A beau­ti­ful jour­ney

Friday - - EDITOR’S LETTER -

Ly­ing in a ho­tel bed op­po­site GULF NEWS head­quar­ters, I WORKED out HOW to make Fri­day WORLD CLASS, and now it is

When I came for my in­ter­view for the ed­i­tor­ship of Fri­day four years ago, I al­ready had a vi­sion of how to make the num­ber one mag­a­zine in the UAE world class. Ly­ing on the bed of the ho­tel op­po­site Gulf News head­quar­ters I made a list of how to do that: make it beau­ti­ful, top­i­cal, with lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional re­ports, re­portage and real sto­ries, and in­tro­duce en­gag­ing ‘fran­chises’ like The Leisure Charts, Ask the Ex­perts, Chiconomics and My Fab­u­lous Fri­day. It was a gut in­stinct based on my very brief ac­quain­tance with the Fri­day brand, the UAE and the au­di­ence. But it has paid off – you have writ­ten to me and the team in your droves say­ing how much you love the new-look Fri­day . And the most popular pages? Ask the Ex­perts (es­pe­cially hyp­nother­a­pist Rus­sell Hem­mings and bar­ris­ter Stephen Field) and our real-life sto­ries ac­cord­ing to the 100,000 or so of you look­ing at our web­site, www.fri­daymagazine.ae.

We are not a one-hit won­der though – this week we have a Mid­dle East ex­clu­sive with Dev Pa­tel on be­com­ing a Hol­ly­wood lead­ing man. You won’t recog­nise the fresh-faced Slum­dog star with his long hair and beard on page 24 . It’s our bridal is­sue so we bring you the real-life story of the world’s only pro­fes­sional brides­maid on page 48 , the ro­man­tic di­vorce lawyer (yes re­ally!) on page 44 , and the tri­umph over tragedy of the bride who dis­cov­ered she had can­cer af­ter her dream hon­ey­moon.

There’s also the fas­ci­nat­ing in­sight on what to do when you don’t like your chil­dren’s friends on page 40 , and last but not least, our fan­tas­tic – and popular – panel of ex­perts on page 78 . En­joy! Un­til next week...

Fri­day read­ers love our new look. Me and Art Edi­tor Mark (above) ad­mir­ing our work while Mars (be­low) han­dles our popular web­site

Karen Pasquali Jones, Edi­tor kpasqual­i­jones@gulfnews.com

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