Frank Gard­ner to be Guest of Hon­our at Awards

Business Traveller (Middle East) - - Upfront -

AC­CLAIMED BBC JOUR­NAL­IST and au­thor Frank Gard­ner OBE will be the Guest of Hon­our at this year’s Busi­ness Trav­eller Mid­dle East Awards at Palazzo Ver­sace Dubai on April 22.

Gard­ner and his mother met Ara­bian ex­plorer Sir Wil­fred Th­e­siger on a bus when Gard­ner was 16 – which started a love af­fair with the re­gion, and travel, that en­dures to this day. In one year alone, he trav­elled to 28 coun­tries.

The BBC’s Se­cu­rity Correspondent joined BBC World in 1995 and while film­ing in Saudi Ara­bia in 2004, was shot six times by ter­ror­ists, leav­ing him paral­ysed from the waist down. His work­load con­tin­ued and in recog­ni­tion for his ser­vices to jour­nal­ism, he re­ceived an OBE in 2005, and has writ­ten three books, Blood and

Sand, Far Hori­zons and Cri­sis (fic­tion), and Ul­ti­ma­tum, the next thriller in his Luke Carl­ton se­ries, will be out on May 31.

Last month he crit­i­cised Lon­don Heathrow on Twit­ter for los­ing his wheel­chair and leav­ing him stranded for 90 min­utes on an air­craft re­turn­ing from Addis Ababa. “Odd that I can travel round the Mid­dle East and else­where with­out a hitch,” he wrote.

But he de­scribed dis­cus­sions with Heathrow CEO John Hol­land-Kaye to im­prove ser­vices as “con­struc­tive”.

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