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Mon 22 Oct 2007 02:07 AM

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The Times turns spotlight on Gulf

Newspaper to relocate business desk from London to Middle East to meet CEOs across the region.

The Times newspaper is to relocate its business desk from London to the Middle East for its forthcoming Gulf Business Forum.

The first Times Gulf Business Forum will run between October 28 and November 4, enabling its journalists to discuss regional and global business issues with more than 200 CEOs and other business leaders.

Journalists including business editor James Harding will tour the region to meet with business leaders in the UAE, Bahrain and Qatar.

A team of reporters, columnists and editors will be based in Dubai and Abu Dhabi to focus on commercial trends, new sources of capital and the region’s movers and shakers, Harding said in a statement.

“The Gulf is making itself felt in companies and markets around the world. We want The Times, which has the best-read business pages of any paper in the UK, to always be at the forefront of activity in global business. So, for the first time we are moving The Times business desk offshore for a week” Harding said.

Harding will be joined by international business editor Carl Mortished, property and professional services correspondent James Rossiter, business correspondent David Robertson, finance correspondent Siobhan Kennedy and leisure and retail industries editor Dominic Walsh.

The Times is printed and distributed on the morning of publication in the Middle East under a licensing agreement with the Saudi-based SAB media group.

Tariq Qureishy, CEO of SAB, said “We are delighted to be welcoming the top global minds in business and finance to the region. During the Times Gulf Business Forum, The Times world renowned journalistic team will be able to deeply engage with the people who are currently shaping this region.”

The newspaper has a readership of 1.8 million in print and more than 10 million online. Its Middle East circulation is 15,000 with a readership of over 50,000 influencial people daily, it claims.

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