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John Paul James is an award-winning journalist who began his media career in the UK, writing for national magazine titles at BBC Magazines and Future Publishing. John’s subsequent 19-year (and counting) career in the Middle East includes the role of senior editor at Time Out, where he was responsible for launching new publications across the region. He co-founded Hot Media in 2006.

In his day job, he oversees Hot Media’s creative output, working with clients to deliver market-leading content solutions across multiple channels.


Against the wishes of his fair skin, he lives in Dubai with his wife, two kids, and an assortment of pets, including a dog who sounds like a chicken when he barks, which is often.

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