The UAE's number one lifestyle family magazine unveils fresh new look and enhanced content on 28 March
Zahrat Al Khaleej, Abu Dhabi Media Company 's flagship lifestyle magazine is celebrating its thirtieth birthday this month with a new look and an enhanced content offering. The first edition of the new look Zahrat Al Khaleej will hit newsstands on 28th March, and every Saturday thereafter.

Zahrat Al Khaleej, the region's longest standing magazine will be marking the milestone with a special anniversary edition reflecting on how the magazine has portrayed the lifestyles of the modern Arab family since 1979, as seen through the eyes of a host of stars, artists, singers and regional celebrities.

The success of the magazine, which is the leading lifestyle family magazine in the region, is attributed to the continuous evolution of the brand based on its readers' needs. Before implementing the 'refreshing' of the brand, Zahrat Al Khaleej conducted a comprehensive 12 month research, involving more than 28,000 readers, from across the region, identifying new trends and behaviour of its target audience.

In order to deliver enhanced more relevant content, the magazine has appointed a new line-up of reporters and columnists to complement the existing editorial team. Zahrat Al Khaleej will also be opening a new office in Saudi Arabia, enabling reporters to focus on key female and family issues in the Kingdom.

Zahrat Al Khaleej's Editor in Chief, Dr. Talal Tomeh, added: "We are delighted that Zahrat al Khaleej boasts an unrivalled readership and commercial success. A recent survey of our readers showed that more than two thirds of respondents read all of the sections and almost all respondents said the magazine is read by several members of the family.

"Following the survey, we have listened to what our readers want and enhanced the fashion, beauty and health sections, which will also appeal to our growing fanbase of younger readers", added Dr. Tomeh.

Gavin Dickinson, Executive Director of Publishing, said: "Zahrat al Khaleej has been an essential part of the week for many families for over thirty years. The new content enhancement will maintain our long-standing relationships with our readers and advertisers and will leverage new opportunities to attract new ones.

"As we continue to attract new, younger readers, our commercial partners will also have the opportunity to engage new audiences across the full Abu Dhabi Media Company platform, especially driven from the new website we plan to launch when we unveil Zahrat Al Khaleej's new look ", concludes Dickinson.

Abu Dhabi Media Company will also be hosting a party, attended by celebrities, the media and VIPs, to mark the milestone on the 25th of March.

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Editors Notes:
As part of its new look, Zahrat al Khaleej will launch a new website: www.zak.ae

Abu Dhabi Media Company
Abu Dhabi Media Company is a vertically integrated media company created in 2007 as a public joint stock company from the assets of Emirates Media Incorporated.

Abu Dhabi Media Company employs 1800 people across its operating units which include publishing, television, radio, digital media, distribution, and printing.

Abu Dhabi Media Company owns and operates Abu Dhabi Al Oula, Abu Dhabi Al Emarat, Abu Dhabi Al Riyadiya, Abu Dhabi Al Riyadiya 2, and Abu Dhabi +1, Emarat FM Radio, Holy Quran Radio, Sawt Al Musiqa, Al Ittihad newspaper, The National Newspaper, Zahrat Al Khaleej magazine, Al Super magazine, Majid magazine and Imagenation Abu Dhabi as well as other businesses including United Printing Press.

The company is headquartered in Abu Dhabi with offices in Cairo, Dubai and Washington D.C.

For further information, please contact:
Omar Abed Rabbo
Abu Dhabi Media Company
Tel: 971 50 5842741
Email: Omar.abedrabbo@admedia.ae

Loreen Fraser-Owusu
Impact Porter Novelli
Tel: 971 050 277 1430
Email: l.fraser-owusu@ipn.ae

© Press Release 2009


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