Bauer Media has agreed a new licence for the Dubai-based independent company Origami Publishing & Events to publish Empire Arabia magazine.

Empire is the world’s biggest movie magazine with highly successful editions in the UK and Australia. This new licence agreement will see copies distributed across the Middle East and North Africa.

The international editorial teams operate independently from the flagship edition in the UK but have access to the wealth of world exclusive content generated on a monthly basis, as well as curating bespoke local content.

The first issue of Empire Arabia, featuring the latest Bond release, Spectre, was published on 25th October.

Khaldoun Qaddoura, Editor-in-Chief of Empire Arabia  and MD of Origami Publishing & Events commented: "Nine years ago I bought my first issue of Empire from a small news stand in Damascus. I fell in love with the brand and it wasn’t long before the idea of bringing Empire to the Middle East came to mind. Dubai and Abu Dhabi has fast become the bridge between the Middle East and Hollywood with many recent blockbusters such as Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Fast 7, Star Wars and Star Trek choosing both cities as their prefered shooting locations. We are happy to join forces with partners such as Dubai International Film Festival and Middle East Film & Comic Con ". 

Gareth Cherriman, International Publisher at Bauer Media added: "We are really excited to be launching Empire Arabia with Origami Publishing & Events. The team at Origami have extensive knowledge of the film industry and put together a brilliant plan which will bring the world-famous Empire brand to a whole new audience.“

For further information about Bauer Media please contact:

Jess Blake

Communications Director, Bauer Media (London Lifestyle Magazines)

Tel: 0207 208 3424

For further information about Empire Arabia please contact:

Khaldoun Qaddoura, Editor-in-Chief of Empire Arabia (Dubai) and MD of Origami Publishing & Events

m: + 971 552903731 e:

About Empire:

Empire recently posted a circulation increase of 1.58% pop (JJ15 ABC) and dominates the film market, outselling its nearest competitor by over two to one. Connecting with 3 million fans across its multiple touch points, Empire continues to deliver compelling entertainment content and unique creative cover treatments with world-first reveals.

About Bauer Media Group:

400 digital products and 50 radio and TV stations reach millions of people across the globe. The corporate portfolio extends to include print shops, postal, distribution and marketing services. The Bauer Media Group’s global positioning underscores its passion for people and brands. The message “We think popular.” illustrates the Bauer Media Group’s self-perception as an organisation with a range of popular media, creating inspiration and motivation for its global workforce of some 11,000 employees in 17 countries.

About Origami Publishing & Events FZ-LLC:

Origami Publishing & Events FZ-LLC is a leading publishing house and events management based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The experienced editorial team have just launched Empire Arabia in both languages (English and Arabic).



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