About Me

I've been a news and features journalist for over 18 years, beginning my career at News of The World, part of News UK (formerly News International), in London in 2002, before moving to the Sunday People in 2005. 

Hired to join the launch team of The National in Abu Dhabi, I came to the UAE in 2008, and stayed on the newspaper for 9.5 years before becoming freelance, during which time covering stories from health and wellbeing to travel and tourism, education and lifestyle. 

Now, I continue to write for many publications including The National newspaper, The Jerusalem Post and Business Traveller magazine, on a wide range of topics including health, travel and culture. 

Additionally, I create web content and press kits including supporting launch projects for major hotel chains including Bulgari and St Regis, and property developers Damac and The First Group. 

I regularly write thought leadership articles and content for the Mohammed Bin Rashid Initiative For Global Prosperity and Cleartrip, the Middle East’s largest online travel agency and have worked on projects including editing, corporate script writing for video in addition to managing social media and PR strategy for new businesses in Dubai. 

With my large network of media contacts, I also manage PR campaigns, ensuring quality coverage for meaningful issues. Recent clients include UAE University and desert explorer Max Calderan, the first man to cross the remote Empty Quarter. 

On-site support work has included diverse events such as the 2019 World Government Summit, the 2019 Arabian Travel Market, and the 2019 Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit in Russia.

I'm available for long or short form content creation, press releases, editorial work and much more. Please jump over to the 'services' page to find out more. 

Please feel free to get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you. 

Melanie 

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