Frank Gardner to be Guest of Honour at Awards
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”.