Ian Fairservice: A Formidable Legacy
Date/Time: Sunday 5 February 2023 15:00-16:00
Session No: 162
Ian Fairservice is a stalwart of Dubai’s expat community, business world and cultural scene. The founder of Motivate Publishing moved to the UAE in 1978, originally working in Dubai’s growing hospitality sector before swiftly moving on to the much-less-developed media industry.
Motivate is the company behind UAE household names such as What’s On, Emirates Woman and Gulf Business and the publisher of books by Sir Wilfred Thesiger, Ronald Codrai OBE, Yusuf Islam and Patrick Lichfield. In recent years Motivate has also been the publisher of choice of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, beginning with his autobiographical account of Dubai’s development, My Vision.
Ian is also a writer himself, and in this conversation he will discuss his experiences on both sides of the publishing industry, including his poetry writing and his studies for a master’s degree in creative writing.
If you are interested in the history of the UAE, be sure to catch this conversation with someone who has witnessed – and frequently helped shape – its growth.